Monday, December 15, 2008

StrikeIron looking for Associate Biz Dev position

StrikeIron is the leader in providing innovative solutions for delivering data over the Internet to a broad range of applications in several industries. The company’s innovative Web Services Marketplace provides a technology platform, micro-transaction management and a consistent interface across many XML-based Web services from multiple, diverse sources. This allows business users, application developers and enterprise IT professionals to customize and integrate external data sources and additional external functionality into enterprise, Web, and composite applications. Currently, StrikeIron provides over 70 live data sources and business functions from organizations such as Cortera, D&B, Gale, MapQuest, Midnight Trader, Tax Data Systems, Wall Street Horizon, and Zacks. We are a young, high growth and highly entrepreneurial centric company.


StrikeIron is seeking a dynamic, high energy Business Development Manager to assist in developing new and existing channels within its technology partner ecosystem. This role will have a heavy emphasis on business partnership negotiation and execution, sourcing, evaluating new markets and technologies, and channel management.




- Implement channels development strategy to meet revenue objectives

- Identify new opportunities

- Assist in negotiations

- Respond to partner inquiries, from initial inquiry to ongoing success




- 2+ years experience in a business development role

- Be able to apply software and Internet technology to create opportunities

- Strong knowledge of strategy setting, business development and proposal process

- Knowledge of online business models and Internet technology

- Past experience and success in software or Internet Business Development

- Proactively keeps up to date with Internet and technology trends

- Strong verbal and written communication skills

- Strong presentation skills

- Excellent interpersonal skills and positive attitude

- Ability to meet multiple objectives in an entrepreneurial environment

- Willingness for up to 50% travel

- Bachelor's degree or higher


Benefits include:

- Stock Options

- Medical/Dental, 401k, Section 125/Cafeteria Plan

- Paid Vacation and Holidays


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ignite Social Media looking for interns

Ignite Social Media is looking to fill up to three Social Media Marketing paid internship openings for this coming Spring semester. 


Who Are We?

Ignite Social Media is a social media consultancy that works with companies to advise them on how to leverage social media (both social networking like Facebook and social media like blogs, vlogs, podcasts, etc.) for marketing benefits, including increased customer engagement and search engine optimization. Office located in Cary, NC.


Who Are You?

As a start-up company, we are looking for an intern candidate that has a passion for social media. We want candidates that Twitter, Facebook, and blog regularly - who are comfortable using social media and excited about the opportunity of applying it to businesses.




Social Media Marketing Intern(s):

Looking for up to three interns who can help develop strategies for social networks, help develop quality social media content for Ignite, and help implement social media campaign strategies for our clients. These interns will work closely with the team in strategy sessions and will write blog posts, analyze new social networks, and use social media tools to optimize and publicize content.




Anne E. Brannon

Community Engagement Specialist


w: Ignite Social Media

p: (919) 653-3970


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Trip to Silicon Valley - one part workshop, one part bplan competition

EntrepreneurTrek grew beyond the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab's scope and now operates as a separate non-profit.  Many of Bay Area investor and startup communities have confirmed their participation and interest in connecting with young entrepreneurs and getting access to early stage ideas.

Now, it's a 2-day intensive program designed to help MBA students and young entrepreneurs network and sharpen their tool kit for securing funding and seeking a rewarding job or internship in the startup space.  Over 1000 (mostly MBA) students and alumni from the top 30 schools (e.g. Chicago GSB, Cornell, Stanford, India School of Business, MIT Sloan, Wharton, etc.) are expected to attend with well-vetted business plans and a chance to pitch in front of a live audience and potential investors.  At EntrepreneurTrek, you can expect to

  • Meet and network with 20+ leading venture capitalists and angel investors

  • Meet and network with 20+ premier start-up and high-tech companies

  • Get an opportunity to pitch your ideas to potential investors

  • Network with other experienced and successful entrepreneur

Here are some of the speakers and venture firms that have been invited

  • Ron Conway, Founder, SV Angels
  • Steve Jurvetson, Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Drew Clark, Director of Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group
  • David Lawee, VP Corporate Development, Google
  • John Ham, CEO,
  • Charles River Ventures, Intel Capital, Kleiner Perkins, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, Venrock
  • Facebook, RIM, Rock You, and many more!

Please let me know if you have additional questions.  If you would like the current Fuqua students to participate, just let me know and we will set up an additional $50 discount (off of the $250 for early birds) for them.  Registration fees include food and beverages.


