Author @ Aaron Dinin

I teach in Duke University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship program and founded RocketBolt. I write about startups, pedagogy, entrepreneurship, engineering, and poetry. They’re all related, I promise.

Instagram Stories: Day #3 – Student Pitches

Today was another “pitch day” in my Learning to Fail class. To add a bit of context, the class incorporates a semester-long pitch competition where students compete against each other to identify the biggest entrepreneurial opportunity on campus. The competition is organized as a bracket, and this was our second round. We went from eight […]

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5 Tips On How To Ask For An Introduction

Having survived as a founder in the tech startup world for a decade, I’ve met lots of fellow “industry folk.” Being a dutiful founder, I’ve connected with most of them on LinkedIn. As a result, while I’m by no means a tech industry goliath, on LinkedIn I show up as a second degree connection to […]

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Quora: What Makes A Professor’s Lecture Boring?

I write lots of Quora answers. Sometimes, when I particularly enjoy on a question/answer combo, I’ll share it here, too. If you like it, be sure to check out my other Quora answers. Upvotes welcome! Quora Question: What makes a professor’s lecture boring? That’s an easy question to answer: Lack of saber toothed tigers. While you probably don’t […]

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  • When I tell people I was “sitting center ice this weekend,” I’ll probably leave out the part about the #hockey players looking a lot like @disney characters... #daddyadventures
  • Final pitches for @dukeinnovation #learningtofail. Did Fami win by helping students catch their buses? Or did Nick win by helping students find jobs? Find out in My Story. #entrepreneur #startup #pitchoff #pitchplease #mystudentsprobablyhateme
  • Hosted what my @dukeinnovation students described as “the lamest party ever” as our final #learningtofail challenge. Watch My Story to see the outcome. #entrepreneur #party #lameparty #dietfood 😒
  • In today’s #learningtofail challenge, my current  @dukeinnovation students had to find my students from a previous semester, bring them presents, and share a #selfie as proof. The most impressive was a pair of students who delivered someone a #glutenfree desert during her class IN COPENHAGEN! #impressive #hustlehard #entrepreneurship
  • My @dukeinnovation capstone students at @adwerxre learning about #sales, #bizdev, and #closing from one of the best: @cleithe #entrepreneur #hustle #innovation #fieldtrip
  • Kirsten Hamstra, global head of social media @sassoftware, talking about corporate #socialmarketing strategies with my @dukeinnovation class: "A lot of brands think social only belongs in the marketing department, but the companies that are really benefiting from social are the ones that understand how it can help across an organization -- #HR, #recruiting, #R&D, #sales... everything."
  • A mini-reunion of the dorm formerly-known-as-Aycock, 2001. Who wins the award for least-receded hairline? #bluedevils #tildeathdouspartin
  • A little @dukeuniversity alumni love from @natedevil and @raleighsparty's wedding. #truelove #tildeathdouspartin #mawwage
  • Pretty much how I feel after a 7 meeting day. #entrepreneurship #hustling #sales #closing #wheatenterrier #furbaby #exhausted
  • Suggested caption: "I took Dr. Dinin's #learningtofail class and all I got was this stupid power strip." Watch My Story to see what other worthless things my students bartered for during today's failure challenge #entrepreneurship #tradingup #paperclips  #powerstrips
  • Teaching my little girl to #dreambig 🐻😆
  • For some reason, a discussion about the risks of using #socialmedia for professional development while hanging out with @fhi_duke's PhD Lab students seemed like a delightfully ironic time to snap a #selfie. #socialmediamarketing #immature

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