California Dreaming: Engineering Entrepreneurs Network in Silicon Valley
An all-star panel of business savvy tech entrepreneurs shared their insights on how the startup community in Silicon Valley has changed over the last decade and on what the next 10 years of technology innovation might look like.
Columbia University Board of Trustees Chairman Bill “Coach” Campbell '62CC, Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Ben Horowitz '88CC, and Zynga EVP of Games Steve Chiang '93SEAS energized the audience with their perspectives on social networking, gaming, cloud computing, globalization, innovation, the IPO market and organizational leadership.
Immediately following the panel discussion, leaders of six startups founded by Columbia alumni took their turn pitching the audience. Cellanyx, winner of the 2012 Columbia Engineering business plan competition, rolled out their plans for a new in vitro diagnostic technology that provides urologists with a sensitive measure of a prostate tumor's aggressiveness and metastatic potential. On the slightly less technical side, Unseat.me demonstrated how its online application gives season ticket sellers in markets like StubHub the tools they need to drive buyers from their social networks to their excess ticket inventory. Finally Mikhael Naayem '08SEAS, talked about the recent launch of Grantoo, an online social gaming platform targeted at undergraduate college students that rewards players with cash payments to reduce tuition expenses. The company has already paid out over $20,000 in education debt relief.
Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship Advisory Board member Jessica Tsoong '08SEAS, led the evening's program. Tsoong was one of the Columbia entrepreneurs pitching her own startup, WiFiSlam, to alumni at the first Entrepreneurship Night held at the Four Seasons, Palo Alto in November. The success of these and other entrepreneurship programs led by Columbia Engineering, continues to connect alumni with young entrepreneurs from across the University.
More than 250 Columbia alumni turned out for Columbia Engineering's second Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Night held June 14 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
Posted:Jun 28 2012