Entrepreneurship


R. Jon MacDonald '03

"The flexibility and desire to allow students to do what they believe is best for them has paid off in more ways than I can count and led to lifelong entrepreneur endeavors." [more]

Robert Palacios '13

On finding an alumni mentor: "What will always remain the most important aspect of the relationship are the stories we have shared, the lessons I have learned, and the friendship we have formed across the generations." [more]

Reid Gershbein '93

On working at Pixar and Dreamworks Animation: "None of these events would have happened to me if it hadn't been for Oberlin's amazingly nurturing environment, fantastic camaraderie, and the best mentor a student could have." [more]

Thomas Kutzen '76

On being successful in business: "It takes the same willingness to be involved that I discovered at Oberlin, the ability to examine the community and to be an individual therein with the right blend of independence, challenge, collaboration and courage." [more]

Young Kim '85

On starting an agency to help inner city Milwaukee residents eat fresh, local food: "Oberlin gave me the balanced education and multi-disciplinary vision that makes this work possible...I learned to be confident, curious, tenacious, generous, and inclusive." [more]

George Saines '08

On the genesis of a company: "[My roommate] had a crazy idea: working for yourself and starting a company is way more creative and fulfilling than working at a preexisting company, and here we are six months after graduation [with] our fledgling educational software business." [more]

Alia Kate '08

On her new rug-importing venture, Kantara Crafts: "I have just returned from Morocco with my first batch of rugs and the excitement is palpable; what started with my desire to make a difference on a local level two years ago has now turned into a veritable business." [more]


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