Remember those undergrads who started a company called Bazaarboy in their dorm room a few years ago? Well, Bazaarboy is still going strong and founders Eric Hamblett and Chris Holt are now playing a major role in the burgeoning St. Louis startup ecosystem.

techlireportEd Domain interviews Eric and Chris on the Domain Tech Report on this week about their new experience as founders of a co-working space in the Central West End, called TechArtista.

TechArtista is located at 4818 Washington Blvd. The space is a three-level, 13,500 square-foot space that features private office suites, co-working space, conference rooms and even a row of phone booths outfitted with video conferencing capabilities. There’s also a gym, kitchen, and roof top deck shared by all the entrepreneurs who have set up offices in the space that was a former automobile showroom.


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BCTIM is buzzzzzing with activity; we’re busy, busy! With so many great events on the calendar, we’re expecting to see lots of bright faces, some familiar and some new!

Here’s a first look at what we’ve got coming up:

BCTIM’s Operational Excellence Seminar Series will start this year with John Stroup, CEO & President of Belden, Inc. presenting “A New Era in Manufacturing Management: Manufacturing Closer to Home Markets”. Join us on October 23rd for this interactive and intriguing lecture.

The Fall Lecture Seminar Series continues with the next lecture on November 7th, featuring Onur Boyabatli, visiting professor from Singapore Management University.

The 11th Annual Meir J. Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture will be November 21st. This special event is in honor Meir J. Rosenblatt, who taught at Olin Business School as the Myron Northrop Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management. This year’s Lecture will feature David Simchi-Levi of MIT, presenting “OM Research: From Problem-Driven to Data Driven Research”. Please visit our Rosenblatt Memorial site for more information and registration to this event.

Bridget Blaise-Shamai, MBA’92, vice president of customer loyalty and insight at American Airlines, flew through campus on October 9 to share her expertise with students.


Bridget Blaise-Shamai

She spoke in two sessions of MKT 576A – Consumer Behavior, detailing how there is an emotional spectrum in customer loyalty, along with a competitive fare market. Utilizing the data she receives to make better choices for customers is a large portion of her job.

Loyalty means increased profits. And loyal customers are more forgiving, which is quite valuable in the airline industry, where customers will experience dissatisfaction due to external forces like weather or equipment malfunction.

The Freshman Women’s Dean Scholars invited Blaise-Shamai for a short afternoon gathering where she was able to share about her industry and speak candidly with the freshmen.

Blaise-Shamai was also able to visit with Dean Mahendra Gupta, a throwback Thursday for sure, as she sat in his first class when he started as a professor at Olin.



Student volunteers, lead by Vaibhav Sharma and Eduardo Jacobo, sophomores at Olin, showed residents from Bethesda senior living how to turn on their computers, pick a password and navigate the Internet at the first Computer Comfort class on Sept. 19. The tutors also set up email accounts and taught their students how to send, and open, email.

“Now you can receive email from your families,” Sharma said. “It’s a great way to stay in touch.”

Harris Frank

Harris Frank

Vaibhav Sharma and Eduardo Jacobo created the new Computer Comfort student organization to recruit volunteers to tutor senior citizens eager to use the internet. Former Bethesda resident Harris Frank who is 89, worked with students to develop the curriculum.

Frank worked closely with Mahendra Gupta, PhD, dean of the Olin Business School and the Geraldine J. and Robert L. Virgil Professor of Accounting and Management, and Steve Malter, PhD, associate dean and director for undergraduate programs, to develop the program. He believes it can serve as a model nationwide.

Erin Kim, a freshman at Olin, helps Dr. Elsie Meyers navigate a Macbook in the Active Learning Lab in Bauer Hall in the new “Computer Comfort” class being offered for area seniors.

Erin Kim, a freshman at Olin, helps Dr. Elsie Meyers navigate a Macbook in the Active Learning Lab in Bauer Hall in the new “Computer Comfort” class being offered for area seniors.

Participants are benefiting from the course by using their new knowledge to pay bills and stay in touch with loved ones.

Computer Comfort will continue throughout the fall with new participants and volunteers.

Thanks to Diane Keaggy for her article on WUSTL Newsroom.

Images: Photos by Joe Angeles, WUSTL Photo Services; video by Marc Niemeyer, AB’14

Olin kicked off its annual United Way campaign with a big goal and an enthusiastic call to action from Al Kent, Director of the Olin/United Way Board Fellows Program and Adjunct Professor of Accounting. United Way is truly changing and improving lives in our community.

Kent told a gathering of faculty and staff at a lunch kick off meeting, “Giving back to our community is a responsibility and a privilege for those of us who are able. The amount you may decide to give is not the important factor, rather, your participation is what is critical. Working together we can continue to improve the lives of those in our community, many of those people are right here among us.”