Tan Nguyen
EntrepreneurTrek Foundation
innovation that transcends boundaries

Monday, December 1, 2008

CED looking for someone

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development  is the place to get connected to the entrepreneurial community in RTP.  If you are interested in getting involved, working there can be a great way.  We've observed many people working at CED for a few years that use it as a great stepping stone to other positions in the entrepreneurial community.

See below.


Entrepreneurial Development Program Manager


This position is responsible for conducting CED’s existing entrepreneurial development programs (FastTrac Tech, Entrepreneurs Only Workshops), as well as evaluating and devising other programs to support CED’s members at key stages in the entrepreneurial process.  The Program Manager also will be the primary contact with student entrepreneurs at area colleges and universities.


The Program Manager will have broad authority to create and implement CED’s program offerings, working with advisors and experts to meet the changing needs of business start-ups, later stage companies, and student entrepreneurs. The Programs Manager will report to the president, work closely with the Senior Program Managers for Life Sciences and Technology, and serve as a member of the senior management team.


Duties include:


1.                  Management

a.       Create and maintain advisory panels and partnerships with other entrepreneurial support organizations, including the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, to identify significant issues and opportunities for entrepreneurs.  As CED has not conducted a thorough review of its entrepreneurial development programs for some time, the initial work should focus on understanding the current market conditions for business start-ups and early stage companies locally and how CED can best support that work. The goal will be to establish a “CED Institute” of tiered programs, based on an entrepreneur’s needs and readiness

b.      Develop strategic goals and outcomes for CED entrepreneurial development programs based on feedback from the advisory panels and the marketplace; evaluate all activities annually against goals

c.       Create annual plan, with budget and timeline, for CED entrepreneurial development programs

d.      Supervise contractors and volunteer staff to plan and implement major entrepreneurial development programs

e.       Participate in strategic planning

2.                  Program Creation

a.       Responsible for creating full range of support programs for high-growth, high-impact companies, recruiting and training instructors, mentors and coaches for FastTrac Tech and other entrepreneurial support programs. Programs may include partnerships with outside groups, include business competitions, one-time seminars and training programs, and hosting speakers

b.      Establish teams from NCIDEA, NC Biotechnology Center, CED staff and partners to recruit and screen applicants for appropriate placement in the “CED Institute”

c.       Responsible for working with Senior Program Managers for Life Science and Technology to identify presenting companies for Venture conference or other showcase

d.      Serve as liaison to student entrepreneurs within CED’s target geographic region; create and oversee student internship programs with University partners

3.                  Outreach

a.       Serve as CED representative for entrepreneurial development partnerships

b.      Responsible for making presentations to internal and external audiences on CED’s entrepreneurial support programs and initiatives

c.       Responsible for working with investors and support organizations to make appropriate connections for business start-ups and early stage companies

d.      Responsible for assisting the president and development director to identify potential funders for entrepreneurial development programs



Job Requirements: The preferred candidate will be an experienced nonprofit program manager who can demonstrate deep understanding of the needs of entrepreneurs and start-up companies.  The candidate will have excellent organizational, written and verbal communications skills, and will enjoy working collaboratively with a wide range of colleagues and volunteers. The position requires a minimum B.A. or B.S degree, with an advanced degree preferred. A minimum of two years experience in nonprofit program management or related work is required, with preference given for additional years of experience.


Job performance measurement:

  • Successful creation and interaction with advisory panels and committees, resulting in the creation and execution of a “CED Institute” of tiered entrepreneurial development programs
  • Successful collaboration with the Kauffman Foundation in the implementation of 3 annual FastTrac Tech programs, including compliance with training and reporting requirements
  • Achieving minimum attendance and customer satisfaction goals at entrepreneurial development events determined in the annual plan
  • Establishing regular points of contact with student entrepreneurs and facilitating internships with CED and its member companies


Performance evaluation will be by feedback from the president, and special attention will be given to feedback from advisory panels and attendees at CED training programs.


