The internship debate: Paid or Unpaid? Which side are you on?

When managed properly interns can be a great asset to an organization during the summer or school year. They can be hard working, diligent and come with enough aptitude or basic skills to learn on the job.  But they also have relatively no experience and if you rely on them too much you’ll miss them in your business when their term ends.

Considering the pros and cons of hiring interns there is also the question of resources. Do you have enough to pay them, and if so would you?

Entrepreneurship programming has students excited about startups at all our universities. Now what do we do with them?

It is nothing short of amazing to see the entrepreneurial revolution happening at our local universities. From the EClub and IDEA programs at Northeastern to ILab and HackHarvard at Harvard to StartLabs and Startup Club at MIT to the BCVC at BC and the VDC at UMass Boston, there are tons of programs at different schools. This is creating hundreds of startup hungry students.

Right now our biggest challenge is making them aware of our ecosystem, but soon I believe we may solve that issue, but be left with a new challenge: What to do with all of them?

What To Do In College To Prepare To Be An Entrepreneur

Thanks to all the press embracing technology, the movie the Social Network and the emergence of the consumer web and mobile apps, entrepreneurship is in the spotlight again. With that comes the interest and excitement of students in college. You can see it on all the campuses around Boston as seemingly every school has an entrepreneurship club, a startup mentoring program and hackfests. These programs do everything from inspiring new entrepreneurs to coaching them through their first venture.

The problem is, the odds of you being the next Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Clerico, or Aaron Levie is statistically insignificant.  What's more likely is that you can lay a foundation in college for an amazing career as an entrepreneur that later in life becomes a successful founder. Here's a few tips for making the most of college to prepare for being a great entrepreneur.

What is Your Advice to Students on Partnerships?

I'm going to Tufts this evening to talk to a group of young social entrepreneurially minded students to discuss partnerships.  I've learned a few things along the way that I'd like to share, but I'd love to hear anyone else's advice.  Feel free to leave a comment or just tweet out your favorite piece of advice.

Event Recap: Developers Developers Developers Developers aka d8event is a Hit!

This weekend hundreds of students descended upon Microsoft NERD to learn about the latest web technologies for both development and design as well as what makes startups a great place to work. The first floor conference area was standing room only as students from 57 different New England schools eagerly listened and learned from great web experts like Dharmesh Shah, Angus Davis, John Resig, and Annie Wang.  It was a lot of fun to put on the event and I picked up a few things watching the talks. I'd like to share some highlights and lessons learned from the event.

5 Tips for Networking Success

With fall in full swing, many of you are probably checking out the Boston startup community for the first time. Whether you’re a student with your first great startup idea or someone looking to leave a big company for a startup, there’s a few things you should keep in mind to make the most of your networking experience.

Elements of Success: 5 Reasons Startup Bootcamp Crushed It

Startup Bootcamp this past weekend was an absolutely amazing day of entrepreneurship in Boston. Over 1,000 students, startupers and investors showed up live with another 1,500+ watching online.  You can read great recaps by Tim Chae, Jason BaptisteDan Ronken and BostonWomenPreneurs.  What I'd like to focus on what the key elements were in the event that we should ensure all future events take into consideration.

Pardees Safizadeh: Starting in the Startup World

{Ed. Note -The Greenhorn Connect team is growing! We're pleased to announce that Pardees Safizadeh is our new Director of Social Media.  She'll be helping us improve and grow our communication and outreach so we can more effectively interact with and help the Boston entrepreneur community. So please give a warm welcome to @Pardees.  

 

We are always interested in how we can help young people get integrated in the community, so we asked Pardees to share her story of getting into the community, getting excited and finding Greenhorn Connect!}

 

Rewind life back two months—it’s June, and I have no interest in joining the start up community. To be fair, I had no idea a start up community existed in Boston. I had no idea there were so many start up companies in Boston, and frankly, I didn’t care. I was interning in Boston and enjoying my life like a normal person. I wasn’t a business major in college and I didn’t intend on starting anything now.

 

So right now you’re probably thinking why am I (the reader) reading this? Why do I (the reader) care about this random girl and her lack of involvement in the start up community? Why? Because I did get involved.

 

Founder Fridays: Neuron Robotics

Who are the faces behind a company? How did the company get started? These are common question you may have about startups you see and hear about. If you don't get a chance to personally meet the founders, you're unlikely to ever know their story. That's where we're starting Founder Fridays. 

 

This week we are featuring Neuron Robotics  founded by Robert Breznak, a company that provides open source, programmable and cross-platform solution, the Bowler Communications System (BCS)  by lowering the costs of entry into robotics and CPS development to within the ability range of the average person.

Straight from the Source: What Students Said in the Startup Survey Part II- Barriers and Proposed Solutions

Yesterday, I covered Part I of the results of a survey I put out last week to ask students and young entrepreneurs the tough questions:  "What are the challenges to engaging more young people?" and "What are your ideas for improving the ecosytem?" and a lot more. (You can see the survey here).  In total, 21 students from 9 different universities responded to the survey.  I am blown away with the amount of detail and thoughtfulness they put into their answers. I'd like to now share the 2nd half of the results with all of you here:

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