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Wave of the Future

Wave of the Future

Today the Villanova in the Valley program visited Google. Our speakers, Mr. John Igoe, Director of Real Estate Design and Construction, and his team, spoke about the new construction that broke ground several months ago. John has a background in Civil Engineering from Villanova and master and MBA from Stanford and Drexel, respectively. He has… Read More

The Unique Culture of Sephora

The Unique Culture of Sephora

On the final day of the trip, we were able to visit Sephora in downtown San Francisco. Our host was Allison Berding, who is a senior product manager at Sephora. Allison got her BS in Finance at Villanova, and it was great to see an alum working in such a cool area. She was so… Read More

The Medallia Experience

The Medallia Experience

The last stop today for the Villanova in the Valley group was Medallia. Medallia is an international company that produces customer experience management and enterprise feedback software for a variety of companies in many different fields.The software works by collecting feedback from customers and employees via many differents means and then compiling that data into… Read More

Thinking Outside the Dropbox

Thinking Outside the Dropbox

The visit to Dropbox on Thursday was truly an amazing experience. Our tour around the property included several spaces, from the verdant terrace on the roof to the ‘Mint Room’ that contained various musical instruments, creativity is constantly expressed as the cornerstone of this company. The walls exuded messages geared towards that passion while the… Read More

Handshake – The Road to Our Future Careers

Handshake – The Road to Our Future Careers

Handshake was founded in 2013 by Garrett Lord, Ben Christensen, and Scott Ringwelski at Michigan Technological University. Considering Michigan Tech is located about 8 hours away from any major city, not many companies recruited their engineering students. The founders of Handshake wanted to level the playing field and create a product that gave all students… Read More

Let’s Go Giants!

Let’s Go Giants!

During today’s visit to the San Francisco Giants, we visited with Danny Dann, who is the Vice President of Marketing and Advertising with the San Francisco Giants.  Mr. Dann received his Bachelor’s of Science in communications with a concentration in tv/video production from Ithaca College in 1990. Mr. Dann is in charge of overseeing the… Read More

Adventures at Huckberry

Adventures at Huckberry

This morning Villanova in the Valley visited Huckberry, an online men’s retail company that is equal parts: store, magazine, and inspiration. The privately held company was co-founded by Richard Greiner and Andy Forch in 2011. Huckberry’s mission is to create “Gear for Today. Inspiration for Tomorrow” allowing their customers to live “more active, adventurous, and… Read More

Connnected to Anaplan

Connnected to Anaplan

This morning Villanova in the Valley visited Anaplan, a cloud based planning platform that connects data, people, and can plan every part of a business. The privately held company was founded by Michael Gould in a small barn in York, England in 2006. Anaplan offers services in finance, sales, supply chain, marketing, information technology, and… Read More

KPCB – Making the Good Decisions in Venture Capital

KPCB – Making the Good Decisions in Venture Capital

When we visited Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB), one of the most successful venture capital firms in the world, it was truly an eye-opening experience that was extremely informative and impactful for our Villanova in the Valley cohort. We first were met by CFO Sue Biglieri as well as a KPCB general partner in Eric… Read More

Facebook Inc. and “The Big Blue App”

Facebook Inc. and “The Big Blue App”

On day two of Villanova in the Valley, students had the opportunity to visit Facebook, Inc., at the company’s Menlo Park headquarters. Villanova in the Valley is an immersion program for Villanova students from a variety of majors and backgrounds who are interested in learning more about companies, job opportunities, and culture in Silicon Valley…. Read More