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Announcement: HireOwl Video Meetings

Announcement: HireOwl Video Meetings

Announcement

Team HireOwl is thrilled to announce general availability of instant video meetings, powered by innovative video technology from IntegriVideo. 

Overview

HireOwl video is built into the existing chat component, and makes it easy for students and employers to connect via live video—anytime, anywhere. Based on the latest WebRTC protocol, HireOwl video is supported by most browsers and doesn’t require installing any additional software.

How it works

HireOwl video naturally ties into existing workflows—students and employers can meet for interviews or new assignments. It’s also great for regular check-ins. Just start a video meeting to see a person face-to-face, and discuss progress on a project. All video sessions are automatically recorded and available for playback. 

Why video

Did you know that up to 65% of communications in meetings are non-verbal? With video, you can better understand the meaning by observing verbal cues and body language. And video is a powerful tool to build strong, ongoing work relationships with remote teams—we feel more engaged and connected when we see each other’s facial expressions.

What’s next

At HireOwl, we believe that video is an essential part of today’s workplace. Log into your HireOwl account and use video for your next meeting. 

About HireOwl

HireOwl.com is a fast-growing student employment network, helping thousands of students around the world find jobs and internships. HireOwl offers employers an easy way to connect to a large network of students to quickly fill their positions. HireOwl integrates real-time video and collaboration technologies as a complete solution for hiring and virtual workspace.

About IntegriVideo

IntegriVideo.com offers industry-leading video solutions in the form of web components, such as WebRTC-based video, chat, recording, file sharing and much more. IntegriVideo offers an advanced analytics platform for real-time analytics and monitoring, which allows subscribers to scale and optimize their offering.
HireOwl Partners with Integrivideo.com for Web-based Video

HireOwl Partners with Integrivideo.com for Web-based Video

Partnership Announcement

HireOwl.com is thrilled to announce that it’s partnering with IntegriVideo.com to integrate advanced video and collaboration capabilities into its current service offering.

With the new collaboration features, employers will enjoy new tools to meet and interview students remotely. Adoption of these technologies will result in significant time-savings and better hiring decisions. Students will get a better chance to get to know their future employer before accepting a job offer.

These collaboration capabilities will also enable employers and students to interact with each other on a regular basis, creating a  virtual workspace for them discuss new assignments, plan deliverables and review the results.

At HireOwl.com we believe that this technology enables us to deliver a complete solution to employers for recruiting and working with the technology-savvy millennial workforce.

About HireOwl.com

HireOwl.com a fast growing student employment network, helping students find part-time jobs and internships.

About IntegriVideo.com

IntegriVideo.com offers industry leading video solutions to its clients in the form of web components, such as webrtc-based video, chat, recording, file sharing and many more. Its advanced analytics platform offers real-time analytics and monitoring of the service allowing for better scale and optimization.

The Founders Series: Smart Hustle

The Founders Series: Smart Hustle

The Founders Series
: advice for entrepreneurs and students who are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs

With the Founders Series, we reach across multiple industries in order to get diverse perspectives on entrepreneurship. That’s why you see anything from startup law firms to mobile yoga studios sprinkled in alongside tech startups.

This week, we caught up with Ramon Ray, the Founder of Smart Hustle, a multimedia (online and print magazine) resource that offers valuable advice to entrepreneurs on most aspects of growing their businesses.

Tell us about Smart Hustle. What’s your vision for the company?

We aim to make Smart Hustle the leading national resource to educate and inspire small business entrepreneurs. We’re creating a community of small business entrepreneurs on the journey toward success. Smart Hustle Magazine is the rallying point for those who are using their smarts, creativity, and tenacity as they pursue the hustle–the smart hustle–on their way to even greater success. Smart Hustle Magazine is not just about those who have already succeeded, but those who are on the journey of small business entrepreneurial growth.

What inspired you to start your own company?

With Smart Hustle, I wanted to go beyond tech, which is the focus of my other company, SmallBiztechnology.com. I wanted to cover small business entrepreneurs in the HUSTLE/on their journey.

What was your first job after graduation? If in a different field, how did you make the transition from that to entrepreneurship?

I was working at the United Nations, managing an office. I started 3 companies while at the UN, then left the UN.

What is the most important trait for an entrepreneur to have?  

There is not just one important trait, but persistence, smart hustle, always learning, and being nice are a few.

What career advice would you give to current students who are considering joining a startup or starting their own company?

Be humble and get practical knowledge, not just MBA or BA knowledge. (HireOwl note: we couldn’t agree more that getting practical knowledge is critical!)

