The Future of DeathTech: Interview with Adelle Archer, CEO and Founder of Eterneva

Adelle Archer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Eterneva. Founded in 2017, Eterneva is a consumer technology company that creates diamonds from cremated ashes. Eterneva has pioneered a grief wellness brand that aims to transform the way we celebrate lives after death. Based in Austin, the team recently closed an over-subscribed $3M seed round in July. This year, Adelle was selected as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology.

Spring ’20 grads launch innovative, new product in the midst of pandemic

Spring graduates John Rotelle ’20 and Jacob Sand ’20 recently proved that when the world pauses, innovation doesn’t have to. The duo launched a new venture, Habit Toothpaste, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rotelle, who earned his B.S. in entrepreneurship, and Sands, who earned his B.S. in international business management, used the challenges of quarantine to their advantage to create opportunity during the crisis.

Scheck Eats

This week I had the opportunity to interview Jeremy Sheck, a current Cornell undergraduate student who has risen to the ranks of TikTok star. Like most students, Jeremy started spending his free time on social media giant TikTok to distract himself from boredom in quarantine. But what makes Jeremy’s experience noteworthy, is the fact that his videos have gained so much popularity that he has now over one million followers. He shares high quality videos of food he prepares. To start with a little background, Jeremy is a current junior here at Cornell majoring in Spanish and Italian. His strong passion for cooking and food started at a young age. His childhood memories are filled with baking delicious treats with his grandmother, but it was not until age 16 that he actually started taking cooking seriously. He knew that the best way to become a good cook was with practice.

Investors Eye New Purposes for Urban Parking Garages

Investors and developers are rethinking conventional parking garages in city centers, looking to take advantage of these large swaths of space. The pandemic has left many of these parking garages mostly empty as more people work remotely. But even before the pandemic, ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft and the rise of urban bicycling infrastructure had been leading to a decline in car ownership in the city. Now, developers are targeting urban parking garages as prime sites for redevelopment.

The Moment Is Primed for Asynchronous Learning

Most instruction at community colleges remains remote this semester as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on. Some are concerned that remote instruction will further widen equity gaps among students. Previous research shows that students who take courses online are less likely to persist than their peers who take courses face-to-face, and underrepresented minority students have lower performance than other groups, like Asian American students, in online courses.

Exclusive: The Billionaire Who Wanted To Die Broke . . . Is Now Officially Broke

Charles “Chuck” Feeney, 89, who cofounded airport retailer Duty Free Shoppers with Robert Miller in 1960, amassed billions while living a life of monklike frugality. As a philanthropist, he pioneered the idea of Giving While Living—spending most of your fortune on big, hands-on charity bets instead of funding a foundation upon death. Since you can’t take it with you—why not give it all away, have control of where it goes and see the results with your own eyes? 

How To Reclaim Time And Find Balance In Your Workday

Studies have shown that we’re actually working more hours now that we’re working from home versus working in an office. In addition to that, our homes now pull double duty as offices, schools, playgrounds, and cafés. It’s easy to see how time can slip away when you’re juggling multiple responsibilities throughout the day. How can you find balance and reclaim some of your lost time? By creating a work schedule, which helps to provide structure to your day.

U.S. Drops in Ranking of University Research Funding

The U.S. has dropped its position relative to other countries in university research funding, according to a new report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), and now holds the 28th spot out of 39 countries, with just 0.2 percent of its gross domestic product dedicated to university research funding. “Other nations are increasing their investments in university research because they understand the critical role research universities play in generating innovation-based economic growth. Research drives innovation, and innovation drives long-run economic growth — creating jobs and improving living standards in the process,” Rob Atkinson, ITIF president and lead author of the report, said in a written statement. “The United States can’t rest on its laurels. To once again lead the world in innovation, policymakers must make the necessary investments in university research.”

Dean of Students Vijay Pendakur to depart Cornell this month

Vijay Pendakur, the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, will be departing Cornell to become the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at the tech company Zynga. His last day at Cornell will be Sept. 25, according to Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life. Marla Love, senior associate dean of diversity and equity, will serve as interim dean of students and also will take Pendakur’s place serving as one of Cornell’s Presidential Advisors on Diversity and Equity, Lombardi said.