Business Features

Find any articles I’ve written on small business ventures, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Serial Entrepreneurship: A Conversation with Noah Alper

Noah Alper, founder of Noah’s Bagels and several other businesses over the course of his career, sat down with Catherine Buday (my mom) in August to talk about his professional experiences as a successful serial entrepreneur. The following video is my synthesis of the main ideas from their conversation, with Noah giving crucial advice forContinue reading “Serial Entrepreneurship: A Conversation with Noah Alper”

Student Innovators Give the Walker a Fresh Spin

By John Buday There’s a new way to walk–a walker that doesn’t walk away from you, supports you and uses smart technology to measure your gait pattern, speed and other health metrics. My most recent article for EIX.org | Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange features Telo Design, a health-tech solutions company specializing in a new and improved walker thatContinue reading “Student Innovators Give the Walker a Fresh Spin”

Learn from Leaders: Famous Founders’ Best Advice for New Ventures

Planning, funding and growing your own startup venture requires vision, foresight, willingness to pivot and hard work. Who better to learn from than some of the smartest, creative and most successful entrepreneurs out there? This video series, produced by Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange’s (EIX) Daniel Forbes and Jon Eckhardt and edited by yours truly, featuresContinue reading “Learn from Leaders: Famous Founders’ Best Advice for New Ventures”

Past e-Fest Winners Continue Innovating

LivingWaters rainwater harvesting, filtration and storage systems in Rajasthan, India. Last year I had the pleasure of writing my first series of articles for Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange (EIX). The series of articles examines the progress of student entrepreneurs since winning at e-Fest, the yearly EIX competition where students compete with one another to winContinue reading “Past e-Fest Winners Continue Innovating”

Vascugenix Assists Cardiovascular Surgeons in the Operating Room

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the seventh in a series of articles featuring past winners of e-Fest, EIX’s undergraduate business plan competition, and their journey since then. Cardiovascular surgeons need speed, efficiency and steady hands – usually two of them — when they use guidewires that help catheters navigate their way through blood vessels to aContinue reading “Vascugenix Assists Cardiovascular Surgeons in the Operating Room”

How Yellow Card crypto exchange serves the underserved

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the sixth in a series of articles featuring past winners of e-Fest, EIX’s undergraduate business plan competition, and their journey since then. For people in third-world countries without bank accounts, those struggling to manage their money online, or those who simply do not want to deal with physical cash, Yellow Card provides aContinue reading “How Yellow Card crypto exchange serves the underserved”

Vetiver Solutions brings practical approaches to sustainability in Haiti

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fifth in a series of articles featuring past winners of e-Fest, EIX’s undergraduate business plan competition, and their journey since then. Vetiver Solutions is a public benefit corporation founded by students from the University of Minnesota that invests in natural goods promoting economic and environmental sustainability to help impoverished HaitianContinue reading “Vetiver Solutions brings practical approaches to sustainability in Haiti”

Go Goldens Drives Home the Importance of Pivoting

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles featuring past winners of e-Fest, EIX’s undergraduate business plan competition, and their journey since then. Go Goldens resulted from Co-Founder Evan Eddleston’s research into retirement communities: talking with 75 top level staff members of those communities through Alignable, an app where small business ownersContinue reading “Go Goldens Drives Home the Importance of Pivoting”

Breathing easier with the Orindi Cold Endurance Mask

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles featuring past winners of eFest, EIX’s undergraduate business plan competition, and their journey since then. Founded by Jordan Vanderham while a student at Grand Valley State University, Orindi manufactures a two-piece mask to make workers more comfortable in extremely cold environments, such as coldContinue reading “Breathing easier with the Orindi Cold Endurance Mask”

Helping Diabetics Be Comfortable in Their Own Shoes

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles featuring past winners of eFest, EIX’s undergraduate business plan competition, and their journey since then. Vidhan Bhaiya, CEO of the diabetic footwear manufacturer Dr. Brinsley, was at a “big fat Indian wedding” when he noticed his uncle, the style icon of the family, looked uncomfortable… ReadContinue reading “Helping Diabetics Be Comfortable in Their Own Shoes”

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