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The Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program is an NYU-wide program sponsored by the Berkley Center with support from the NYU Innovation Venture Fund (IVF). The EIR Program was created in order to support the growing rate of early-stage technology commercialization and entrepreneurship across the University. EIRs are founders of or former senior executives from successful entrepreneurial ventures that work closely with NYU students, researchers, faculty and alumni who are founders of very early-stage ventures. The EIRs provide ad-hoc consulting, coaching and mentoring designed to help these founders progress their venture concepts to the next level. Specifically, EIRs assist entrepreneurs with critical issues such as:

  • Exploring business models and strategy
  • Technology commercialization and product development plans
  • Go-to-market plans and strategies
  • Evaluating funding needs and identifying financing options
  • Forming strategic partnerships
  • Talent acquisition and compensation strategies

NYU Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Mike Blumenfeld

Mike Blumenfeld

Mike has over fifty years of management experience working with and for companies of all sizes, from small family owned entrepreneurs to large, publicly held corporations all across the United States, Southeast Asia, Canada and Mexico. Prior to forming Myron I. Blumenfeld & Associates in 1981, he served as a Vice President of three different companies ranging in size from $20,000,000 to $100,000,000. He was also Manager of International Retail consulting for Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) and a Vice President of The Garr Consulting Group (a subsidiary of Deloitee Touche). This extensive background in line management and management consulting has provided a wealth of experience and a practical, realistic approach to problem solving. He has also served as a Board member, lecturer, counselor and mentor for WIBO (Workshop in Business Opportunities and AWED (American Women's Economic Development Corp.) where he has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs since 1981 to start and grow their businesses.

Mike leads our Sounding Board team. To schedule an appointment, click here.

  • Business Products and Services
  • Business Development and Strategy
  • Customer Development
  • Strategic Partnerships

Brad Egna

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Brad Egna founded Nest Egg Management LLC in 2009. Nest Egg is a private investment firm focusing on real estate, direct private equity and offshore manufacturing services. Nest Egg's core investment strategy is to partner with proven and talented operating executives, entrepreneurs and/or management teams, actively advising them on all aspects of the business, including operational, tax, import, sourcing and strategic planning. In 1988 Brad Egna founded Briefly Stated, Inc., a fashion apparel company specializing in music and entertainment licensed sleepwear, underwear and t-shirts. Briefly Stated had offices in Hong Kong, China and New York City. In 2005, the company was sold to Li & Fung USA. From 2006-2010 Brad was President of the Branded Apparel Group (a division of Li & Fung USA), a leader in branded and entertainment apparel. He was responsible for all aspects of the business, including business strategy, acquisitions, marketing, licensing, operations, sourcing and sales. Brad immediately identified and negotiated the acquisition of two key industry players and the consolidation of one internal division. The result was the creation of the Branded Apparel Group, one of the world's largest global entertainment and licensed apparel companies. Brad graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management.

Schedule Appointment

  • Marketing and Licensing
  • Sales
  • Product Development
  • Business Strategy
  • Import and Operations
  • Acquisitions

Rob Fassino- Tisch BFA '88

Rob Fassino

Rob Fassino and his three partners founded The Knot, Inc. (now XO Group Inc; NYSE: XOXO), a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between. The Knot's fresh voice, stylish ideas and multiple-media platform took the wedding world by storm, catapulting it to become the #1 wedding brand and the #1 registry site (WeddingChannel.com) serving 2 million brides annually. Prior to his 10-year service at XO group Rob co-founded and directed the interactive division of Margetotes Fertitta + Partners advertising, providing online production, marketing and consulting services to clients including Sotheby's, Stolichnaya and the McGraw-Hill companies. Following XO Group Rob developed the strategies, business models and digital product extensions for the comic brands of United Media, a $100MM global syndication/licensing company. Rob holds a bachelor's degree (Film) from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Email cynthia.franklin@stern.nyu.edu to request an appointment

  • Digital Product Development
  • Product Positioning
  • Pitch Preparation
  • Business Development and Strategic Partnerships
  • Online Media and Marketing
  • Sales/Account Management
  • Audience Analytics/Assessment

