6:45 pm to 9:30 pm

NJ Tech Meetup 51 w/ Charlie O'Donnell, VC @ Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Babbio Center at Stevens Institute Of Technology

When: Thursday, August 28, 2014 6:45 PM

Howe Center - Stevens Institute of Technology
Bissinger Room (4th Floor)
8th/Hudson - walk up River St to 6th St., then up Wittpen Walk to Howe Building
Hoboken, NJ (map)

6:45 (sharp!) - 7:15: Speed Networking
7:15-8: Welcome/Startups present
8-9: Feature Speaker
9+: Closing remarks/head to Little Town (local bar) with food/drink specials ($3 draughts, $5 pizza/wings)

Price: $8.00/per person

apply to pitch your co at a future NJTM.
Stevens students/faculty free: RSVP here

Speaker: Charlie O'Donnell, VC @ Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Charlie O'Donnell bio: Charlie is a Partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, working on very early stage investments in the "Greater Brooklyn" area, which also includes Manhattan and the other boroughs of New York City.  He previously spent two plus years at First Round Capital, where he sourced the firm's investments in GroupMe (sold to Skype), Backupify, chloe + isabel, Refinery29, Docracy, Singleplatform, and Salescrunch.  He founded New York’s largest independent innovation community group, nextNY, and was voted one of the 100 Most Influential People in New York Technology three consecutive years by Alley Insider.

Charlie was the Co-Founder & CEO of Path 101, an innovative startup in the career guidance and recruiting space, which raised half a million dollars and was a Business Insider Startup 2009 Finalist.

Before founding Path 101, he spent a year as the Director of Consumer Products at Oddcast, which he joined after two years at Union Square Ventures.  There, he was part of the original investment team, along with the partners of that firm, Fred Wilson and Brad Burnham.

He met Brad and Fred while on the venture capital investments team General Motors Asset Management, the pension arm of GM, where he also did investment analysis work on late stage direct investments, buyouts and secondary fund investments.
A New York native, Charlie also teaches entrepreneurship at Fordham University and can be found blogging at

In his spare time, Charlie bikes everywhere, plays softball, dodgeball, and kayaks.


All Day

NYCRIN I-Corps course: Apply Now!

Kimmel Center for University Life, New York

Apply online here before Application Deadline: August 29, 2014

Find Course Flyer here

Kickoff and Finale will be on-site at the Kimmel Center and all team members are required to attend.

Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square S
New York City, NY 10012 (map)

Kickoff reception: Sunday, October 5,2014 6:00-8:00PM
Kickoff workshop: Monday-Wednesday, October 6-8, 2014
On-Line: Thursdays, October 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13, 2014 1:00-4:00PM
Finale: Sunday-Tuesday, November (Arriving 16th) 17-18, 2014

NYCRIN I-CorpsThe NYC Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN) teaches the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) course using the Lean Launchpad curriculum based on Steve Blank’s Customer Development methodology and Alex Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas. As such, it demands that teams ‘Get out of the Building’, and spend the majority of their time talking to potential customers to discover how their technology could effectively ‘solve’ customers’ unmet needs or pain points. This program not only helps teams commercialize their specific research, but also teaches researchers how to approach their work by thinking about market needs earlier in the process. 

  • Lean LaunchPad is a hands-on program that immerses academic teams in testing their business model hypotheses outside the classroom. Inside the classroom, it deliberately trades off lecture time for student/teaching team interaction
  • Lean LaunchPad uses the Customer Development process and the Business Model Canvas to collapse the infinite possibilities of a startup into a solvable problem 
  • The online lectures (week 2-7) are delivered through Udacity

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The team must be from a university within New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Connecticut
  • The technology must be at the proof-of-concept stage
  • The technology can be funded by any government agency but must be disclosed to the university’s Tech Transfer Office (TTO)
  • The team composition should include at least one EL, an IM, and the technology’s PI
    1. The Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) could be a post-doctoral scholar, graduate, or other student with relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigating the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation
    2. The I-Corps Mentor (IM) will typically be an experienced or emerging entrepreneur who operates in proximity to the institution and is experienced in transitioning technology out of academic labs
    3. The Principal Investigator (PI) must have disclosed the technology IP to the TTO and may or may not be actively involved in the team

For more info, visit the info page here.


4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Provost's Lecture Series on Women in Leadership

Stevens Institute of Technology, Babbio 122

The Provost’s Lecture Series on Women in Leadership is designed to showcase the achievements of prominent and successful women and to motivate the next generation of leaders. It provides an opportunity for women to share their individual experiences and to analyze the unique strengths, challenges and opportunities they face. The women selected for this series are true visionaries from which we can all learn.

This fall, Linda S. Sanford, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Transformation at IBM, will join the list of Stevens' distinguished speakers.

Attendance for this event is open to all Stevens faculty, students, staff and invited guests.

More information to come.