David Tisch to Join Cornell Tech as Head of its Startup Studio

December 3, 2014

4:30 pm

This morning, Cornell University announced that entrepreneur, investor, and Techstars NYC cofounder David Tisch will join Cornell Tech as head of its Startup Studio. In this role, Tisch will work alongside Cornell Tech’s Chief Entrepreneurial Office and former Twitter CTO, Greg Pass, to develop the capstone program of Cornell Tech’s experiential learning curriculum.

“David will provide our students with an unvarnished view of success and failure in early stage tech companies, and offer incisive critique and guidance for their startup ideas and entrepreneurial aspirations,” said Dean of Cornell Tech Dan Huttenlocher in a statement.

Startup Studio encompasses a part of the overall Cornell Tech curriculum. Through the studio, teams of masters students in computer science and information systems, as well as MBA students, come together to develop ideas into real-world products and services. Through the studio, students remain actively engaged through a learning-by-building process, involving anything and everything in the startup process – from assembling a board of advisers to testing prototypes on potential consumers.

Aside from Techstars NYC, Tisch is the cofounder and chairman of Spring, a mobile e-commerce app focused on luxury brands. Currently, he is managing partner of the early-stage capital firm BoxGroup, which has invested in many successful ventures including Vine, Harry’s and Warby Parker. With his thorough background in the NYC tech scene, Tisch will hopefully lead Silicon Alley into furthering its mission to compete with Silicon Valley.

“I am honored that Cornell Tech asked me to lead the Startup Studio,” said Tisch. “I believe implicitly in its mission and what we are setting out to accomplish, and couldn’t have a better partner in this project. I am excited for what’s to come.”

Cornell Tech is the new graduate campus created by Cornell University that focuses on digital technologies and the information economy. With a permanent campus set to open on Roosevelt Island in the summer of 2017, the program is currently located within Google’s landmark building in Chelsea.

Read more on the Cornell Tech announcement. 

(H/T Crain’s New York)


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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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