APPLICATION DEADLINE: SIPA Entrepreneurship Fellows
Dec
22
12:30 PM12:30

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SIPA Entrepreneurship Fellows

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SIPA Entrepreneurship Fellows

Open to all young NYC entrepreneurs working full time on startup ventures.

Apply here.

The SIPA Entrepreneurship Fellows program is for young entrepreneurs with an interest at the intersection of digital technology, entrepreneurship and public policy working in the key areas of 1) Education Tech 2) New Technologies of Currency 3) Urban Innovation and Civic Tech 4) Internet of Things and 5) Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Who can apply: The Fellowship is intended for young entrepreneurs who are working full time on startup ventures in New York City and can commit throughout either the Fall or Spring semester for Fellowship-related activities. The Fellowship will start in the Spring semester (January – May) 2018.

Fellows can apply using this form: https://goo.gl/forms/Qv5bcvT1TdQvgat1  until December 22nd.

For questions, please contact Dr. Hollie Russon Gilman hr2377@columbia.edu

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Jul
12
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop – Developing a Sample Starter Social Media Strategy

General Assembly West

10 East 21st St.  4th Floor

Register Today

About This Class

Having a social media strategy paves the way for successful execution across social channels. Often an individual or organization will say “We/I need social!” and then create handles, post a few pictures and start down a road of engagement that has no end goals, lacks a clear way through and most importantly is lacking any guiding principles. This class is the intro on how to start or step-back and re-start a social media strategy.

Students will walk away with a clear sense of how to begin, what sections to include, how to decide what’s working and what isn’t, the best ways to set goals and begin meeting them, how to engage (or not) with fans/followers and the importance of developing tone, approach, cadence and a clear voice that will help you/your organization connect with a variety of users. We will explore parts of a strategy that are must haves and the ones that are nice to haves and how making a strategy a “working-document” will be vital to digital growth.

Takeaways

  • Understanding of the importance of a social strategy
  • Background on how to set goals and expectations before creating a strategy
  • Information on outlining a social strategy based on goals/needs/desired outcomes
  • How to create a social media strategy
  • How to get buy-in from the right parties (if needed)
  • How to execute the strategy
  • Quick overview and tips on measurement, analytics, and updating strategy based on those findings
  • Prereqs & Preparation
  • Understanding and some use of social media platforms. Including but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, WordPress/Medium, LinkedIn.

About the Instructor

Terry Rice, Digital Marketing Consultant – Terry Rice has been in the Digital Marketing field since 2007 – most notably, helping businesses achieve their marketing goals while working at Adobe and Facebook. He’s utilized both Paid Search and Facebook Marketing across several verticals including E-Commerce, Financial Services, and Technology. Combining a mix of creativity and data driven decision making, Terry is an expert at designing profitable marketing solutions. During his career, he’s worked on direct response and lead generation campaigns for companies including, Dell Computers, 1800Flowers, Home Depot, and Best Buy. He holds an MBA from the University at Buffalo, with a dual concentration in Marketing and Business Consulting.

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Jul
9
4:00 PM16:00

CAA Southern California – Entrepreneur’s Happy Hour

CAA Southern California – Entrepreneur’s Happy Hour

Cecconi’s
8764 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069United States

Do you own your own business or always thought about starting one?  Join fellow creatives and Columbia alums to talk about marketing, and small business owner best practices.

Whether you have insights you’d like to share, problems you’d like addressed or just want to meet fellow entrepreneurs join us at Cecconi’s.

Please note that we are keeping this event to a small group size so be sure to RSVP soon!

