David Brancaccio Bring the DIY Economy to Montclair State

Journalist and Host of American Public Media's Business Program shares guidance

Journalist and host of American Public Media’s business program, Marketplace, David Brancaccio came to Montclair State University to discuss a concept that could lead to more jobs for the American economy: the Do-It-Yourself Economy.The DIY Economy is based on the idea that people can become entrepreneurs and create jobs instead of looking for jobs. The panelists in the discussion included Jules Pieri, co-founder and CEO of the product launch platform, The Grommet; Marc de Vinck, the Baker professor of Practice in the Master’s of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship program at Lehigh University; and Jeff Wald, co-founder and COO of Work Market, the world’s largest professional transaction network.

These business professionals led the audience into a look at the rise of the DIY economy and what forces are shaping it. Some of the topics discussed were the trials of a freelancer, the need for change in the classroom about entrepreneurship, and the gender disparity in business, especially in funding for women entrepreneurs. The DIY economy could be a concept that won’t fade away but continue to catch traction.


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Gentrix Shanga

Gentrix Shanga is a Communications major and a student Journalist at Montclair State University.