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In Case You Missed It: Day in the Life with TheBach.com

Did you miss Joanne’s day as Founder of TheBach.com? If so, click on the logo below for a recap.

Sound like a place you’d like to intern? Apply on CareerNet, Job ID 927783.

In case you missed it: Day in the Life of Entrepreneur Jeff Zhang NYU ’08

Jeff Zhang (NYU ’08), tells us all about a day in the life at his start-up,  @ShopSpectre! Click the logo to view!

If you are interested in getting more information about startups, or are looking for an internship at one of the many emerging start-ups in NYC, don’t miss out on our Start-up Expo taking place on November 21st at Kimmel. Register today for more information!

What’s Next? Entrepreneurship

Ever thought about starting your own business or getting involved in an exciting new venture? Come on out to the Wasserman Center for What’s Next? Entrepreneurship on Wednesday, October 30th at 5:30pm. Here, entrepreneurs will share tips for making an impact on and off campus. Hear their stories and gain helpful tips for your career exploration.  Click on the links below the panelists’ names for more information and we hope to see you there!

Jasmin Hume
Co-founder
BenchPals, Inc.

Sonia Kapadia
Founder & CEO
Taste Savant

Joe Landolina
CEO and Co-Founder
Suneris

Brian Shimmerlik
Co-Founder & CEO
Vengo / TaxiTreats

Sam Slover
Co-Founder – VP Technology
Learn It Live

In Case You Missed It: Day In The Life of an Entrepreneur

Did you miss, Stern Alum ’07 Al’s day in the life at his tech start-up, @KeyCuts? If so, click on the logo below for more information.

Interested in entrepreneurship? Have a lot of business ideas that you’d like to explore? Sign up on Career Net for What’s Next? Entrepreneurship at Wasserman on October 30th.

How About Starting A Startup This Summer Break?

Taking the leap to being an entrepreneur and starting something isn’t easy. It requires a lot of commitment to the concept and ability to stay determined no matter what the situation. I have previously written on recognizing opportunities and identifying which of those could turn into a business. However, the biggest challenge facing a lot of the individuals is the path to executing any idea.

So here is what I propose to those wantrapreneurs who are not able to take the leap towards committing themselves to an idea: Instead of going on a vacation or taking up an internship this summer break, dedicate those 10 weeks to working on your business venture.

The main idea behind this exercise will be to validate the viability of your concept at the end of your summer break. When validating a startup, you might come across a number of obstacles. Mentioned below are some of the most common challenges that are encountered by almost every entrepreneur, along with ways to address them:

Team: The best way to build a good team is to interact with individuals in your network and see if any of them are willing to be a part of your initiative. If that doesn’t help, attend Meetup groups. Relevant Meetup groups can serve as an excellent resource to meet interesting people who would share your passion/vision.

Financing: There are many avenues to explore when it comes to receiving seed funding, but to be taken seriously, it is crucial to build a prototype or demo of your product ASAP. Having a prototype to show is all you need to worry about, to help validate your idea.

Marketing: The best way to get yourself and your product noticed, is to go to startup demo events and pitch your idea. Apart from this, be sure to write a blog every few days. Blogs serve as a very powerful channel to communicate your business’ vision and concept to people around the globe.

At the end of these 10 weeks if you decide to purse your venture further, you will be in a great position to apply to startup accelerator programs that will provide you will seed funding, mentorship as well as all the resources you need to continue to grow.

To those who feel that this is a lot easier said than done I would like to assure you that once you take the leap, each challenge will appear to be an opportunity to prove yourself. There is no bigger incentive to work harder.

In the past one year, I have learnt a lot more working at my startup iFunding, than working at an analyst level could’ve taught me over three years. Irrespective of whether I like it or not, I have to participate in every aspect of the business and learn on the go. That is true for every entrepreneur. I have been fortunate to team up with an amazing co-founder who has patiently helped me learn aspects of the business that I wouldn’t have an opportunity to understand otherwise.

Feel free to reach out to me if you need any guidance/advice or access to resources that you are not able to find by yourself. I will be sure to revert to you within 24 hours. My email is sohin.shah@innovationalfunding.com

Exploring a Franchise Career: The IFE Experience

Visiting the International Franchise Expo (IFE) in New York City may seem like the perfect way to find the franchise that’s right for you. And it is, but only if you’ve done your homework and have constructed a plan to make the most of your experience. International Franchise Expo offers countless ways to help make the most informed choice about which franchise concept will fit best for you.

 

Hundreds of Companies

The first thing you’ll notice when you walk onto the expo floor is the variety of opportunities available. Franchise buyers need to invest sufficient time researching their options. What type business appeals to you? What skills do you have? What type of lifestyle do you want? What is your budget? These are the important questions to consider as you review the extensive range of choices available. You’ll have ample opportunity to meet face to face with franchisors ready to expand right in your neighborhood.

 Dig Deeper

You enjoyed that delicious sandwich at a franchise location recently and now you’re thinking, “I could own one of the restaurants”. Food franchises are great for some people but typically employ many workers, require a large upfront investment, and characteristically long hours. Different franchises feature different requirements – some more flexible than others. Most people don’t realize the array of franchises offered until the serious research starts. Look for a franchise that can integrate your skills and goals. At IFE you’ll see many brands you know, like Mathnasium and The UPS Store but you’ll also see concepts brand new to NY – like Fannie May and Cups Frozen Yogurt.

Do Your Homework

Choosing the right franchise is a challenge. Learning as much as you can about franchising and the types of businesses you’re considering is critical. International Franchise Expo features 50 free seminars and in-depth symposia on a range of topics that provide the facts you’ll need to make the most informed decision. Education at the expo events is presented by the experts in franchising – professionals who have the experience and knowledge to deliver the information you need to make a smart choice. In addition, IFE features The Professional Center – staffed with legal, financial, and small business professionals right on the expo floor to answer all your questions – and it’s completely free.

Resources

After you’ve done your research with tools like publications and websites, gear up to visit The International Franchise Expo, June 15-17, at the Javits Convention Center. Be prepared to speak with representatives about your expectations, objectives and goals. With over 2500 franchises in 75+ industries, there’s a franchise out there just waiting for you. Click here to register free compliments of NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development.