Students and Alumni

Our students and alumni have insatiable curiosity and are driven to make a meaningful impact on something bigger than themselves.

3 Entrepreneurs Share Advice for Women in Tech

We all know there is a major gender gap in the labor force at large, but women represent a very small percentage of the tech industry—30%, to be exact. In 2011, the Level Playing Field Institute published a study that revealed women in tech (especially women of color) had more negative work experiences than their male counterparts, which in turn led to high turnover rates and contributed to job dissatisfaction overall. (more…)

The Sophomore Chronicles: Highlights from Weeks 3 and 4 at Startup Institute Chicago

This article by John Egan first appeared on MediumThis is the second blog post in a four-part series. Read part one: The Freshman Chronicles.

Chapter 2: Flying High

Throughout Week 3 and Week 4, we started flying high and accelerating our learning at a much faster pace. We began to build our networks, we got into the heart of our technical tracks, and we had deep talks to discover who we are and what we want to make out of our lives.


My Worst Moment, The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me

Change is inevitable.  More often than not, it happens so gradually that we don’t notice it all. Other times, it has a nasty habit of showing up without permission or notice. It rains on us before we even realize there’s going to be a storm. The only say we get in the matter is in the choices we make in the face of these changes. It is in those choices that we shape ourselves.


Consider This Before Accepting a Marketing Job for a Startup

Right before graduating from the Startup Institute, I snagged a dream gig as the first marketing hire for an early-stage startup. At first, the experience was exhilarating. We had a talented team, an awesome product, and a terrific culture.

But the job was difficult. From attracting customers to getting them to use the platform, every day felt like climbing the last 1,500 feet of Mt. Everest, only to do it all over again the next day. (more…)

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