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Making the Most of Wedding Season
Jun
26
2:00 PM14:00

Making the Most of Wedding Season

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Your 20s and 30s. It’s a wedding season that lasts two full decades. Some of them will be fun. Here’s how to spice up the rest:

  1. Adopt a foreign accent for the evening. Have you ever heard one of those stories of someone coming out of a coma with a bizarre foreign accent? Well, your fellow wedding guests will get to hear it all night long.
  2. Ask the bartender to make your signature cocktail. It’s one part everything.
  3. Tell the wedding officiant that they’ve inspired you to convert – even if it’s a non-religious ceremony. Really get them to try and close the deal, too.
  4. Go to the bouquet or garter toss, but then run screaming from that thing like it’s the Zika virus. (Too soon?)
  5. Keep tipping the band and asking them to play faster.
  We’re hosting a rager for our next Sunday Funday. Join us 6/26 at  Our Wicked Lady  in  Brooklyn . $25 gets you unlimited tacos, two Drops, and some dope music on a rooftop.     RSVP ME POR TACOS >>

We’re hosting a rager for our next Sunday Funday. Join us 6/26 at Our Wicked Lady in Brooklyn. $25 gets you unlimited tacos, two Drops, and some dope music on a rooftop.

RSVP ME POR TACOS >>

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Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship Night – Hong Kong

Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship Night – Hong Kong

Saturday, June 2
6:30 PM
Conrad Hong Kong – 88 Queensway,
Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Register Today

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Columbia Alumni Association present the tenth program in a series designed to showcase the vibrant Columbia Entrepreneurship ecosystem. We invite you to join Dean Mary Boyce and Columbia entrepreneurs for a conversation about the life cycle of entrepreneurship followed by a demo night with Columbia alumni and student entrepreneurs.

Panelists:

Sonny Wu
Mr. Wu is a founding partner and managing director of GSR Ventures, a venture capital fund that focuses primarily in early stage, start up, and growth stage investments in technology companies with substantial operations in China. Mr. Wu focuses on investments in the semiconductors, new materials, and new energy sectors and he has made extensive investments related to LED technology and electric vehicles. Prior to founding GSR, Mr. Wu was founder and chairman of Asia Wireless Technology and he was a managing director at Nortel Networks, where he set up and managed several joint ventures in China.

Born and raised in China, Mr. Wu received a BS in engineering physics from the University of British Columbia in 1990 and an MBA from MIT in 2001 where he was a Sloan Fellow. Mr. Wu’s son is a member of the SEAS Class of 2018 and his daughter will be joining Columbia in the fall as a member of the College’s Class of 2020.

Fermi Wang
Mr. Wang is co-founder of Ambarella, Inc., a company that produces low power, high definition video compression and image processing semiconductors. Prior to founding Ambarella in 2007, he was CEO and co-founder of Afara Websystems, a startup that pioneered throughput computing for servers. Afara was acquired by Sun Microsystems in July 2002. A seasoned leader, serial entrepreneur and and a video compression technology expert, Mr. Wang holds several digital video-related patents and his team was responsible for developing the world’s first MPEG CODEC chip.

Mr. Wang received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University and an MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Columbia University. Mr. Wang established the Wang Fong-Jen Professorship at SEAS in honor of his brother who received an MS and PhD in mechanical engineering.

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Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship Night – Hong Kong

Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship Night – Hong Kong

Saturday, June 2
6:30 PM
Conrad Hong Kong – 88 Queensway,
Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Register Today

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Columbia Alumni Association present the tenth program in a series designed to showcase the vibrant Columbia Entrepreneurship ecosystem. We invite you to join Dean Mary Boyce and Columbia entrepreneurs for a conversation about the life cycle of entrepreneurship followed by a demo night with Columbia alumni and student entrepreneurs.

Panelists:

Sonny Wu
Mr. Wu is a founding partner and managing director of GSR Ventures, a venture capital fund that focuses primarily in early stage, start up, and growth stage investments in technology companies with substantial operations in China. Mr. Wu focuses on investments in the semiconductors, new materials, and new energy sectors and he has made extensive investments related to LED technology and electric vehicles. Prior to founding GSR, Mr. Wu was founder and chairman of Asia Wireless Technology and he was a managing director at Nortel Networks, where he set up and managed several joint ventures in China.

Born and raised in China, Mr. Wu received a BS in engineering physics from the University of British Columbia in 1990 and an MBA from MIT in 2001 where he was a Sloan Fellow. Mr. Wu’s son is a member of the SEAS Class of 2018 and his daughter will be joining Columbia in the fall as a member of the College’s Class of 2020.

