Cincinnati Impresses: Center Of Innovation

The Center of Innovation program at the College of Applied Science at UC aims to show seniors that their choices for employment upon graduation is not limited to Fifth Third, Kroger’s, and Great American Insurance (not that there’s anything wrong with those fine companies). The program also aims to show them that, in a region full of marketing, design, and business talent, there is serious need for young technology talent with an entrepreneurial bent. For those who might want to take the plunge, the program also outlines business skills and resources they’ll need to complement their technology skills.

This is a great thing, and kudos and support goes to Andy Erickson and Dr. Hazem Said for their work so far.

This past Tuesday I gave a short talk to students in the Innovation Seminar series in CAS at UC about what' it’s like to work in a startup from a coder’s point of view. I talked about transitioning from a cubicle farm job to a startup environment, the nature and pace of working in a startup, and the tons and tons of learning that is inevitable.

You won’t get a lot from these slides without the narrative, but I post all my talks here so I thought I’d post this one.

Cross-posted on my programming blog.


Daniel said...


I'm encouraged that you spoke. People young and old need to be inspired that innovation doesn't necessarily have to take place in a cubicle farm.

I also love your slides - very Presentation Zen-like. By the way, is that the view from your home? Wow.

Anonymous said...

I've taken a class at CAS. I'm amazed half of those people were able to complete the enrollment form.

And Daniel - stalk much?