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Entrepreneurial Sounding Board

The Entrepreneurial Sounding Board provides an opportunity for Columbia Business School students and alumni to schedule confidential, 60-minute sessions with seasoned business practitioners to discuss their entrepreneurial ideas and potential business opportunities. Take advantage of this invaluable resource to receive real-world expertise, next-step action items, and, in many cases, links to additional support from appropriate mentors.

Fall 2015 Sounding Board Practitioners

CHRISTINE ALEMANY '04
Founder and Chief Growth Advisor, Trailblaze Growth Associates
Expertise: branding; marketing; communications; product launch; implementing integrated campaigns; engineering; scaling
Appointments take place by telephone.
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TODD BREEDEN '13
Vice President, StarVest Partners
Expertise: marketing; human capital management; financial services; marketplaces
Appointments take place by Skype or in-person.
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ANINDO DUTTA
Vice President and General Manager, Global Financial Services Sector (GAO), Xerox Corporation, NY
Expertise: BPO growth; financial services; manufacturing; energy and life sciences; healthcare; global growth initiatives; sales
Appointments take place by telephone.
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MICHAEL GARRETT, ESQ. '66, '69 L, '70 MBA
Expertise: legal; nonprofit law and business; finance; public policy
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ANDREA GIACOBBE '90
C-level Marketing and Strategy Executive; Brand Strategist, New Ventures
Expertise: business model developer; finance; marketing; advertising; digital media; ecommerce
Appointments take place at the Lang Center.
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OMAR HAROUN '12
Managing Partner, Oxford Digital Consulting Group
Expertise: early stage; private equity; angel investing; revenue; digital; marketing and sales; strategy and execution; social media; product management; legal; strategic partnerships
Appointments take place at the Lang Center.
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PHILIP JOSEPHSON, ESQ. '06
Director, Sterling Business Law
Expertise: capital raise; securities; legal counsel; private equity; software; technology
Appointments take place by telephone.
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LENORE KANTOR '93
President and Chief Launch Officer, Launch Warrior Ltd.​
Expertise: presentation and pitch skills; PR; social media; product launch; fintech; B2B; innovation; growth; branding; marketing; communications; coaching
Appointments take place by telephone, Skype, or in-person.
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CHRISTOPHER KELLY
Co-founder and President, Convene
Expertise: real estate; strategy; branding; hospitality; work-place culture development
Please check back for appointment availability.

 

PETER KNITZER '84
Managing Director, Carldan Capital LLC
Expertise: financial services; consumer goods; new ventures; career mentoring; business key success factors; consulting; marketing; sales
Please check back for appointment availability.

 

ERIC LE ROYER '89
Managing Director, Latitude MedSolutions
Expertise: early stage; work-place culture development; product quality; quality management; early stage capital; Europe and Asia; medical technologies
Appointments take place by Skype.
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AVANI PATEL '12
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TrendSeeder Corp
Expertise: fundraising; legal; brand building; marketing
Appointments take place by telephone.
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LUIS SANZ '10
Co-founder, Olapic​
Expertise: internet; technology; ecommerce; Saas
Appointments take place at Luis Sanz's office.
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SAPNA SHAH '98
Principal, Red Giraffe Advisors; Angel Investor
Expertise: retail; angel investing; early stage
Appointments take place at the Lang Center.
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GRANT SON '94
Chief Executive Officer, Greater Good Ventures 
Expertise: disruptive innovation; smart data; ecommerce; marketing; social media; sports; social enterprise
Appointments take place at the Lang Center.
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MARK TANG
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, World Tech Ventures LLC
Expertise: healthcare; strategic licensing; investment banking and venture capital advisory services; life science
Appointments take place at the Lang Center.
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ANTHONY DEL VECCHIO
Managing Partner and Co-founder, Fortrium Strategic Partners
Expertise: corporate entities; middle-market and startup ventures; sports, media and entertainment; internet and technology; real estate; financial services; healthcare
Appointments take place at the Lang Center.
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Important Information for Students and Alumni:​

  1. If your session is by telephone or Skype, the practitioner will call the number/username you provide at the time of your appointment. 

  2. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please reach out to the practitioner directly at least TWO DAYS in advance. If you are late for your appointment or miss it entirely without having given advance notice, you will be barred from participating in the program for the following term.

  3. If a practitioner is booked and/or does not have any available slots and you are in urgent need of a Sounding Board session, please contact the Lang Center at entprog@columbia.edu. We will attempt to set up a special Sounding Board session with your chosen practitioner.

 

 

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Fall 2015 Events

September 29, 2015
12:30 - 2:00 PM 
IE@Columbia Program Information Session (Medical Center)

October 1, 2015
12:30 2:00 PM 
Lang Center Information Session

October 6, 2015
1:00 - 2:00 PM 
IE@Columbia Program Information Session (Law School)

October 7, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 PM 
Startup Networking Night

October 8, 2015
12:30 - 2:00 PM 
Lean LaunchPad Program Information Session

October 26, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 PM 
Entrepreneurs in Residence Program Kick-Off Event 

October 27, 2015
6:30 - 9:00 PM 
Annual Fall Venture Fair 

October 28, 2015
6:00 - 7:15 PM
IE@Columbia Program Information Session (CBS)

October 29, 2015
6:00 - 7:30 PM
IE@Columbia Program Information Session (Engineering)

November 11, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Entrepreneurial Alumni Networking Event 

December 2, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 PM
IE@Columbia Program Admissions Event 

December 4, 2015
9:30 - 3:30 PM
The Entrepreneurial Greenhouse Program Admissions Event