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CSUF Entrepreneurship Director Jackson Profiled in VoyageLA

John Bradley Jackson talks EntrepreneurshipRecently, Cal State Fullerton’s Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship John Bradley Jackson, was profiled by VoyageLA. Here’s one of the many interesting parts from the profile:

Director Jackson said “For me, opportunity has trumped strategy. I have found that being in the right place at the right time has helped, but I have needed to be open to new adventures and options. These unplanned adventures and options have been the most satisfying choices in my life.

“Knowing my own core values has helped me make the right decisions. These values include making my family my first priority, giving to others unconditionally, and always being truthful.

“This has meant saying no to things that are not consistent with my core values regardless of the financial gain or other rewards that I might get.”

If you have the chance, you can read the whole profile at


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CSUF Entrepreneurship Commencement Pictures and Videos – Spring 2018

CSUF Entrepreneurship Commencement spring 2018Here are a few photos and videos from the Cal State Fullerton Commencement last weekend. (If you have any you’d like to share with us, make sure to send us a link)

To start it off, here is CSUF Entrepreneurship graduate Rachel Herzog ’18 giving her commencement speech, uh, rap. (And it was covered by the KTLA 5 Morning News for good reasons.) Continue reading

Congratulations CSUF Graduates! – CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider

Rachel Herzog '18

Rachel Herzog ’18

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This past weekend Cal State Fullerton held its graduation ceremonies. I, along with all the professors, mentors, donors, judges, guest speakers, and staff, are proud to have had a part in the education of these graduates and I am very optimistic about their futures.
While all these graduates deserve special recognition for the work they have put in to earn their degrees I want to single out one in particular, Rachel Herzog. In addition to doing very well in the CSUF Startup Competition with her partner, Vanessa Ganaden, Rachel was a President’s Scholar and she earned additional honors at graduation, including the Mihaylo College Executive Council Outstanding Student Award and the Outstanding Senior Award from the Alumni Association. We posted an interview with her that delves into her academic career, what these awards mean to her, as well as her plans for the future. Well done Rachel!
Congratulations to all the graduates! And thank you to all of the professors, mentors, guest speakers, judges, donors, and staff that make a CSUF Entrepreneurship education special.
John Bradley Jackson
Director and Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting, & CSUF Startup Incubator

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CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story: Rachel Herzog ’18

Rachel Herzog '18

Rachel Herzog ’18

Graduation was this past weekend and it is a special time for all the graduates and their families. It’s a time to celebrate, reflect, and look forward. One student in particular has a lot of celebrate: Rachel Herzog ’18.

Rachel was one of those special students that went the extra mile and beyond. She was a fixture in multiple clubs, a leader in the classroom, and excelled academically. Her academic career was superb and I’m confident that there’s only great things in her future as well.

At graduation Rachel earned two awards: the Mihaylo College Executive Council Outstanding Student Award and the Outstanding Senior Award from the Alumni Association. These are in addition to many other honors she received while a student including: being a President’s Scholar, finishing well in the CSUF Startup Competition, and many more. Oh, and her graduation speech (rap) was covered by the KTLA 5 Morning News! Watch it below. Continue reading

CSUF Startup Incubator Resident Launches!

Ayisha Fareed and Nick Panhwar, the founders of Team Knit, a CSUF Startup Incubator Resident

Ayisha Fareed and Nick Panhwar, the founders of Team Knit, a CSUF Startup Incubator Resident

In this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider (if you haven’t already subscribed you should!) Director Jackson talks about CSUF Startup Incubator resident TeamKnit’s launch, remembering Steve Forell, a rundown of all the events and office hours we will be hosting in the coming weeks, and links to other posts.

Let me tell you about TeamKnit, a startup that is being launched out of the CSUF Startup Incubator today.

