Posted by Pamela Jia En Cheng on August 03, 2019 at 10:12 PM
My name is Pamela, and I’m a third year student studying Information Engineering and Media at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. It has been some time since I started my internship at Preemadonna so this is a very belated ‘Hi!’.
I’ve always been interested in both the Arts and Technology, which explains the choice of my major. While my interest lies heavily on the design and aesthetic aspects of products, I often marvel at how we can harness technology – using it as our medium and tool, to bring our designs to life. For example, we require both a design perspective and coding (more technical) skills to develop a website!
Posted by Preemadonna on July 24, 2019 at 6:04 AM
My name is Shilpa Sajja, and I’ll be interning with Preemadonna this summer. I just graduated high school and am an incoming Freshman at Brown University where I hope to explore fields like Public Health and International Relations.
Posted by Elise Voglewede on November 18, 2018 at 11:57 AM
Just last month, I went to my first homecoming game and dance! The dance which was on a Saturday was after dinner, so a friend invited me to get ready at her house before. When I arrived, we chose which dress I wanted to wear. The dress I decided on was silver with embroidered stars and a sweetheart illusion neckline.
Posted by Elise Voglewede on September 12, 2018 at 1:44 PM
Every year, girls prepare for the first day of school. They may want the perfect outfit, haircut, and nails to make the best first impression to their peers and their teachers. Now with the Nailbot, girls can have an easy ice breaker right on their nails. The Nailbot can easily print any of your hobbies or interests on your nails with the press of a button. The nail art done by the Nailbot can initiate conversations that could lead to acquaintances or even future friendships. What are some of the things you would like to put on your nails? I know I would love to put something related to either NASA, diving, or Girl Scouts.
Posted by Elise Voglewede on September 01, 2018 at 4:26 PM
Looking back on my busy summer, I can tell you that one of my favorite memories is going to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. I was selected to visit Goddard for five days to learn more about space! During the week, I was able to talk to lots of NASA professionals, including the head of the largest heliophysics division in the word. The Parker Solar Probe that just launched, will orbit the Sun closer than any other man made object has before! Just as this probe has launched, soon Preemadonna’s Nailbot will be launching.
Posted by Alan Phung on August 20, 2018 at 5:17 PM
Outside of interning for Preemadonna and helping with Nailbot, I've been an active entrepreneur exploring new business ideas. On July 19th 2018, I did my first business pitch. My business is called SquareOne and we focus of providing teens with career development programs through the use of our app. We created a platform that connects programs looking for high school students to students. This Pitch competition was held at 1871 and was organized through a group called Future Founders. This was a great experience because 2 weeks leading up the pitch I was given guidance by Future Founders on how to properly develop my business plan.
Throughout the two weeks no one really minded my nails. People even gave me comment on how nice and long my nails were. I remember a couple of days into the program I engaged in a very lively conversation on how to keep I keep my nails nice and long. So, my nails didn't affect me negatively at all.
Posted by Elise Voglewede on August 15, 2018 at 3:34 PM
My name is Elise Voglewede, and I am a Sophomore at St. Joseph High School. Last year, I was a delegate at the National Girl Scout Convention in Columbus, Ohio. At the convention I was able to meet so many empowering women, including Preemadonna’s founder Pree Walia. I was extremely excited by the prospect of the Nailbot, and how it could make doing my nails more efficient and creative.
Posted by Alan Phung on July 04, 2018 at 4:52 PM
In today’s American society, it is fair to say when males paint their nails it is considered stange. However, thousands of years ago painting nails was normal for men. Here where some examples.
In 3200 BC, people in Babylonia wore different nail polish colors to signify classes. The darker the color the higher class you are and alternatively the lighter colors were for lower classes. Even the soldiers would put on black and green nail polish. They actually believed having those colors on would intimidate and instill fear into their enemies.
Posted by Alan Phung on July 02, 2018 at 4:58 PM
Why are men in the US who have nice nails are frowned upon and labeled as feminine? Having polished nails is a very natural thing and in many other cultures this is normal. In this blog, I will discuss 2 cultures where having nice nails is a good thing.
Believe it or not, historically in Chinese culture men have long nails to symbolize wealth. If you were a farmer you did not have the luxury to have long nails because they would break under your workload. The rich had long nails to show that they did not have to work even a day in labor intensive jobs. Today, Chinese males regardless of class now can have long nails. It has become a way for Chinese males to express themselves. Many chinese men would also say that having long nails look better. Sometimes older Chinese males also grow out their pinky nail because they believe that having a pinky longer than the first knuckle of your ring finger would bring them a better later life. It is not just in Chinese culture that this is normal.
Posted by Alan Phung on June 20, 2018 at 5:06 PM
- a form of competitive weightlifting in which contestants attempt three types of lift in a set sequence.
When I started to power lift two years ago, I was told that having long nails would hinder my abilities. However, I went against those who said that and kept my nails long. I have not once broken my nails lifting weights.
Posted by Alan Phung on June 15, 2018 at 4:16 PM
Meet the latest Preemadonna Ambassador and Intern!
Alan is a Freshman at Denison University. In High School he got very involved in the Chicago community.He worked on the executive board of both the Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Action and the Junior Economic Club. These student led non-profit organizations focused on teaching youth on how to become better leaders.
Posted by Tugba Rona on June 03, 2018 at 12:08 AM
My name is Tugba Rona, and I will be interning at Preemadonna this summer. I am starting my Full-Time MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the fall. I was actually born and raised around the Bay Area (specifically Palo Alto and San Jose) though I’m Turkish so I’m especially excited to be returning this summer after 8 years on the East Coast! I am truly looking forward to joining the dynamic and passionate Preemadonna team as they build more great products like the Nailbot. I am especially excited to learn how to navigate Silicon Valley from the expert herself, Pree!
Posted by Preemadonna on May 24, 2018 at 11:55 PM
My name is Rebecca Chau. I will be starting my MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business this fall. Originally from the Bay Area, I am excited not only be back home but also to join the Preemadonna team and to work in a very different context than my previous experience. I am a strong proponent of women in leadership positions and am looking forward to learning from Pree, Casey, and the rest of the team on how they have succeeded in a male-dominated startup world!
Posted by Pree Walia on February 08, 2018 at 1:03 PM
We are so excited to welcome our newest roster of all star Preemadonna interns: Maxie, Brooke, Gracie & Hannah - all juniors at St. Francis High School in Silicon Valley. They are taking over our Instagram and Snapchat - so make sure to follow us!
Posted by Marie Millan on January 05, 2018 at 4:27 PM
Wednesday Oct 4th : Day 1
I made it to Columbus, Ohio for the Girl Scout Convention all in one piece! After a five-hour flight, Pree and I landed in John Glenn Columbus International Airport and were immediately hit with signs for the convention everywhere we went. There were volunteers there ready to help us get to our hotel with ease to recharge our batteries for the next day. Even while we were on the bus to the hotel, everyone was chit chatting about whether they were here for the convention. Once Pree and I got settled in, we decided to stretch our legs and check out the Convention Center. I don’t know about you but I was not expecting the convention center to be so long. Maybe its my short legs that made it feel like walking from one side to the other was like walking through an expanse of prairie with the horizon ever stretching away from you. By the time we finally reached the Hall of Experiences where our Preemadonna booth would be, I could have sworn we had crossed state lines, but it was worth it though because I got to peek through the doors and what lay behind them got me super excited for tomorrow. I’m not going to tell you now because I don’t want to spoil the surprise. You’ll just have to wait till tomorrow to find out the awesomeness that is awaiting. For now, good night and get pumped for G.I.R.L. Con 2017!