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The Teaching Team

NYCRIN Testimonials

"NYCRIN is dedicated to teaching technology entrepreneurship and performing research that advances this endeavor. Its aim is to become a global leader in technology innovation and entrepreneurial business development by leveraging the existing innovation ecosystem in New York City."

Gillian Small, Ph.D., NYCRIN Principal Investigator, City University of New York

"I learned a lot from the I-Corps experience and I feel like my strategies toward my research have also changed. I am grateful for the time [the teaching team] spent reviewing my business canvas and interviews and providing [their] advice."

Omid Dehzangi, EL,
NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"The [I-Corps] program, along with the entire 'Teaching Team', was outstanding, even for someone who thinks they know a lot about the world of startups. It was, as they say, a valuable learning experience for me as a Mentor, as well as for our Team."

Tom Harrison, IM, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thanks again for a job well done!!!!! Everyone I reached out to the last couple of days had nothing negative to say. At times, PIs, mentors or ELs would approach me on their own and offer ONLY positive comments about both the curriculum and the instructors."

Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta, Program Director, I/UCRC and I-Corps

"I'd like to thank you all for guiding us throughout the customer discovery process."

Maciej Pietrusinski, EL, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thank you so much for your constant support and advice in training me towards entrepreneurship. The program was fun and educational at the same time."

Raviprasad Aduri, Ph.D., EL, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

"Thank you again for being a critical (literally!) part of the I-Corps program for me. It was a great experience and I learned a lot."

Linda Plano, IM, NYCRIN April 2013 Cohort

John Blaho

In addition to serving as a NYCRIN Co-PI, John has also served as Industrial Mentor for I-Corps Teams at Stanford in spring 2012, Michigan in summer 2012, and in the January 2013 cohort in Arlington, VA. To date, he has organized over 10 new I-Corps teams from CUNY. He serves as the NYCRIN Teaching Team Lead and represents NYCRIN at the NSF National curriculum development committee.

Frank Rimalovski

Frank Rimalovski is the Managing Director of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund. He is a venturecapitalist and technology industry executive with over 18 years’ experience inearly-stage investment and management experience in the formation of newventures and technology development and commercialization. Mr. Rimalovski is responsiblefor evaluating investments for the Fund, structuring company formation efforts,seeking additional funding for its companies, as well as providing customer introductions, management and mentorship to the Fund’s portfolio ofcompanies. He has previously led the successful investment in and spin out of multiple new ventures from Lucent/Bell Labs, British Telecom, IBM and IDEO, etc. Mr. Rimalovski was afounding partner of New Venture Partners, the leading global venture capitalfirm dedicated to funding technology spinouts based on corporate innovations. He has held various positions in marketing, business development and product management in Silicon Valley at Sun Microsystems, Apple and NeXT and was an investment banker in the mergers and acquisitions groups of Bear Stearns and Rodman & Renshaw.

Lindsey Marshall Gray

Lindsey Marshall Gray is the Programs Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, where she develops educational programs and events to inspire, educate, connect, and accelerate entrepreneurs across NYU. Prior to joining NYU, Lindsey worked for Innosight, an innovation firm founded by Clayton Christensen where she worked with Fortune 100 companies to help them identify strategic growth opportunities and build and invest in new businesses. She has worked with companies across a wide range of industries, and has helped clients establish a number of new high growth ventures. Before joining Innosight, Lindsey was a Director for the marketing analytics consulting firm, Kantar Retail, where she helped develop and sell new technology solutions for the consumer packaged goods industry. Lindsey received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Connecticut College.

Jerry Neuman

Jerry Neumann received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia and his MBA from NYU. He was an engineer with IBM, designing part of the CP microcode execution engine for the S/390 series of mainframes. He joined Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group as a management consultant and the joined Prodigy Communications, one of the first consumer Internet providers. Next, he ran Omnicom Group's venture capital division, Communicade, investing in many early Internet marketing startups. In 2001, he partnered with an outside investor to acquire Communicade and ran the portfolio until he co-founded Root Markets in 2005. He formed Neu Venture Capital in 2008 to invest in early-stage Internet companies. Business Insider named him one of NYC's top early stage investors in 2012. He is a mentor at TechStars NY, Women Innovate Mobile, First Growth Venture Network, and SeedStart and occasionally blogs at Reaction Wheel.

Ivy Schultz

Ivy Schultz manages entrepreneurship programming at Columbia Engineering, including projects run jointly with the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She also manages pitch and business plan competitions for the Engineering school. Prior to her current projects, Ivy co-authored a report on broadband deployment submitted to the FCC for the development of the National Broadband Plan with Columbia’s Institute for Tele-Information at the Business School. She received her Master’s degree from Georgetown University, where she focused on technology and international business.