Tag Archives: Stanford University

Netflix VR/AR Product Innovation Case – Camp BizSmart 2017

“Netflix changed everything, again. . . it has made history at the Emmy’s,” Just as Netflix made history at the Emmy’s it continues to lead the way for digital content since it’s beginning in 1997.  Netflix is also a company that through its own example of leading the way in its industry, is a model for challenging us to “dare greatly” and that helps us to inspire young people to have the courage to think differently, have bold ideas, and find a new way to do something – execute and take a chance – in other words – dare to lead the way, in order to innovate big. Camp BizSmart is honored to announce that […]

“The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters”

In her new book, “The Power of Meaning“ published by Crown and released last week, Emily Esfahani Smith seems to channel a sad lament often heard in Silicon Valley: I have a good job, I’m paid well, I have interesting friends, I am busy doing stuff, but something is missing.  All these things should make me happy, but I am not!  We think one of our jobs at Camp BizSmart, the world’s leading experience for aspiring entrepreneurs age 11-19, is to turn that view of life on its head and point the way to making a difference and therefore making meaning! We asked Emily her opinion about the role of […]

Energy Efficiency – Building a Clean, Secure Economy by James Sweeney

It is a pleasure to announce this new book by James Sweeney, a valued advisor and sponsor of Camp BizSmart and BizSmart Global programs at Stanford University. Energy Efficiency, Building a Clean, Secure Economy, was published by the Hoover Institution Press at Stanford University.  Jim details “the impact of new and improved energy-efficient technologies, the environmental and national security benefits of energy efficiency, ways to amplify energy efficiency, and more.” Jim is a professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University, director of the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, the Stanford Institute for Energy, the US Association for Energy Economics, and the California Council on […]

Keiretsu Forum to Honor Camp BizSmart 2016 Grand Champion Team, Atmoband, at Angel Capital Expo Held at Microsoft SV, November 17, 2016

Congratulations goes to the Camp BizSmart grand champion team, Atmoband, whose team members are: CEO, R.J. Faltinsky; CFO, Max Stengel; CMO/VOC, Nirmik Tambe; CTO, Anh Nguyen; CSO, Beatrice Mihalache; and CIO, Anushka Narasani.   The Atmoband team selected the Atmotube product innovation case to solve out of four possibilities, and came out on top following the five Camp BizSmart competitions held at Microsoft, Silicon Valley this past summer.  They will be honored on stage at the Keiretsu Forum’s Angel Capital Expo on November 17, 2016, at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA.  Keiretsu has been  a strategic innovation partner of Camp BizSmart since 2008. Team Atmoband chose to solve the business […]

Camp BizSmart with Innovation Partner Atmotube announces the 1st place winners in each of the two sessions held at Stanford University on July 25-Aug 5, 2016

Camp BizSmart’s July 25-August 5, 2016 session at Stanford University was so popular that two separate but simultaneous sessions were run this year.  Each session had their own Camp Director and staff.  More than half of the students for this popular session chose the option to stay residential. Out of the four possible business cases made possible by four Innovation Product Partners, the Atmotube case was the one that was selected to solve by both of these winning teams.  Atmotube CEO, Founder, Vera Koyzr, was an engaging CEO, Founder that inspired these young people to do their best to create a product innovation that would give individuals more information, choice and control […]

Camp BizSmart team, Safe Slice, with Innovation Partner Slice, Inc. wins 1st place at July 11-22, 2016 session

The first place team for the July 11-22, 2016 session held at Stanford University was Safe Slice, who chose to solve the business case created by Innovation Partner, Slice, Inc. CEO, T. J.Scimone.  The Safe Slice team was made up of members: Ashley Blair, CEO; Luka Angnos, CTO; Karma Samtani, CIO; Anioha Siucho, CSO/VOC; and Om Suchak, CFO. Safe Slice is an innovative commercial meat slicer designed to prevent injuries while in use.  The goal was to protect workers in the food industry from injuring themselves using  sharp meat slicers.  Their product used the iconic Slice ceramic blade applied in a new product that would address a real problem.  The […]

Camp BizSmart Team Prometheus, with Innovation Partner Linden Lab, captures 1st Place at June 13-24, 2016 session

The 2016 Camp BizSmart two week business and entrepreneurship academies ran throughout the summer in Silicon Valley at premier locations of Stanford University, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Santa Clara University and Microsoft.  Four prestigious companies with forward looking innovations were the product innovation business case partners for 2016.  They were: Linden Lab, with CEO, Ebbe Altberg who challenged student teams to create an engaging new learning environment with Project Sansar’s Virtual Reality Technology Platform to demonstrate the potential VR has to  change the way  students learn, gain competence, develop skill and interact with mentors and colleagues. Atmotube, with CEO and Founder, Vera Kozyr, who challenged student teams to take the Atmotube personal air […]

Camp BizSmart Announces 4 Cool 2016 Innovation Case Partners from 4 Hot Companies; Linden Lab, Nuheara, Atmotube and Slice

Camp BizSmart is the only business and entrepreneur academy where students work with award winning companies and their executives to create innovative solutions to current in the news issues and challenges. At Camp BizSmart students age  11-15  will have the opportunity to work with very cool CEO’s and Founders from some very hot companies to design and build a new product innovation for real world problems provided by four great companies: Linden Lab, Nuheara, Atmotube and Slice. We are very excited about  the four business case problems that Camp BizSmart students will use to be “game changers”.  Students work in teams and take on executive roles to design an innovative product solution; and then pitch their product design in competition at […]

Never Underestimate the Heart of a Champion and what does ZOG have to do with it?

I was watching the Warriors the other night, it was the end of the game, the clock rapidly counting down, the score tied and everyone on the edge of their seat,  when one of the commentators said, “never underestimate the heart of a champion.”   You heard it too?  The next moments proved him right, once again, one of the Warriors stepped up and dug deep and made the play that made the difference taking them to another win. How is this possible? What sets a champion apart from the competition? At Camp BizSmart we call this ZOG, which stands for Zest, Optimism and Grit.  When you have ZOG you have a zest for all […]

Camp BizSmart 2015 Top Team Honored on Stage at Keiretsu Angel Capital Expo

Keiretsu Forum honored the 2015 Camp BizSmart Top Team of student entrepreneurs, Leap Insole,  on stage at Keiretsu Forum’s 21st bi-annual Northern California Angel Capital Expo on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street in Mountain View, California. Peggy Gibbs, COO, Cofounder of Camp BizSmart introduced the student team and Randy Williams, CEO and Founder of Keiretsu interviewed the students on stage. Each year the top team from Camp BizSmart’s Silicon Valley California summer sessions vie to be named the top team out of sessions that run at Stanford University, Santa Clara University and Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Conference Center in San Mateo hoping to be the team that […]