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iSchool Road Trip: A Student’s Perspective

By Joey Creighton ’15

Joey CreightonThe iSchool’s Boston Road Trip was a great experience. Forty-four other SU students and I learned a lot about our future career endeavors and others we might not have considered before. Having experienced a similar entrepreneurial culture while attending Spring Break in Silicon Valley (#SBinSV), I was extremely impressed by the drive and spirit of the companies we visited.

The first day of our journey included meeting and learning from some inspirational people at Tech Stars, Carbonite, and Brooklyn Boulders. Tech Stars is an incredible space that acts as an entrepreneurial incubator for the Boston area. Our visit there included a panel discussion, where Adam Rubin ’07, Matt Brand ’99, and others talked about their journeys in the entrepreneurial tech scene. Megan Wittenberger ’08 hosted us at Carbonite, and we received great insight on how backing up data on such a large scale works. Our next stop, Brooklyn Boulders, was one of the most unique places I’ve ever had the opportunity to explore. Brooklyn Boulders is a new type of community space that blends state-of-the-art climbing terrain with art, culture, music, and entrepreneurship. We toured the facility, heard from some great employees, and even got the chance to try our hands at rock climbing.

Our day concluded with the Entrepreneurship in Boston alumni reception at the PayPal Start Tank. We listened to a great panel of alumni and heard from University Professor Carl Schramm, who engaged students and alumni with an interesting tech talk. This provided a wonderful opportunity for me and the other students to speak and network with alumni from the Boston area. It’s amazing to connect with SU and iSchool alumni, because they’re so willing to help and mentor current students. I’ve found this to be true throughout my time at Syracuse, and it’s a remarkable feeling to know that so many unbelievable people are willing and able to help you reach your goals and discover your passions. The event ended with a talk from Tony Longo ’01, CEO and co-founder of CO Everywhere. He’s an iSchool alum and is passionate about sharing his story and advice with current students. See photos from Entrepreneurship in Boston.

Day two of the trip was highlighted by an awesome visit to New England Sports Network (NESN), a company that creates and distributes New England sports content, specifically focusing on the Boston Red Sox and Bruins. Jason Notermann, the engineering manager, gave us great insight about NESN, our future careers, and the importance of building relationships with people in any industry. We enjoyed an interactive tour of NESN that included a look into both the technical and production sides of the company.

Overall, the iSchool’s road trip was an extremely engaging journey, full of opportunities to learn about the entrepreneurial tech scene in Boston and explore an area that’s quickly evolving. It’s always incredible to learn from such diverse, established, and enthusiastic alumni, and I’ll never forget this trip.  

Joey Creighton ’15 is majoring in information management and technology at the School of Information Studies (iSchool) and has minors in public communication studies and sport management. He is currently a teaching assistant in Anthony Rotolo’s #RotoloClass.