Frank Rimalovski is the Executive Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute. The Institute empowers entrepreneurs from idea to impact, offering educational programming, events, resources and funding, via the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, to inspire, educate, connect, and accelerate entrepreneurs across NYU. As Managing Director of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, he is also responsible for evaluating, structuring and managing investments in early stage startups founded by and/or commercialization technologies and intellectual property developed by NYU students, faculties and researchers. Frank is also a member of the Teaching Team for the NSF’s I-Corps program.
Prior to joining NYU in 2010, Frank led the successful investment and spinout of multiple new ventures from Lucent/Bell Labs, British Telecom, IBM and IDEO, among others. He was a founding partner of venture capital firm New Venture Partners, was a director/entrepreneur-in-residence in Lucent's New Ventures Group, and has held various positions in marketing, business development and product management in Silicon Valley at Sun Microsystems, Apple and NeXT. Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker in the M&A groups of Bear Stearns and Rodman & Renshaw. Frank holds a BA in Economics from Tufts University and a MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
Lindsey Marshall Gray is the Programs Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where she develops educational programs and events to inspire, educate, connect, and accelerate entrepreneurs across NYU. Lindsey is also a member of the Teaching Team for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program.
Prior to joining NYU, Lindsey worked for Innosight, an innovation firm founded by Clayton Christensen where she worked with Fortune 100 companies to help them identify strategic growth opportunities and build and invest in new businesses. She has worked with companies across a wide range of industries, and has helped clients establish a number of new high growth ventures.
Before joining Innosight, Lindsey was a Director for the marketing analytics consulting firm, Kantar Retail, where she helped develop and sell new technology solutions for the consumer packaged goods industry. Lindsey also worked at CVS /Caremark in the pharmacy retailer’s strategic product development group.
Lindsey received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Connecticut College.
Adam Cragg is the Programs Manager of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where he develops educational offerings and events aimed at helping entrepreneurs across NYU. One of Adam’s primary focuses is the programming and construction of the new Leslie Entrepreneurs Lab, a collaborative skill-building space for students and faculty in the heart of the Washington Square campus.
Prior to joining NYU, Adam was with the MIT Entrepreneurship Center. Adam has worked with hundreds of student and faculty companies representing all industries and is passionate about building entrepreneurs’ skills and establishing a sense of community amongst NYU entrepreneurs.
Adam received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Allison Weinger is the Program Coordinator of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where she helps develop educational programs and events for entrepreneurs across NYU. Prior to joining NYU, Allison worked in legal recruiting Empire Search Partners where she developed and maintained relationships with law firms recruitment professionals. She also worked in recruiting at Dechert LLP where she coordinated the firms recruiting and Summer Associate programs. Before that Allison spent two years living in Florence Italy teaching English in schools and businesses.
Allison received her BA in Economics from Lehigh University and recently graduated from NYU with her MA in Administration, Leadership and Technology.
Risa Cohn is a Program Coordinator at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute. After receiving a MA from Hunter College in Adolescent Education, Risa Cohn worked at New Visions for Public Schools, a school support organization designing, planning and hosting professional development workshops for teachers, librarians, principals and mentors for schools across New York City. During her time at the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, she transitioned to relaunching a program that worked with social, public and private sector organizations guiding them through an organizational self assessment process known as, "Peter Drucker's, The Five Most Important Questions," in order to reevaluate their mission and goals according to their customer base. Most recently, she consulted on a start-up venture for an education management professional seeking to establish their own personal tutoring agency, focusing on Social Studies content for adolescents as well as the NYS Regents.
Chris is a Program Coordinator at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where he develops programs and organizes events for Faculty and Student entrepreneurs at NYU. Prior to joining the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, Christopher studied Public Administration and Non-Profit Management at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. During his studies, he focused on social innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of international development and served as Co-Director of Education and Incubation for Bridge, a social innovation student club. He received a Masters in English Education and Literature from the University of Graz, Austria and subsequently taught English as a Foreign Language in Austria. During this time he also consulted on various Africa-focused development projects.
Jerry Hao joined the NYU Innovation Venture Fund in 2014 with a focus on supporting entrepreneurship across the university and on the fund's technology investments. He views business, technology and subject matter expertise as equal partners in capturing opportunities and is passionate about solutions that improve life by removing barriers and enabling people. Prior to joining the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, Jerry sharpened his product and design skills as co-founder at Catch Coffee, a platform for connecting people with others in their alma mater. Jerry has also previously worked with QLabs, a rapid prototyping lab created by AOL Ventures and the New York Angels. He started his career as a security-focused enterprise technology project manager at Morgan Stanley.
