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Edward Lando
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Born in Paris, Edward Lando is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, where he focuses on entrepreneurship, computer science and international studies. He previously founded Famocracy, a site that allows people to become famous for their talents, and is currently building a fashion discovery startup.

Edward is a gluttonous reader, and a hopeful novelist.

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Snapchat is Taking Risks it Doesn't Have to, and That's Impressive

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 11:20 AM

Snapchat just dropped a big-time update. It's an extremely ambitious and aggressive move, and I was blown away by their guts given that the product was working so well already.

Many successful mobile apps make small adjustments and focus on growing their user base until they get bought...

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It's All Precious

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 6:37 PM

They say we value things more before we get them and once we've lost them. Not while we have them.

I like traveling to places for very short stays, two to three days, because every moment becomes more precious. It feels almost decadent to not stay longer, especially if you're...

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Meeting Jack Dorsey

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 6:15 PM

Last week, 20 Penn undergraduates traveled to Silicon Valley to tour large tech companies and meet founders. This is my impression of a meeting with Jack Dorsey.

We walk past the Square logo that glows on the white wall to the reception where the pretty receptionist is waiting for us...

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36 Tips for the College Freshman

(5) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 7:42 PM

Look over there! A group of wide-eyed kids are setting foot on campus for the first time. They clump together as they rove from one fraternity house to the next, exchanging phone numbers at any chance they get.

For us onlooking or partaking upperclassmen, that feeling isn't too distant. As...

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StoreTok: Solving Silicon Valley's Existential Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 12:58 PM

The Valley has been having an existential crisis for a while. I think it's due to the gap between content and commerce, which are still somewhat like The Presidio and Marin County before they were connected by the Golden Gate Bridge. Thankfully, what's starting to happen is that people are...

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Turning 21

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 7:42 PM

We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other's opposite and complement.
- Hermann Hesse,...
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Stopping by Woods on a Busy Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 12:40 PM

"In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It's important to combine the two in just the right amount." - Haruki Murakami

This is yesterday:

I'm sitting at my computer, poised to create something. Then my phone tells...

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Harlem Shake -- Four Secrets Behind the Sensation

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 4:12 PM

The Harlem Shake has erupted and shaken the world. Why?

Whether you're an entrepreneur, a writer, an artist -- or pretty much anyone else -- you must know what works, what doesn't, and why. What's going to get shared, and what's going to get canned like chopped liver -- in...

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Extraordinary Professors: The Virtuosos and the Conductors

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 6:07 PM

"You dropped 150 grand on an education that you could have gotten with $1.50 worth of late charges at the public library." -- Good Will Hunting


If Will were speaking today, he'd be even tougher on the helpless kid because good colleges now cost...

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Get Game: Become a Geek in Just One Year

(3) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 12:58 PM

This is a story for those aspiring entrepreneurs blessed with thoughts and pep, and who just itch to pick up the brush and freaking paint their hearts and minds out -- Jackson Pollock style.

"The spread of computers and the Internet will put jobs in two categories: People who tell...

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