Please apply to


Sequenomics LLC is a new kind of search company that develops software  tools to systematically search RNA and Protein sequence space – not only  genomic data, but all possible sequences. We are competing in the Duke  Start-Up Challenge and are currently seeking a dedicated Fuqua MBA  student who can take a position of leadership in shaping the company's  business and financial strategies. To learn more, please visit, or contact us at

Monday, November 10, 2008



2635 Meridian Parkway Ste 200 | Durham, NC 27713

User Experience Statistical Intern


iContact is a five-year old venture-backed 125-person company based in Durham, NC and our product is the leading email marketing and online communications platform used by over 35,000 companies worldwide. Our clients range from small businesses to blue chip clients like International Paper, Ford, Bank of America, Super 8 Motel, Symantec, Re/Max, United Colors of Benetton, Nissan, and LG Electronics.

iContact is searching for a Statistical Intern for an important and specific short term project to help us study, model and forecast our customers’ account lifetimes. The successful candidate will be a motivated self-starter, who loves diving deeply into interesting problems while also delivering timely, insightful and useful results and conclusions. This is a great opportunity for a student to gain hands on experience and build relationships in a corporate environment. There is a possibility this would lead to a permanent position in the future.


  • A thorough understanding of survival analysis is required
  • Ability to communicate and explain results to a diverse audience with varying degrees of statistical knowledge
  • Ph.D. or second-year Masters students, only, please
  • Eligibility to work in the United States is required


  • Write professional reports citing sources and stating assumptions
  • Presenting conclusions to directors and executives

For More Information

If you are interested and/or would like more information, please send resume with cover letter to If we determine you to be a qualified candidate we may send a questionnaire or contact you to schedule either an in-person interview or telephone interview. Additional information on the company and software can be found at

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Startup Predictor on younoodle

Hi everyone, we're interested in having a couple of students run through the Startup Predictor on  If you have an idea and run it through, let us know what you think. Email Howie at

MoxMe - looking for students to help out

Interested in Social networking?  We're looking for a couple of students to help MoxMe.  If interested, email Howie at

How it works

Have you ever needed to contact a group of people with important or urgent information? Perhaps a sports game has been cancelled, or a weather or police alert has gone out in your community! In today's communication-driven world of email, SMS, and mobile phones, getting the word out to a large group of people using different devices, in different places, and with different information needs is a real problem! Phone trees don't work anymore, but not everyone has a cell phone or email address! 

MoxMe! is the world’s first "social network" for alerting that simplifies alerting and notifications among people, teams, and communities of interest. Using MoxMe!, individuals like you can join groups and effectively manage how group organizers and other group members communicate with them! Anyone can create a group on MoxMe! Group organizers such as coaches, school or local government officials as well as individuals can start a communication group! Start using MoxMe! today as your one-stop shop for joining groups, managing communications preferences, and creating your own communications groups. 

Monday, October 20, 2008

Blinky TV looking for Fuqua MBA students

An alum told me about one of his projects, Blinky TV.  

We are interested in finding one or more Fuqua MBAs interested in interning for They would be charged with developing and executing the strategy for the company under my guidance.  We are also hiring a product savvy engineer to build out the site. is a social video network for kids under 13, anchored by the best age-appropriate videos on the web. Our editors comb the leading video sites and package the best videos for playback in our custom media player on Each of our kid customers can create a profile of his favorite videos and share them with his friends. Kids can also rate videos and submit links to videos that they want us to add to the site. 

Costs are low since we are leveraging the bandwidth and other hosting costs of the leading video sites like Youtube, Veoh and Aniboom. We will generate revenue via advertising initially through an ad network targeting kids like GoFish.  While we expect most traffic to occur virally there may be opportunities to supply editorialized kid videos in our custom player to leading game portals like Miniclip, Addicting games and Wild Tangent. 

Existing video sites like Youtube are innapropriate for younger kids. Videos are racy and violent and the comments are uncencored. While BlinkyTV streams videos from Youtube and other sites, comments and links are edited out. BlinkyTV will be the first social video network built from the ground up just for kids. 

If you're interested, email me at

Check it out.


Friday, October 17, 2008

Possible Internship in VC

I chatted with a couple of Duke alumni Venture Capitalists recently, and they said they might be willing to bring someone on for the summer.  The student needs an IT background, very smart, and willing to live and work up in Boston or the Bay Area, possibly for no pay.  Really, you'd be doing it for the experience.  

Are you the right person?  Send me a brief email, subject "VC summer opp"



I heard a student buzzing about the following startup, blueTunes (  I believe it is run by a Duke University student.

A new type of music player

Ever want to access your music from work, school, or a friend's house? With blueTunes, you can. blueTunes is a new approach to managing your music. Getting started is simple... all you have to do is:

Anna's Gourmet Goodies

Someone at Duke wrote in:

"[At a recent meeting at Duke] we used the business of Chris Duke (Fuqua 1987) for the new member gifts.  Chris started Anna's Gourmet Goodies in 2001 and his cookies, and presentation, were a huge hit!"

