Tech Cocktail & Downtown Project cordially invite you to Tech Cocktail's Sessions, a monthly speaker series where some special guests will give talks about projects or topics they are passionate about.
Whether you are a technology enthusiast, inventor, creator, entrepreneur, investor, developer, or designer, we are all linked by a passion for technology, innovation and starting up - and that's what unites these talks.
"Living Without Fear"
Dina Kaplan is co-founder of Blip, the place for the best original series of the web. Blip hosts and distributes thousands of original series, from scripted dramas and comedies to shows about fashion, sports, videogames and more.
At Blip, Dina ran company operations, including finance, business development and HR. She managed accounting, including overseeing the company P&L, and forged distribution partnerships with Google, Sony, NBC and Verizon. She also managed public relations and marketing.
Before Blip, Dina was an Emmy-award winning television news reporter for local NBC stations. Prior to reporting, Dina worked as an associate producer for MTV News and at the White House as Director of Research for the Office of the White House Counsel.
Dina was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Fast Company’s Most Influential Women of Web 2.0. She is a member of the Producers Guild, the Paley Center’s Generator Board and the Advisory Board of the Women's Media Center. She sits on the National Board of Wesleyan University and is the founder of the Calliope Group, which brings together women executives in media and digital media to support women tech founders and help them scale their businesses. She has taught classes at Columbia Business School, Columbia Journalism School, NYU’s Stern School of Business and NYU’s ITP program for engineers and designers.
And Additional Talks By...
"Perception of Self in Digital Space: A glimpse at why we do what we do online"
Stephen Andrade, associate professor at Johnson & Wales University (JWU), has been active in the technology field for over 35 years. He has been affiliated with JWU for 16 years and has implemented several enrollment-leading degree programs in the field of computer graphics. Andrade has collaborated on issues of technology with various university departments and a number of highly regarded innovative “digital” organizations, including spending the past 4 years cultivating a special relationship with GTECH – the world’s leader in wager-based gaming and lottery systems.
His work includes ongoing research into visual metaphor and games of chance for the digital generation. His research is brought into the classroom and experiential education, providing JWU students, faculty and staff with unique ‘trusted partner’ status at GTECH. Prior to joining JWU, Andrade was a technology researcher at Brown University with IRIS – the Institute for Research in Information and Scholarship, and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. He has consulted with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce and the White House on issues of technology innovation and reform. He is a practicing artist, who's work has been acquired by Paramount Picture for use in the Tom Cruise movie, "Jack Reacher", released December 2012.
"Building Marketplaces: The good, the bad and plenty of ugly"
Kanyi Maqubela is a Venture Partner at Collaborative Fund, a seed fund for creative entrepreneurs who want to change the world. Founded in 2011, Collaborative Fund has backed such startup companies as Kickstarter, TaskRabbit, BankSimple, and CodeAcademy. Before joining Collaborative Fund, Kanyi served as a founding executive at one Block Off the Grid, an online solar sales company that was acquired by Pure Energies Group. He has served as a consultant for IDEO, MINI, and GOOD Magazine, and started his career as an early employee at Doostang, an web-based career community acquired Universum Global. Kanyi is a contributor at the Atlantic and Fast Company on topics in technology. He lives in San Francisco, CA. Follow him on Twitter @KM.
"The Impact of Fear on Entrepreneurship"
"Being Open to Serendipity"
Amanda Slavin graduated Cum Laude from University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction writing her thesis on using the community/nature-based learning as a classroom and the impact this had on engagement and achievement.
She used her knowledge of community engagement in building Paige Hospitality Group's Event and Marketing department, helping to build it from its 2 venue status in 2009 to its current 9 venue status, in which she is a partner in the Group. She started Charity Connector and has worked with over 200 nonprofits, supporting them on their fundraising efforts and connecting them to the a larger network as well as donating the Paige Management Venues on a weekly basis to a different charity. She was one of the producers for the Global Poverty Project’s Global Festival, the 60,000 person concert in Central Park, produced by AEG, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which partnered with 10 nonprofits and used an online community engagement platform where individuals had to “earn points” through engaging with nonprofits to attend.
She is CEO and Founder of CatalystCreativ, a company funded by the Downtown Project/Tony Hsieh which advises clients and companies, (spearheading a speaker series in Downtown Las Vegas on a monthly basis as one client) on how to do good and make money to create more active participants in making the world a better place with the mission statement that doing good and making money are not mutually exclusive. Follow Amanda on Twitter @ajslavin.
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