Monthly Archives: November 2009

Duke Start-up Challenge Elevator Pitch Competition Finals

So the final round was held on 11/20/09 and neither General Nano nor Medici Medical Technologies won the Elevator Pitch Finals. I was disappointed, but I am over it now. The money would have been great, but the truth is that we don’t need the money right now (at least the amount that was being awarded). Biogenic Medical Devices won the Judges’ Choice and The Produce Purity Project won the Audience Choice. I thought all 14 pitches were really good. It was a competitive field.

Both General Nano and Medici Medical Technologies are applying for grants in the amount of $1 million and $20K, respectively. We’ll just have to try again with Duke on January for the Executive Summary Competition and the Business Plan Competition ($25K). I’ll post videos of our pitches from YouTube once they are posted. Thanks for all those who came out and supported!

By: Jonathan Lee
Twitter: @hi5at5

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Sillicon Valley bound in January

I’ll be heading out to the Bay area in early January with the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club at Fuqua. We’ve been fortunate enough to line up networking events with some big name firms on Sand Hill Road so I’m pretty excited about this trip. What gets me even more excited, however, is the chance to meet some of their portfolio companies as well as the entrepreneurs/startups I’ve gotten to learn about through Freestyle Capital.

Since most companies I’m interested in don’t come and recruit on campus, I’ll have to make the extra effort of networking with companies on my own. I feel like I’m putting all my eggs in one basket by going after jobs only at startups and entrepreneurial technology-oriented companies… but I suppose I can’t be averse to risk as an aspiring entrepreneur.

By Jonathan Lee

Twitter: @hi5at5

Suffering from MBA sleep deprivation syndrome

I’ve been incredibly tired lately. I feel like I live at Fuqua. Come to think of it, I think I’ve gone to school everyday for the past two weeks. I don’t think that’s very healthy. Juggling a full load of classes on top of my internship with Freestyle Capital and Program for Entrepreneurs work with General Nano and Medici Medical Technologies has been a challenge. I enjoy the work, but my sleep is definitely taking a back seat these days. I barely have time to read the news. Thankfully Twitter does a decent job of keeping me up to date. 🙂

I just read someone’s Facebook update that said, “Sleep is for the week.” I think, in my case, it’s more like “Sleep is for the dead.” Maybe I’ll get to catch up on some sleep this weekend. For now, I have to prepare for a mock interview I have with a Second Year. To do that, I have to write a mock cover letter to Microsoft. I’m actually going to apply for a Product Manager Intern position with MSFT so this will be a good practice. I am avoiding large companies like the plague, but MSFT is among some of the few technology companies I would like to learn more about.

Back to cover letter writing…

By Jonathan Lee
Twitter: @hi5at5

Duke Start-Up Challenge

I am on two teams for this competition: Medici Medical Technologies and General Nano (I’ll definitely write more about Medici and General Nano).

I feel very confident that General Nano is going to do well. We won the practice pitch session so we should be in a good position to do it again! If you are in the area, please come support entrepreneurship at Duke. If you can’t make it, check us out later on YouTube.

By: Jonathan Lee
Twitter: @hi5at5