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Helena Merk

Hey! I'm Helena, a former Duke student and current startup founder. I left Duke half way through my sophomore year to move to the Bay Area and join a startup. Late 2019, I left and started Glimpse with another Duke student (Brian Li). Currently we live together with 5 other founders in 1-month Airbnbs around the California coast.

L's Taken

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"Thank you for applying but..."

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Thing I thought I'd finish but never did

  • 99% of my medium articles

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Everyday L's of life

On the Bright Side

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Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying

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Thing I've learned that will still matter in 10 years

  • Life is too short to spend time on something you do not care about

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TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed

  • The Kite Runner 

  • Silicon Valley

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Things I'm proud of that you won't see on my resume

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Unconventional skills

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Quirks that make me who I am

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Small joys in my life

  • Watching the sunrise every morning 

  • Making pourover coffee 

  • Sharing songs on spotify 

  • Slowly convincing housemates to become vegan 

  • Facetiming my dogs

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Obstacles I have overcome

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Thing I've done that pushed me out of my comfort zone

  • I try to constantly put myself out of my comfort zone. I learnt at Duke that by maximizing discomfort, I could maximize personal growth. For example, I took a comedy class (although I'm terrified of speaking in front of a crowd), and constantly volunteer for speaking opportunities (to get over this said fear).

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Failures that seemed like the end of the world back then but don't matter in hindsight

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Leaps of Faith

  • Dropping out of Duke 

  • Quitting my job to build a startup full-time

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Life event that has made me stronger

  • Fracturing my back was more of a mental struggle than physical. It prevented me from doing any of my former stress relievers (running, snowboarding, etc.).

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