Shadow Dave McClure Finalists
Jennifer Turliuk is the Founder and President of the Young Entrepreneurs' Club (www.youngentrepreneursclub.ca), a 10 week launchpad program for young Canadian entrepreneurs. She has 3 years of experience organizing Canada's largest international undergraduate business plan competition, the Queen's Entrepreneurs' Competition, most recently as Co-Chair. Jennifer subsequently developed a concept for a wireless internet startup while on exchange in Australia that led her to place second in two international business plan competitions (in Canada and Brazil) and be written up in the New York Times. She also has her own DJing business ("DJ Turly" on Facebook), has DJ'd at many events and nightclubs including one of the top ten black tie events in the world (according to David Letterman), and enjoys kiteboarding and salsa dancing in her spare time.
Stefano, a 24yo Italian computer engineering graduate, was most recently an associate at dPixel, the leading italian seed venture capital firm. He has now left and is moving to the valley this summer. He is an hacker at heart and his most recent project is SaveMyInbox [http://savemyinbox.com], a webapp that automatically saves gmail attachments to your Dropbox, which now saved more than 400.000 attachments. He's involved with many other projects as a founder, investor or advisor including Equeety.com, Coderloop.com, Iubenda.com, HackFwd, HackItaly and The Sandbox Network. Stefano is getting married next year.
Crystal C. Yan
Crystal C. Yan (严晨) is @crystalcy, a 19 year old social entrepreneur and designer. Currently a student at Amherst College, she's hoping to shadow Dave to learn more about how to build entrepreneurial cultures in educationally conservative areas and how entrepreneurship principles startups use can apply to emerging market solutions. Crystal co-produced What's Next: 25 Big Ideas from Gen-Yers Under 25, which features youth contributors from Seattle to Sierra Leone, and she's hoping to learn more about how to build a solution that addresses the critical role of technology design for international development. In her free time, she enjoys designing Ugandan recycled paper beads, practicing Chinese calligraphy, and dancing (Kuchipudi-Indian classical dance, tango, and Bollywood).
Corey Hoffstein pursued his B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University and his M.S. in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University. During his final year at Cornell, he started Newfound Research, a company that provides data from its proprietary research and algorithms to investment professionals, driving their innovative investing and asset allocation strategies. Third party assets associated with these strategies have recently passed several billion dollars. He lives and works in Boston, MA.
Mimi Newton is currently studying Entrepreneurship, Finance and Marketing at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and turning strategy into practice in her work with the passionate young entrepreneurs at ShareSquare and CloudBot. Prior to starting b-school, she was a the third team member at TRAINERmat, a Los Angeles based startup, where she oversaw the launch of their at-home fitness products into retailers nationwide (primarily wearing the hats of PR, product development and logistics). Mimi loves soccer, yoga, sailing and hiking and is a founding member of Active Kids Today, a social venture to promote childhood participation in sports programs.
Ronald AngSiy is an aspiring entrepreneur that envisions a collegiate environment assisting and encouraging entrepreneurship. With multiple national public speaking awards and finance/research related internships, his confluence of technical and interpersonal expertise culminates in a distinctively unique skillset. He's ready to bring these necessary skills to the future of a maturing Silicon Valley. Ergo, he hopes to shadow under the light of Dave McClure so that one day he will know how to illuminate the futures of other entrepreneurs.
On April 1st, Looksharp launched an initiative to give interns unique insight into the startup and venture capital world, by offering the opportunity to shadow famed super-angel Dave McClure for 2 weeks. Hundreds of people applied for this life-changing opportunity. On May 1st, fifteen top candidates were selected and given 2 weeks to put together a social media campaign that explained why they were the right person for the job. The results were incredible.
Ultimately, 6 candidates stood out and were selected as finalists by Dave and his team. Now each is featured on this page and is being given the opportunity to meet Dave in person or over Skype to explain why spending 14 days shadowing him could take their career and future to the next level.
Enjoy these creative applications and be sure to tweet out your favorite using #killthecoverletter as your hashtag!
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