Starting a podcast is one of THE most effective networking tools I know…

And you DON’T need any fancy mikes or headphones 😉 (Source: Unsplash)

Think about it:

  • You can meet people in ANY industry you’re curious about

Step #1: Choose a Theme (1/5 Difficulty)

It can LITERALLY be ANY niche YOU find EXCITING.

Ex. #1: I was researching plastic pollution for a high school project. I needed to get a network with scientists and experts in the industry. Solution?


And it slows production for EVERY device you can imagine.

I’m a researcher from Voltx: an AI product to reduce lifetime testing time for supercapacitors and batteries by 85–96%. On the side, we’re writing this article to explain testing issues for lasers, LEDs, photovoltaics, optical coatings, and integrated circuit chips!

Feel free to email the editor of this article (Alishba Imran) or Shagun Maheshwari with any questions.

Have you had an old phone where the battery somehow drops from 80% to 10%…?

The swollen phone battery… a dreaded sight in all too many homes. 😭 (CC-BY-2.0)

Why can’t you buy a magical new phone with magically better batteries to make that problem magically disappear???

Well, you can… we already have magically better batteries to…


Help others

STOP thinking


This is one of a series of case studies on lessons learned from starting sustainable businesses!

Key Takeaways:

  • As a student, the world’s doors are open to you. This isn’t school. You CAN ask for help.

Alessandra Amato has been trying to go vegan for a REALLY long time…

She doesn’t like the harm that factory-farmed meat…


This is one of a series of case studies on lessons learned from starting sustainable businesses!

Key Takeaways

  • Look for problems in areas you’re uniquely interested in or that you’re uniquely aware of. The solutions will be all the more innovative.

Since 2005, Christal Earle has been in and around the garbage dumps of the…


This is one of a series of case studies on lessons learned from starting sustainable businesses!

Key Takeaways

  • Sometimes, typical ‘entrepreneurship’ advice doesn’t work for social ventures. People’s incentives might be different for a social cause.

Melanie Chanona LOVES to solve problems.

Even as a student at the University of British Columbia…


This is one of a series of case studies on lessons learned from starting sustainable businesses!

Key Takeaways

  • Don’t just get excited about a solution because you have the skills to pull it off.

5 years ago, you could meet Paige Whitehead and NEVER have imagined her being an entrepreneur. She’s the kind of person that loves microbiology and music festivals, not mergers and acquisitions! …


I recently came across a 1953 comedy act that made me laugh harder than I’ve laughed in 4 months…

Abbott and Costello, “Who’s On First” (1953).

The funny thing is, the reason I was watching this was because I was sadder than I’d ever been in 4 months.

Gee, what got you in this mess of emotions?

Well, I’d been trying to painstakingly maintain relationships virtually during COVID-19 for 9 months. One day, I just stopped and thought of every friend I had. …


That thought hit me after the 60th afternoon sitting in my bedroom...

Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash

You see, I’m usually frantically dashing between classrooms at this time of day. That was until the COVID-19 lockdown came. Since then, school has been a series of Zoom calls. One tedious current of information after another… flowing slowly from my teacher’s screen to mine.

It was at that moment I realised that I hadn’t had an original thought in a

very…

very…

VERY…

long time. 😨

But how does that apply to ME? I just decided what to eat myself!

And so had I. But those simple decisions weren’t the problem.

The problem was that it’d been a long time since I’d just STOPPED to look away from the screen. To observe the…


In grade 10, I met the best math teacher I’ve ever had. From hearing mythological stories with accompanying ambient lighting on Fridays to stopping a financial math unit to discuss practical investment advice… there was always something new to learn in his classroom.

But when it came to math, my teacher was one of the most serious math-lovers you could meet. It’s only now that I start to look back at all his simple lessons to see their wisdom.

And the biggest lesson I remember…? …

Madhav Malhotra

Cofounder at The Plastic Shift. Learning how to create a sustainable planet. Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/madhav-malhotra/

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