Jerry holds a MBA with a concentration in Product Management from NYU Stern and a BBA with distinction in Finance from Baruch College.
Dr. Paul M. Horn, is NYU’s Senior Vice Provost for Research, responsible for providing University-wide leadership in advancing research at NYU, coordinating and shaping research among the University’s schools and global campuses. He leads the efforts to develop industrial linkages and promote an entrepreneurial environment. Dr. Horn was named NYU Distinguished Scientist in Residence in 2007 and assumed his current title in 2009. Prior to joining NYU, he spent 28 years at IBM Corp. As senior vice president and executive director of research, he guided IBM’s research worldwide, with 3,200 technical employees in five countries.
He championed the translation of technology-based research into marketplace opportunities and under his leadership, IBM Research produced an unmatched string of technological breakthroughs, including the chess-playing supercomputer Deep Blue, the world's first copper chip, the giant magneto-resistive head (GMR), strained silicon (a discovery that allows chips to run up to 35 percent faster), and BlueGene the world’s fastest supercomputer.
Prior to joining IBM in 1979, Dr. Horn was a physics professor in the James Franck Institute and at the University of Chicago. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and has published over 85 scientific and technical papers. Awards he has received include the 1988 Bertram Eugene Warren award from the American Crystallographic Association, the 2000 Distinguished Leadership award from the New York Hall of Science, the 2002 Hutchison Medal from the University of Rochester, and the 2002 Pake Prize from the American Physical Society. In 2003, Dr. Horn was named a top computing business leader by Scientific American. He serves on the Advisory Board of the General Accountability Office, and the Board of Trustees of the Committee for Economic Development and NYU-Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Horn graduated from Clarkson College of Technology and received his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Rochester.
Carlos M. Bhola is Managing Partner of Celsius Capital an investment firm focused on companies in the technology, media and telecommunications industries. Current and previous portfolio companies include kikin (where Carlos is co-Founder and CEO); Vonage (where Carlos was co-Founder and President); EachNet/eBay China; gate5/Nokia OVI Maps; and Aircom. Carlos was previously Global Head of Internet/Electronic Commerce Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston, prior to which he led Internet/Electronic Commerce and High Technology initiatives at the Boston Consulting Group for Fortune Global 500 firms. Carlos’ most recent academic accomplishment was his pioneering post-graduate research in artificial intelligence at Carnegie Mellon University.
Shelley is a Senior Advisor to Coller Capital, a global investor in private equity’s secondary market, where he is responsible for the origination, execution and monitoring of corporate portfolios. He was previously the co-founder, first chairman and CEO of Symbol Technologies (later acquired by Motorola) and was the chairman and CEO of Spacehab Inc. He was also the managing general partner and co-founder of PolyVentures’ venture capital funds. Shelley has invested in over forty companies including: Sohu.com; Safenet Inc.; N2K/Music Blvd (acquired by Bertelsmann); Opal (acquired by Applied Materials); Jetfax; DSP Group; DSP Communications (acquired by Intel); EIS; Globecomm; and Novell. Shelley began his career as a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Labs and as a professor of electrical sciences at SUNY Stony Brook. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from NYU, and MS and PhD degrees in electrophysics from Polytechnic University (now NYU-Poly).
Dr. Kranzler is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Karuna Pharmaceuticals, and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Puretech Ventures. He was formerly Chairman & CEO of Cypress Biosciences, Inc., which focused on pain and central nervous system conditions. Dr. Kranzler developed a fibromyalgia syndrome drug from concept to market, including the design of clinical trials and regulatory path through Phase III trials and FDA approval. Dr. Kranzler is a recent recipient of the Award for Innovation from the International Society of CNS Drug Development. He is also an Executive in Residence at UCSD Rudy School of Management and an Adjunct Professor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the NYU Stern School of Business. Formerly, he was President & CEO of Cytel Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on immunology drug development, and a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he helped establish the Pharmaceutical Industry Practice. Dr. Kranzler has an M.D. with a focus in psychiatry and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Yale University.
Mark Leslie is currently the managing director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company. Mr. Leslie was the founding chairman and chief executive officer of Veritas Software, a Fortune 1000 company. During his tenure as CEO, the company grew from 12 employees to 6,000 and its annual revenue rose from $95,000 to $1.5 billion.
From 1980 until 1990 he served as president and chief executive officer of two Silicon Valley high-tech startup companies. Prior experience included sales management, sales executive, systems engineer, and software engineer. While employed at IBM in 1969, he designed and developed the first software hypervisor.