Where can people find out more about Smart Hustle?

smarthustle.com

The Founders Series: Wolf & Shepherd

The Founders Series: Wolf & Shepherd

The Founders Series: advice for entrepreneurs and students who are considering becoming entrepreneurs

The Founders Series reaches across multiple industries in order to provide diverse perspectives on entrepreneurship. That’s why you see anything from startup-focused law firms to non-profit organizations featured alongside tech startups.

This week we caught up with Justin Schneider, the Founder of Wolf & Shepherd, a relatively new and highly innovative maker of dress shoes. As a former decathlete at Notre Dame and shoe designer at Adidas, New Balance, and Reebok, Justin knows a thing or two about athletic shoes. Fortunately for W&S customers, he has applied this knowledge to dress shoes and has created what might be the world’s most comfortable and functional, yet stylish, dress shoe.

Tell us about Wolf & Shepherd. What’s your vision for the company? 

Everyone loves to look good, and classic shoemakers have done a great job bringing us timeless designs for nearly a century. But as shoe technology has advanced, shoe manufacturers have lagged behind. Drawing from the fundamental technology found in premier athletic shoes, our vision is to build dress shoes that stay true to classic styling while concealing performance technology in the heart of each sole. We believe this will be the launching pad to fully suit the professional of the future.

What inspired you to start your own company? 

As a Track & Field athlete at Notre Dame, I spent countless hours training for two days of rigorous competition in the Decathlon. When each competition began, I knew I was physically prepared. I took extra steps to ensure that my equipment (shoes, implements, uniform, etc.) functioned properly.

When I finished my career in running, my new field of competition became the workplace. Each day, I want to wake up feeling comfortable knowing what I wear is a good reflection of my ability to perform.

What was your first job after graduation? How did you make the transition from that to entrepreneurship?

My first job after graduation was with New Balance, in the footwear innovation department. They hired me as a footwear designer to develop future concepts, five years out. Working at New Balance, along with Adidas and Reebok, refined my knowledge of the technical specifics in footwear before I started my first venture, Wolf & Shepherd.

What is the most important trait for an entrepreneur to have? 

I think a lot of entrepreneurs hear that they need to have discipline, brains, adaptability, and a unique market strategy, but all these points are moot as they are identified after someone has already achieved success – they are just anecdotes. The only thing you can really control is whether you choose to try or not. You never build a successful business without trying to build it.

What career advice would you give to current students who are considering joining a startup or starting their own company? 

There are many ways to increase your chances of success before starting. One of the most effective ways is to gain experience in the industry you’re interested in building a business around. If it’s shoes, then go work for a shoe company. If it’s healthcare, go work for a healthcare provider or hospital.

Where can people find out more about Wolf & Shepherd?

We’d love for you to visit our online store at www.wolfandshepherd.com. You can see news updates, inspiration, and product releases by subscribing on our website or following us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter:

The Founders Series: Medicines for Humanity

The Founders Series: Medicines for Humanity

The Founders Series: advice for entrepreneurs and students who are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs

The Founders Series reaches across multiple industries in order to get diverse perspectives on entrepreneurship. That’s why you see anything from startup-focused law firms to non-profit organizations featured alongside tech startups.

This week, we received some sage advice from Tim Bilodeau, the Founder and Executive Director of Medicines for Humanity (MFH), a non-profit that is doing amazing work in saving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Tell us about Medicines for Humanity. What’s your vision for the organization? 

Over 6 million children die each year because they lack basic healthcare services. Medicines for Humanity (MFH) is a non-profit organization with the mission to prevent the deaths of these children. MFH improves the capacity of reliable in-country healthcare providers to reach more children more effectively. We focus on children under age five, pregnant women, and on proven low cost, sustainable health services. MFH creates systemic change and lasting systems of care.

What inspired you to start MFH? 

The inspiration for MFH came from an experience on my first day visiting a health project in the slums of Guayaquil, Ecuador. I saw Father Frank Smith, a missionary priest, speaking with a sobbing woman. Father Frank later explained that her 3 year old son had died that day because she made the wrong choice. She bought food for her family instead of medicine for her son. When I learned that the boy could have been saved with 25 cents worth of pedialite, the idea for MFH was conceived. Nobody should have to make that kind of choice.

What was your first job after graduation? If in a different field, how did you make the transition from that to entrepreneurship? 

My first job was a teaching fellowship at Athens College in Greece, and I worked in education for about 7 years. My first transition was to the private sector as a management consultant and later executive recruiter. The private sector jobs were good financially but largely empty of meaning for me. I started working for nonprofits helping vulnerable children in developing countries. My third transition to MFH evolved from a felt opportunity to save lives.

