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Entrepreneurial Sounding Board
The Entrepreneurial Sounding Board provides opportunities for Columbia MBA students and alumni to meet individually with faculty members and practitioners affiliated with the Lang Center to discuss their entrepreneurial ideas and potential business opportunities.
These 60-minute sessions provide students and alumni with a platform to receive preliminary feedback, next-step action items, and, in many cases, links to additional support from appropriate mentors. You may be at any stage of development of your venture. All sessions are confidential.
How to Reserve a 60-Minute Session with a Practitioner
You must have a Columbia Business School affiliation to take advantage of the Sounding Board. To sign up for a session:
Review the biographies for each practitioner below. Decide who you would like to meet.
Click on "Speak with Practitioner" and select the person you wish to speak to. Note, this e-schedule only allows you to reserve an appointment up to 4 weeks out.
Review availability and reserve a session. You will receive an email confirming your appointment and a way to save the details on your calendar.
If your session is off-campus: The practioner will be in touch a couple of days before your session with the location.
Need to cancel the appointment? Cancel using Genbook. At the bottom of the confirmation email, click on the “Manage your Appointment” blue button to cancel.
Can't book a session with practitioner(s)? If you receive the message "Staff member not available. Please try another member of staff” on Genbook, this indicates a practitioner is booked and/or does not have any available slots. If this happens, and you are in urgent need of a Sounding Board session, please contact the Lang Center. We will attempt to set up a special Sounding Board session for you with a practitioner.
Please cancel your appointment directly with the practitioner at least TWO DAYS in advance if you are unable to keep your appointment. If you are late for your appointment or miss it entirely without having given advanced notice, you will be barred from participating in the program for the following term.
2015 Spring Semester Sounding Board Practitioners
Omar Haroun: entrepreneurship, founder, early stage, private equity, angel investing, revenue, digital, marketing, and sales strategy & execution, social media, product management, legal, strategic partnerships
Philip Josephson: entrepreneur, capital raise, securities, legal counsel, private equity, software, technology
Grant Son: CEO 2x, founder, advisor, board member, entrepreneur, digital veteran, and experienced marketer. Specialties include: disruptive innovation, smart data, e-commerce, marketing, social media, sports, social enterprise
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How-To Guides for Sounding Board Practitioners
Additional resources for students:
The Entrepreneurs in Residence Program engages successful business school alumni and other accomplished practitioners who can provide entrepreneurial advice and guidance to students, faculty and staff of Columbia University.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship @ Columbia provides a platform to develop new ideas by leveraging the cross-functional capabilities and knowledge of the University at large.
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Ron Gonen '04 EMBA
Gonen came up with the idea for RecycleBank, a start-up that pays households for recycling, when he was a student at Columbia.
Andrea Wenner '05
Wenner considered several other ventures before developing Out2Play, a nonprofit that builds and refurbishes playgrounds at New York Public Schools.
Andrea Miller '02
After graduation, Miller launched Tango, a multimedia company focused on love and relationships. "Think Sex and the City meets Oprah."