Mr. Leslie is also a lecturer in management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, teaching courses in entrepreneurship, ethics, and sales organization. He currently serves on the boards of Network Appliance and a number of privately held high-technology corporations including Librato, Liquid Robotics, Model N Software, PureStorage, SeaMicro Systems, Skybox Imaging, Sugar CRM, Wall Street Systems and Xsigo Corporation. He is also a member of the Board of Overseers for the NYU Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and chairman of the NYU Science Advisory Board. He has degrees in physics and mathematics from NYU and completed Harvard Business School's program for management development.
Dong Hyun "Dean" Park is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and served as CEO and/or president of a string of successful international companies. These include A1A Capital Korea, a financial advisory firm, Far East Investment, a merchant banking firm, itchison Corporate Access, a cross-border telecom service provider Ricco Nine, a luxury goods retailer and Dong-A Pharmtech, a drug development biotechnology firm. Before that he was vice president and director of the investment banking group at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. He began his career as was a senior accountant with KPMG, the global accounting firm.
Mr. Park is on the board of directors of corporations including Irae Hitech, a photofinishing service provider; Dong-A Pharmaceutical, Korea’s largest integrated drug company; Anam Semiconductor, a global outsourcing firm; Mohenz, Inc., a ready-mixed concrete maker. He is vice chairman of the Yale University Club of Korea, and on the boards of the Business Forum, a Korean organization; the Wooho Foundation for Humanity Development and the present Good Society, a Korean think tank. Mr. Park is a Certified Public Accountant. He received his Bachelors in Economics from Yale University, a Masters in accounting from New York University, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Fred Wilson has been a venture capitalist since 1987. He currently is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures and also founded Flatiron Partners. Fred has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fred is married with three kids and lives in New York City.
Dr. Michael D. Zisman functions as a managing director, operations, at Internet Capital Group and is a member of its board of directors. Before retiring from IBM in 2004, Dr. Zisman was vice president of corporate strategy and focused on IBM's On Demand strategy. He served earlier as general manager of the IBM Storage Systems Group, and vice president of emerging business development, reporting to IBM’s vice chairman. Dr. Zisman also in the IBM Software Group and led IBM's entry into the knowledge-management and distributed-learning markets while working in the IM Software Group. Prior to that, Dr. Zisman served as CEO of Lotus Development Corp., shortly after Lotus was acquired by IBM. During his tenure at IBM, he served on its Worldwide Management Council and the IBM Corporate Technology Council.
Before joining IBM, Dr. Zisman was senior vice president of the Lotus Communications Products Group. He joined Lotus in 1994 after its acquisition of Soft-Switch, Inc., a software firm he founded in 1979. Prior to founding Soft-Switch, he was a member of the faculty at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is a trustee of Lehigh University, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra Board of Directors, a member of the Main Line Health Board of Governors, an overseer of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, and member of the Advisory Board of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering at Lehigh. He also serves on the Boards of a number of companies. Dr. Zisman earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, and a Master of Science in systems engineering and a Ph.D. in decisions sciences from the University of Pennsylvania.
David is the Managing Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City based seed-stage angel capital firm. David is also the Co-Founder of TechStars NYC, where he previously served as Managing Director. BoxGroup is an investor in over 130 seed stage technology companies including Vine, Fab.com, GroupMe, Blue Apron, BarkBox, Warby Parker, Harry’s, DataMinr, Behance, Handybook and more.
William Grabe is currently a director of Lenovo Group Limited (serving on its Compensation Committee) and Gartner, Inc. (serving on its Governance Committee) and previously served on the boards of Infotech Enterprises Limited (2007 to 2010) and Patni Computer Systems, Ltd. (2002 to 2011). In November 2012, Mr. Grabe was appointed as a director for Covisint Corporation, a subsidiary of the Company, serving on the Audit, Compensation and Governance Committees. Mr. Grabe holds a BS degree from New York University and an MBA degree from the UCLA Graduate School of Business.
Jeffrey Bogatin has been an entrepreneur and investor for the past 35 years, and has owned many successful public and private companies. In 1972, Mr. Bogatin founded Whitemarsh Industries, which was the pioneer company that provided high-end apparel from Asia to name brand wholesalers.
Mr. Bogatin is a former board member of UJA and its Steering Committee for UJA Federation of New York; he is currently on the boards of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and the Anti-Defamation League. The Bogatin Family Foundation is a donor to many charities here and abroad.