Please join Penn Digital for our Second Anniversary Party!
It's hard to believe, but it's been been two years since our kickoff party at Norwood. Come help us celebrate with open bar, delicious hors d'oeuvres, some sweet tunes, and old and new friends alike.
Tickets will go up to $30 at the door (if any are left ...).
Join your Penn Digital cohorts for an exciting panel of entrepreneurs from the Education Technology space as they walk us through the changing landscape and what the future holds for education online.
CBS News Digital Journalist Paula Reid (http://www.linkedin.com/in/paulareid) will moderate this panel of speakers:
• Peter Stein, Chief Business Officer, Teachboost (https://teachboost.com/). Peter oversees operations at TeachBoost, an evaluation platform designed to foster the development of effective educators and improved student outcomes. Peter entered the classroom through New York City Teaching Fellows as a 6th grade humanities teacher and was the recipient of a grant from Intel for a 1:1 computing implementation with his students.
• Bobbi Kurshan (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/barbara-%22bobbi%22-kurshan/0/62/127), Exec Dir of Education at the Penn Graduate School of Education. Bobbi helps oversee EDSi, the only startup incubator in the world focused solely on education. She is one of the long-time pioneers in education technology. Bobbi spearheaded the use of open-source materials in education (as exec. director of Curriki), helped run companies (Chief Academic Officer of Bigchalk), and advised a host of edtech companies on strategy, need and opportunities.
• Marjan Ghara (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marjan-ghara/6/73b/400), Founder & CEO, BiblioNasium (https://www.biblionasium.com/). Marjan is founder of BiblioNasiun, a powerful social platform that promotes literacy and extends the independent reading activities for the K-8 age group. It connects together the three communities that most influence and support what elementary school children read: their teachers, friends, and parents.
• Maya Gat (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/maya-gat/16/bab/175), Co-Founder and CEO, Branching Minds (http://branchingminds.com/). Maya has spent 17 years working with children, youth and adults as an educator in various capacities – both inside and outside of the school system. She is currently a specialist teacher for a charter elementary school in the Bronx, pioneering a curriculum on activism for children that she developed.
We'll be at the New York Times Building, 620 Eight Ave, in the office of our sponsor, Goodwin Procter. Hope you can join us!
The Art World is moving into digital, and your fellow Quakers are spearheading the effort.
Please join Penn Digital for an exciting panel of entrepreneurs from the Art Tech space as they walk us through the changing landscape and what the future holds for collecting, selling and consuming art online.
CBS News Digital Journalist Paula Reid (M'13) will moderate this panel of speakers which includes:
Alex Tryon (C'08), CEO & Co-Founder, Artsicle
Ross Cockrell (LPS'09, GAr'11, WG'13), Co-Founder, eCollector
Catherine Levene (WH'92), CEO & Co-Founder, Artspace
Komal Misra (WG'00), SVP, Technology, Bernstein Global Wealth Management
6:15-7pm- Cocktails and Networking
7-7:45pm- Panel discussion moderated by Paula Reid
We look forward to seeing you on July 9th!
The founders of Fitocracy, ElectNext, NewsCred, and five other Penn digital startups sharing the passion behind their companies in the fast-paced Ignite format of 5 minutes and 20 slides rotating automatically.
Networking and cocktails by award-winning mixologist Rene Hidalgo (http://www.belovedbar.com/) of Beloved (http://www.belovedbar.com/) and Lantern's Keep (http://thelanternskeep.com/)
Doors open at 6:15 for open bar and networking. Rene Hidalgo, head bartender at Beloved (http://www.belovedbar.com/) in Greenpoint and Lantern's Keep (http://thelanternskeep.com/) in the Iroquois Hotel - nominated for World's Best Hotel Bar in 2012 - will be serving a special drinks menu designed to match the personalities of the presenting companies.
Ignite talks start promptly at 7:00 in two sets w/ a small intermission. Each speaker gets 20 slides of 15 seconds each. Think TED on speed. You will not be bored.
