Hundreds of attendees from all over the tri-state area will gather at New York University’s Eisner Lubin Auditorium for Tech808, a one-day conference that merges hip-hop and tech entrepreneurship, on Nov. 9.
Hundreds of attendees from all over the tri-state area will gather at New York University’s Eisner Lubin Auditorium for Tech808, a one-day conference that merges hip-hop and tech entrepreneurship, on November 9, from 9am to 5:30pm. Tech808, sponsored by The Phat Startup and the Tisch Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, provides attendees with a front row seat to an array of industry leaders and access to information to help take their concepts or ventures to the next level.
“We started Tech808 as a place for young millennials of color to come and learn about tech entrepreneurship in a safe environment. No need to worry about asking a dumb question, and no need to worry about being the only person of color in the room,” said Anthony Frasier, co-founder of The Phat Startup. “A conference like this is important because we need to start promoting and learning from more diverse examples of success. The stage should reflect the melting pot that is New York City.”
“It was a no-brainer for us to partner with The Phat Startup to present Tech 808 for the second time here at NYU,” said Nikki Mirasola, Events Coordinator at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. “Our mission is to provide students with the necessary skills — business, creative, and intellectual — so that they might emerge as visionary creative entrepreneurs in the evolving music industry, and what better way to do that than by offering an experiential conference where they can interact with some of the most influential and cutting-edge entrepreneurs of our time."
This year’s Tech808 conference program includes the following:
• Lauren Maillian, advisor, entrepreneur, investor and best-selling author of The Path Redefined
• J. Erving, Co-President of Atom Factory
• James Altucher, best-selling author and entrepreneur
• Aubrey Flynn, vice president of digital for Combs Enterprises
• Janel Martinez, multimedia journalist and founder of Ain’t I Latina?
• Jessica Santana, co-founder of New York on Tech
• Ross Simmonds, founder of Hustle & Grind
• Raymond Velez, Razorfish CTO
• Amos Winbush III, founder and CEO of CyberSynchs
• Alexandra Wolf, founder of BossBabe Inc.
Also joining the line up is NYC’s first-ever Chief Technology Officer Minerva Tantoco. Tantoco has more than 25 years of experience in technology development and entrepreneurship, from launching startups to overseeing technology and innovation for large enterprises. Her current role includes coordinating citywide strategy on tech and encouraging collaboration across agencies and with the larger New York City tech ecosystem.
“We’re proud of the fact that New York City is the birthplace of hip-hop and we expect the NYC tech community will have the same sort of positive global impact. But, we’ll only get there if tech education – and the opportunity it provides – is available to all New Yorkers,” said Tantoco. That’s why conferences like Tech808 and our recently announced Computer Science for All initiative is so important,”
More information on speakers, sponsors, ticket prices, and full agenda at: tech808.co.
Tech808 is a one-day technology conference for minority and millennial entrepreneurs. Unlike the typical startup conference, Tech808 fuses tech and hip-hop principles to provide attendees with invaluable insight on building out a concept, gaining traction and, ultimately, succeeding in today’s startup ecosystem.
About The Phat Startup
The Phat Startup, an integrated media company, aims to show the correlation between hip-hop and business through the lean methodology, a concept coined by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Eric Ries. The Phat Startup co-founders---Anthony Frasier, James Lopez, Jesal Trivedi and Jahde---have disrupted Silicon Alley with their inclusive, “straight-talk, no chaser” events. Their well-attended NYC gatherings have brought tech leaders such as Reddit founder and serial investor Alexis Ohanian, VaynerMedia founder and social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk, and Ben Horowitz, co-founder and general partner of the venture capital fund, Andreessen Horowitz,
Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University
The Clive Davis Institute is the first and only program of its kind to provide professional business and artistic training toward a BFA in Recorded Music. Housed in Tisch School of the Arts, the program aims to provide students with the necessary skills --- business, creative, and intellectual --- so that they might emerge as visionary creative entrepreneurs in the evolving music industry.