Fermi Wang
Mr. Wang is co-founder of Ambarella, Inc., a company that produces low power, high definition video compression and image processing semiconductors. Prior to founding Ambarella in 2007, he was CEO and co-founder of Afara Websystems, a startup that pioneered throughput computing for servers. Afara was acquired by Sun Microsystems in July 2002. A seasoned leader, serial entrepreneur and and a video compression technology expert, Mr. Wang holds several digital video-related patents and his team was responsible for developing the world’s first MPEG CODEC chip.

Mr. Wang received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University and an MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Columbia University. Mr. Wang established the Wang Fong-Jen Professorship at SEAS in honor of his brother who received an MS and PhD in mechanical engineering.

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Work Awesome – A Day on the Future of Work
Jun
23
to Jun 25

Work Awesome – A Day on the Future of Work

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Work Awesome is on June 23rd at 1 State Street, 25th fl, NYC

It’s one big day on the future of work. We begin at 7:45 am.

The after party starts at 6:00 pm.

Register Today!

WORK AWESOME is here to connect you with the most inspiring people and thought-provoking insights into what work will be like tomorrow. Join us on June 23, 2016 at Knotel @ The Battery, 1 State Street (25th fl), New York City.

SOME OF OUR TOPICS

– Artificial Intelligence.  If smart machines learn to execute more and more cognitive tasks – does that steer us towards a post-work-society?

– Gig Economy. If the gig economy grows further, will that eventually replace the 9-to-5 model?

– The new new workplace. Needs and cultures at work are changing radically. What about chairs, tables, rooms and buildings?

– Teamwork and Leadership. Why are so many companies changing their way of working together? And what are the learnings of self-organizing, hierarchy-abandoning firms?

SPEAKERS

  • Geetu Ambwani, Principal Data Scientist, Huffington Post
  • Sara Armbruster, VP Strategy, Research & New Business Innovation, Steelcase
  • Antoine Blondeau, CEO & Co-founder, Sentient Technologies Holdings Limited
  • Milena Berry, CEO/Co-Founder, PowerToFly
  • Corey Booker, United States Senator, New Jersey (invited)
  • Alex Chung, CEO, Giphy
  • Zofia Ciechowska, Strategy & Operations, Spotify
  • Scott Cohen, Co-founder, New Lab
  • Joshua Cooper Ramo, “The Seventh Sense”
  • Jen Dennard, Culture & Diversity, Medium
  • Charlene Johnson-Hadley, Executive Chef, American Table
  • Scott Lamb, VP International, BuzzFeed
  • Marlon Litz-Rosenzweig, Co-founder, Mylittlejob
  • Will Prince, Architect, PARC Office
  • David Mandell, CEO, PivotDesk
  • Dennis R. Mortensen, CEO, x.ai
  • Kevin Slavin, Professor, MIT Media Lab
  • Leah Reich, User Researcher, Slack
  • Nina Temple, Global Staffing Lead, Google
  • Jeff Wald, Co-founder, Work Market
  • Albert Wenger, Partner, Union Square Ventures
  • Lizzie Widdicombe, Writer, The New Yorker
  • Chris Wiggins, Chief Data Scientist, The New York Times
  • Luke Winston, Head of Customer Development & Services, Formlabs
  • and take an inspiring trip into the future – to learn and benefit of what’s next.

ATTENDEES

Expect 150+ founders and leaders from startups to Fortune 500 companies, including Allianz, BMW, Buzzfeed, City of New York, GE, German Press Agency dpa, Google NYC, Kisi, MIT, Roland Berger, Steelcase, The New York Times, Thrillist, United Nations, Yahoo!

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Exec. Ed Three-Day Course – Women in Leadership: Expanding Influence and Leading Change
Jun
22
to Jun 24

Exec. Ed Three-Day Course – Women in Leadership: Expanding Influence and Leading Change

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Women in Leadership: Expanding Influence and Leading Change

For More Information or to Apply Now Click Here

Women in Leadership: Expanding Influence and Leading Change is a new program developed through a unique partnership between Columbia Business School and Barnard College. The program is designed to help elevate the impact of women leaders enabling them to navigate the business landscape, develop and leverage their talents, and step into roles of greater influence.