Asif Rahman, Co-founder and Chief Architect, NewsCred (http://www.newscred.com/)
"Why Marketing Will Save Journalism" Dick Talens, Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer, Fitocracy (http://www.fitocracy.com/)
"A Cat Pic a Day Keeps the Doctor Away" Keya Danenbaum, Co-founder and CEO, ElectNext (http://www.electnext.com/)
"We Don't Live in a Democracy" Jordan Elpern-Waxman, Founder and CEO, BeerDreamer (http://www.beerdreamer.com/)
"Crimes Against Beer" Matt Myers, Co-founder and CEO, Tidal Labs (http://tid.al)
"Advertising is Dying; What's Replacing It?" Ted Mann, Co-founder and CEO, SnipSnap (http://www.snipsnap.it/)
"How My Wife Drove Me to Create a Top 50 App" Marjan Ghara, Founder and CEO, BiblioNasium (http://www.biblionasium.com/)
"Books Are Like Shoes" Lucinda Duncalfe, Founder and CEO, Real Food Works (http://www.realfoodworks.com/)
"Packaged Death or Real Life"
Media is changing quickly. How do traditional publishers stay relevant in a disintermediated new world? Come find out with a panel of the best and brightest from startups, and big players, in the publishing space.
• Angela Tribelli, WG'04, CMO, HarperCollins
As HarperCollins first CMO, Angela is helping HarperCollins think more like marketer. An outsider to the book industry she joined HarperCollins at a crucial time. Publishers can no longer rely on others to market for them. They have to market, and help their authors in marketing, books, ebooks, and other products directly.
• Kate Lee, C'99, Director of Content, Medium
Kate was hired to Medium just last month after spending almost a decade as "wunderkind literary agent" at International Creative Management. If you don't know, Medium is the new longer-form startup by Twitter founder Ev Williams. She'll be bringing her connections and discerning eye to Medium to build out Medium's team working to attract, and "bubble up" the best content on the web.
• Shafqat Islam, C'03 and ENG'03, CEO, NewsCred
Shafqat founded NewsCred in 2007 to connect publishers and brands with great journalism. NewsCred has innovative tech and some of the best sources to reinvent the concept of the newswire. They license, analyze and syndicate articles, images and videos from publishers, like The Economist and Forbes, and thought leaders like Bill Clinton and George Soros.
• Peter Hildick-Smith, C '76, WG '81, President, Codex-Group
Founded in 2004, Codex-Group pioneered book audience research. Codex tracks and forecasts digital book trends for book publishers, retailers and technology companies, using quantitative online research as a foundation for business strategy development. The company’s proprietary, digital Book Preview and Author Equity pre-publication market test programs help publishers and authors boost new book discovery, purchase conversion rates, expand audiences and increase sales—supporting the successful publication of numerous New York Times bestsellers.
Wine and light food will be served. Thanks to our hosts, Cooley LLP.
Fall Happy Hour with Penn Digital!
Welcome your fellow Quakers back from Summer with drinks, appetizers and a toast to dear old Penn Digital!
$4 beers and $5 mixed drinks kindly provided by The Crooked Knife
Appetizers courtesy of cater2.me (http://cater2.me/), a Wharton grad-founded catering company that brings the hottest chefs directly into your office
Awesome streaming radio by Slacker Radio (http://www.slacker.com/)
Tickets: $15 at the door (advanced purchase ended 9/26)
We look forward to seeing you there!
Julian Brodsky, co-founder of Comcast, QVC, and Comcast Ventures; angel investor; and the architect of Comcast's legendary M&A strategy, will be sharing the story of how he, Ralph Roberts, and Dan Aaron built Comcast from a single cable system in Mississippi into one of the largest media, entertainment, and communications companies in the world, with 126,000 employees and $60Bn in revenue, as well as his thoughts on the current state of digital and traditional media. The conversation will be followed by wine and networking in Lowenstein Sandler’s gorgeous offices.
UPDATE: The host will be Jeff Roberts, a writer at PaidContent who covers telecommunications and digital media.
Don't miss this opportunity to meet an industry legend in such an intimate setting!
This is the official launch of the Penn Digital Community in New York!
Please join your fellow Quakers in helping us launch Penn Digital, New York's UPenn Alumni Digital Community, at Norwood (http://norwoodclub.com/) (norwoodclub.com) on April 17th at 6:30pm. Penn Digital is devoted to fostering collaboration and networking amongst UPenn's digital alumni community in New York City.
Attending are Penn alum from all walks of digital life including venture capital, digital media, Internet start-ups and more, so join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres and become a part of the wider community of Penn grads who are building the digital future here in New York City.
The event has sold out, so tickets will unfortunately not be available at the door if you have not yet RSVPed. See you tonight or at our next event!
Thanks to our Sponsors!
Morgan Lewis is a Philadelphia-based law firm with strong Penn ties and a strong emerging growth company practice.
MentorTech is an early-stage VC Fund investing exclusively in Penn people and Penn technologies.