At Anna’s Gourmet Goodies we bake and ship gourmet cookiesbrownies and biscotti as gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, as a thank you, or for any occasion.   

Personalize your gift with a free card and include your special message.  For ourcorporate gift clients, we offer complete branding services with customized labels and note cards.  Whether you choose our bagsboxestins or baskets, we prepare each package to create a gift experience that will be appreciated and remembered long after the last crumb is gone.

Mark Burnett TV Show seeks entrepreneurs

I received this email.  I found it pretty interesting, and thought that one of our students might be brave enough to try it out.

Subject: Please forward to your students or graduates - New TV Pilot for Major Television Network now casting INVENTORS / ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS!

"Hello. I’m hoping you could post or forward this to any of your students or graduates who might be interested in participating. Thank you.

New TV Pilot for Major Television Network now casting INVENTORS / ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS!
Do you have an amazing idea or product but need the money to back it?
Would you like the opportunity to pitch your invention to several multi-millionaire investors? If so, we want to hear from you! 
Email a brief paragraph containing only NON-CONFIDENTIAL and NON-PROPRIETARY information about yourself and your idea along with contact info and a recent photo to:
Kris Canning – Casting Producer

You must be 18 or older to participate. 
By making a submission, you acknowledge that such submission may be identical with or similar to material which has or may come to Mark Burnett Game Shows, Inc., any network or other entity that is licensed to exhibit the pilot, and/or their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, related entities, employees, contractors, agents, representatives, officers, directors, assignees, designees, licensees (collectively "MBGS") from other sources.  You acknowledge that the entities comprising MBGS are engaged in a wide range of business ventures and may be independently developing ideas, projects, or concepts identical with or similar to your submission.  You acknowledge that the submission is submitted voluntarily and not in confidence or in trust, and that no confidential or fiduciary relationship is intended or created between you and MBGS by reason of such submission or otherwise. You agree that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against MBGS (including without limitation any obligation to pay money) by reason of MBGS's receipt or potential or actual review of your submission or any discussions or negotiations you may have, except pursuant to an express written agreement which may hereafter be executed by you and MBGS.  Without limiting the foregoing, you specifically acknowledge and agree that you release MBGS from any and all claims, including without limitation so-called "idea submission" or similar claims, you may have now or in the future relating to your submission."

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fullsteam Brewery

I was just introduced to Fullsteam Brewery "A Brewery and Tavern in-planning" in Durham.  Being started by Sean Wilson, a Fuqua alum from 2000.

What does a distinctly Southern beer taste like? Bet you don't know. Truth is, neither do we.

Fullsteam's mission is to change that. To develop and define a distinctly Southern brewing styleexperimenting with seasonal farmed goods and heirloom grains in the brewing process.

What will result? We're not quite sure. All we know is this: it's our mission to figure it out. We're developing recipes, sourcing local ingredients, and testing batches. Along the way, we'll pay our respects to traditional brewing, crafting a line of easy-drinking session beers. But what we want to be known for -- in 2008 and decades beyond -- is our willingness to invent what doesn't yet exist. To answer "what if" questions. To grow into a Great Southern Brewery...and have an airshipload of fun in the process.

Welcome to our noble experiment. We'll see you at the tavern before too long.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Entex looking for student - Clean Water technology

Entex Technologies is looking to hire a student to do a major update of our business plan.  Entex is now in its 5th year of operations, located in Chapel Hill. We are looking for a student with strong verbal skills and good financial skills to update and rewrite our business plan.  Entex’s management has a clear vision of its future, but needs to express it clearly and succinctly in its written plan.  Additionally, good financial skills will be needed to update the pro-forma P&L, Balance Sheets and Cash Flow statements.


For more information about Entex, visit

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

RTP Startup Showcase - Friday, Nov 21 at Fuqua!

Hi everyone,

We'd like to announce that on Friday, November 21st at 5:30pm, during Entrepreneurship Week, we'll have a bunch of startups right here on campus at Fuqua.