Founded by the husband and wife team of Nick Panwhar and Ayisha Fareed, TeamKnit’s mission is to revolutionize the way that teams collaborate. Their critical insight into team communications that I think separates their offering from all the rest on the market is that they bring together all the components of collaboration into a single, seamless solution. These components are: communication, execution, engagement, and knowledge.

We go into greater detail about their startup in a post we recently published but the key takeaway for me in regards to the success they have been able to achieve so far is that they have a strong team of founders and engineers working on TeamKnit. Nick has a strong background in sales, Ayisha is a fantastic engineer, and they both have experience managing and running companies. Looking at it this way, it’s no surprise that this strong team has created a product that will help build stronger teams.

This exciting news is tempered by the fact that last week a dear friend of mine since high school and a member of our CSUF Entrepreneurship community, Steve Forell, passed away unexpectedly. Steve is survived by his wife, Sheri, and three children: Megan Forell, Randy Forell, and Crystal Tousignant.

John Bradley Jackson
Director and Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting, & CSUF Startup Incubator

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Creating New Ventures Book Debuts for CSUF Entrepreneurship Community

Creating New Ventures Book Party

Creating New Ventures Party book launch party

A little over a year ago we set out to compile a book called Creating New Ventures that encapsulates the entrepreneurial wisdom that is flowing through the CSUF Entrepreneurship community. Earlier this month, we launched that book!

Creating New Ventures features lessons learned and recommendations from 156 members of our community ranging from how to effectively build a startup team to managing the stress that all entrepreneurs go through. At the launch party, Director John Bradley Jackson talked about the mission of the book, which is to imbue the next generation of entrepreneurs with the shared wisdom of the CSUF Entrepreneurship community. To further that mission, every student majoring in entrepreneurship will receive a copy of this book that they can use throughout their careers as entrepreneurs.

You, too, can have a copy of the book by becoming a CSUF Entrepreneurship Annual member. The cost of membership is $100 and includes Creating New Ventures, a PDF copy of Your Entrepreneurial Journey, complimentary attendance at all CSUF Entrepreneurship events, and the weekly CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider newsletter. For more information on how to become a member, please email us at

TeamKnit: CSUF Startup Resident Launches Business Collaboration Software

Ayisha Fareed and Nick Panhwar, the founders of Team Knit, a CSUF Startup Incubator Resident

Ayisha Fareed and Nick Panhwar, the founders of Team Knit, a CSUF Startup Incubator Resident

Late last year while we were in the process of launching the Irvine location for the CSUF Startup Incubator we met a husband and wife team with an innovative concept for revolutionizing the way that teams get work done. Nick Panhwar, the husband and CEO, and his CTO wife, Ayisha Fareed had impressive backgrounds in tech and sales and their product, TeamKnit, looked like a combination of all the best features of the various productivity and collaboration tools that we all use on a daily basis. So it was a very easy decision to accept them in the first group of Residents at the CSUF Startup Incubator (Irvine).

Since then they have been hard at work developing their product, running through a beta test, and working on the public launch of their product, TeamKnit. Along the way, they have benefited from mentors like Director John Bradley Jackson, CSUF Startup Incubator Manager Phillip Stinis, Professor Scott Sorrell, and their Startup Coach Jeff Greenberg.

What is Team Knit? “TeamKnit is an all-in-one team productivity tool that helps simplify and create a stress free workplace for all,” says Mr. Panwhar. “TeamKnit combines the best features of popular productivity tools into one powerful yet easy to use solution. TeamKnit helps teams talk to each other, work with each other, get to know each other, and share information with each other. TeamKnit cultivates a more productive workforce through focusing on improving and integrating four specific areas: Communication, Execution, Engagement, and Knowledge. We call this the CEEK Philosophy.”

CEEK, pronounced “seek”, is the sine qua non of collaboration and something that Nick says isn’t being done well by competitors like Slack, Asana, and Basecamp. And we agree. Every available solution is missing at least one, usually two or three, of the CEEK components.

Here’s a powerful example of how TeamKnit can benefit a team: Continue reading