Columbia Technology Ventures is the tech transfer office of Columbia University. Our core objective is to facilitate the transfer of inventions from academic research to outside organizations for the benefit of society on a local, national and global basis. Each year, CTV manages nearly 400 invention disclosures from faculty, 100 license deals and 15 new start-ups. In the last 20 years, CTV has launched over 180 companies based on Columbia's technologies. Of these companies, 90+ are still active, 40+ have received VC funding, and there have been 30 successful acquisitions or IPOs to date.
3G Capital is a global investment firm focused on long-term value, with a particular emphasis on maximizing the potential of brands and businesses. The firm and its partners have a strong history of operational excellence, board involvement, deep sector expertise and an extensive global network.
The Knotel is a growing shared workspace community in New York City with locations in Union Square, the Financial District, and NoHo. Knotel is a shared space for growing teams. Companies that are poised to scale and scale quickly will feel at home in the Knotel family. Knotel provides the essentials to run your growing business without any excess.
Columbia Venture Community (CVC) is a group of over 3,000 faculty, alumni, and students from across the university fostering entrepreneurship by holding events and communicating via an active message board. CVC has an expanding roster of chapters that currently includes New York, Boston, and San Francisco all holding demo nights, social hours, workshops, and other events. To find out more or join, please visit www.columbiaventurecommunity.com.
Gust is the global Software as a Service platform for founding, operating and investing in scalable, high growth companies. Gust’s online tools support corporate legal and financial formation and operation for entrepreneurs, as well as deal flow and relationship management for investors, from startup through exit. As the world’s largest community of entrepreneurs and early-stage investors from 190 countries, Gust pioneered the equity funding collaboration industry and is the official platform of the world’s leading angel investor federations and venture accelerators. More than 450,000 startups have already used Gust to connect with over 60,000 investment professionals. Gust powers the official online hubs for the world’s largest innovation ecosystems including New York City (Digital.NYC), Boston (StartHub.org) and London (Tech.London). For more information about Gust, please visit gust.com.
SoFi is a new kind of finance company taking a radical approach to lending and wealth management. From unprecedented products and tools to faster service and open conversations, we’re all about helping our members get ahead and find success. Whether they’re looking to buy a home, save money on student loans, ascend in their careers, or invest in the future, the SoFi community works to empower our members to accomplish the goals they set and achieve financial greatness as a result.
Perkins Coie is a premier technology-focused law firm that represents great companies across a wide range of industries and stages of growth—from start-ups to FORTUNE 50 corporations. With more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia, we provide a full array of corporate, intellectual property and commercial litigation legal services to clients throughout the world. Our emerging growth company clients rely on us for counsel on company formations, IP protection and enforcement, financings (including IPOs) and mergers and acquisitions, among other areas. We also represent investors as they make, manage and divest investments. To learn more, visit www.perkinscoie.com.
Founded by Jolyne Caruso-FitzGerald '81BC, the Alberleen Group is an entrepreneurial community of specialized investment banking teams and proprietary co-investments. Founded by a team of seasoned Wall Street professionals and supported by a World Class Advisory Board, Alberleen is building a new “Financial Community” by offering seasoned banking teams everything they need to start and grow their business including working capital, infrastructure, and most importantly, assistance with capital raising, distribution and deal flow, and execution. For more information, visit alberleen.com.
At Columbia College, a uniquely designed Core Curriculum of philosophy, history, politics, literature, art, music, science and writing provides every student with a comprehensive and truly transformational understanding of modern civilization. The distinctively personal and highly interactive seminar format of the Core courses develops the essential ability for engagement in an increasingly diverse and rapidly changing world. Regardless of ensuing life choices, the Core Curriculum forms the foundation for a lifetime of continued learning.
Columbia students also have the exclusive opportunity to enhance their chosen studies through the unparalleled energy, vitality and multicultural variety of New York City. No other college in America offers students the integration of the highest level of educational excellence in a community with an incomparable offering of professional, career and life experiences.
There is no more effective and dynamic preparation for the future than studying at Columbia College in the heart of the world’s most cosmopolitan city.
The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) is a global network connecting Columbians of all schools to one another and to the University. It links 320,000 alumni through more than 100 Regional Clubs and Shared Interest Groups, online resources, and over 200 programs around the world each year.
Founded by Joe Speiser '01GS, LittleThings is the #1 digital lifestyle destination that publishes engaging, meaningful content for women across generations.