We hope you'll join us.  More info at

Here are some of the companies that will be here:
Web 2.0 tools for musicians
Jed Carlson '05

Precision Biosciences
Edit genes
Matt Kane '06

Brooks Bell Interactive
Online marketing optimization
Brooks Bell '01

sharing files online
Jesse Lipson '99

Science Learning Resources, Inc.
Enhancing scientific literacy throughout our communities with innovative multimedia technology
Gary Duncan

Near-Time, Inc.
Integrates wikis, weblogs, and file-sharing
Reid Conrad

social network for college sports
Dean Bundschu
Customized clothing - made to fit
Charles J. Tse

making solar electricity an efficient and affordable solution for everyone by providing turn-key solar energy solutions
David Bunge

More info at
Register today!

Walmart B-Plan Competition

Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge 2009

Walmart is committed to fostering innovation at all levels - in our stores and supply chain, in communities, and throughout the retail industry.  In this spirit, the Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge provides a forum for students to showcase their best ideas and to help Walmart learn from some of the brightest minds in the world.  The competition challenges students to invent sustainable products or develop sustainable business solutions and present them to a panel of Walmart executives, suppliers, and environmental organizations. In addition to gaining an audience with some of the top business and sustainability leaders in the United States, the winning school will receive $20,000 to invest in their business or product. 

Walmart developed the Better Living Business Plan Challenge to encourage entrepreneurial expression and growth.  The focus of business today must take into account not only the profit potential of a business venture or new product, but also the effect on the environment and on people.  The Challenge provides students with a venue to develop confidence in presenting their ideas to world business leaders, to receive feedback and constructive coaching to be successful in selling their ideas, and to make seed money available to help young entrepreneurs make their ideas a reality.  

If you have a great idea for a sustainable product, business or service, we invite you to participate in the 2009 Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge.

>> Submit an "Intent to Compete" form by November 1 to be considered! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition

Don't know much about this, but here it is

"Comments: Dear Sir/Madam, I am Edmilson Rodrigues, an intern at the William James Foundation for this fall of 2008. The William James Foundation is an organization in Washington DC that works with entrepreneurs who are starting socially responsible / sustainable businesses. Our main project is our Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition, which will give professional level feedback to all entrants, and $60,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to the finalists. We are recruiting both entrants to submit the business plans and judges to analyze them. The Judges are bankers, venture capitalists, academics, practicioners, and entrepreneurs. These individuals would commit to 5-10 hours of volunteer work between mid December and mid January to analyze plans that would be distributed according to their expertise. We would like to know if you can help us to spread the word on our project, helping us to recruit entrants and judges. Specifically we're looking to reach business students and entrepreneurship clubs. We have attached files with more descriptions for both entrants and judges. One key thing is that we are looking for folks who are actually planning to start their businesses, not for classroom exercises. Yours faithfully, Edmilson Rodrigues ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


The William James Foundation's 2008-09 Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition Who Can Enter: We're looking for individuals or teams that are starting for-profit businesses with a socially responsible/sustainable component. These businesses can be social enterprises (for-profit subsidiaries of not-for-profits), and we will accept plans that have been submitted to other competitions. At least one member of the team must be either a current student or recent graduate (within 10 years). See for more details. What's the Timeline: Executive Summaries are due on December 12th. If selected for the second round, full plans are due on February 8th. See for more details. Who are the Judges: We are working with a pool of judges that include subject matter experts in the areas in which we traditionally receive plans (organic food, green building, fair trade, diversity initiatives, etc.), entrepreneurs, and individuals who look at business plans on a regular basis (VCs, Bankers, CDC staff, etc.) Most of our reading judges are made so by invitation, but we are open to having more judges. To apply, see for details. What are the Prizes: The top prize that we offer to all entrants is detailed feedback on your summaries and plans. In addition, we have a prize basket for the top plans of cash and professional services ( e.g. 25 hours with a lawyer, 20 hours with an accountant, etc.) Last year's basket was worth more than $60,000."

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Impact Mozilla

From Mozilla:

Introducing our newest open source marketing project—a contest that gives you a chance to make your mark on Mozilla. We're looking for innovative ways to make sure people who download Firefox become regular users.

Interested? Start by sending us a summary of your ideas and an overview of how you and your team will carry them out. If your initial strategy makes the cut, we'll ask for a complete plan detailing your solution.

If your plan is selected as the winner, you'll have the opportunity to manage a marketing campaign for one of the top brands in the technology world. We'll give you the resources to enact your solution, plus $3,000 for the winning proposal.

More at 

Monday, September 29, 2008

Neat Startup Job Board - Startuply

why Startuply?

