May
31
6:00 pm18:00

HBS Rock Accelerator Demo Day in NYC

Space is limited, please RSVP here.

The HBS Arthur Rock Center Accelerator is a highly immersive program for early-stage HBS startups. The focus is on building and validating their MVP as well as launching with a strong foundation for high growth. The teams experience deep-dive workshops, check-ins, pitch feedback, and opportunities to pitch for seed funding. Come see eleven of the twenty-six Rock Accelerator Teams in action as they pitch and showcase to a room full of VCs, Angels and Private Equity professionals hungry for fresh and disruptive startups across a myriad of industries.

May
31
12:00 pm12:00

SKILLBUILDING: "How to Partner With Large Media/ TV Companies as a Startup" with Rikin Mantri of ABC/Disney and Richie Hyden of IRIS.TV

For HBS Alumni only.  Click here to register. 

"If only we could get large company X to offer our product to its customers," OR "if we get an investment from media company X we will blow our numbers out of the water!" This sounds all fantastic…So what’s the problem? Well there are a host of things that can go right but more importantly there are many things that can go wrong.  Please join Rikin Mantri of ABC/Disney and Richie Hyden of IRIS.TV who will be leading a discussion focused on start-ups and large media companies. Some questions we will cover but also please bring your own.

  • How do you navigate media/entertainment companies? What is the best way to approach and position?
  • Are our incentives and time horizons aligned? Are we ready? Do we really achieve product-market fit?
  • Should we aim to take an investment from a strategic?
  • How are media/entertainment companies organized and why this is important?
  • Once you are partner, how can you optimize efficacy and results?

Richie is the Co-Founder and COO of IRIS.TV and runs the day-to-day company operations. An expert in video recommendations, optimization, and workflows, Richie has helped publishers including Time Inc., Tronc,  and Wenner Media to increase digital revenues across all connected devices. Prior to IRIS.TV Richie ran operations for JukeboxTV. Richie also played professional water polo in the US, Europe and Australia.

Rikin Mantri is currently Head of Strategy and Business Development for Disney/ABC's Lincoln Square Productions.

Leveraging the power of over 1,100 storytellers and story creators, Lincoln Square Productions develops premium non-fiction content for broadcast, cable, and digital distribution. With over 30 Emmys, 12 Cine Golden Eagles, and multiple Peabodys, Lincoln Square Productions’ staff has produced a number of breathtaking docu-series, topical specials, live events, and popular scripted dramas for networks such as ABC, ABC Family, Netflix, Travel Channel, HGTV, Investigation Discovery, and Discovery Channel.

Mr. Mantri started his entertainment career at the William Morris Agency in the Television and Talent group before spearheading the launch of the UK corporate consulting and digital practice focusing on Europe, Middle East, and India.  Working with media companies such as News Corp., NFL International, Disney, and India based UTV, Mr. Mantri brokered transactions between US and International territories.

May
19
9:30 am09:30

CONNECTING: Office Hours with Alex Yagoda of Advancit Capital

For HBS Alumni only.  Click here to register.

Sign up to sit down, one-on-one, with Alex Yagoda.  Alex is on the investment team at Advancit Capital, which focuses on early stage investments in media and technology. He is responsible for contributing to all stages of the investment process and helping portfolio companies capture their full potential.

Alex started his career as a management consultant at Booz & Company, where he focused on consumer and media companies in the US and Latin America. He brings experience from Bowery Capital and Bain Capital Ventures, and has served as an advisor to several venture-backed companies. In 2014, Alex was selected to be part of Foundation Capital’s Young Entrepreneurs Program.

May
17
9:00 am09:00

CONNECTING: Office Hours with Bobby Singh, VP of Digital Strategy, Operations and Business Intelligence at BET Networks, Viacom

For HBS Alumni only.  Click here to register.

