Sep
26
9:30am 9:30am

PEER TO PEER: Office Hours with Nimi Katragadda, MBA 2015, Principal at BoxGroup

For HBS alumni only.  Click here to register and learn more.

HBS alums, come sit down for a one on one with Nimi Katragadda, MBA 2015.

Nimi is a Principal at BoxGroup, a seed stage venture fund, where she focuses on investments in financial tech, healthcare, and marketplaces. BoxGroup's portfolio includes companies such as Blue Apron, ClassPass, Warby Parker, Flatiron Health, and Vine, among many others. In her role, she sources and invests in entrepreneurs building disruptive technology companies that aim to create category defining businesses. Prior to this role, she worked in Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan and later as an Associate Product Marketing Manager at Google, focused on growing small business advertisers. She graduated with an Honors BA degree from Harvard, majoring in Economics and Government, and also received an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.

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Sep
28
12:00pm12:00pm

PEER TO PEER: "Ask Me Anything" with Stephanie Sarka, MBA 1990, Co-Founder and CEO, 1 Atelier

For HBS alums only.  Please click here to register.

In line with the September theme of women and diversity in entrepreneurship, come discuss everything from having a baby and starting a company at the same time, to building a diverse, high performing team with exceptional talents. 

Stephanie Sarka, 1 Atelier Co-Founder and CEO, is a seasoned entrepreneur with deep experience in building businesses and brands. Initially following the traditional path to Goldman Sachs, she quickly realized that she is a builder, not a banker. So she went to Paris to work for a year at International Flavors & Fragrances. After getting her MBA at Harvard, she worked for Lew Frankfort at Coach for seven years, where she earned her stripes as a “merchant” and an “operator” and held numerous leadership positions; she also led the successful re-launch of Mark Cross, the American luxury goods brand. Stephanie was subsequently a co-founder of Overture (formerly GoTo), one of the first hugely successful Internet companies; they invented the paid search business model, growing the business to almost $1 bn in revenue in 4 years and taking it public one year after launch. Since then, she has been actively engaged in China, Europe and New York City as an entrepreneur, investor and advisor.  She joined forces with Frank Zambrelli and Anthony Luciano to launch 1 Atelier, borne out of their desire to lift the curtain on luxury, celebrate the individual and empower self-expression.  1 Atelier was the 2016 Northeast Regional Winner of the HBS Alumni New Venture Competition and was selected by Fast Company as one of the “Most Innovative Companies” for Style in 2017.

1 Atelier is the premier custom luxury brand, born in New York City and founded by a team of design veterans and seasoned entrepreneurs. The idea for 1 Atelier is simple: to bring the joy and fun back into luxury, elevating and celebrating the individual. They are lifting the curtain on luxury, inviting you in to confidently create bespoke products that are truly one-of-a-kind and uniquely personalized to your life.

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Oct
11
10:00am10:00am

CONNECTING: Office Hours with Frank A.Y. Wang, Athena Capital

For HBS alums only.  Please click here to register.

Sign up to sit down one-on-one with Frank.  Having seen 5,000 public/private companies/business cases in the past 21 years in the US and Asia, he can advise on a diverse range of topics. 

Frank graduated from Columbia Engineering with both a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, and a MS degree in Operations.  Post Columbia, Frank started his career as Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street in 1996. His team was voted by Greenwich survey as America’s best Technology Investment Research team. In 1999, Frank joined Citigroup Global Assets Management and started Asian Technology investment research. In 2000, Frank returned to Taiwan and helped to start a venture capital firm Grand Capital Group. In 2002, Frank re-joined the investment bank and worked for Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley (2004) as an Executive Director. Frank and his team was voted by Institutional Investor survey as top Taiwan Strategist, Semiconductor, and Software Analyst in Asia.

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Sep
20
6:30pm 6:30pm

CONNECTING: Women and Diversity in Entrepreneurship Networking Reception

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The HBS Startup Studio NYC invites you to join us for cocktails and conversations surrounding women and diversity in entrepreneurship

Colleen Ammerman, director of the HBS Gender Initiative, will share highlights from recent HBS research on gender & entrepreneurship, as well as insights about the paths and experiences of alumni entrepreneurs from the Gender Initiative’s ongoing study, "Life & Leadership After HBS."

 

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Aug
16
2:00pm 2:00pm

CONNECTING: Office Hours with HBS Professor Tom Eisenmann

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Sign up for a one-on-one conversation with HBS Professor Tom Eisenmann. 

Thomas R. Eisenmann is the Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Faculty Co-Chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. Eisenmann teaches the MBA elective course Scaling Technology Ventures and leads a January Term Startup Bootcamp for first-year MBAs.  In recent years, Eisenmann has served as Chair of Harvard's MBA Elective Curriculum—the second year of the MBA Program—and as course head of The Entrepreneurial Manager, taught to all 900 first-year MBA students. He was co-creator of the MBA elective field courses Product Management 101, in which students specify and supervise development of a software application, and Entrepreneurial Sales & Marketing, in which project teams take actions to help a startup acquire customers.  Eisenmann also created the MBA electives Launching Technology Ventures, which examines challenges confronting early stage startups in the information technology sector, and Managing Networked Business (now called The Online Economy), which surveys strategies for platform-based businesses that leverage network effects. He twice co-led a Harvard Innovation Lab course, Cultural Entrepreneurship in New York City, in which students from across Harvard spent a winter break week in New York exploring new ventures in fashion, food, and fine arts, and co-led four similar winter break trips to Silicon Valley.

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May
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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May
31
12:00pm12:00pm

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.

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May
19
9:30am 9:30am

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.

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May
17
9:00am 9:00am

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.

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May
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

B-School Disrupt NYC

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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

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May
9
12:00pm12:00pm

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.

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May
2
11:30am11:30am

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.

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Apr
27
1:00pm 1:00pm

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.

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Apr
27
12:00pm12:00pm

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.

 

 

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Apr
19
12:45pm12:45pm

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.

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Apr
19
11:30am11:30am

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

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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. 

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