Working as a TA for Kyle Jensen's popular MGT656 (Management of Software Development) and CPSC213 (Apps, Software, and Entrepreneurship) courses, teaching undergraduate and...more graduate students about Agile development with a modern web stack.
Worked with a small New Haven-based team to reach out to venues and schedule promotional events for Hotspot, a nightlife app for millennials. Responsibilities included researching...more various venues, contacting the venues that were good fits, pitching the app and the event, and closing event deals.
Hardware, firmware, and web development in support of in-house Uncorked projects.
2016 (about 1 month)
Spent the summer as a development intern at Uncorked Studios, a product development studio in Portland. Worked on two in-house projects as a web developer. One was as the...more lead software developer building a Node.js framework to interface with Slack and a hardware system. The other was in a junior developer role maintaining and building new features for a large Angular.js/Node.js application that formed the backbone of a wine management system, Sommely (more information available at somme.ly).
Completed my senior project at Elevate Capital researching the startup accelerator landscape on the West Coast and the US as a whole. Connected with accelerators and startups...more that have participated and compiled a final report for Elevate (a public version of this report is available upon request).
Founder, Electrical Engineering + Business Development
2015 - 2016 (6 months)
Co-founded Tandm, a bike-sharing startup that went through an Intel/UC Berkeley hardware accelerator televised as the TBS reality series "America's Greatest Makers." Tandm...more was a way for cities that couldn't support traditional (Citi Bike style) bike-sharing programs to offer a crowdsourced version to their residents and visitors.
Focused primarily on electrical engineering and business development -- though Tandm is no longer in development, it was an amazing experience.
Selected out of thousands of applicants to appear on “America’s Greatest Makers,” a TBS reality series showcasing the maker movement in partnership with Intel. Spent four months developing a product with the Intel Curie module and building a business plan with mentors from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, then pitched it to a panel of judges including the CEO of Intel. (My team’s pitch is available at https://www.americasgreatestmakers.com/team/tandm).
(Check out Tandm above for more about the product.)
I’ve been Engineering Program Director at Catlin Gabel School for 15 years now. I’ve seen hundreds of students come and go. Rarely have I seen a student as dedicated and talented as Jacob Bendicksen.
Jacob possesses an unusual combination of being a people person while being suburb technically and a gifted scholar. He’s a natural leader of people and projects. It’s that combination that vaulted him to being selected co-president of our school’s robotics team two years in a row, as well as the team’s Marketing, Outreach and Chairman’s award manager. The thing is, Jacob has the technical skills to just as easily lead our Electronics department. He just saw that we needed someone to handle the people side of the team and stepped up. On the technical side he helps in all the different departments when the crunch time rolls around. You are just as likely to see him covered with grease as talking to a big audiences. This is a very rare combination.
In 2015 he and two of his classmates were recruited for and were accepted to take part in a new reality television show called “America’s Greatest Makers.” This was put together by Mark Burnett’s production company, the folks behind “Survivor”, “Amazing Race”, and “Shark Tank.” This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is thanks to the entrepreneurial, technical, and communication skills of this team. Jacob is the team leader.
Jacob is intrinsically an upbeat person. He’s enthusiastic about everything he does and has an outstanding work ethic. When Jacob’s on the case I know I don’t need to worry about the task getting done and done well. When he doesn’t know something he’s not afraid to ask but I only need to explain something to him once. Jacob is a natural leader who people just instinctively want to follow.