Sign up for a one-on-one with Bobby Singh, VP of Digital Strategy, Operations and Business Intelligence at BET Networks, the leading provider of entertainment for consumers of Black culture globally. In this role, Bobby leads digital strategy, business development and operations for BET Digital and oversees the Analytics, Audience Development, Digital Finance, Pricing & Inventory and Ad Operations departments.  Prior to joining BET Networks, Bobby was Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives at iHeart Media where he led profit growth initiatives for iHeart Media’s broadcast, digital and live events businesses.  Bobby was also founder and CEO of KashPile, an online money management and shopping site for kids; Management Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group; and held various positions at Limited Brands, Kmart and Marshall Field’s. Bobby holds an MBA with Honors from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.

May
16
6:00 pm18:00

B-School Disrupt NYC

For more information and to register, click here

Location:  NYU Stern School of Business, Paulson Auditorium

Cost:  $10

Description:  The evening will feature short pitches from alumni teams who are working on innovative ventures, ranging from healthy eating to real-time fantasy sports, in a variety of industries including healthcare, retail, Fintech, e-commerce and more. You will also hear a keynote from our MC, Shan-Lyn Ma, Stanford GSB '06, and Co-Founder of Zola, who will talk about how to take a start-up from idea to reality.

Regardless of whether you plan to attend TechCrunch Disrupt, come meet and mingle
with the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, and tech fans. The event is co-sponsored by Stanford GSB Alumni Relations, NYU Stern Alumni Relations, and the HBS Start-up Studio NYC.

Participating HBS Companies:

AcuamarkDx - Dr. Bernard Peperstraete, HBS '05

HENRY - Justin Joffe, HBS '09

Mented - Kristen Jones Miller, HBS '14, and Amanda Johnson, HBS '14

May
9
12:00 pm12:00

CONNECTING: Office Hours with Marc Silberman of Time Warner Investments

For HBS Alumni only.  Click here to register.

Marc currently works as a venture investor at Time Warner Investments, the strategic venture group of Time Warner. TWI invests in early/mid stage companies in the media space, with a current focus on next generation content, VR/AR, OTT services, and gaming. Select portfolio companies include Bustle, Mashable, NextVR, 8i, Simulmedia, and Outpost Games. Prior to Time Warner, Marc spent three years at BuzzFeed, where he focused primarily on international growth strategy and operations. Marc graduated from Cornell in 2012 with degrees in Applied Economics & Management and Communication.

May
2
11:30 am11:30

CONNECTING: Office Hours with Ron Frasch, Operating Partner, Castanea Partners

For HBS Alumni.  Click here to register.

Ron Frasch joined Castanea Partners as an operating partner in 2014 to focus on luxury apparel and accessories, and aspirational branded consumer products.

Prior to joining Castanea, Ron was President and Chief Merchandising Officer at Saks Fifth Avenue until the sale of the company to Hudson's Bay Co. in 2013.

Previously, Ron was CEO and President at Bergdorf Goodman. He also held senior executive positions at GFT USA and Escada USA as President, and President and CEO, respectively, and Neiman Marcus where he was Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for ready-to-wear, accessories, and cosmetics.

Ron serves as director on the board of Castanea portfolio companies Aurora Brands, Ippolita, and Proenza Schouler. He also serves on the Crocs, Inc. Board of Directors' audit and governance committee.

Apr
27
1:00 pm13:00

CONNECTING: Office Hours with Vejay Lalla and Richard S. Eisert of Davis & Gilbert LLP

For HBS Alumni only.  Click here to register.

Vejay G. Lalla is a partner in the Entertainment, Media & Sports; Digital Media, Technology & Privacy; Advertising, Marketing & Promotions and Intellectual Property Practice Groups of Davis & Gilbert. Read more here.

Richard S. Eisert is co-chair of the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice Group and a partner in the Intellectual Property and Digital Media, Technology & Privacy Practice Groups of Davis & Gilbert.  His clients include new media, technology and telecommunications companies, traditional publishing entities, advertisers, and advertising agencies. Read more here.

