Last night was the final session for U-M ENTR490.012 Urban Entrepreneurship, Fall 2017 edition. Students presented the business models they developed to a distinguished panel of judges. Really interesting business proposals, great presentations, insightful and probing questions from the judges. Thanks to the students for the privilege of being their instructor and facilitator this semester. Thanks to all of the guest lecturers, advisors, and business leaders who made the experience so rich for the students. And last but not least, thanks to our distinguished judging panel:
Ehsan Taqbeem – BAPAC
Shafiqul Bari – BAPAC
Mahnaz Chowdhury – BAPAC
Cris Landa – Venture for America
Marlin Williams – TechTown Detroit and Sisters Code
Special thanks to the Bangladeshi community of Hamtramck, Michigan for being such a welcoming and informative source of community information and ideas.
Team Wonder Walls
Team Fem-Ed Fitness
Students in my U-M Urban Entrepreneurship class hard at work developing solutions. Our guest lecturer for this session was Charlie Michaels of the U-M Center for Socially Engaged Design. Did a really good job helping the students with idea generation.
Could this be my next Porsche? Someone traded in this 2016 911 GT3 with only 180 miles! Bargain price of $226K (about $40K OVER the original sticker price. I have the LEGO model of this specific car in this specific color, and it is almost as beautiful as the real thing. Going to pass on this beauty, though. This is a real sports car, great on the track, very uncomfortable to drive around day to day. I can look though!
On Sept. 30, accompanied my U-M Urban Entrepreneurship class on their tour of Detroit. Really fruitful tour this time. The students all said the tour was very enlightening. Here we are at indoor urban farm Artesia Gardens in Brightmoor.
In Part 1, I explained that my daughter Nadiyah and I were going to power up my very first personal computer, a machine that I built from a kit way back in 1983. It hasn’t been turned on since the late eighties, so the object of our little lab session is to answer the question: will it still work after all these years, or will it explode? In this episode, Part 2, we finally plug the little monster in and find out. Wish us luck!
Please forgive the video framing, which chops off about half of my big head!
Frederick Douglass, circa 1870
As a young person coming of age in the 1960s, I learned a smattering of black history in school. We studied, however briefly, black icons like Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman, and George Washington Carver. Though clearly important, these people often seemed frozen in amber, because my contemporaries and I were witnessing new history being made in the black struggle every year. The tumultuous 1960s inspired us to believe that we could make history, not merely study it. This year we find ourselves celebrating some heretofore unknown history makers: the women whose story is told in the movie Hidden Figures. We examine anew the themes of the 20th century black liberation struggle expressed by James Baldwin and retold in the movie I am Not your Negro. These stories inspire us, but they also challenge us to add our own chapters to the black history narrative.
A victory of sorts, but the issue remains.
It has now been more than a month since I was scammed out of my iPhone 6, as described in my earlier post on the subject. I’ve had several calls and email exchanges with eBay “customer service” agents and supervisors who have done absolutely nothing but say that nothing can or would be done. Well, just this morning, as I was spreading the last of my blackberry jam on my English muffin top at a local restaurant, I received a call from an 801 exchange – UTAH! A real, live eBay exec by the name of Danny Faust was on the other end of the line. He said that as a result of my blog post and the subsequent article on the eCommerceBytes blog, executives at eBay had taken a look at my case, and that as a result, they determined the following:
- The address provided by my “buyer” was actually a freight forwarder, which should have prima facia voided the eBay “Money Back Guarantee.”
- The “buyer” should have provided the picture of the device and shipping box that I requested after the “buyer” submitted their claim.
- The fact that the return item (the piece of crap credit-card scanner, remember?) was drop-shipped from Texas rather than from the address my phone was shipped to should have raised flags.
The result of the above, per Mr. Faust, was that eBay was refunding the $328.00 payment that they froze and subsequently removed from my PayPal account.
While in NYC yesterday, I decided to try to see “Hamilton,” the Broadway phenom. After walking to the theater and standing in the “cancellations” line for an hour, a young lady came up and offered two tickets for $560 each. The guy next to me (Drew) and I negotiated her down, and outbid another guy in line, and ended up paying $310 each. Yeah, crazy, I know. But it was a bargain! Our seats were 4th row orchestra, and we could almost smell the actors!
The originator, writer, composer, and lead actor in the show was Lin-Manuel Miranda. I immediately recognized him from somewhere. Just before intermission, I realized that he was the star of one of Nadiyah and my favorite Sesame Street episodes! It’s the one where Big Bird decides to move to a new habitat. See the trailer here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B33uEhlt8wA
The show was amazing. What a day! What a lucky, lucky day.
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