I am all excited to be volunteering for Startup 2010 on May 20 in NYC. The lineup of this one day conference cum business plan competition is just phenomenal.
So join us on May 20 at the NYU Stern School Auditorium, in NYC. We’ll start the day with an interview with Dennis Crowley, CEO of Foursquare, the hottest company in the universe right now. And later we’ll be joined by Bob Bowman of Major League Baseball, Justin Shaffer of Hot Potato, Eric Litman of Medialets, and other titans of the emerging mobile world.
Another name to capture my attention was Scott Galloway, NYU Professor and an entrepreneur. I am sure all MBA applicants and students are familiar with this Internet popular email exchange story but for those who aren’t, read it here. I think Galloway’s response was pretty awesome to say the least. No wonder immediately after this campus sensation of a story, Stern students were sporting t-shirts with Galloway’s beloved phrase – get your shit together.
xxxx, let me be more serious for a moment. I do not know you, will not know you and have no real affinity or animosity for you. You are an anonymous student who is now regretting the send button on his laptop. It’s with this context I hope you register pause…REAL pause xxxx and take to heart what I am about to tell you:
xxxx, get your shit together.
Getting a good job, working long hours, keeping your skills relevant, navigating the politics of an organization, finding a live/work balance…these are all really hard, xxxx. In contrast, respecting institutions, having manners, demonstrating a level of humility…these are all (relatively) easy. Get the easy stuff right xxxx. In and of themselves they will not make you successful. However, not possessing them will hold you back and you will not achieve your potential which, by virtue of you being admitted to Stern, you must have in spades. It’s not too late xxxx…
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So, anyways I am looking forward to this joint effort on Mobile Revolution by Silicon Alley Insider and NYU Stern. But more than anything, I want to see the participants and their investment pitches in this business plan competition. I hope the weather turns warmer by then, for God’s sake its May!