Davis & Gilbert LLP is a strategically focused, full-service mid-sized law firm. Founded over a century ago and headquartered in New York City, the firm represents a wide array of clients – from advertising and marketing agencies of all types and sizes, and major brands and advertisers of products and services to media, technology, financial services and real estate companies, private individuals and non-profits. Widely regarded as the #1 law firm for the marketing communications industry, Davis & Gilbert has practice groups in Advertising, Marketing & Promotions; Benefits & Compensation; Corporate; Digital Media, Technology & Privacy; Entertainment, Media & Sports; Insolvency, Creditors’ Rights & Financial Products; Intellectual Property; Labor & Employment; Litigation; Private Client Services; Real Estate; and Taxation.

Apr
27
12:00 pm12:00

SKILL BUILDING: "What You Should Be Thinking About When Finding and Leasing Retail Space," with Seth Chaikin of Davis & Gilbert LLP.

For HBS Alumni only.  Click here to register. 

Seth Chaikin, a Partner in the Real Estate Department of Davis & Gilbert LLP, who specializes in leasing, will discuss the most important elements of retail leasing.  Seth will focus on issues that can impact your ability to market and sell your product from a brick and mortar site.  In addition, Seth will describe ways to mitigate risks when entering into a long term lease.
 
Seth will be joined by a retail leasing broker from one of NYC’s most prominent brokerage firms.  Click here for Seth's bio.

This workshop will be followed by office hours with Vejay Lalla and Richard S. Eisert of Davis & Gilbert LLP.  Click here for more information on office hours.

 

 

Apr
19
12:45 pm12:45

PEER TO PEER: "Ask Me Anything," with Romain Liot, COO of Adore Me

For HBS Alums only.  Click here to register.

Romain Liot is the COO of Adore Me – a disruptive e-commerce startup revolutionizing the
lingerie industry by creating fast-fashion, affordable, inclusive intimates – you could say we’re the online Zara of lingerie.

Romain leads Adore Me’s team of 120 employees across the U.S. and Europe, focusing primarily on marketing and operations. With revenues growing exponentially from $1M in 2012 to $43M in 2015, Romain has led Adore Me to become one of the fastest-growing companies in New York (ranked #9 on Crain’s Fast 50 in 2016) and one of the fastest-growing retailers in the U.S. (ranked #2 fastest-growing retail company in the U.S. on the 2015 Inc. 500 list).

Prior to Adore Me, Romain spent seven years working as a management consultant for
McKinsey & Company on projects in Europe and South-East Asia. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Masters from the London School of Economics.

Apr
19
11:30 am11:30

CONNECTING: Office Hours with Jodi Gernon, MBA 1991, Director of HBS Rock Center

For HBS Alumni only.  Click here to register.

Jodi is the Director of the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School.  The Rock Center is the hub for all entrepreneurial programming at HBS and works closely with faculty, students and alumni of HBS to foster entrepreneurship both at the school and with our alumni around the world.  Jodi and her team oversee the student programs including the Rock Accelerator, a Y‐combinator like program supporting our most dedicated student founders, the Rock Summer Fellowship program to support students founding companies and joining startups, and the New Venture Competition a $350,000 best in class competition for students and alumni.  Jodi also oversees the Rock 100 program, a first of its kind alumni program designed to support alumni founders receiving seed to Series D financing.  The program is unique in its approach to small group sessions and curated content based on the individual founder’s needs.  Jodi also launched HBS’ first off‐site startup hub, The HBS Startup Studio NYC, to build connections and stronger support networks amongst HBS alumni founders, joiners, and investors in the thriving NYC entrepreneurial ecosystem.  The Rock Center also identifies and works closely with Entrepreneurs in Residence, which include over 18 EIRs (all successful founders) focused on helping students achieve their vision and working with faculty to co‐teach classes and provide real world perspective on the challenges that entrepreneurs face.   

Jodi brings over 25 years of marketing and leadership experience working with successful startups such as Physician’s Online and Mediconsult.com (both sold to WebMd), Mothernature.com (IPO 1999) and Revenio (sold to Vignette) and Fortune 500 companies such as Pepsi, GE, and CR Bard.  Jodi has also worked with founders at many early stage ventures in both the US and Canada and as a mentor at the Harvard iLab and Healthbox.  Her main focus has been to help founders develop strong value propositions and create go‐to‐market strategies to refine product attributes and to accelerate adoption of their products and services amongst their targeted audiences. Her industry expertise is focused in consumer and consumer healthcare, e‐commerce, and mobile. Jodi has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from WPI. 

