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Entrepreneurial anteaters

Soc sci alumni and small business owners Andrew Bertolina and Kelsey Minarik illustrate innovation, teamwork and the power of networking

In the world of start-ups, success doesn't just hinge on the strength of a business plan or the determination of the founder. Oftentimes, who you know and collaborate with speaks volumes to investors and potential clients. And when two alumni from UCI's School of Social Sciences form a partnership, both companies are one step closer to success.

That was precisely the case with Andrew Bertolina (right) and Kelsey Minarik (top). Though they didn't know each other as students, the budding entrepreneurs were brought together by the UCI family and formed an unexpected collaboration - one that has helped to develop each of their growing start-ups.

For Bertolina - whose company, Finvoice, provides a platform for small businesses to auction their invoices to investors - that means generating more clients. For Minarik - who produces fashionable and functional medical supplies like compression socks through her company, RejuvaHealth - that means finding the capital to meet the costs of running a young business. And with such complementary needs, their partnership was a match made in start-up heaven.



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Doing Money Artfully

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Nov 16

On China

Nov 19

Intentions versus Outcomes: Cooperation and Fairness in a Sequential Prisoner's Dilemma with Nature
November 2

9th Annual Fall Hot Topics Debate
November 3

Heli: Screening and Discussion
November 4

Structural Interpretation of Vector Autoregressions with Incomplete Identification: Revisiting the Role of Oil Supply and Demand Shocks
November 4

Revolting Music
November 5

Doing Money, Artfully
November 5

Rent Control and Evictions
November 5

Systematic Data Collection & Appropriate Math Modeling
November 5-6

Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work
November 6

PeloMalo: Screening and Discussion
November 9

November 16

The Engine and the Reaper: Industrialization and Mortality in Early Modern Japan
November 16

Cultural Consensus Theory, Multinomial Processing Trees, and Cognitive Psychometrics
November 16-17

The External Congestion Costs of Light Trucks
November 17

The Optimal Use of Government Purchases for Macroeconomic Stabilization
November 18

The Re-Routing of the Chicana/o Experience
November 19

On China: A Journalist's Perspective
November 19

The Determinants of Non-Residential Real Estate Values with Special Reference to Local Environmental Goods
November 20

Trendsetters and Social Change: Inaugural Reception for the Philosophy, Political Science and Economics (PPE) MA Program
November 20

Enterprise Forms and Partnership Mortality in Egypt between 1910 and 1949
November 23

Worker Heterogeneity and the Asymmetric Effects of Minimum Wages
November 24

in the media

Wang Feng on China abandoning one-child policy

The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, The Washington Post, Miami Herald, The Guardian, Bloomberg, NPR

Layla Shaikley, '07, on logistics startup

CNN Money

Valdez on transnational youth gangs

The Atlantic

Hoffman on communicating with extraterrestrials

American Psychological Association

Neumark on sexism in ageism

Yahoo! Finance, Bloomberg, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Business Insider India, Minnesota Public Radio

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China abandons one-child policy
Wang Feng, The Wall Street Journal

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DeSipio, Fox News Latino

No more pencils, no more books
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Neumark, Bloomberg and The Boston Globe

Study shows age discrimination likely worse for women
Neumark, Minnesota Public Radio

Why age discrimination is worse for women
Neumark, The Washington Post

Watch: What would students create if they had $25K to spare? (Video)
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You can't tell how smart I am by the color of my skin
Lee, Daily Life (Australia)

Time to end China's one-child policy urgently: government advisers warn of demographic crisis ahead
Wang Feng, South China Morning Post

Who do you want to see on the new $10 bill? Treasurer stops by UC Irvine to talk about the possibilities
Maurer, OC Register

The populist prophet
Tesler, The New Yorker

Asian Americans speak out against a decades-old 'model minority' myth
Lee, The Washington Post

China’s graying migrants have stash of money ready to spend
Wang Feng, Bloomberg and The Japan Times

'Two is too much trouble': will China's parents rush to have more children?
Wang Feng, The Guardian

Did humans evolve to see things as they really are?
Hoffman, Scientific American

College freshman invents necklace to prevent sexual assault
Sanchez, Her Campus

Necklace to help prevent assaults wins $25,000 seed money
Sanchez, USA Today - College

UCI poli sci alumna and creator of 'Muslim Hipster' Layla Shaikley, '07, launches logistics startup
Shaikley, CNN Money

South Korea? Trump's where are you from moment
Lee, NPR, KPBS, and New England Public Radio

Democratic debate
DeSipio, SCPR

The Asian disadvantage (that's being ignored)
Lee, CNN Money

Skip 'American Horror Story: Hotel,' watch 'The Brain with Dr. David Eagleman'
Brewer, Orange County Register

China ends strict one-child policy
Wang Feng, Reuters

Illegal immigration: Myths, half-truths and a hole in Trump's wall
Rumbaut, Newsweek

Can Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton? Why Latino voters matter in democratic primary race
DeSipio, International Business Times

China's one-child policy may be replaced with 'Two-Child' Law, after 35 years
Wang Feng, International Business Times

Would extraterrestrials be able to communicate with humans via images?
Hoffman, American Psychological Association

American democracy is doomed
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Sanchez, 3BL

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Sanchez, Daily Pilot

The Asian advantage (Op-ed)
Lee, The New York Times

The risks of raising the minimum wage (Editorial)
Neumark, The Tampa Tribune

Giving women control over their finances
Kiiti, The Guardian

Workers on congressional redistricting ordered to pledge secrecy
Grofman, Richmond Times-Dispatch

5 easy ways to improve difficult relationships, backed by research
Neumark, Time Magazine and Nigeria Newsstand

The model minority is losing patience
Lee, The Economist

Hispanic Heritage Month features UCI's Vicki Ruiz
Ruiz, NBC

Sizing up McCarthy and the challenge ahead
Campbell, Orange County Register

Why we compete
Neumark, The Atlantic

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Wang Feng, NPR

Why China is ending its one-child policy
Wang Feng, The Washington Post

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