Because talent + fit is what we're all about. We give job seekers the power to compare apples to...well, oranges, and companies the ability to share both their vision and the reality of startup life.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Finance and Entrepreneurship

If you have a strong interest in both finance and entrepreneurship, contact me at

In particular, I'm looking for someone with a strong finance background, perhaps with experience on wall street, and hopefully with a strong entrepreneurship background as well (having started a company before).

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Business IT Case competition

The first of its kind Business IT Case Competition, APEX is set to make
its mark globally. Differentiated from other case challenges by
featuring live cases from both public and private sectors, the case will
encompass reengineering business processes and using IT strategically to
heighten company leverage and maximise profits.

APEX will be held in Singapore, where the vibrant economy and lively
people make the city most apt for the challenge. The event is proudly
organised by Singapore Management University (SMU), in partnership with
the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore.

I would like to invite your esteemed University's students to take part
in this inaugural international business IT case competition. I assure
you that the international exposure gained will be well worth the while,
and is good branding for Duke University.

With Southeast Asia's increasing importance in the global economy,
Singapore is definitely a place for networking with industry giants, a
place to transform business through IT, a place to experience. Right in
the heart of the bustling city state, the world's premier F1 night race
is all set to run. Looking forward, Singapore has also earned the honour
of hosting the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. And one cannot miss out on the
delicious international cuisines served all around the country, making
Singapore a food heaven you must visit!

I look forward to hearing from you. Should you have any queries, please
do not hesitate to contact me at

Friday, September 12, 2008

Web start-up looking for interns

FitMedia Concepts, Inc. is a web start-up co-founded by Duke alum Coleman Shelton.  The company is developing a video-based health and fitness web application and is looking for Fuqua interns. 


We can work with the interns to determine their responsibilities based their interests.  Responsibilities could include:


·         Conducting market research and competitive analysis to refine the product's features and our business model

·         Building a brand identity consistent with our strategic goals, and then using that identity to inform web development

·         Refining our content development plan and/or overseeing content development

·         Developing a marketing plan


Hours are flexible.  For more information, please E-mail

Monday, September 8, 2008

A Simple, Online Tool for Mapping Informal Networks was started by two Duke MBA alums to allow managers and business leaders to quickly and easily map human relationships in the workplace using web-based surveys.
Here is an example where the informal Keyhub chart reveals the importance of a manager relatively low in the formal hierarchy. He is very central to the communication and trust networks (via four incoming connections, including one from the CEO), thus the larger node size. This manager is a Keyhub in the company—something the formal org chart does not expose.

Click here to learn more or visit

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

New Mountain Ventures

Christopher Gergen writes:
"Our firm is looking to hire a smart, motivated, entrepreneurial intern for a few hours of work/ week.  This would have been the job I would have loved as an undergrad.  It's a nice mix of helping us with market research, business development, and researching stories for our blogs on Harvard Business, Inc, etc.  If you can send this job announcement around to your respective networks that would be great.  Note the deadline for receiving cover letters and resumes is Friday, September 26th"

JOB TITLE: Entrepreneurship Intern

TERMS: Part-Time Flexible Hours, approximately 10 hours per week

LOCATION: Anywhere

POSITION OBJECTIVE: Support the continued growth of an exciting national leadership development company and its founders, while also supporting the publicity efforts surrounding their new book, Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives (Jossey-Bass, 2008,  Candidate will be a self-starter who is dynamic, entrepreneurial, well organized, results-oriented, professional, and dedicated. 


  • Market and competitive research in the leadership development space
  • Research and idea generation to support the authors’ columns and blogs: Harvard Business Online,, Life Entrepreneurs, Washington Times
  • Updating the company and book web site on a weekly basis
  • Supporting business development and sales & marketing activities, including marketing materials, client scheduling and follow-up, database management (via HighRise online), marketing strategy/messaging support, etc.
  • Supporting product development efforts
  • Identifying potential partner organizations and new business possibilities and leads
  • Identifying and soliciting appropriate “thought leader” support (e.g., authors of related books)
  • Scouring Google alerts for related initiatives
  • Conducting online research, as needed
  • Keeping authors regularly informed on progress


QUALIFICATIONS: Ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and communications skills.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Ability to manage a number of projects simultaneously and prioritize tasks.
  • Advanced computer knowledge and skills.
  • Team player.
  • Proven track record of seeing projects through to completion with little or no supervision.
  • Commitment to our mission and philosophy. 