The overall experience is designed to have the maximum impact, incorporating a three-week preparation and pre-program coaching phase, an intense three-day in-person phase and a three-month action planning follow-up.

Program faculty include executive coaches, and trained psychologists, experts who have studied both the benefits of gender-balanced organization and the barriers women still often face in the advancement, as well as faculty from Columbia Business School.

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May
24
6:30 PM18:30

Spring Silicon Alley Demo Night

Join the Columbia Venture Community (CVC)
for our first Demo Night of 2016 in New York City!

May 24, 2016
6:30 PM
General Assembly [East]
902 Broadway 4th Floor ,
New York City, Baby

Register Today

Twice a year, CVC hosts Demo Nights in both, San Francisco and New York, to provide support and exposure to startup founders within the community.

If you’re interested in seeing what kinds of companies Columbia entrepreneurs are starting, don’t miss this event!
This is also a great opportunity to network and connect with fellow alumni from the region.

Founding teams will have 8 minutes to pitch their startup and receive feedback from our expert panel. Presentations will be followed by a mixer where members will have time to connect and learn more about each other and the teams.

EVENT SCHEDULE
6:30pm: Welcome
7:00pm: Demo group 1
7:45pm: Demo group 2
8:30pm: Judges announce the winning team
9:00pm: Networking event (venue will be announced at the event)

THE STARTUPS
cTHRU Inc
guide
Nuntio
Rally Bus
unPack
Visit.org
More Startups to be announced soon…

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Startup Me Up: E’ship Mini Boot Camp

2016 Entrepreneurship Mini-Boot Camp

Tuesday, May 24th
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Carleton Commons, Mudd Building
Columbia University Campus
500 W. 120th St
New York, NY

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Columbia startup teams including 2016 CVC winners, Ignition Grant winners, TFP fellows, and ASCENT fellows are invited to participate in a day of learning and growing their businesses with a mini entrepreneurship boot camp. You’ll hear from founders, Columbia professors in the startup space, experts on entrepreneurship and data science, and a lawyer. A variety of topics will be covered, ranging from securing your IP to scaling your hardware or software business model.

10-11am: An Entrepreneur’s experience (Tyler Poore, CEO, IrOs, LLC.)

Tyler is a organic chemist that has been an active entrepreneur for the past three years. A former PhD student from Columbia University, he took a leave from his studies to join a startup in developing novel antimicrobials. In this role, he authored and submitted two provisional patents on antimicrobials for paints and developed several prototypes for antimicrobial urethane foams. He has since started his own company IrOs, which develops 3D printed hydrogels for biomedical application, with fellow member Andrea to create novel chemical products for existing problems in healthcare.

11-12am: Incorporation and IP Basics (Steve Davis/Goodwin Proctor)

Steve Davis is the expert legal advisor for SEAS Entrepreneurship Programs. Steve has been a partner at Goodwin Procter in the firm’s Business Law Department since 2008 and has extensive experience in several areas of corporate practice with a focus on venture capital, corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate counseling in industries such as software, Internet infrastructure, applications and services, telecommunications, wireless technologies, biotech, medical devices, energy and clean tech, manufacturing, investment management and investment banking. Steve is a key contributor to the Goodwin Procter Founders Workbench, an online resource for start-ups, emerging companies and the entrepreneurial community. Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Davis was a shareholder in the New York office of Heller Ehrman, where he was co-chair of its corporate/venture law practice and chair of its New York business law practice. Mr. Davis is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association (Committee on Securities Regulation). In addition, he acts as outside general counsel and board advisor to numerous public and private companies.

