Dave Lerner

Entrepreneur, Angel, Professor, Host of Venture Studio

About Me

holder-picI’m a serial entrepreneur with 2 exits, angel investor in 50+ companies and host of Venture Studio. 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.

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 multiple publications including Amex OPENForum, Forbes, peHub, and Business Insider, 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 on the Board of New York Tech Meetup and as a Board Member of both the New York Venture Community and Columbia Venture Community.








Most Recent Posts

CE Team

If you hadn’t heard- over at my day job as Columbia’s Director of Entrepreneurship, our team was proud to recently announce the opening of our Startup Lab downtown in Soho. It’s an incredible space built-out in partnership with our friends at WeWork and in true collaboration with our various partners at Columbia’s Business, Engineering, Law, SIPA and College and their respective Deans. We currently have 71 young Columbia alums representing all of these schools running approximately 40+ startups in a…

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This is part of my Series on Entrepreneurial Culture.
I just received an email once from a young, first-time entrepreneur that I was helping out informally on a few matters. He had a good product that he’d spent a lot of time developing and was looking for a few introductions and some advice.
His email was sort of a cross between a short update and thank-you note and I was happy to hear that some of the introductions and information I had provided…

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paul newman

(before reading this post click on the picture just above for this video)
This is part of my Series on Entrepreneurial Culture.
There are many occasions in the life of an entrepreneur or investor when bold action is required: Do we make this acquisition? Should we hire this developer? Do we offer them a term sheet? Tweak the pricing? We’ve all been faced with such critical moments when a decision needs to be made.
In fact, it’s very much the archetype of the “decisive man/woman-of-action” that…

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