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Entrepreneur Weekend

Relive the panel and shark tank that launched this year's Entrepreneur Weekend.

Colgate University's Entrepreneur Weekend 2015 featured a panel conversation with five all-star entrepreneurs. 

About Our 2015 Guests

Jessica Alba: Founder and CCO, The Honest Company

Jessica Alba:
Founder and CCO, The Honest Co.
Jessica Alba is founder and chief creative officer of The Honest Company. She is also an actress, activist, and New York Times bestselling author.

Alba was among the top 20 of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business; one of CNBC’s Next List of Rebels, Leaders, and Innovators; and one of Fortune’s 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. She has been named to Vanity Fair’s Next Establishment, Entrepreneur of the Year at the UK Glamour Women of the Year Awards, and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

In 2013 Jessica authored the New York Times bestselling book The Honest Life, a practical guide for parents to create a safe and healthy life for their families.
Gregg Coleman: President, BuzzFeed

Greg Coleman:
President, BuzzFeed
Greg Coleman, president and member of the Board of Directors at BuzzFeed, has previously served as president of Criteo, president and chief revenue officer at the Huffington Post, and EVP of global sales at Yahoo!. He was formerly president of Platform-A at AOL, senior vice president of the Reader’s Digest Association, and president of U.S. Magazine Publishing. Coleman spent 10 years at CBS, Inc., leading advertising efforts for Woman’s Day as vice president and national sales manager. He holds a BS in business administration from Georgetown University and attended the MBA program at New York University. He is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Jen Hyman: Co-founder and CEO, Rent the Runway

Jennifer Hyman:
Co-founder and CEO, Rent the Runway
Jennifer Hyman is the co-founder and chief executive officer of fashion company Rent the Runway. Fortune Magazine recognized her as one of 11 People Changing Business, one of its Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, and among its 40 Under 40. She was also named one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 and has appeared on the list of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology.

Prior to Rent the Runway, Hyman was the director of business development at IMG. She ran an online advertising sales team at WeddingChannel.com and was an in-house entrepreneur at Starwood Hotels. A Bloomberg fellow, she received her BA from Harvard University and MBA from Harvard Business School, where she is a member of the Women in Business Board.
David Fialkow

David Fialkow:
Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners
David Fialkow focuses on both early-stage and General Catalyst XIR platform investments. Fialkow has also co-founded and operated numerous businesses focused on building applied technology-based platforms and tools for the travel, financial services, specialty retail, and payment processing industries. These businesses have included: National Leisure Group; Retail Growth ATM Systems; and Starboard Cruise Services, the operator of more than 300 duty-free retail stores on 100 cruise ships. David is a former associate of Thomas H. Lee Company and U.S. Venture Partners.

Fialkow serves on the boards for Facing History and Ourselves, the Pan-Mass Challenge, and Debate Mate. He is a graduate of Colgate and Boston College Law School.
Neil Blumenthal: Co-founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker

Neil Blumenthal:
Co-founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker
Prior to launching Warby Parker in 2010, Neil served as director of VisionSpring, training low-income women to start their own businesses selling affordable eyeglasses in developing countries.

An Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award-winner, Blumenthal has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, part of “The Next Establishment” by Vanity Fair, and one of Crain’s “40 Under Forty.”

Blumenthal received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from U. Penn’s Wharton School.
MC Hammer

MC Hammer:
Artist and Entrepreneur
Hammer, born Stanley Kirk Burrell and known professionally as MC Hammer, is a rapper, dancer, entrepreneur, spokesman, and actor. He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide and is a three-time Grammy award winner.

Hammer has become a popular web mogul and activist. He was co-founder and chief strategy officer of DanceJam.com, a site dedicated to dancing video competitions, techniques, and styles. He has served as the CEO of Alchemist Management, a mixed martial arts management company formed to manage, market, promote, and brand-build for MMA fighters. In 2011, Hammer launched WireDoo — a deep search engine to compete with major search engines including Google and Bing.

He has been a featured speaker covering social media and business at top colleges and universities such as the business schools at Stanford and Harvard.
Daniel Rosensweig: Chairman and CEO, Chegg

Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17:
Chairman and CEO, Chegg
Dan Rosensweig is chairman and chief executive officer of Chegg, a disruptive force for good within the $1 trillion dollar U.S. education market. Chegg is the Student Hub, the learning platform that connects students with tools and resources to achieve their educational goals. Prior to Chegg, Rosensweig was CEO of Guitar Hero and COO of Yahoo!. He received a BA in political science from Hobart and William Smith College, sits on the Board of Trustees of Colgate, participates on the DonorsChoose.org Advisory Board, contributes as member of the Executives in Residence program at Columbia University, and resides on the Board of Directors of Rent the Runway, Adobe Systems, Inc., and Reputation.com.