What is the most important trait for an entrepreneur to have? 

The most valuable trait is having authentic commitment to your purpose…to a mission that can inspire and motivate you through the challenges, difficulties, and hardships you will face.

What career advice would you give to current students who are considering joining a startup or starting their own company/organization? 

The ideal startup or company/organization is one with a vision that inspires you and can inspire others. It is an organization that evolves from your personal experience, resonates with your values, fits your skill set, and gives meaning to your life.

Where can people find out more about MFH?

To find out more about MFH, our projects, and our in-country healthcare projects and partners:

http://playerstrust.org/programs/medicines-humanity/news/players-trust-medicines-humanity-help-eliminate-malnutrition-d-r-province/

The Founders Series: Terrapin Computing

The Founders Series: Terrapin Computing

The Founders Series
: advice for entrepreneurs and students who are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs

With the Founders Series, we reach across multiple industries in order to get diverse perspectives on entrepreneurship. That’s why you see anything from startup law firms to mobile yoga studios sprinkled in alongside tech startups.

This week, we feature a great Q&A with Alexandrea Mellen, the Founder of Terrapin Computing. Our initial contact with Alexandrea was while she was still a senior at Boston University studying computer engineering. This edition of the Founders Series is extra special to us because Alexandrea started Terrapin while still a student and has continued to grow the business following graduation, even presenting at BlackHat USA 2015 along the way! Quite impressive, and a great testament to the highly talented students in our schools these days! Not to mention, the apps Alexandrea is creating are helping educate other students.

Tell us about Terrapin Computing.  What’s your vision for the company? 

I recently began working full time on my iOS development company. My goal is to have an education line of tools to help students. Right now, I have Lewis Dot CHEMISTRY available, which is a reference tool for students taking Chem 101 (http://terrapincomputing.com/lewis_dot.html). I also hope to start a game for iOS using Unity. I have heard developing and designing a game can be extremely difficult, but at the same time extremely rewarding.

What inspired you to start your own company? 

I developed my first iOS Application in my sophomore year. It was Resistor Color Coder, which I used to help me with my Computer Engineering classes. I was excited to have made my first app, but what really hit home was the Marathon Bombings in April of 2013. My sister and I were going to her first Boston Marathon and were a block away when the bombs exploded. This was truly a wakeup call for me. It made me realize the fragility of life and pushed me to form my company, Terrapin Computing LLC.

What is the most important trait for an entrepreneur to have? 

Truly, I think the most important trait for an entrepreneur to have is drive. It is so easy to give up and work for someone else instead of taking the uncertainty and responsibility that comes with owning your own business. But if you have the drive to work at it, enjoy it, and succeed, you can do amazing things. The drive to push yourself to new heights comes with a high risk but also a high reward.

What advice would you give to fellow students who are considering joining a startup or starting their own company? 

Just do it! It can be really scary jumping in and starting your own business, or even joining a startup that isn’t a 100% sure thing. But this is the beauty of the startup world. If you have drive and a belief in yourself and the products you make, you can go far. Just keep pushing forward, make your own opportunities, and stay passionate and excited about the future.

Where can people find out more about Terrapin Computing?

The Founders Series: Ankhi-Krol Law

The Founders Series: Ankhi-Krol Law

The Founders Series
: advice for entrepreneurs and students who are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs

With the Founders Series, we reach across multiple industries in order to get diverse perspectives on entrepreneurship. That’s why you see anything from startup law firms to mobile yoga studios sprinkled in alongside tech startups.

This week, we had a great Q&A with Shahrina Ankhi-Krol, the Founder of Ankhi-Krol Law. Ankhi-Krol Law specializes in intellectual property, trademark, and copyright law for startups.

Tell us about Ankhi-Krol Law. What’s your vision for the company?

I founded Ankhi-Krol Law with the goal of providing the most needed legal services for entrepreneurs under one roof. I have built a law firm that is inviting, personable, and reliable. My vision for the firm is for it to become the go-to legal source for entrepreneurs throughout the country without losing its boutique nature.

What inspired you to start your own company?

The American Dream inspired me to have my own business. Corny, I know, but it’s true! I always wanted to be in charge of my time, my success, and my future, and the best way to achieve that goal was to start my own firm. Just like the entrepreneurs I serve, there’s a great deal of satisfaction in seeing my firm grow with every bit of hard work.

What was your first job after graduation?

After graduating from law school, I worked for a judge at the New York State Supreme Court, Queens County. I have worked in various other types of legal establishments since college, including several law firms and the Office of the Attorney General in Michigan.

