6 results for author: Megan Weinerman


CONNECTING THE DOTS

Photo by Erika Dufour Photography “I WOKE UP ONE MORNING AND I HAD THIS LUMP IN MY LIP. I’m sort of a hypochondriac so I was convinced I was dying. I searched the web and everything said, ‘Oh, you have oral cancer and you’re going to die.’ It kept getting bigger so I went to the doctor and was told that it was just a mucous retention cyst, which is when the salivary gland gets clogged, turns into a cyst, gets bigger and you have to get it removed. He took it out with a little oral surgery, piece of cake.” “When I searched the Internet, everything still pointed to oral cancer.’ Then I wrote a post on my blog about if you got a lump ...

Ji-V Hack Creates A Fun and Inclusive Space for Hackers To Play

The Technori team had a blast hanging out at the recent Ji-V Hack hackathon. Never heard of such a thing? Think of it as a hackers' telethon, except rather than having set amount of time to earn a bunch of money, hackers have a set amount of time to build out an app. They've been around since the 90's and come in all shapes and sizes. Valued for their quick turnaround of ideas, companies love hosting these events as both a marketing and an R&D opportunity. Participants love them because it's a chance to be creative, collaborative, and social. Ji-V Hack is the creation of Ji Lucas and Veronica Ludwig - hence, “Ji-V”. Both former hackathon ...

Zach Kaplan Wants a World Full of Inventors

ZACH KAPLAN IS A VERY DOWN TO EARTH, soft-spoken kind of guy. The kind of person it's hard not to immediately feel a sense of trust around. Maybe that is the secret to how he has found success in multiple businesses, starting with his very first. “I started my first company my junior year at University of Illinois. I studied mechanical engineering and looked forward to my senior design project where you actually got to build a product for a corporate client. As it turned out, there wasn’t enough corporate involvement my senior year and I was asked to do finite element analysis of the car designed by the Society of Automotive Engineers. This was ...

NO EXIT

JEFF LEITNER DOESN’T HAVE AN EXIT STRATEGY. He doesn’t believe in them. “In business schools and in business plans, they ask for exit strategies,” Leitner says. “I find that absurd. What I’ve learned at every stage in my career is that I learn more on the first day of doing whatever it is I’m doing than I will ever learn by planning for it.” There have been quite a few “stages” in the winding, wending career of Leitner, founder of the Insight Labs. From military school to journalism to working on a kibbutz to working in social work and politics, his life experiences have trained him for his current passion, Insight Labs, ...

Turning an Addiction into a Bootstrapped Startup

AS THE SON OF RUSSIAN IMMIGRANTS, Dan Ushman would struggle for years to find something he could focus his mind on and hopefully deter his wild tendencies.  Looking back now, he started out like so many tech entrepreneurs: obsessed with computers and no real interest in school. “As long as I can remember, I was always a piss-poor student. Always. I failed a lot of classes because I just didn’t go. I was pretty reckless and didn’t like fitting into any kind of regimen. I got into trouble a lot, like the time a friend and I coated our principal’s car with mustard. It completely takes off the paint, you know. That’s why we did it.” ...

Glimpse Into a Serial Entrepreneur’s Life

Wendy Piersall is a creative serial entrepreneur who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.  As a child, she struggled in school, which showed in her grades.  Then, when she went to college, all that changed.  She went from being a C/D student to an A student.  This experience was an eye opener for her as she finally realized there was nothing “wrong” with her misfit ways.  Rather, she needed to find opportunities that were better suited to her interests. As she graduated college, she turned her focus to finding such opportunities.  When none presented themselves, she started tinkering with and building out her own business ideas.  Piersall ...