What Should We Tell Our Children? – How a college education has lost value in the current economy

I walk through the halls of the school I work at and, year after year, I hear parents speaking the same words: “You have to do good in school so you can get into college.” The irony of the matter is that most of these parents have not attended college themselves, but based on popular … Read more

From Unemployed Orchestrator To Startup Founder, Part IV

(UPDATE: Check out the CBS feature on ForOrchestra.com’s tribute to Amy Winehouse). This series chronicles the experiences of Walt Ribeiro after he was laid off and started his new company, For Orchestra, while on unemployment (Prior installments: Part I; Part II; Part III). It’s funny how things are so much clearer the further down the road you go. … Read more

From Unemployed Orchestrator To Startup Founder, Part III

This series chronicles the experiences of Walt Ribeiro after he was laid off and started his new company, For Orchestra, while on unemployment (Prior installments: Part I; Part II). So I started working at the music awards company, which was great for me because my music lesson show slowly started to decline in sales and viewership.  As I … Read more

Leslie Jacobs: Layoffs Be Damned — I Survived and YOU Will Too! – Part II

(This series chronicles the experiences of Leslie Jacobs, Founder of “Les Mess.”  You can find Part I of Leslie’s remarkable story here). Five months after being laid off I had my first job interview, I was not thrilled with the idea of having to dress up and drive 45 minutes to get to this job—so … Read more

From Unemployed Orchestrator To Startup Founder, Part II

This series chronicles the experiences of Walt Ribeiro after he was laid off and started his new company, For Orchestra, while on unemployment.  You can read Part I here. I started my online music lesson school after my CD failed miserably. At the time, I still had no income and was not receiving unemployment because I was self-employed … Read more

From Unemployed Orchestrator To Startup Founder, Part I

This series chronicles the experiences of Walt Ribeiro after he was laid off and started his new company, For Orchestra, while on unemployment. Some think of unemployment as a negative occurrence.  I used to think so too.  Sure, it’s never easy to experience change.  But, change is not only healthy, it’s a way of life. Change keeps us interesting, forces us … Read more