Tag: reese news lab

by Pooja Kodavanti

The pitch — it is where everything begins and ends. It is where the rubber meets the road. From a distance, the pitch seems like an elusive, magical message. This message manifests itself in the form of a miraculous epiphany that is regurgitated to a crowd of investors. Well, that’s actually not the case. The […] more »

by Lincoln Pennington

A recurring theme at Reese News Lab is our insatiable curiosity. The questions in the Lab are almost never-ending. At every point in our process, there is a need for questions in order to strengthen our ideas. When we start, it’s all about questioning the status quo. Why are things done this way? What are […] more »

by Abby Reimer

Our idea has gone past an idea, and it’s terrifying. In the past months, we’ve changed our prototype again and again. And now, this week, it seems that we have a prototype that is, well, pretty dang good. We’ve talked to Steve May, who teaches business ethics at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. We also talked […] more »

by Justina Vasquez

In the world of startup companies there exists an infamous graph called the Startup Curve. It shows the typical course that a startup team takes as its members attempt to launch a new product or service. It shows that as the initial high of excitement wears off, the startup begins a swift plummet toward the […] more »

by John Clark

As our student startup teams embark on building a first prototype of a product idea, a common issue emerges: prioritizing what should go into the prototype. Something must go. Actually, almost everything should go. So in the Lab, we ask students to answer this question: What’s the one thing you need to know right now? […] more »

by John Clark

Uncertainty. Some people thrive on it while others others run from it. Our goal in the first two weeks of the Reese News Lab program is to get students to accept it. Associate Director Sara Peach and I spend most of our pre-semester planning time setting up the first week to help students face uncertainty. […] more »

by Samantha Harrington

It’s been about two years since my first Reese News Lab orientation day. It’s difficult to remember what it was like to walk into the Lab new. But at orientation this week I watched the classic mix of excitement and confusion dance across the new interns’ faces and I realized that being old isn’t quite […] more »

by Zhai Yun Tan

“One hour to pitch, guys!” Eight students from Reese News Lab, dressed in their best, were prepared to pitch in the American Underground, the heart of startups in the Triangle. As everyone piled up in the van to leave for the destination nearly 30 minutes away, a jovial mood set in. They seem ready to […] more »

by Zhai Yun Tan

The startup process is a dramatic roller coaster ride. It’s thrilling when you discover new gold mines, but crushing when you realize that your ideas are not that novel. My team had to go through the ride four times. Looking back, the biggest lesson I learned in the past six months is having the courage […] more »

by Rachael Meleney

I think that I can speak for all eight of Reese News Lab’s summer startup interns when I say that we were constantly confronted with truths in the first week of our summer project: the exhilarating/terrifying/sobering truths of being an entrepreneur. Our first week at Reese News Lab was a continuous exercise in brain-expansion as […] more »