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Digital Media MBA "Find a Co-founder" Event

Digital Media MBA

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

Digital Media MBA "Find a Co-founder" Event

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This month we are very excited to partner with two great organizations, Entrepreneurs Roundtable and Startup One Stop, to host a "Find a Co-founder" event that will bring together business and technical entrepreneurs that share a passion for innovation and results.


Location of panel: Offices of Cooley LLP (see right sidebar for address)

Any entrepreneurs that partner as a result of our event can avail themselves of a "mentoring session" with the VP of Corporate Development in Cooley's Emerging Companies group.

FIND A CO-FOUNDER - $15 before Feb. 15th / $20 after

  • a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs and VCs to advise you on finding a co-founder and getting your startup off the ground,
  • a series of quick "speed meets" for all of the business and technical entrepreneurs to search for suitable co-founders,
    • for those NOT currently looking for a co-founder use this time to network with prospective business partners, employers or customers


  • a cocktail party for the rest of the evening. (cash bar)


6:30p - 7:00p: Have a cocktail and meet some of your fellow entrepreneurs

7:00p - 7:45p: What is the best way to get started and find a co-founder?


Q&A and presentations on detailed step-by-step instructions on how to get started and how to find a co-founder.

7:45p - 8:30p: Co-founder "speed meets" and professional networking

8:30p - 10:00p: Cocktail party and more networking








Somak Chattopadhyay, Principal at GSA Venture Partners

Before his current position Somak was at Edison Venture Fund, where he sourced and evaluated investments in the tech-enabled services sector and launched the firm’s New York office. Prior thereto, he held senior marketing/business development roles at Medtower, a pharmaceutical IT software company and DealTime, a comparison shopping company that was later acquired by eBay. Somak started his career at Broadview International (now Jefferies) and was previously director of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).

Somak is currently a director or observer at MyNines, ReachForce, and Three Stage Media. He also is on the board of numerous nonprofit organizations including MIT Enterprise Forum of New York and NYCVC. Somak is an Executive Committee member of TiE Tri-State and serves as Vice Chair of the SIIA Private Equity Forum.

He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

GSA Venture Partners is an early stage / seed venture fund that invests in companies in the Tri-State area that are focused on technology-enabled and business information services across industries. The fund likes to invest in entrepreneurs with big ideas to transform existing industries.

Mike Hudak, Co-founder and CEO at blip.tv

Mike Hudack is a co-founder of blip.tv and serves as the company's president and CEO. He is responsible for blip.tv's overall business strategy, focusing in particular on community relations along with syndication, distribution and advertising partnerships.

Prior to blip.tv, Mike worked as a developer and administrator for the National Hockey League, where he managed the team responsible for one of the biggest IT projects in the history of the League — consolidating and re-developing the NHL's internal applications, which serve hundreds of employees using dozens of technologies. Mike also developed the content management system for NHL.com and redesigned the software used to bring scores and statistics from dozens of simultaneous hockey games to fans in real-time.

Mike has spoken at SXSW, Streaming Media West, Beyond Broadcast, the Open Media Developers Summit, TelcoTV and dozens of other conferences and has served as a guest lecturer at NYU and elsewhere as an expert on video, blogging and citizen journalism. He has created and maintained more than a half dozen independent media projects, including warstories:CC, warblogs:CC and the Index of Evil. His independent projects have been covered by the Washington Post, USA Today, the PBS Newshour, NPR and Forbes, among others.

blip.tv is building the next-generation television network by providing essential services to the best shows on the Web. The company’s mission is to change television by making independent shows scalable and profitable. Blip syndicates shows to iTunes, YouTube, Vimeo, AOL Video, Verizon FiOS, TiVo, Sony TVs, Facebook and elsewhere. Blip splits all advertising revenue with producers on a 50/50 basis.

Dina Kaplan, Co-founder at blip.tv

Dina Kaplan, a co-founder of blip.tv, oversees industry marketing, public relations, finance, key partnerships and human resources for blip.tv.

Before blip.tv, Dina was a news reporter with WNBC in New York, Wave3 News (NBC) in Louisville Kentucky and News12 Long Island and New Jersey.

Dina won an Emmy for Spot News last summer and in prior years has won Society of Professional Journalists Awards for Deadline Reporting, Service Reporting and Feature Reporting and Associated Press Awards for Best Feature and for Breaking Spot News.