12-1pm: Networking Lunch & I-Corps info session (Ivy Schultz/SEAS Staff)

Ivy is the Associate Director of SEAS Entrepreneurship Programs at Columbia, where she manages several programs including the Tech and Global Tech challenges of the Columbia Venture Competition, the Fast Pitch Competition, Igntion Grants, the Translational Fellows Program, and Amazon Activate. She also works closely with physical resources that foster entrepreneurship communities including the Startup Lab in SoHo and Res. Inc on campus. As an NYCRIN Regional I-Corps instructor, Ivy guides and mentors scientists and engineers to extend their research beyond the laboratory into feasible business ventures. Ivy received her Master’s degree from Georgetown University, where she focused on technology and international business.

1-2pm: Hardware Product & Conflict of Interest (Sam Sia/SEAS Faculty)

Sam is a faculty member in biomedical engineering at Columbia University. His lab focuses on using microfluidics to improve patient health. His lab’s work has been supported by the NIH, NSF, USAID/Gates Foundation/World Bank/Governments of Norway and Canada, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, American Heart Association, and World Health Organization. He has been named one of the world’s top young innovators by MIT Technology Review, and one of 10 innovators in human health and sustainability by NASA. He is founder of Claros Diagnostics, a venture capital-backed company which was acquired by Opko Health in 2011. His lab has invented a large number of new technologies currently covered by patents filed by Columbia University. Sam also co-founded the Harlem Biospace, a community of biotech innovators and scientifically-minded citizens who build models for turning revolutionary biotech ideas into products that solve real health problems

2-3pm Data Product (Chris Wiggins/SEAS Faculty)

Chris Wiggins is an associate professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University and the Chief Data Scientist at the New York Times. At Columbia he is a founding member of the Department of Systems Biology, the executive committee of the Data Science Institute (http://datascience.columbia.edu/), and the Institute’s education and entrepreneurship committees. He is also an affiliate of Columbia’s Department of Statistics and a founding member of Columbia’s Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (C2B2). He is a co-founder and co-organizer of hackNY (http://hackNY.org), a nonprofit which since 2010 has organized once a semester student hackathons and the hackNY Fellows Program, a structured summer internship at NYC startups. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia he was a Courant Instructor at NYU (1998-2001) and earned his PhD at Princeton University (1993-1998) in theoretical physics. In 2014 he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and is a recipient of Columbia’s Avanessians Diversity Award.

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NYC Startup Job Fair Spring 2016
Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

NYC Startup Job Fair Spring 2016

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NYC Startup Job Fair
IAC HQ (555 W 18th St)
Friday, April 8, 2016

Register Today

Schedule:
12:00-2:00pm Developers Only
2:00-5:00pm All Candidates

Other cities?
Chicago – 4/21, Boston – 4/5, Toronto – 4/28

The NYC Startup Job Fair connects top talent job seekers with exciting NYC area startups. In the Spring, the NYC Startup Job Fair drew 75 startups and 2300+ job seekers resulting in over 90 hires. Over the past few years the organization has helped hundreds of job seekers find positions at the top startups in NYC.

List of Startup Positions Available – Job Board
Registration Deadline – Depends on availability, please register ASAP
Fall Event Recap – Video, Photos
Get an Edge in your Job Search – Tip

Questions – please contact questions@startupjobfair.org

**All job seekers must register for the event in advance, space limited**

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Data Science Day at Columbia University
Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Data Science Day at Columbia University

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The Columbia Data Science Institute presents the Second Annual Data On A Mission Event

Data Science Day at Columbia University

Wednesday, April 6th
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Roone Arledge Auditorium
Lerner Hall on the Morningside Campus of
Columbia University

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Join us for demos and lightning talks by Columbia researchers presenting their latest work in data science. The event is designed to foster collaboration between innovators in academia and industry.