LittleThings employs a growing team of 100+ media professionals, creatives, and digital experts that help scale and distribute impactful stories across the social web. With an unparalleled audience of 55.5 million monthly uniques, LittleThings achieves the highest engagement per article and garners 275 million monthly cross-platform video views.
Joe has founded five businesses and successfully exited the last two to private equity (Epic Advertising & PetFlow). After establishing PetFlow in 2010, Joe and Alex realized the potential of its highly dedicated, niche audience and had the foresight to expand the business into LittleThings. Today, LittleThings is the only digitally native media property that scales uplifting content while influencing women across generations. Joe was featured in Business Insider’s Silicon Alley 100 list as one of the "Most Inspiring and Influential People in New York Tech."
Phillip M. Satow ’63 is a University benefactor, a former director of the Columbia College Fund, a former president of the CCAA and a 2004 recipient of a John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement. He is a member of the Columbia Athletics Leadership Committee and the Columbia Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and is an emeritus member of the College’s Board of Visitors and the CCAA Board of Directors. An infielder for the Lions baseball team in all four of his undergraduate years, Phil and his family in 2010 funded Satow Stadium.
A successful entrepreneur and corporate executive in the pharmaceutical and healthcare fields for more than 40 years, Phil is currently chairman of the Board of Directors of JDS Therapeutics, an innovative drug development and marketing company that provides scientifically supported natural products to physicians and patients. JDS is the parent company of Nutrition 21, a leader in the nutritional supplement industry. Phil is also co-founder and the former chairman and CEO of JDS Pharmaceuticals, which developed and marketed psychiatric pharmaceutical products before it was acquired in 2007 by Noven, a publically traded drug company.
In 2000, Phil and his wife, Donna GS’65, co-founded The Jed Foundation, now a leading public charity committed to preventing mental illness, substance abuse and suicide among college students.
Donna serves as Treasurer and Secretary of The Jed Foundation and was the organization's first Executive Director. Donna is also a founding and active member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention. She and her husband, Phil, have been honored with the HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy from the Hope for Depression Research Foundation in 2012, and with the annual award of the Mental Health Association of Westchester. Prior to devoting herself full-time to The Jed Foundation, Donna was the publisher of the Columbia College alumni magazine, Columbia College Today. Donna was also a member of Community Board #8 in New York City and a member of the board of Family Dynamics. Donna received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a Masters of Business from Boston University.
For more than 30 years, SVB has helped innovators and their investors move bold ideas forward fast. Today, we provide a full range of banking services to companies of all sized in innovation centers around the world.
Plum Alley is an early stage company. It began as a platform for highlighting the innovations and contributions women were making in tech and as entrepreneurs. Plum Alley offered e-commerce as a way to increase sales for companies. In 2013 Plum Alley also offered a funding solution because a huge number of Plum Alley merchants and members of our community asked for assistance in raising money for their companies and ventures. Given the capital raising expertise of our founder Deborah Jackson, the Plum Alley brand and the strong focus on building technology, Plum Alley invested in building a robust platform that demystifies the process of raising money. The interactions and content on our site present the six stages to raising money, and identifies the components of each stage so that women have the best chance to achieve success.
Plum Alley is distinguished from other companies for several reasons. We have a history of supporting women entrepreneurs having showcased over 100 in the past two years and offering them e-commerce to increase their customer base. We have championed women who are building and using technology. We have invested in women with our dollars and our expertise. We focus on the women’s market because we are women who represent several different disciplines that we know are relevant for women’s success as entrepreneurs and creators. Every company has its sweet spot and its mission. Ours is clear. We provide the knowledge, experience, tools and a robust site that offers a clear path and the roadmap to raising money successfully. Our record speaks and it demonstrates who we are, what we stand for, and we what we have accomplished.
Co-founded in 2010 by Seth Flaxman and Kathryn Peters, Democracy Works is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the idea that voting should fit the way we live. We're a team of software developers, public policy wonks, and civic organizers building the tools needed to upgrade the infrastructure of our democracy and improve the voting experience for voters and election officials alike. Our vision is straightforward: make voting a simple, seamless experience for all Americans so that no one misses an election.
Our first offering was TurboVote, an online service to help every American vote in every election—local, state, and national. Users who need to register or vote by mail receive completed forms with an addressed, stamped envelope to make voting easier. All users who opt in get text and email reminders with important election information, key dates, and deadlines.