To learn more about New Mountain Ventures, please visit

To learn more about Life Entrepreneurs and the authors, please visit


If interested, please send resume and email cover letter to before Friday, September 26th.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Viovio - photo sharing startup

We received the following opportunity:

"Viovio's founder and owner, Christian Fowler is a local entrepreneurwho has worked with business school students in the past. He has built an exciting online business in the photo sharing space and islooking for a talented business professional to help him scale hissales and marketing activities.

Anyone interested in online marketing and internet commerce would get real operating experience assisting in the build out of Christian'sbusiness."

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Work at Shoeboxed

Shoeboxed was started by a Duke alum, Taylor Mingos, and has raised funding and has offices here in Durham.

About Shoeboxed
Shoeboxed is a free web site where you can store and organize all your receipts. Digital receipts are extremely useful, but scanning all that paper can be very time-consuming. To save you time, we can scan your receipts for you through our Receipt Mail-In program.

Why we started Shoeboxed
We launched Shoeboxed because we believe that receipts are important, but they shouldn't have to be a pain. Right now, our goal is to make it as easy as possible to digitize, organize, analyze, and export your receipts. Looking toward the future, we have lots of ideas to make receipts more manageable and convenient for you. As the world goes digital, Shoeboxed will work to get rid of unnecessary paper receipts that that cause you stress and harm our environment.

They are looking for interns.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Cool companies in RTP and the Southeast

Check out some of the cool companies that are in the Research Triangle Park and the Southeast

Companies that presented at the 25th Annual CED Venture Conference at the Washington Duke Inn:

Companies that presented at the 2nd Annual SEVC Conference in Reston, VA:

One of the top startup publications:

Companies that recently spun out of Duke University: -- collegiate sports company looking for help

I met with Sue Harnett today, a Duke and Fuqua alumnus. She is very interested to be contacted by Duke MBA students that have a passion for sports, and are also savvy with web 2.0 sites and technologies (facebook, youtube, etc...)

Sue has a great story and an excellent business. Check it out at

"Replay photos is an amazing store. We work with colleges across the nation to scour their archives for their best photographs, digitally restore them if necessary and categorize them for easy viewing. Never before have so many iconic college campus and sports photos been offered in one place. Now, alumni, fans and supporters of universities have the opportunity to purchase wonderful images that evoke the passionate feelings they have for their favorite schools These images are available as unframed photographic prints, custom framed prints, gallery wrapped canvases."

If interested, contact Sue at

NCBIO -- Advanced Medical Technologies Center Planning Assistance

The North Carolina Biosciences Organization is seeking assistance from one or more MBA students in developing a business plan for a new non-profit North Carolina corporation ("Advanced Medical Technologies Center" or "AMTC") established to promote the growth of North Carolina's advanced medical technologies sector. For the purposes of this project, advanced medical technologies are considered to include medical devices and diagnostics, as well as other technologies that may evolve from the convergence of devices and diagnostics with biotechnology, information technology, regenerative medicine, nanotechnology and other potentially related disciplines

Upon completion of the business plan, the new AMTC will be eligible to submit an application to the North Carolina Biotechnology Center for $2.5 million in funding over the Center's first four years of operation. The AMTC will be required to match the $2.5 million launch grant with funding from other sources. In its fifth year of operation and beyond the new AMTC must be self-supporting.

Initial planning has identified the following goals for the AMTC: (i) help North Carolina advanced medical technology companies more efficiently locate required talent and services, (ii) work with existing economic development entities to attract out-of-state investment, development partners, and new advanced medical technology companies to North Carolina, and (iii) help stimulate the creation of new advanced medical technology companies based on local resources and assets. A more detailed outline of proposed goals, strategies and activities for the AMTC is attached.

NCBIO's business plan for the new entity will include (i) an organizational chart, (ii) plans for an external advisory board, (iii) a collaboration and partnering plan, including an explanation of the AMTC's strategy for leveraging existing institutions, (iv) job descriptions for key personnel, (v) a review of the market for the AMTC's proposed services, (vi) a summary of the needs of target companies and institutions, (vii) a summary of the AMTC's focus and goals, (viii) a commercialization strategy, (ix) milestones, (x) pro forma financial statements, and (xi) an analysis of intellectual property issues affecting the Center's operation.

NCBIO intends to complete work on a draft of the business plan by the end of September and to finalize the plan by the end of October.

