NJ Tech Meetup #35 With Brad Feld
When: Monday, April 15th, 2013 @ 6:45pm
Where: Howe Center – Stevens Institute of Technology Bissinger Room (4th Floor), 8th/Hudson – walk up River St to 6th St., then up Wittpen Walk to Howe Building Hoboken, NJ
Description:The Boulder Thesis: Four Principles for Startup Communities. How communities attract and support innovative startups is a hot question in today’s economic climate – and Brad Feld has some answers. In his new book, Startup Communities, the cofounder of Foundry Group and TechStars boils down 20 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and building a vibrant startup ecosystem into four essentials that will work anywhere in the world.
Meet The Innovators: With Brad Feld and Alessandro Piol
When: Tues, April 16th, 2013 @ 6:30pm
Where: SoHo Apple Store, 103 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
Description: An Apple A Month…..Women Innovate Mobile’s Meet The Innovatorsmonthly conversation series started in January with a discussion on Social TV and continues on Tuesday, April 16 with a conversation on entrepreneurial communities venture funding and more with Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group and Co-Founder, TechStars and Alessandro Piol, Co-Founder of Vedanta Capital.
Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars. Brad currently serves on the board of directors of BigDoor, Cheezburger, Fitbit, FullContact, Gnip, MakerBot, MobileDay, Modular Robotics, Oblong, Orbotix, Rover.com, SafeInstance, SEOMoz, Standing Cloud, and Yesware for Foundry Group. Previously, Brad was an executive at AmeriData Technologies after it acquired Feld Technologies, a firm he founded in 1987 that specialized in custom software applications. In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of Startup Weekend.
Alessandro is a co-founder of Vedanta Capital. He was formerly a General Partner with Invesco Private Capital (“IPC”) where he was responsible for investments in information technology, a sector in which he has been active since the late 1970’s. While at IPC Alessandro was involved in numerous transactions that led to successful IPO’s or sales. Prior to joining IPC, Alessandro spent 10 years with AT&T Corp. where he divided his time between operating and investment positions. In 1991, he co-founded AT&T Ventures, the venture capital arm of AT&T where he led the fund’s investments in several new media and communications companies. He was a co-founder and VP of Marketing of Pixel Machines, an AT&T-backed venture in the graphics computing business and was later director of Strategic Partnerships for AT&T Computer Systems. Before his tenure at AT&T, Alessandro spent several years in the software industry, developing system software and compilers. He was a founding director of the New York New Media Association, and is a director of several private technology companies. Alessandro received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1985. He received an MS and BS in Computer Science from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he was elected to the Eta Kappa Nu honor society. Alessandro recently co-authored “Tech and The City: The Making of New York’s Startup Community”.If you missed attending these “Meet The Innovators” conversations at the Apple Store (SoHo), here are the links to our recent podcasts:
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