Apr
13
9:00 am09:00

CONNECTING: Office Hours with Hayley Barna, MBA 2010, Venture Partner at First Round Capital and CoFounder of Birchbox

For HBS Alumni only.  Click here to register.

Hayley Barna is a Venture Partner at First Round Capital based in New York. Prior to joining First Round she co-founded Birchbox, the leading beauty and grooming retailer seed funded by First Round in 2010.

She served as Co-CEO at Birchbox for five years. Hayley oversaw key functions including marketing, operations, strategy and technology. During her tenure she raised over $70M in venture capital and grew the business to over a million monthly subscribers. Hayley has been honored with numerous recognitions including Fortune's “40 Under 40”, Forbes' “30 under 30”, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and Ad Age's "Women to Watch".

Before launching Birchbox in 2010, Hayley received her MBA from Harvard Business School and bachelor's degree from Harvard College. She started her career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in New York. She also spent time at two very different ends of the retail spectrum during her roles in strategy at Christie’s in Hong Kong and product management at Amazon in Seattle.

In addition to her investing role at First Round, Hayley is a board member at Birchbox, Collective Retreats, RAB Lighting and Madison Reed. She is also a trustee of Society for Science & the Public. 

Apr
11
12:00 pm12:00

SKILL BUILDING: "Growing Your Brand," with Fashion Designer, Steven Alan

For HBS Alumni only.  Click here to register.

Steven has emerged a fashion pioneer, having spent the past 20+ years building a mini fashion world grounded in classic American roots.  Upon opening his first retail store in 1994, Steven sold pieces from an eclectic group of emerging designers.  The Steven Alan showroom opened in 1997, with current locations in both New York and Los Angeles.  Steven’s knack for the modern reinterpretation of classics garnered him an impressive roster of designers on the rise, and the showrooms now represent 17 designers of apparel, handbags, and other accessories.  The launch of Steven Alan’s first apparel collection in 1999, including his now signature reverse seam shirt, created a loyal following for Steven’s unique brand of casual, smart, self-assured essentials for both men and women.  Steven now offers both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories collections in 22 company- operated retail stores throughout the United States.  The Steven Alan collection also reaches a global audience through its growing online and wholesale presence, and is now sold in majors and specialty accounts worldwide.  

Apr
5
1:00 pm13:00

SKILL BUILDING: "Diversity Drives Innovation" with The Medici Group, Founded by Frans Johansson, MBA 2000

CANCELED.  Rescheduled date TBD.

In this session the participants go through a couple of exercises that highlights how and why diversity drives innovation. It is about finding new and innovative opportunities and ideas by leveraging different perspectives and making people bring their whole selves to work. We use any kind of diversity: Gender, age, ethnicity, function, education, interests etc. The participants will:

  • Look beyond their professional roles
  • Form effective work groups
  • Experience directly how their differences can be leveraged for innovation
  • Discuss the business case for diversity

The Medici Group helps clients learn how to innovate—and do this at full speed—by harnessing a secret weapon unique to only their organization: the diversity of their people. Our approach is based on the thought leadership of our founder and CEO Frans Johansson, whose ideas on innovation, leadership and success, and diversity and inclusion have inspired thousands worldwide. The Medici Group has combined Johansson's ideas from THE MEDICI EFFECT (HBS Press, 2004) and THE CLICK MOMENT (Penguin Portfolio, 2012) into a system that completely rewrites the rules for how individuals and teams interact, collaborate, and execute past failure and with minimal resources to drive innovation.

https://www.themedicigroup.com/

Apr
4
6:30 pm18:30

Fashion Meets Technology: Shaping the Future of Retail

Click here to register.

This event is co-sponsored by HBSCNYAitA, HBS Alumni Angels, and HBS Startup Studio.

When we think of fashion and technology there are inherent differences between the two - fashion is inspirational and creative and tech is rational and empirical. Recently, this has changed and fashion and technology are becoming interdependent. The evolution of technology is constantly bringing change to the fashion industry, and fashion-tech startups are disrupting the traditional relationships between consumers and brands.