Opening Keynote: Dan Doctoroff, CEO, Sidewalk Labs
Dan Doctoroff is the CEO of Sidewalks Labs, an urban innovation company that develops technology at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds to improve city life for residents, businesses and governments. He is the former CEO of Bloomberg LP and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Networking Reception (Meet, Greet and Eat): To close the day, we will host a reception. Students, faculty and industry are encouraged to attend. Details TBA.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!
More information: datascience@columbia.edu
www.datascience.columbia.edu

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Obama’s StartUp Nation: Perspectives on Catalyzing Innovation
Mar
4
12:00 PM12:00

Obama’s StartUp Nation: Perspectives on Catalyzing Innovation

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Columbia Technology Ventures Presents

Obama’s StartUp Nation: Perspectives on Catalyzing Innovation Inside and Outside the Government


On the Campus of Columbia University, Schapiro CEPSR, 4th Floor, Davis Auditorium

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The past eight years have been a transformative time for entrepreneurship in the U.S., in part because of policies put in place by Pres. Barack Obama’s administration to encourage growth and innovation. Hear from three current and former federal officials who will offer insight into how the Obama Administration has made innovation a top priority and what this means for the future of entrepreneurship, inside and outside the government. Xavier Hughes (Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Dept. of Labor), Cheryl Martin (former Acting Director of ARPA-E at the U.S. Dept. of Energy) and moderator and participant Javier Saade (U.S. Small Business Administration’s Associate Administrator) will share insights gleaned from their careers working in the public and private sectors, the paths that led them to working in the Obama administration, and their thoughts on the future of innovation and entrepreneurship going forward.

This event is co-sponsored by Columbia Technology VenturesColumbia Business SchoolColumbia CollegeColumbia EntrepreneurshipColumbia Law SchoolColumbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE), Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Xavier HughesChief Innovation Officer, U.S. Dept. of Labor
Xavier Hughes is the Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Labor at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he oversees the research and development agenda for open government, the introduction of new technologies to enhance agency customer service, and the use of open data ecosystems to protect the public and encourage problem solving. As Chief Innovation Officer, Xavier leads the identification, evaluation and development of innovative business process and technology applications to improve DOL outcomes and simplify government operations. He is considered a leader in the area of open government and data liberation, having led the development and launch of several crowdsourcing data challenges covering worker safety and health, enforcement, labor statistics, disability employment, and equal pay. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Xavier worked for PRTM Management Consultants where acted as a senior advisor to U.S. Department of Homeland Security senior officials, and provided subject matter expertise to several private sector clients.

Cheryl MartinFormer Acting Director of ARPA-E at the U.S. Dept. of Energy
Dr. Cheryl Martin is a non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy. Dr. Martin recently founded Harwich Partners, LLC to work with public and private sector entities on energy technology adoption. She joined the Center directly from her role as Acting Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) at the United States Department of Energy where she also led the Technology-to-Market program, which helps breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Martin was an Executive in Residence with the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Dr. Martin also spent 20 years with Rohm and Haas Company, starting her career as a Senior Scientist for the company’s Plastics Additives business. In 2000, Dr. Martin was named Director, Investor Relations where she was responsible for Rohm and Haas’ interactions and relationships with the investment community. She later became Director, Financial Planning, and took on the responsibility for the planning, forecasting and management reporting activities of the company. Most recently she had been the General Manager for the Paint and Coatings Materials business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Javier SaadeU.S. Small Business Administration’s Associate Administrator
Javier Saade was appointed by the President to be U.S. Small Business Administration’s Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation. He led the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition programs. He holds a seat on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Committee on Small & Emerging Companies appointed by Chairwoman White. Key multiagency collaborations he led or was instrumental to included USPTO’s Fast-Track Intellectual Property, Advanced Manufacturing Investment, JOBS Act Education, Diverse Asset Management, Rural Investing, Social Innovation, Impact Investing, Clean Energy Investing, and STEM Entrepreneurship. Before joining the Obama administration, Javier was in the private sector and has over 20 years of global principal investing, general management, strategic consulting and entrepreneurial experience. He was Managing Director at The GEM Group and a Principal at Paradigm Ventures, a venture capital firm. He was also an institutional client advisor at Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world with about $160 billion in assets.

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A Fireside Chat with Neil Blumenthal, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker
Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

A Fireside Chat with Neil Blumenthal, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker

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When: Monday, February 22nd, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Where: 15th Floor of SIPA

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Neil Blumenthal is a co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. In 2015, Fast Company named Warby Parker the most innovative company in the world.

