The latest in technology transfer news from Columbia University prepared by Columbia Technology Ventures
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VOL. 2, NO. 6, MARCH 2014 |
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Short Video Interviews with VCs, Entrepreneurs, Inventors

A great thing about being at the nexus of industry and academia is the steady stream of interesting VCs, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and inventors who visit or spend their days on the Columbia campus.

Recently, we've started conducting a series of informal video interviews with these visitors, so that others might benefit from their advice. While unlikely to win any Oscars for cinematography, the videos feature topics such as advice to entrepreneurs on how to pitch VCs; common mistakes scientific founders make; advice for grad students looking to make a career in venture capital; trends in early stage venture investing; and the emergence of NYC as a start-up capital to rival Boston and Silicon Valley. We’ll be growing the series over time, but to launch, we are pleased to feature the following:

In addition, be sure to check out videos from around Columbia of other entrepreneurship luminaries who have been on campus recently, including:

  • Jack Dorsey, part of the founding team at both Twitter and Square [86 minutes]
  • Ben Horowitz, partner at Andreesen Horowitz and founder of OpsWare, discussing his insights into life as a CEO from his excellent new book “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” [77 minutes] 
  • Steve Blank, co-author of the Start-up Owners Manual and developer of the Lean Start-up movement [49 minutes]

There are more great events coming to campus in the weeks ahead, listed below. We hope these live and video resources are interesting to you, and look forward to any feedback you may have. 


Orin Herskowitz
Executive Director, CTV
VP for Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Building Venture-Scale Businesses: Micah Rosenbloom, Founder Collective

As part of the Columbia Technology Ventures Educational Event Series, Micah Rosenbloom and Orin Herskowitz will have an open discussion on launching early stage ventures.
Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students

The Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students is a two-week intensive introductory course offered by the NIH Clinical Center (CC) in July 2014 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland.
Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

ERA is now accepting applications to its Summer 2014 program. The ten companies selected to participate in the four-month program will receive a $40,000 investment and the potential for follow-on funding from ERA’s Fund.
#StartupColumbia Entrepreneurship Fesitval

#StartupColumbia is Columbia University's first annual entrepreneurship conference, organized by CORE, Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO), and Columbia Entrepreneurship with help from the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, and Columbia Engineering.
NYC Media Lab Mobile Futures: Call for Demos

The NYC Media Lab is looking for provocative apps, devices, sensors, and everything in between that speak to the next wave of mobile technologies.
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Latest News & Videos

With Cells from Patients, Researchers Recreate Eye Disease in a Dish

CUMC NEWSROOM By accelerating the aging process of stem cells from patients, researchers at P&S have created a model of age-related macular degeneration in a dish and have used the model to learn why some people develop the disease.
Chips that Listen to Bacteria

COLUMBIA ENGINEERING An engineering team led by Prof. Ken Shepard has demonstrated that integrated circuit technology, the basis of modern computers and communications devices, can be used for a most unusual application—the study of signaling in bacterial colonies.
Venture Investing in Life Science Start-ups: Dennis Purcell, Aisling Capital

VIDEO On February 25, 2014, Dennis Purcell, Senior Managing Director, Aisling Capital, met with Orin Herskowitz, Executive Director at Columbia Technology Ventures, for a live interview at Columbia. Watch their discussion here.
Entrepreneur Perspective: Vincent Lee, Lumiode

VIDEO As part of the CTV Tech Commercialization Series, Vincent Lee, CEO, Lumiode, shares his thoughts on developing a startup and life as an entrepreneur vs. life as an academic with Orin Herskowitz.
Entrepreneur Perspective: Joe Jones, Harvest Automation, Roomba Inventor

VIDEO As part of the CTV Tech Commercialization Series, Joe Jones, CTO of Harvest Automation, shares his thoughts on robotics, technology development, and moving from academia to the start-up world with CTV Licensing Officer Teresa Fazio.
Investor Perspective: Stan Reiss, Matrix Partners

VIDEO As part of the CTV Tech Commercialization Series, Stan Reiss, General Partner of Matrix Partners, shares his thoughts on investing with CTV Executive Director Orin Herskowitz.
Investor Perspective: Misti Ushio, Harris & Harris Group

VIDEO As part of the CTV Tech Commercialization Series, Misti Ushio, Managing Director at Harris & Harris Group, shares her thoughts on investingin "Biology Plus" with CTV Executive Director Orin Herskowitz.
Investor Perspective: Carl Goldfischer, Bay City Capital

VIDEO As part of the CTV Tech Commercialization Series, Carl Goldfischer, Managing Director of Bay City Capital, shares his perspective on working with biopharma strategic investors, beginning a career in venture capital, and NYC's growth as a technology cluster with CTV's Executive Director Orin Herskowitz.

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