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Forbes managing editor Carl Lavin to keynote panel of experts on internet start-ups, Thursday, December 3
Pace University seminar to focus on budding start-ups in the media and tech fields and the conditions nurturing them
Precedes Pace Pitch Contest
New York, NY – November 30, 2009 — Want to be in on the next big thing? Come hear from the pros about how New York City is emerging as the center for media and tech internet start-ups.
On Thursday, December 3, prior to the Pace Pitch finals, Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems will host a seminar “The Next Big Thing: New York as the Emerging Center for Internet Start-ups” from 2:30-4:00 pm in Room W-513, One Pace Plaza, Downtown New York City campus (just East of City Hall).
Carl Lavin, managing editor of Forbes.com, will open the seminar with remarks on the growing momentum of technological entrepreneurship in New York City including what Forbes is doing to encourage entrepreneurship. A panel discussion featuring individuals “in the know” will follow the keynote. Panelists include Dan Hunter, PhD, an expert in Internet law from New York Law School; Matthew Knell (BS/IS ‘00), director of emerging and social media strategy at www.cafemom.com; and Ernest von Simson, president of Ostriker von Simson, Inc., a technology consulting firm.
The event is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni as well as guests attending and participating in the Pace Pitch Contest (www.pace.edu/pitch). For additional information, contact Dr. Jonathan Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BACKGROUND: As managing editor of Forbes, Carl Lavin oversees day-to-day management of its newsroom, which serves an audience of more than 20 million people a month online at Forbes.com and through Forbes magazine. Lavin works with editors, reporters and the video team to enhance the editorial quality on all platforms and he coordinates with business development and marketing. Lavin joined Forbes.com in 2007 from The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was deputy managing editor for online and multimedia. He joined The Inquirer in 2004, after 20 years at The New York Times, including six years as deputy Washington editor. At The Times, he was also deputy metro editor, graphics editor, and an assistant national editor.
Dan Hunter is professor of law at New York Law School and an expert in internet law, intellectual property, and artificial intelligence and cognitive science models of law. He held a Chair in Law at the University of Melbourne and was a tenured faculty member at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, from 2000-2007, where he still teaches as an adjunct faculty member. He also taught on the law faculty at Cambridge University. He regularly publishes on issues dealing with the intersection of computers and law, including papers dealing with the regulation of virtual worlds, the use of artificial intelligence in law, and high technology aspects of intellectual property. He is co-author of the book “Building Intelligent Legal Information Systems” (Kluwer 1994).
Matthew Knell is a web technologist and marketer with a long history designing, developing, and marketing a wide array of successful products and brands including About.com, JetBlue Airways and MTV Networks. An active member of the New York Technology scene, he is also Co-Founder of SM4SC, an online marketing organization that has used social media tools to raise more than $40,000 for non-profits. In 2009, he was the lead organizer of SocialChangeCamp, an event focused on the sharing of knowledge at the intersection of Non-Profits and Technology. Currently, he is director of Emerging and Social Media Strategy at CafeMom and teaches Social Media and Information Architecture at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Ernest von Simson is a senior partner of Ostriker von Simson, Inc. and a director of Arcsight, BDNA, Optaros, and several other private technology companies. He was a senior partner of Cassius Advisors, an emerging technology consulting firm, from 1999 to January 2006. Prior to then, he was a co-founder and senior partner at the Research Board, a company that assists large companies with information technology strategies. At the Research Board he directed the professional staff into examinations of evolving business models, advanced technology, business applications and IT best practices. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Computerworld and Fortune.
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