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Fun that Can Shape the Future
May 28, 2019

Northwestern alumna Pree Walia believes in putting innovation in the hands of the next generation of female makers – and on them. While it takes a unique eye to make the connection between a good manicure and future STEM innovation, the founder of Preemadonna and creator of the NailBot sees the next-gen nail printer as […]

 
Veteran VC Returns to His Roots
May 1, 2019

Photo Credit: Macintosh image by Matthew Pearce From Silicon Valley to Manhattan, Brian Keil (MBA’92) has developed his investment experience in hubs for entrepreneurship. His time at the Wharton School helped him pivot from industrial engineering to a nearly 20-year career in venture capital. As the new Managing Partner for Chestnut Street Ventures, he’ll apply […]

 
Vetting an Opportunity Like a Venture Capitalist
May 1, 2019

I have been in and around company-building, technology, and venture investing for most of my life. I started my first company – a landscaping business named after my younger brother – in high school. Building that small business helped me pay for college, but it did something even more important. I remember securing my first […]

 
Beating Bad Apples with Good Data
April 26, 2019

Food waste remains one of the world’s most pervasive issues. The USDA estimates 40% of food in the U.S. feeds landfills instead of people each year, a loss of roughly 133 billion pounds and $161 billion. With Strella Biotech, Founder Katherine Sizov (C ’19) is aiming to reduce these figures with spoilage solutions for every step […]

 
Leading Budgeting and Performance for Government
April 3, 2019

If you’re going to change the way the government spends money, you have to change the way it looks at money. Zac Bookman, CEO and co-founder of OpenGov, understands this principle better than just about anyone. The Yale and Harvard graduate studied the impact of government operations, corruption, and policy, earning degrees in Law and […]


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