Customer Discovery In the Time Of the Covid-19 Virus

With in-person classes canceled, we’re about to start our online versions of Hacking for Defense and Hacking for Oceans (and here). The classes are built on the Lean Startup methodology: Customer Discovery, Agile Engineering and the Business/Mission Model Canvas. So how do our students get out of the building to talk to customers to do Customer Discovery when they can’t get out of the building?  How do should startups do it?

Leadership Character and Communication

A Ladders article offers good advice from Google for writing resumes. Some information is basic, such as tailoring resumes for each job and skipping the objective. The company also suggests the XYZ format for bullets to focus on accomplishments: “Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y], by doing [Z].”

Student Startups Shine at Virtual eLab Demo Day 2020

In proper social distancing fashion, selected startups from the eLab Class of 2020 delivered their final business pitches at eLab Demo Day 2020 on April 28 to an engaged audience via Zoom, fielding questions from peers, mentors, and supporters online. This year’s six participating student startups were selected by their eLab peers and included Call of Duty AgentHopscotchPediCuretakkTHIS IS MY SPACESUIT and Veribuy. While their innovations and industries range from fashion to medical to e-commerce, the presenting teams all shared the same drive, passion, and potential that the Cornell’s prestigious student accelerator program has allowed them to tap into.

Coronavirus fears may lead to big gap year for college students

Even as she was applying to college last fall, high school senior Taylor Fang was thinking about taking a year off first to find herself. But her parents didn’t think it was a good idea. “They worried that I would be behind,” said Fang, 17, who goes to Logan High School in Logan, Utah, and was accepted to both Harvard and Yale.

Adrift in a Pandemic: Survey of 3,089 Students Finds Uncertainty About Returning to College

The sudden transition to remote teaching in the past few months due to the COVID-19 crisis pushed educators to piece together solutions to deliver their courses online. In many cases, the result was a disjointed experience that required professors to navigate various technology tools and platforms to bring their courses to life in a new learning environment. 

Deep Science Ventures and the University of Edinburgh partner to deliver Scotland’s agricultural venture builder

The FAST programme brings together Deep Science Ventures’ market-led approach to creating science companies, and the Roslin Institute’s world-leading expertise and facilities across genomics, veterinary biosciences, biotechnology and agriculture. Each year the partnership will launch several high growth technology start-ups comprising teams from the University of Edinburgh, the wider UK, and the rest of the world.

Scottish Wearable Tech Startup Secures £750,000 Investment

The funding will help PlayerData fast-track the development of its sports performance monitoring product. Wearable tech startup, PlayerData, has secured £750,000 in funding to support market entry and its next phase of growth.

Student team designs smart mask that monitors vital signs

n February, Longsha Liu ’21 was well aware that COVID-19 was coursing through China and around the world. His mother had been giving him regular updates about the virus’s spread in China, where most of his immediate family live – including his 77-year old grandmother, who continued to practice as a physician.

Cornellian Co-founded Startup Brings College Visits to Students’ Homes

Committing to a college can be one of the most stressful decisions high schoolers have to make, but a Cornellian co-founded platform has stepped up to make the process easier. The idea for Desyde materialized when Jake Roll ’21 and his friends from high school, Ethan Heimlich and Dan Genzelev, noticed that the COVID-19 pandemic prevented family and friends from gathering information about colleges.

Crossing boundaries: Cornell’s thriving research ecosystem

Taryn Bauerle had a problem. Bauerle, associate professor of horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), studies how root systems respond to thirst. It’s a critical area of research: Better understanding roots will help breed new drought-resistant crops, which are sorely needed to meet the global challenges of climate change, food shortages and population growth.