Join us for an informal conversation with Neil Blumenthal, a true pioneer of social entrepreneurship. This fireside chat will be moderated by SIPA alumna Seisei Tatebe-Goddu, MIA ’13, Director of Operations and Marketing, Dumbo Dorm Productions.

Presented by SIPA Management, co-sponsored by Columbia Entrepreneurship and the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center.

**The event will be followed immediately with a Columbia-wide Social Innovation Happy Hour on the 15th Floor of SIPA from7:30 – 9:00 pm **

FREE Tickets can be reserved here. This event will fill out quickly!

 

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Columbia Startup Lab Programming: Lunch & Learn: Not Your Parent’s Banker
Feb
17
12:00 PM12:00

Columbia Startup Lab Programming: Lunch & Learn: Not Your Parent’s Banker

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Columbia Startup Lab Programming:
Lunch & Learn: Not Your Parent’s Banker

with Co-Founder of SoFi, Dan Macklin

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From Business School to Billion Dollar Unicorn in 4 Years: join us for a far-ranging conversation about modern money with SoFi’s co-founder Dan Macklin. Dan co-founded SoFi during his time at the Stanford GSB, while working for one of the world’s largest banks.

Dan will discuss how SoFi is transforming personal finance by combining technological efficiencies with strong customer relationships. By leveraging the efficiencies of technology, SoFi is able to provide instantaneous decisions and streamlined experiences to meet the demands of modern customers.  At the core of the business, however, is an idea that runs contrary to the efficiencies achieved through technologies: building life-long relationships with customers. As the company sets out to displace traditional lenders, its unique member benefits, such as Career Services and Entrepreneurship Program, are driving long-term loyalty and customer satisfaction. Come hear Dan’s perspective on how SoFi is redefining financial services for consumers.

Dan is a co-founder with responsibility for maximizing the overall experience for SoFi’s growing community of members. This includes responsibility for our career management services and our entrepreneur program as well as a range of member events around the country.

Prior to SoFi, Dan spent twelve years at Standard Chartered Bank leading Enterprise Sales and Product Development across London, Singapore and Shanghai.

Dan holds an M.S., Management degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was a Sloan Fellow. He also holds a BA in Business Economics from University of Durham in England.

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Columbia Design Studio: Intro to Design Thinking
Feb
12
2:00 PM14:00

Columbia Design Studio: Intro to Design Thinking

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Columbia Design Studio Workshop

Join us for a two-hour Design Thinking primer

Free Registration

Please join us as we introduce a framework for practicing design thinking. We will focus on needfinding, problem framing, rapid idea generation, and collaboration. The session is fast paced and equally valuable for individuals or teams.

What: An introduction to the creative tools and mindsets of design thinking.

Who: Open to ANYONE interested in human centered design.

When: Friday, February 12th from 2pm to 4pm.

Where: Riverside Church Room 430.

Questions: designstudio@columbia.edu

Free Registration: https://cdsintro2designthinkingspring16.eventbrite.com

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Columbia Startup Lab Programming: Founders Series with Jamie Hodari ’04CC
Feb
3
5:30 PM17:30

Columbia Startup Lab Programming: Founders Series with Jamie Hodari ’04CC

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Columbia Startup Lab Programming:

Founders Series with Jamie Hodari ’04CC

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The Founders Series in the Columbia Startup Lab will run throughout the year and will feature Start up founders who are eager to discuss their own successes and even failures with the Columbia community. If you are a young entrepreneur, anxious to learn first-hand knowledge of what it takes to make it in the startup world, this series is exactly what you are looking for.

Jamie is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Industrious. Prior to Industrious, Jamie was the CEO and Co-Founder of Kepler, a rapidly growing experimental university that Scientific American called a “daring global experiment” to bring “top-tier instruction to the neediest parts of the planet.” Jamie previously ran the education non-profit Generation Rwanda, analyzed investments at the hedge fund Birch Run Capital and was a project finance lawyer at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell. He started his career as a journalist at the Times of India. Jamie lives in Brooklyn but will travel as far as necessary for Szechuan food or good standup comedy. Jamie holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.P.P. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Columbia University.

