Evan Korth, a clinical associate professor at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and Bruce Niswander, head of innovation at NYU-Poly, have been named by Crain’s New York Business as “People to Watch in Silicon Alley.” The list also includes: New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.; Tim Armstrong and Arianna Huffington of AOL Inc. and the Huffington Post Media Group; William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble, Inc.; and Hilary Mason, chief scientist at Bitly, among others.
Korth was named with Columbia University’s Chris Wiggins, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Applied Mathematics. Korth and Wiggins, along with Bitly’s Mason, co-founded HackNY.org, a non-profit that connects New York City students with local startups through a summer internship program and aims to build a community among the next generation of hackers in New York City.
“Backed by Google Ventures, First Round Capital, Union Square Ventures, the Kaufman Foundation, and others, HackNY provides students in the 10-week program with a job, mentors, and an NYU dorm room,” Crain’s wrote. “The number of participants will rise to 35 this year from 12 in 2010.”
Niswander directs three of NYU-Poly’s business incubators, providing “space, advice, and student... Read More interns to fledgling companies in the incubation stage,” Crain’s noted. “He also searches for possible partners to help them commercialize their products and services. Companies ensconced in the NYU-Poly Varick Street Incubator have raised a total of $20 million and created 300 jobs so far.”