Click here for more information.

Apr
4
1:00 pm13:00

SKILL BUILDING: "Medici Tools and Techniques" with The Medici Group, Founded by Frans Johansson, MBA 2000

CANCELED.  Rescheduled date TBD.

In this session the participants experience and learn a couple of repeatable tools and techniques that enables them to be more innovative and agile in quick, easy and engaging ways. They will learn how to:

  • Lead more effective meetings
  • Cross-pollinate experiences in the organization
  • Generate innovative ideas and solutions quickly
  • Avoid group think
  • Make individuals more engaged

The Medici Group helps clients learn how to innovate—and do this at full speed—by harnessing a secret weapon unique to only their organization: the diversity of their people. Our approach is based on the thought leadership of our founder and CEO Frans Johansson, whose ideas on innovation, leadership and success, and diversity and inclusion have inspired thousands worldwide. The Medici Group has combined Johansson's ideas from THE MEDICI EFFECT (HBS Press, 2004) and THE CLICK MOMENT (Penguin Portfolio, 2012) into a system that completely rewrites the rules for how individuals and teams interact, collaborate, and execute past failure and with minimal resources to drive innovation.

https://www.themedicigroup.com/

Mar
27
12:00 pm12:00

SKILL BUILDING: Lunch and Learn on "How to Set Up Your Company for Successful Exit" with Lance Podell, MBA 1992, Director, Global Head of YouTube Spaces

For HBS Alumni only.  Click HERE to register.

Lance Podell is the Director and Global Head of YouTube Spaces, a team focused on advancing the YouTube platform by engaging with creators and content partners to stimulate innovation and improve channel development, collaborate with each other, and broadcast success for other creators to emulate. Podell’s team guides creators and content partners to innovate via the resources and support of his global team, surfaces what works to the entire YouTube ecosystem, and builds YouTube communities locally and globally.  To accomplish this Podell is responsible for the design, development and management of the production, programming and community facilities currently in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Mumbai, Sao Paulo (Rio and Dubai to open this year).   He also leads a team of experts focused on creative experience and creator and programming experimentation (Creator Lab).   Podell’s group guides many vertical programmers (“YouTubers”/channels) on the YouTube platform to experiment, create and optimize programming slates and formats.  He provides early feedback and direction to the product team and develops the curriculum and programming activities for industry marketing sponsorships such as Sundance, SXSW and others.  His team works closely with the Entertainment, Music, Gaming, Kids, Marketing, Policy and Originals teams to engender stronger programming in YouTube’s key business units.

Podell’s prior company, Next New Networks was acquired by YouTube in March, 2011.  Podell was the Chairman and CEO of Next New Networks, a venture-backed online video company that distributed some of the most popular TV-like programming across the Web, especially on YouTube. Next New Networks was the first multichannel network (MCN) on the Web and was responsible for advancing well over 150 YouTube channels from thousands of views per episode to millions of views per episode.

Podell brings to YouTube over 30 years of experience at the intersection of content and advertising.  He has been on the forefront of evolving ad models on the Web via both Fortune 500 companies in publishing and advertising and leading edge web start-ups.  History includes:  Chiat/Day, Ogilvy & Mather, Digitas, Time Inc, Conde Nast, Primedia, Shopping.com, Seevast and PCH.com (Publishers Clearing House).  In particular, when Podell served as general manager of Sprinks (Primedia), where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business, and most notably, for the innovation of sponsored links on the Web's content pages his work resulted in the sale of Sprinks to Google.  His early work at Ogilvy & Mather was instrumental in bringing Amex customer relationships online and resulted in the first time consumers could pay their charge card bill online and read related travel planning information from brands such as Fodors/Frommers before material was even digitized.

Podell holds a A.B. from Lafayette College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  He lives in New Jersey with his wife of 22 years and his three children 19, 17and 12.

Click here for more information.

Mar
3
12:00 pm12:00

CONNECTING: Office Hours with Jodi Gernon, MBA 1991, Director of HBS Rock Center

For HBS Alumni only.  Click here to register. 

