Third Thursday is a recurring open forum networking and info session for the Columbia University entrepreneurship community. It provides students, faculty, staff, and alumni the opportunity to hear ideas from across campus, form teams, and explore career options. You'll hear from Columbia alumni and other experts on their experiences working in the field, how they’ve applied their Columbia experience in their careers, and more.
Have an announcement or idea to pitch to the group? Contact Ivy Schultz (email@example.com) in advance and come prepared to pitch it!
This semester's Third Thursdays occurred on September 21st and October 19th. Fast pitch on Tuesday, November 14th will serve as November's Third Thursday.
Upcoming Third Thursdays (Spring 2018)
Thursday, January 18, 2018 5:30 PM - TBA
Past Third Thursdays
Thursday, October 19, 2017 featured Hicham Oudghiri '06, the co-founder and CEO of Enigma, an operational data management and intelligence company. Previously, he managed the private sustainable finance program at BMCE Bank, in partnership with the World Bank Group, to create energy models for large-scale alternative energy projects across Africa. Prior to that, he supported an energy fund in Dallas, Texas where he was responsible for hedging physical energy assets against modeled counterparts in the electronic markets. Hicham received a B.A. from Columbia University, where he studied Philosophy and Mathematics.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 featured Steve Jacobs '98, the Senior Vice President of Digital Technology for Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) and Demand Marketing for Gilt. He is responsible for overseeing HBC Digital's technology and product execution and strategy. He also leads Gilt's Demand Marketing efforts. Jacobs holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Columbia University. He is a founding member of DoSomething.org's technical advisory board and is also on the Board of Advisors for Zaius, a marketing automation platform.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 featured Ryan Bubinski '11 and Tom Yee in a discussion on the first steps that startups should consider. Ryan Bubinski graduated Columbia College in 2011 with degrees in biophysics and computer science. He is the co-founder of Codecademy, an online interactive platform with 25 million users that offers free coding classes in many different coding languages. Thomas Yee graduated from the Engineering School with a degree in biomedical engineering, and then went on to Georgetown Law for his JD. He is currently an attorney and partner at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, an intellectual property law firm with offices in California, Washington State, and D.C.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 Nelly Yusupova, discussed how to pitch to investors, tell an effective story, and get that "Yes!" from potential backers. Nelly is an experienced web technology specialist, consultant and strategist, and motivational speaker. She is currently the CTO of Webgrrls International and has been at the forefront of the women’s movement online since 1999. Nelly is responsible for building and maintaining the technical infrastructure of the organization that supports the 100 chapters across the country and around the world. She also works with entrepreneurs and teaches them how to use and leverage technology in their business.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 featured Megan Kludt, an attorney at Curran & Berger, LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in all areas of immigration, including business, achievement, investment, family, and humanitarian bases for immgration status.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 featured Sean Kelly, CEO of SnackNation, an Inc. 500 ranked company that delivers healthy snacks to offices across America. Sean is also the Founder of AwesomeOffice.org, an association dedicated to helping companies maximize employee engagement, productivity and wellbeing. Sean talked about product-market fit and the multiple pivots he took with his company. Food and drink were be served!
Thursday, September 15, 2016 featured Georg Petschnigg ‘00, CEO & Founder at FiftyThree (Formerly Microsoft) and the theme of Ideation and Team Building. During the Networking session, we met the Yank Technologies team and their product, the Motherbox. This alumni team currently works out of the Columbia Startup Lab and will be doing a live demo. Food and drinks were be served!