What is the most important trait for an entrepreneur to have?

Positivity. A successful entrepreneur must be willing to pursue his/her goals despite the multitude of obstacles that will eventually fall into his/her path. Because disappointments and so-called failures are inevitable, without a positive outlook, dreams will remain dreams.

What career advice would you give to current students who are considering joining a startup or starting their own company?

Make sure you REALLY want the entrepreneurial lifestyle. It’s not easy. Having a job where you work for someone for a weekly paycheck is easy, but depending on your “hustle” to make a living is difficult and at times, near impossible. That is why not everyone is an entrepreneur. However, if you seriously want to start your own company or join a start-up, don’t give up – the rewards of your hard work will be worth the blood, sweat, and tears.

Where can people find out more about Ankhi-Krol Law?

www.ankhikrollaw.com 
/ info@ankhikrollaw.com / 
212-502-6734

Press & Media: http://www.ankhikrollaw.com/#!press-and-media/c1n8o

facebook.com/ankhikrollaw

twitter.com/ankhikrollaw

instagram.com/ankhikrollaw

linkedin.com/in/shahrinaankhikrol

The Founders Series: Checkmate Creations

The Founders Series: Checkmate Creations

The Founders Series: advice for entrepreneurs and students who are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs 

In this week’s Founders Series, we caught up with Connor Croteau of Checkmate Creations. Checkmate, a web design/development and branding studio focused on startups, is the culmination of multiple entrepreneurial endeavors undertaken by Connor and his fellow founder, Tom Nassr, dating back to when they were still college students.

Tell us about Checkmate Creations. What’s your vision for the company? 

Checkmate is a digital studio that helps startups go from the idea stage to a minimal viable product such as a service offered, a physical product, or mobile app. Throughout the process, we help first time founders develop a strategic plan and a brand identity for their new product or service. In addition, we offer additional services such as web development, social media marketing/management, and ecommerce solutions. Our vision is to be the most effective start-up agency in the business.

What inspired you to start your own company? 

It has been a long and treacherous journey for us to get to this point. I recognized early on in college that I was not the type of person that could work for one specific company. Tom and I started and failed numerous companies before Checkmate was founded. From the countless failures, we gained plenty of valuable skills, such as programming and business development. These skills inspired us to start Checkmate to help others looking to start their own company.

What was your first job after graduation? If in a different field, how did you make the transition from that to entrepreneurship? Highlight any other pertinent jobs held between your first one and now.

I’ve never had a “real” job after graduation.

My own personal journey to entrepreneurship is a unique one. In college, I studied Biology. Junior year, Tom and I were roommates and soon recognized that we had an awful landlord. We decided to develop a solution called RateAndRent.com where students can rate their landlord and pay their rent online. From there, I was hooked on entrepreneurship but decided to continue studying Biology with the belief that I could use Biology and Entrepreneurship as an advantage at some point in my life. Still searching for that opportunity!

What is the most important trait for an entrepreneur to have?

It is extremely important for an entrepreneur to be open to change. Technology, trends, and practices continue to change day by day. The first step is important to be open to new ideas that challenge your current ideology. The second step is to be completely okay with that. If you are able to do that, you open yourself up to countless opportunities that you otherwise may have not seen if you were stuck in your “old ways.”

What career advice would you give to current students who are considering joining a startup or starting their own company? 

This may sound cliché, but make sure to “just be yourself.” Honestly, being yourself will naturally place you on the right path in your career because you will be doing what you are naturally good at. Potential hirers will notice that. The startup culture fosters individual uniqueness because they realize that you are the best at what you do when you are happy and you are yourself.

Where can people find out more about Checkmate Creations?

www.CheckmateCreations.com

https://www.facebook.com/CheckmateCreationsCo

https://twitter.com/Checkmate_C

https://www.linkedin.com/company/checkmate-creations

https://www.pinterest.com/cc_designstudio/

The Founders Series: HireCanvas

The Founders Series: HireCanvas

The Founders Series: advice for entrepreneurs and students who are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs 

In this week’s Founders Series, we spoke with Kevin George, one of the Founders of HireCanvas. HireCanvas streamlines many of the administrative tasks that employers face when recruiting on campus.

Tell us about HireCanvas. What’s your vision for the company?

HireCanvas is a candidate relationship manager focused on supporting the campus recruiting process from the employer’s perspective. We help recruiting teams stay organized as they go to campus, improve their offer to hire conversion rates and leverage employees to make recruiting personal at scale.