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Columbia Startup Lab Programming: How To Build A Financial Plan Investors Will Love
Dec
1
12:30 PM12:30

Columbia Startup Lab Programming: How To Build A Financial Plan Investors Will Love

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How To Build A Financial Plan Investors Will Love

With Early Growth Financial Services founder and CEO David Ehrenberg

 

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Need some help defining your financial plan so that investors just can’t say no? If so, this is a can’t miss workshop for you!

If your financials aren’t telling a compelling story and you need help with financial projections and financial planning, please join us for this one-hour long session during which we’ll discuss the importance of milestone funding, the components of your financial model, top-down and bottom-up financial projections, creating your budget, and more.

David Ehrenberg founded Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS) in 2008 to address the lack of on-demand financial support available to startups. David’s passion for mentoring entrepreneurs, and helping early-stage startups to thrive, led him to create the integrated financial solution that EGFS provides, from day-to-day accounting to strategic finance, tax, and valuation support.

Prior to founding EGFS, David was the first CFO for Abound Logic, playing an integral role in building out the company’s finance and administrative infrastructure. Before that, David was a Controller for Microsoft, in a division that focused on creating new products and business solutions. Earlier in his career, David was a key member of the finance team at Extreme Networks and Voice Stream Wireless and VP of Finance for Radiant Research, where he was responsible for selling the company in two transactions and ensuring a successful exit for investors and management.

After graduating from Georgetown University with degrees in accounting and finance, David started his career on Wall Street doing mergers and acquisitions work for Deloitte & Touche. He went on to earn his MBA from the University of Washington.

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Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

Design Sprint: Developing Early Stage Startup Ideas

Design Sprint: Developing Early Stage Startup Ideas

With Adam Royalty, Designer in Residence

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What: A two week sprint focusing on founder idea fit and customer exploration

When: Founder idea fit; Friday 11/13/15, 1pm — 3pm.  Customer Exploration; Friday 11/20/15, 1pm — 3pm.

Where: Room 430 Riverside Church; There is a central elevator bank that you can assess from Claremont Street. Go to the fourth floor and turn left.

This sprint is designed for students who have a problem they are excited to solve or an idea they want to explore. This is also an opportunity for students who may not have an venture in mind but want to help work on someone else’s.

The first session will focus on flushing out ideas and figuring out how to use the strenghts of a founding team. Applying design tools to uncover needs and frame problems will highlight the second session.

Note: it is recommended, but not required, that people experience both sessions.

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Columbia Startup Lab Programming: Build More, Build Faster Without Building Your Engineering Team
Nov
4
5:00 PM17:00

Columbia Startup Lab Programming: Build More, Build Faster Without Building Your Engineering Team

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Build More, Build Faster Without Building Your Engineering Team

With Amol Sarva ’98CC

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The limiting factor for today’s fast paced technology startups is access to quality engineers. Come hear serial creator Dr. Amol Sarva ’98CC share his tips and tricks for building more, faster with the same or fewer engineers.

Dr. Amol Sarva is an American technology entrepreneur who co-founded Peek and Virgin Mobile USA. He is currently developing a new cognitive enhancement technology called Halo Neuro and an application for better discussions called Knotable. He’s an advisor to Fon, the world’s largest wifi network. He also advises Payfone (mobile payments), Work Market (platform for labor resources), and Ouya (open source game console).

Amol co-founded Peek as its CEO through worldwide product launches and raised over $25 million from top venture capital firms including RRE Ventures and Bharti SoftBank (which acquired it in 2012). He’s an original member of the Founders’ Roundtable in New York, a group of 300+ venture-backed startup founders that has met monthly since 2006, and has touched dozens of VC-backed startups and many of the top founders in NYC. He has been named multiple times to the Silicon Alley 100 list of top New York entrepreneurs. He is a mentor for the NYC Seed venture capital fund’s SeedStart program. Amol received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.A. from Columbia University.

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