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Erick P. '17

Jan 19 2017

Forbes and MIT

Posted in: Miscellaneous

On Jan 3rd, Forbes published their annual list of the 30 Under 30 of 2017. For six years now, Forbes has put out lists of the top 30 innovators under the age of 30 for each of 15-20 industry categories. The Tech and Social Entrepreneurship categories have included well-known names, like Mark Zuckerberg, Evan Spiegel, and Malala Yousafzai. The Entertainment, Music, and Sports categories have included even more famous names, from Bruno Mars to Jennifer Lawrence to Lebron James to Ronda Rousey. 600 winners a year may seem like a lot, but according to Forbes there are 15,000 nominations per year to choose from. That's a 4% acceptance rate, less than MIT's 7.9% acceptance rate!

Speaking of MIT, how many MIT alums end up on the 30 Under 30? Turns out Slice of MIT has published short bios of our alums in the 30 Under 30 for the past three years. (Slice of MIT is a cool blog written by our Alumni Association)

More Than 30 MIT Alumni Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Lists 2015

More than 25... read the post »


Jan 14 2017

A Lot Can Happen in 7 Days

Posted in: Miscellaneous

On January 1st, I enjoyed a nice New Year's dinner with my family. We played games, watched virtual reality horror films, and listened to my 12-year-old brother play the saxophone.

On January 2nd, I was sitting at our dining room table, planning out my year. 2017 is the year that I graduate MIT. People were going to start asking me what I was doing after graduation, and I had to pen some sort of answer, even though honestly I still wasn't sure. I just knew that I thought virtual reality was cool and I wanted to put myself at the forefront of that field. I started doing research on what the VR trends would be in 2017 and found out that a lot VR tech was going to be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Expo in Las Vegas.

I had the chance earlier to go to CES but I passed on it. A group of my friends were going. They tried to convince me, but I didn't want to spend the money. I didn't realize how big of a deal CES was. Then I saw company after company announce that they'll be... read the post »


Dec 31 2016

A Lot Can Happen in 365 Days

Posted in: Miscellaneous

When I was a kid, I always imagined my future as a certain genius billionaire playboy philanthropist. But kid me didn't worry too much about making any of that happen because it was something that future me would handle. Now, I realize that these are the days when we become the kind of person we're going to be for the next stage of our lives. I felt like I wasn't getting out of campus enough. I knew I wanted to start a company, but I didn't know what venture capital was or what the startup landscape looked like. For 2016, I wanted to really push for change. I decided I wanted to put myself out there and meet as many people and expose myself to as many opportunities as possible.

I switched to the "free food" diet, where I would get most of my meals from networking events with free food (a well-balanced diet if you know where to look). I used the money that I saved to travel and pursue my goal of getting myself out there.


Within the past year, I flew to North Carolina on a... read the post »


Nov 15 2016

Virtual Reality, Startups, and Donuts

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

Cue Monday afternoon. I'm hungry because I decided to not spend money for lunch and just wait for dinner.

-Minutes later-

I was walkin' through the Stata Center, when out the corner of my eye, I saw this pretty little thing in front of me:

Ain't No Rest for the Hungry. After taking a donut from the mysterious donut wall, I looked around the lobby.

Apple pie, caramel popcorn, brownies, blondies, chilled apple juice, and fresh quinoa. There were at least five tables full of food and drinks. The event was put on by the Division of Student Life and was a welcoming of the new Vice President and Dean for Student Life, Suzy Nelson. I sat down and worked for a bit while enjoying the food. Good luck to Suzy on taking on this important position.


-One hour and a thousand calories later-

I went to an event put on by the MIT Innovation Initiative and the Gordon-Engineering Leadership Program called "Startup War Stories from the Trenches: Applicon". The four founders were... read the post »


Nov 8 2016

Wish I Joined the MIT 100K as a Freshman

Posted in: Miscellaneous

I look at the clock - it's 5 am. I started working at 3 pm. What just happened?

No pset, no exam, no looming deadline. I spent the past 14 hours working on stuff for the MIT 100K Competition.

I started helping out with the 100K back in February, when the team was mainly grad students with very few undergrads (Now I'm excited a lot more of my undergrad friends are getting involved). In my time with the team, I've learned so much about the MIT startup community. One of the projects I'm co-leading is building a database of alumni, so last day and night I spent a lot of time researching past competitors. Looks like combing through article after article across the Web piecing together fragments of the 100K's rich history has been so much fun that I lost track of time.


The competition started in 1989 as the MIT 10K Competition by Richard Durling-Shyduroff, Douglas Ling, and Peter Mui. They envisioned a cross-campus event that brought MIT's varied schools together to identify and... read the post »