Talk: Mark Wachen (DreamIt Venture)

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/20/2011 - 16:31

January 24th
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
University Center, Conan Room

Mark Wachen
from DreamIt Ventures, a NY based accelerator
will talk about their summer 2011 program and to answer your questions.

Applications are now open.
Deadline is March 16, 2011

DreamIt Ventures
DreamIt is designed to catapult early stage ventures forward by providing startups all the resources they need to succeed in a compressed period of time. Companies accepted into the program often have little more than an idea. DreamIt provides a small stipend, dedicated mentors with domain expertise, and communal office space where entrepreneurs are surrounded by other entrepreneurs building their businesses. The program culminates on Demo Day when the companies present their businesses to investors, strategic partners, professionals and other entrepreneurs. In less than 3 years DreamIt has launched 36 companies including, SCVNGR, Notehall, SeatGeek, Postling, Parse.ly, TidalLabs, GiveLoop, Numote, Easel, MindSnacks, Adaptly, and more.

March Wachen
DreamIt NY will be led by Mark Wachen. Wachen has been a key player in the New York internet community since its birth in the mid-1990s. After spending 7 years running numerous internet initiatives for Sony Music, Wachen founded Optimost, the company that pioneered real-time multivariate testing and optimization on the internet. Wachen sold Optimost to Interwoven in 2007. Most recently, Wachen founded Upstage Ventures, which invests in early-stage internet companies. His investments include Chai Labs (acquired by Facebook), SeatGeek, Opinionaided, Optify, OrderGroove, STELLAService, and numerous others. Wachen graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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