Jodi is the Director of the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. The Rock Center is the hub for all entrepreneurial programming at HBS and works closely with faculty, students and alumni of HBS to foster entrepreneurship both at the school and with our alumni around the world. Jodi and her team oversee the student programs including the Rock Accelerator, a Y‐combinator like program supporting our most dedicated student founders, the Rock Summer Fellowship program to support students founding companies and joining startups, and the New Venture Competition a $350,000 best in class competition for students and alumni. Jodi also oversees the Rock 100 program, a first of its kind alumni program designed to support alumni founders receiving seed to Series D financing. The program is unique in its approach to small group sessions and curated content based on the individual founder’s needs. Jodi also launched HBS’ first off‐site startup hub, The HBS Startup Studio NYC, to build connections and stronger support networks amongst HBS alumni founders, joiners, and investors in the thriving NYC entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Rock Center also identifies and works closely with Entrepreneurs in Residence, which include over 18 EIRs (all successful founders) focused on helping students achieve their vision and working with faculty to co‐teach classes and provide real world perspective on the challenges that entrepreneurs face. Jodi brings over 25 years of marketing and leadership experience working with successful startups such as Physician’s Online and Mediconsult.com (both sold to WebMd), Mothernature.com (IPO 1999) and Revenio (sold to Vignette) and Fortune 500 companies such as Pepsi, GE, and CR Bard. Jodi has also worked with founders at many early stage ventures in both the US and Canada and as a mentor at the Harvard iLab and Healthbox. Her main focus has been to help founders develop strong value propositions and create go‐to‐market strategies to refine product attributes and to accelerate adoption of their products and services amongst their targeted audiences. Her industry expertise is focused in consumer and consumer healthcare, e‐commerce, and mobile. Jodi has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from WPI.

 

Feb
21
5:00 pm17:00

SKILL BUILDING: "Brand Building and Strategy for Growth Stage Companies" with Scott Roslyn of We Are Bill

For HBS Alumni only.  Click here to register.

Brand strategy is a core differentiator for startup founders. It has separated great companies from good for several years now. And today, consumers and customers are placing evermore importance on brand and its equities. However, startups largely are unequipped with the tools and resources to build brands instead of products.

Scott Roslyn and We Are Bill will lead a class to provide the foundations for brand strategy, the key strategic every founder should ask, and the power of strategic rigor in defining one’s brand. Ultimately, this strategic foundation can guide product innovation, brand communications, experience design (pack, web and otherwise) and culture, to drive future success for the brand and business.

Scott is the Co-Founder & CEO of a brand strategy and innovation company, We Are Bill. They create brands, products and experiences - from strategy to execution - for companies today that are shaping tomorrow. Scott is a brand strategist who partners with transformative growth leaders to unlock creativity and value in their organizations through the power of brand and human-centric design.

Scott is a hybrid athlete. He is a brand builder and business designer passionate about solving difficult puzzles at the intersection of creativity and commerce. Throughout his career, Scott has helped shape brand strategy and commercial strategy for dozens of blue chip and start-up brands and businesses.

Prior to founding We Are Bill, Scott played leadership roles as an investor, innovation consultant, and business operator. He was a Senior Innovation Strategist at global innovation agency Redscout. There he led relationships with elite brands in sports, retail, nonprofit, CPG and financial services. Select clients include: AmericanExpress, Pepsi, Quiksilver, Gatorade, Dicks Sporting Goods, Livestrong, New Era, MountainDew, AllianceBernstein, Peachtree Financial, Sabra Hummus and Harlem RBI.

Scott has also worked from the inside out as Vice President of Retail, eCommerce and Brand Marketing for a global sustainable apparel manufacturer (Alternative) and as Director of Brand Experience and Retail for a consumer technology startup transforming the way people play, build, and learn (littleBits Electronics).

Scott earned his BA from Dartmouth and his MBA from Wharton. He is a competitive runner and a former artist, boxer and Ivy League championship lacrosse player. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Alison and their dog, also a boxer, Riley.