Web Venturing Class Mid-Semester Update

I spent last week down in Harrisonburg, VA at James Madison University, giving my “entrepreneurship as a career choice” talk to two classes and also working with students from the web venturing class that I’m co-teaching. My original plan was to get down to JMU early in the semester to meet all of the students. I thought it would be good to interact face-to-face to form those personal relationships that are hard over Skype and email. Unfortunately, that pesky hurricane happened and I was forced… Continue reading


Pumped to be Co-Teaching a Web Venturing Class!

After my most recent talk at James Madison University last fall, Professor Wales asked me to assist him in teaching a course called “Web Venturing” this coming Fall. What an opportunity!  I think I answered “yes” before he finished his sentence. Prof. Wales spends his summers back in NY so we’ve been able to meet all summer long and work on our syllabus. We had the last meeting yesterday where we reviewed the finer points of the lectures that I’ll be giving. In a little… Continue reading


The Intersection of Technology, Communication, and Culture at Pure Adapt

Yesterday I gave an abbreviated version of my “Entrepreneurship as a Career Choice” talk to the students at James Madison University. We then had a discussion about the pros and cons of starting your own business out of college, and then a brief Q&A. What made it different than the past talks was that I gave it virtually over Skype. I wasn’t sure how it would go, but it went pretty well. The webcam on their end was good enough for me to almost feel… Continue reading


I’m Back!

I had an awesome trip down South. It was exactly what I was hoping it would be – a long break from my routine. I wasn’t really trying to forget about work so much as just spend an extended amount of time in a different atmosphere with people I don’t get to see nearly often enough. JMU Talk The first few days were spent in Harrisonburg, Virginia at James Madison University where I gave my “Entrepreneurship as a Career Choice” talk. Previously I had just… Continue reading


My Visit to James Madison University

After a couple of awesome presentations at Skidmore College, I was a bit bummed to hear that Professor Wales, my good friend and teacher of the class, had accepted a position at James Madison University in Virginia.  I had enjoyed going in to speak both semesters and thought that the two of us had a ton of future potential working together to grow young entrepreneurship in upstate New York.  Of course, I also understood that it was a great career move for him and that… Continue reading


Skidmore Round 2

I gave my “Entrepreneurship as a Career Choice” talk again yesterday at Skidmore.  Much like last semester, it was an amazing experience.  I revised my presentation a bit, and overall I thought I did a good job.   More than that though, it’s just an awesome feeling giving a talk and knowing that people are genuinely interested in what you have to say. Like last time, it started off with a 20 minute debate between the students about whether or not you should start a business… Continue reading


Thank You Skidmore!

“Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on Earth”. –Roberto Clemente I mentioned back in August that I was invited to speak to an Entrepreneurship and Small Business class at Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY (about a 45 minute drive north for me).  Well, the day finally came yesterday, and it was an awesome experience.  The class is comprised of about 20 seniors who are interested in entrepreneurship.  For a… Continue reading