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Category: Guest Speakers

Threadless Founder Describes Starting Company as a Hobby at MSLCE Event

By Amy A. Ross It took Threadless six years of success to persuade its founder and CEO, Jake Nickell, that it was capable of becoming something more than side-project. Although the rapid growth of his business venture had provided proof that he did in fact “know how to build e-commerce websites,” it took a little

Threadless Founder Talks Building Online Communities for Artists, Korn Fans and People with Foot Bunions

By Jacob Nelson Before Threadless grew into the global, hundred-employee company it is today, it was Jake Nickell’s side project. Nickell started Threadless, an ecommerce website where artists submit t-shirt designs that are voted on and, depending on their popularity, printed and sold, while he was a sophomore in college. It wasn’t until years after

Jack Morton VP to Speak at Northwestern

By Jacob Nelson When she was an undergraduate at Northwestern, Marie Davidheiser thought she’d be a video editor. Then she worked for an Evanston local television station, and realized that working in an editing station was “the most boring thing.” “It was not what I was going to do,” she said with a laugh during

Panel Talks Startup Funding with MSLCE Finance Class

By Jenna MyersCory Sandrock’s finance class experienced a real-world example of the power of networking when Sandrock invited three of his former colleagues from the business world and the theatre world to speak to the class about finding capital to support a new business. Panel members included John Stoops, founder and executive director of Three

MSLCE Student Debuted Film at Cannes

By Jacob Nelson Evyenia Constantine came to the MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises program to learn about the business side of the film industry. “I really liked how this program is new, for artistic people to fine-tune and develop their business acumen for the field,” she said. That means she’s very excited about classes

kollide.tv Owner Brings Multicultural Media to Online Audiences

By Jacob Nelson The owner of kollide.tv, an online video platform with a multicultural focus, spoke on Monday to Aymar Jean Christian’s MSLCE class about his experiences in the media industry and the trajectory of his career. Lateef Sarnor started kollide.tv last May, and has since been building up its programming and distribution. Before then, Sarnor

MoMA Asst. Director to MSLCE Students: ‘Be Ambitious, Be Eager’

By Jacob Nelson Sheetal Prajapati began Northwestern as an engineering major. The pursuit was short-lived. “That ended pretty quickly,” Prajapati said, “and I found liberal arts.” Prajapati, who currently works as the assistant director of learning and artists initiatives at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, spoke at last week’s speaker series

NU Alum Describes Career Path from Block Museum to MoMA

By Jacob Nelson Before she worked at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Sheetal Prajapati worked as a Northwestern undergraduate at the Block Museum. She had been unsure what to study at school, coming in as an engineering major, then shifting to history until finally settling on gender studies.