Blog Category: Alumni

How Columbia Engineering FinTech Boot Camp Helped a Former Accountant Go After Blockchain and Decentralized Finance

In 2016, after completing an undergraduate degree in public accounting from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business and working toward her CPA licensure, Alexis Schottenstein decided to pursue her postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). It was there that her whole world changed.  Alexis’s interest in digital finance began…

10 Effective Job Search Strategies

Charles Gedeon

After selling the tech start-up he co-founded, Charles Gedeon wondered what to tackle next. While handling operations at his company, he’d always been fascinated by the work done by the coders on his team, so that seemed like a good place to start.  “That whole process pulled me in,” Charles said. “So I started dabbling…

7 Entrepreneurship Tips from a Coder: Why Cefi Menda Learned Web Development

As an entrepreneur, Cefi Menda was precocious—he had co-founded three businesses, interned at a bank, and spoke German, Turkish, and Spanish, all after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physics from Duke University. But Cefi—a non-technical founder—yearned for a particular skill set. “It was really tough that I never had too much control over product development,” he…