Schedule


Friday, April 10

Panel Conversation and Colgate's Shark Tank | Registration Required
Moderated by Dan Rosensweig P'15'17, CEO of Chegg
5:00–6:30 p.m. | Cotterell Court
Doors open at 4:00, doors close at 4:50

Featuring:
 - Jessica Alba, Founder and CCO, The Honest Company
 - Neil Blumenthal, Co-founder and CEO, Warby Parker
 - Greg Coleman, President, BuzzFeed
 - MC Hammer, Artist and Entrepreneur
 - Jennifer Hyman, Co-founder and CEO, Rent the Runway

Entrepreneur of the Year award winners, panel conversation, and Shark Tank with Thought Into Action (TIA) student entrepreneurs. 

Konosioni Auction | Open Event
8:00–10:30 p.m. | Hall of Presidents
Bidding starts at 8:30 p.m.
Live auction begins at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 11

Thought Into Action Student Venture Demos and Lunch | Registration Required
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. | Hall of Presidents

An expo-style event where student entrepreneurs will showcase their ventures, offering an opportunity for networking. The Entrepreneur Fund award will also be presented during a brief program.

TIA Open House | Open Event
3:00–5:00 p.m. | TIA Incubator Space, 20 Utica Street

Learn more about the TIA program during an open reception celebrating the achievements of the past year's student entrepreneurs; meet and listen to our Entrepreneur of the Year Award winners.


Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners

Warren Adams

Warren Adams '88:
Founder/CEO of Patagonia Sur
A pioneer in the field of social networking, Warren founded PlanetAll, which Amazon.com acquired in 1998. Upon leaving​ ​Amazon, Warren turned his professional attention to advising and investing in early-stage entrepreneurial enterprises through his fund, Vineyard Ventures. After traveling in Patagonia, Warren was motivated by the region’s incredible natural beauty to apply his business acumen toward acquiring, conserving, and protecting large tracts of pristine land there, culminating in the 2007 establishment of Patagonia Sur.​ ​Patagonia Sur is a preeminent sustainable development company that invests in, protects, and enhances scenically remarkable and ecologically valuable ecosystems in Chilean Patagonia. Patagonia Sur’s business model merges conservation and capitalism seamlessly and symbiotically. Our professional family includes two distinct, sustainable businesses: Real Estate and Carbon Offsets, and four non-profit organizations dedicated to conservation: Melimoyu Ecosystem Research Institute (MERI), The Patagonia Sur Foundation, Reforest Patagonia and Tierra Austral Foundation, Chile’s first land trust.
Peter Sheinbaum '92

Peter Sheinbaum '92:
Founder & CEO of LinkSmart, Inc.
He is also the former CEO of DailyCandy, Inc. He founded LinkSmart after a successful sale of DailyCandy to Comcast Interactive Media in 2008 and a smooth transition; departing in May of 2009. Prior to DailyCandy, Pete held the following positions: Director & CRM Practice Leader for Empower Solutions (ERP & CRM software consulting and implementation), COO of AlexBlake.com (retail e-commerce), and Manager of E-Commerce for E! Television Networks. Additionally, Pete has served on several boards and advisory committees including IdealBite.com (sold to Disney), TravelPost.com (sold to Sidestep/Kayak), Nerdist.com, HotelTonight.com, and Trigger Media as well as investing in, and mentoring, a variety of technology start-ups including Intense Debate, Sendgrid.com, and DealBase.com.

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Thought Leaders on Campus in Past Years

Colgate enjoyed a wildly successful Entrepreneur Weekend 2014. Some of the nation's top innovators were on campus sharing best practices and meeting students.
2014
John Donahoe, Tony Bates, Ashton Kutcher, Daniel Rosensweig P’15’17, Brian Chesky, and David Faber.
Sheryl Sandberg speaks from a stage in Colgate's Cotterell Court
Sheryl Sandberg, 2013
COO of Facebook and author of the book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg kicked off Entrepreneur Weekend 2013.
Hamdi Ulukaya speaks to a crowd in Colgate's Hall of Presidents
Hamdi Ulukaya, 2013
Students, alumni, parents, and friends gathered to hear Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya tell his Central New York entrepreneurship story.
Richard Branson speaks on stage to then Colgate President Jeffrey Herbst.
Richard Branson, 2012
Founder of the multibillion-dollar Virgin Group, Richard Branson helped launch the inaugural Entrepreneur Weekend.

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