I’m a serial entrepreneur, angel investor in over 50 companies, blogger and host of Venture Studio where I engage with entrepreneurs, investors, founders and other vibrant members of the flourishing New York entrepreneurial ecosystem and beyond. One of my latest projects is the Startup Genome, where, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation and Endeavor Global, we we are mapping the entire world’s early-stage investment and entrepreneurial ecosystems in a visually pleasing, crowdsourceable format.
I’m also the Director of Entrepreneurship at Columbia University, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School and was the Director of Columbia’s Venture Lab for seven years where I spun-out 70+ technology start-ups based on university research.
My personal blog, www.davelerner.com, explores the worlds of university entrepreneurship, angel/venture investing, and startups and I’m a frequent contributor to Amex OPENForum, Forbes, peHub, Huffington Post, Business Insider,and Young Entrepreneur whose SAI group recently named me both one of the “top 100 most influential New Yorkers in the digital business community” and “one of NYC’s top 100 early stage investors”.
I’m an active organizer of entrepreneurship and venture capital events, serve as a mentor to entrepreneurs and start-ups in and outside of the university arena, serve on the Board of New York Tech Meetup, as Board Member to the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, and as a Board Member of both the New York Venture Community and Columbia Venture Community.
This is the third post in my ongoing Series on Technology, Disruption (and chess).
In the previous post I contrasted the old world of closed or hidden knowledge with the new landscape of open knowledge in which we are living. I also described a framework that I think is helpful for entrepreneurs, investors and technologists as they search for opportunities within sectors that have been or are in the midst of being disrupted by technology/software. In this post we will… …
This is part of my ongoing Series on Technology, Disruption (and chess).
In the first post of this Series, entitled: Hidden Knowledge, I talked about the phenomenon of software hitting its stride, disrupting and “laying every industry bare” – opening up knowledge and know-how that in the past was hidden and only known to “the few”. If you see me talking a lot about chess throughout this Series, it’s because its evolution through the centuries is a terrific allegory to… …
This is my final post from my ongoing Series on Getting from Zero to One in Your Startup.
The weeks and months have passed. Something strange has happened. You pause to reflect.
You have a product in the hands of the customers with whom you are continually engaging as you iterate this product
Their feedback has been enormously helpful and you have adjusted to it intelligently
These customers may have started paying you for your product or perhaps it is… …