Student assistance will be utilized through the end of October. Students will have opportunities to participate in all aspects of the business plan development process, including development of pro-formas, drafting of narrative elements of the plan, and conducting research. In addition, students involved in the project will have opportunities to network and interact with local business, academic and government leaders. Previous work experience in non-profit operations or funding, medical device or similar technology sector, or business consulting and planning will be helpful.

For more information, contact Sam Taylor at or by telephone a (919) 281-8960.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Smarthome team looking for MBA help

Kelvin Gu writes
"Our gadget is for entertainment. It helps you play--almost cheat at--billiards
(or snooker or pool). The device comes in a small box and hangs right over the
pool table. The camera and computer inside can see where your cue stick is
pointing. Based on the direction your stick points, a projector shines a beam
of light onto the pool table (an arrow-line shows up on the table) indicating
the path your shot will take. If you readjust the angle of your stick, the beam
of light readjusts too, in real time.

Basically, our gadget helps you make good shots when playing pool. It does the
same thing that this video-game version of billiards does:

... except in real life.

At this stage, we've built a working prototype. It's not nearly as accurate or
as beautiful as we'd like it to be, but it exists and can be optimized."

For more info contact Kelvin at:

Monday, April 21, 2008

Duke MBA Alumni looking to partner on web startup

A Duke MBA Alumni is looking for highly motivated entrepreneurial students to become a possible partner in his high potential web startup.
This web company has 2 patent pending, a solid business model, a working prototype, and is in its early stages.

Potential hires will get real life experience in starting up a company, learn how to get investors, create a business case, and lay the foundations of the business.
Partner will be stock compensated and have a great chance to make tons of money.
Call Brian Glassman Founder 321-543-7165.

Real Estate Developer looking for a Duke MBA

A Durham entrepreneur and real estate developer is looking for an
intern to help with a very large commercial real estate transaction.

He owns a large storage complex that sits right beside a rail line in
Durham. He plans to convert this space into an intermodal storage hub
and integrate it into the supply chain of several large international
firms. International companies will move their products on rail to
this location and store them as long as needed before shipping off to
the west coast, Europe, or Asia.

Responsibilities include running cash flow analyses, researching
international supply chain models, and interacting with international
companies. Mandarin Chinese and/or Spanish language abilities are a
large plus.

This is an amazing opportunity for those interested in commercial real
estate, logistics, and global supply chain management -- a chance to
get your hands dirty, make some contacts, and learn an immense amount.
Compensation is negotiable based upon experience and skill set.

If interested, please send a resume and short (eg, one paragraph)
cover letter/email summarizing your interest and experience to John at .

Friday, March 7, 2008

A World of Music in Virtual Reality - Seeking Start-Up Support

Curious Sense is a new Durham start-up. We're launching a virtual world of music in the Fall of 2008. It's a 3D digital simulation of a beautiful city that will host a variety of interactive activities between artists, fans, and brands. The featured events will be simulcasts of real-world concerts and re-creations of past concerts - performed by animated characters that look and act like major performance artists. The world is comprised of venues, on-demand video theaters, fan hang-outs, shops, museums, and more.

Curious Sense is a strategy, design, and R&D agency that specializes in developing virtual world experiences. We're pre-business plan, and looking for help with research, projections, revenue modeling, etc. Also seeking feedback about design concepts.

Contact: Adam Blumenthal,

Thursday, March 6, 2008

PE Firm looking for Mentored Study Candidate

An NC-based private equity firm is interested in engaging a Mentored
Study candidate during Term 4/Term 1 (eg, starting immediately) to
assist in the advancement of a waste-to-energy business concept. This
opportunity would involve technical review of several critical
technologies, patent valuation and negotiation support, strategic
business plan refinement, partnership agreement structuring/negotiation,
financial modeling and various research tasks, as needed. It
would provide exposure to many aspects surrounding a start-up in a
fast-growing (green tech/clean tech) segment of the investment arena,
including the development of a "triple bottom line" business model.

The ideal candidate would include someone with experience and interest
in one or more of the following: venture capital/private equity;
entrepreneurship/social entrepreneurship; energy/alternative energy;
financial statement analysis; business plan/strategy development;
law. Aptitude in research, writing, strategic thinking
and financial/quantitative skills are a must. Availability at least one
day a week during Term 4 is also a requirement.

If interested, please send a resume and short (eg, one paragraph) cover
letter/email summarizing your interest and experience to Jim Sheldon by
5pm Friday March 14th. Selection and confirmation will take place
during the first week of Term 4.