Friday, August 8, 2014
VC Andrew Yang + DJ Natasha Diggs: Leaders in Venture Capital & Music
Andrew Yang is the Founder and CEO of Venture for America, a fellowship program that places top college graduates in start-ups for 2 years in low-cost U.S. cities to generate job growth and train the next generation of entrepreneurs. Andrew has worked in start-ups and early stage growth companies as a founder or executive for more than twelve years. He was the CEO and President of Manhattan GMAT, a test preparation company that was acquired by the Washington Post/Kaplan in 2009. He has also served as the co-founder of an Internet company and an executive at a health care software start-up. He has appeared on CNBC, Morning Joe, Fox News, TIME, Techcrunch, the Wall St. Journal, and many other media outlets. Andrew was named a Champion of Change by the White House for his work with Venture for America and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” He is a graduate of Columbia Law and Brown University. Andrew’s first book, “Smart People Should Build Things,” was published by Harper Business in early 2014. http://ventureforamerica.org/
For well over a decade Natasha Diggs has been digging deeper to provide the soundscape for events across the globe in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Prague, Los Angeles and Berlin.
As resident of New York City's premiere all-vinyl 45 party, Mobile Mondays, Diggs has become a force to be reckoned with and one of the most sought-after DJs in the 45 game. Whether playing all vinyl or not, Natasha has been recognized for her eclectic taste and diverse musical knowledge and on any given night her sets might dip into soul, funk, disco, rock, hip hop, house, world music and beyond
More recently legendary hip hop MC/producer Q-Tip called on Miss Diggs to dj with him at his NYC party, the Giant Step produced #OFFLINE, where Natasha can be heard playing on one of the best sound systems in the city at the world class club Output in Brooklyn.
Natasha has played alongside or opened for artists such as Erykah Badu, Grandmaster Flash, Rakim, Dam Funk, The Pharcyde, Kenny Dope, Large Professor, Mark Ronson, Omar, DJ Spinna, Cut Chemist, Spinderella, DJ Scratch, Prince Paul, Just Blaze, DJ Muro, and many more.
Natasha has also cofounded the all girls jam "Us Girls" which showcases female DJs and artists while creating a network amongst NYC's rising female talent.
Whether based in NYC or worldwide Natasha can be heard DJing her Monday afternoon spot from 4-6pm EST onRadiolily.com, or on her regular appearances on ScratchVision TV. She's also been a featured guest DJ on B-Real TV in LA, Triple J National Radio in Australia, East Village Radio's Main Ingredient Show, Beatminerz Radio, and The Lord Sear All Out Show on Shade 45 (Sirius Radio) to name a few. http://www.natashadiggs.com/
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