Before reporting, Dina produced stories for MTV News about politics, technology and a range of musical acts from Ozzy Osbourne to The Wu-Tang Clan to Jewel. She also helped coordinate MTV's Choose or Lose coverage of the 1996 Presidential Election.

After graduating from college, Dina worked at the White House as Director of Research for the White House Counsel's Office and then as Special Assistant to the Director of Presidential Personnel. During college, Dina worked at Rock The Vote, setting up a volunteer network of representatives that registered college students to vote around the country.

Dina graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Economics, Government, Philosophy and History. She sits on the National Board of Wesleyan University and is a Founding Board Member of the Women's Media Center. She is a judge for the Interactive Media Awards and for the Webbies. She is also on the board of the Theodore Roosevelt Teddy Bears for Kids Annual Benefit.

Matt Meeker, Co-founder of Meetup.com and Entrepreneur in Residence at Polaris Ventures

In his current role as EIR at Polaris Venture Partners, Inc., Mr. Meeker helps find startups to join Dogpatch Labs which is run by the company. Prior to his current position he was a Co-Founder and Advisor at MeetUp Inc. as well as the co-founder and CEO of Wee Web, Inc. Mr. Meeker focused on marketing, operations, the user experience, and revenue strategies and oversees the team that makes Meetups go smoothly. He's the Organizer of the Search Marketing Meetup and an active member of The New York Boggle Meetup and NY Tech Meetup.

Prior to Meetup, he was at i-traffic, now the largest marketing arm of Omnicom and the world's first agency dedicated to online media. At i-traffic in 1998, Mr. Meeker formed the Affiliate Network Services group where he worked with online retail units from Staples, Disney, Capital One, and Nokia.

Mr. Meeker holds a BSB-Marketing degree from the University of Minnesota and lives in New York City.

Polaris Venture Partners invests in seed, early stage, and middle market companies in high growth industries. As the lead or co-lead investor, it takes an active and long-term role in helping management teams build highly successful businesses. The company also created and runs Dogpatch Labs which provides high-tech office space and community that connects entrepreneurs and helps founders conceive and launch their startups.


Babak (Bo) Yaghmaie, Partner at Cooley LLP

Bo is the head of the New York Business Technology Group.and a member of the Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice groups. He joined the Firm in 2009 and is resident in the New York and Palo Alto offices.

Bo's practice entails the representation of private and publicly-held emerging growth high technology and life science companies, leading investment banks and venture capital funds, with a particular focus on private placements and venture financings, public offerings of equity securities, and mergers and acquisitions.

Bo has been involved in many of the leading corporate and financing technology transactions in the New York area, and regularly represents numerous venture-backed companies and venture capital funds. He serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Venture Capital Association and is a TechStars Mentor. Bo was recognized in 2008, 2009 and 2010 by Chambers USA as one of "America's Leading Lawyers," was top-ranked in 2009 by Legal 500 and has been selected as a New York Super Lawyer.

Bo has represented both issuers and underwriters in public offerings by venture-backed companies across a variety of industries. He is a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute and has beena contributing author to such books as Venture Capital: Nuts and Bolts and Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation, as well as a senior contributing editor to VC Experts' Venture Capital Encyclopedia.

Prior to joining Cooley, Bo headed the New York Corporate & Securities Technology group and Venture Capital practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Prior to that, he was a co-founding partner of the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Cooley LLP represents hundreds of clients in a wide range of industries from offices in nine major commercial markets. It has been counselor, strategist and advocate for the foremost private and public companies with a legacy of representing companies bringing breakthrough products and technologies to market. With 650 attorneys throughout the U.S., Cooley has the range and expertise to serve companies of all sizes to seize opportunities in today's global marketplace.


Visit Digital Media MBA

With our DMMBA jobs board heating up we recommend that you visit the website and check out our growing list of job openings. We are strongly focused on bringing the best MBA opportunities to our members so we'll make sure to keep the pipeline filled.

We'd love to help you find the co-founder or the job you're looking for!

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When & Where

Law Offices of Cooley LLP
1114 Avenue of the Americas
46th Floor (enter on 42nd St. b/t 5th & 6th avenues)
New York, NY 10036-7798

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

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Digital Media MBA

A networking and socializing group for MBAs working in (or interested in) digital media and technology. Meet your peers working in interactive and digital media in a relaxed informal atmosphere.

This group is an ongoing effort to encourage networking and community among Columbia Business School’s Digital Media MBA alumni, as well as others in the field.

Professor Jeremy Kagan of Columbia Business School (Digital Marketing Class) and Doug Herman are your hosts.

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