We believe that the future of recruiting is a team sport where recruiters and employees alike get to know top candidates to give them each an exceptional experience. With more touch points candidates have a better chance to evaluate employment options and ultimately choose a better fit.

What inspired you to start your own company?

The initial inspiration for HireCanvas came from first hand experiences I had supporting campus recruiting at PwC. PwC is one of the strongest and most prolific campus recruiters in the US and here we were, still using paper and pen at career fairs and information sessions to take notes about candidates we met. Knowing that we could improve the process, we spent months talking with potential customers to learn their biggest pains and understand what a solution to their problem actually looks like. We saw how excited recruiters were to gain an edge on campus through technology.

What was your first job after graduation? If in a different field, how did you make the transition from that to entrepreneurship? Feel free to highlight any other pertinent jobs held between your first one and now.

After graduation I worked in Mergers & Acquisitions consulting at PwC. While at PwC I was inspired by a problem I saw in the way we recruited entry-level associates. After the initial inspiration, I slowly started reading and learning more and more about what it meant to launch a tech startup. Before I knew it, I found a co-founder, was sharing my concept at meetups, calling potential customers and ultimately decided to commit full-time.

What is the most important trait for an entrepreneur to have? 

Conscientiousness and persistence

What career advice would you give to current students who are considering joining a startup or starting their own company? 

Joining an early stage startup or launching your own venture is an awesome experience but requires you to sacrifice luxuries of a more traditional job–steady pay, consistent hours, mentorship to name a few. There’s no time like the present and you should make the entrepreneurial jump as soon as you are ready but remember ‘ready’ is different for everyone. For some it’s before graduating, immediately after, or after years in the corporate world. ‘Ready’ for me meant experience working a corporate job, financial security, support of friends and family, a co-founder I could work every day with and a vision I was passionate about.

Where can people find out more about HireCanvas?

www.HireCanvas.com

angel.co/hirecanvas

www.twitter.com/hirecanvas

www.linkedin.com/company/hire-canvas

The Founders Series: Pioneer Web Marketing

The Founders Series: Pioneer Web Marketing

The Founders Series: advice for entrepreneurs and students who are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs

In this week’s Founders Series, we caught up with Mike Calabrese, the Founder of Pioneer Web Marketing.

Tell us about Pioneer Web Marketing.  What’s your vision for the company? 

We’re an internet marketing company aimed at helping small businesses achieve maximum results with their marketing strategies on the web. We specialize in SEO, paid advertising management, social media, and eCommerce services. My vision is to always remain a small, agile company that consistently exceeds client expectations and to never become a large, bogged-down agency that fails to innovate and deliver results.

What inspired you to start your own company? 

I’ve been entrepreneurial since I was a kid and owning my own business was always a big goal of mine. Seeing friends and colleagues succeed on their own in the web industry inspired me to strive for the same. Reading and studying the success of other web entrepreneurs also inspired me.

What was your first job after graduation? If in a different field, how did you make the transition from that to entrepreneurship? Feel free to highlight any other pertinent jobs held between your first one and now.

There was never a clear path to the web industry, at least when I was starting out. Everyone I knew got into it in a different way. For me, I started to learn about the web toward the end of college, but didn’t really know what to do with it. Upon graduating from college, I started to make money from the web by buying and selling domain names, all the while taking odd jobs to supplement my income; but after a year I realized it wasn’t enough. I took the plunge and got a job at a full service web agency, while still maintaining some side ventures. Some of my “in between” jobs including driving a car (literally through every city block) to map out coordinates for a GPS company, a stint at a local Christmas tree stand and a restaurant job.

What is the most important trait for an entrepreneur to have? 

Believe in yourself, stay committed and be confident in your vision for success. There will be many roadblocks and you’ll encounter a lot of people that question what you’re doing along the way. As long as you’re committed to success, you will find a way to succeed.

What career advice would you give to current students who are considering joining a startup or starting their own company? 

If you’re planning on joining a startup out of college, go in there thinking that you’re doing it for the experience, not to get rich. If you’re planning on starting your own company, I would recommend getting some industry-related on the job experience first, and work to build up a source of income on the side. It will make the transition to running your own company much easier and with income already coming in, you’re much more likely to succeed in the long term than if you were starting from scratch. One other important lesson I learned is that you can’t be afraid to let your customers and potential customers help define your company, especially in the beginning. When starting out, your number one goal is sustainability. You need to take the work you can get when you can get it and not be afraid to pivot based on the needs of your customers.

Where can people find out more about Pioneer Web Marketing?

The best way to find out more is to visit pioneerwebmarketing.com and get in touch with any questions. I’m happy to offer advice to anyone looking to start their own-web-related company.