Steve Garrow

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Steve has over twenty-five years of management experience working with companies of all sizes a nd industries, from small, private start-ups, to large public pension plans across the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. He is owner of Rushmore Associates, a business development firm that counsels companies and executives in managing assets, project oversight, product launches, and strategic ventures. Rushmore and its associates also acquire companies and step into the senior operating roles.He has held positions in private equity, investment banking, and consulting, and has founded and run two institutional broker/dealers. Steve launched and ran a private equity platform company, a registered investment advisor, a technology group, a public sector plan administration software solution product, and has invested in a number of small to mid-sized enterprises. He was the Founder and CEO of GaveKal Securities, Tegrit Financial Group, Tegrit Technologies, and served as Special Advisor to Wafra Investments, a Kuwaiti owned investment firm.Steve received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Amherst College and an Executive MBA in Finance from NYU's Stern School of Business. Steve was the 2011 recipient of the Charles Austin, Harry Fox Award for Exceptional Service to the Free Enterprise System, and teaches a course on Entrepreneurship at Amherst College.

Schedule Appointment

  • Financial Services
  • Software Technology
  • Business Products and Services
  • Business Development and Strategy
  • Strategic Partnerships

Shelley Harrison- Engineering BS '64, Poly MS '65, Poly PhD '69

Shelley Harrison

Shelley is a Senior Advisor to Coller Capital, a global investor in private equity's secondary market, where he is responsible for the origination, execution and monitoring of corporate portfolios. He was previously the co-founder, first chairman and CEO of Symbol Technologies (later acquired by Motorola) and was the chairman and CEO of Spacehab Inc. He was also the managing general partner and co-founder of PolyVentures' venture capital funds. Shelley has invested in over forty companies including: Sohu.com; Safenet Inc.; N2K/Music Blvd (acquired by Bertelsmann); Opal (acquired by Applied Materials); Jetfax; DSP Group; DSP Communications (acquired by Intel); EIS; Globecomm; and Novell. Shelley began his career as a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Labs and as a professor of electrical sciences at SUNY Stony Brook. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from NYU, and MS and PhD degrees in electrophysics from Polytechnic University (now NYU School of Engineering).

Email cynthia.franklin@stern.nyu.edu to request an appointment

  • Information Technologies
  • Wireless and Mobile
  • Health and Wellness
  • Fundraising
  • Strategic Business Planning

Ryan Jacoby

Ryan Jacoby

Ryan Jacoby is the founder of Machine, a strategy and innovation company. Working across industries, Machine helps companies big and small to grow by conceiving and designing new ventures, services, and products by combining the best approaches from design, business, and ventures. Ryan is also a Venture Advisor at the Collaborative Fund, a venture firm based in New York City, and teaches in the IxD Masters program at the School of Visual Arts. Prior to founding his new firm, Ryan led teams and relationships at the design and innovation firm IDEO. He was a founding member and location head of the IDEO New York office and built the Business Design discipline at the firm.Ryan holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Stanford University. He is often referred to as the first “graduate” from Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. Ryan loves to read. Ryan hates to go running, but he loves to come back from running. Follow Ryan (@jacobyryan) and Machine (@machineio) on Twitter.

Email cynthia.franklin@stern.nyu.edu to request an appointment

  • Designing Brand Experiences
  • Business Model Prototyping
  • Value Proposition and Feature Refinement
  • Customer Development
  • Prototyping and Iteration
  • Consumer Technology, products and services

Dr. Jay Kranzler

Jay Kranzler

Dr. Kranzler is Chairman Emeritus, Founder, and former Chairman & CEO of Cypress Biosciences, Inc., which focuses on pain and central nervous system conditions. Dr. Kranzler developed a fibromyalgia syndrome dr ug from concept to market, including the design of clinical trials and regulatory path through Phase III trials and FDA approval. Dr. Kranzler is a recent recipient of the Award for Innovation from the International Society of CNS Drug Development. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business. Formerly, he was President & CEO of Cytel Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on immunology drug development, and a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he helped establish the Pharmaceutical Industry Practice. Dr. Kranzler has an M.D. with a focus in psychiatry and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Yale University.

Email cynthia.franklin@stern.nyu.edu to request an appointment

  • Life Sciences
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical Devices
  • Diagnostics
  • R&D Management
  • Strategy

Hans Taparia

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Hans Taparia joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Adjunct Professor in 2011 and teaches a class on social entrepreneurship. He is co-founder and President of Preferred Brands International (PBI). PBI, set up in 1995, is a food company based in Stamford, Connecticut, that manufactures a range of specialty foods under the brand Tasty Bite. Tasty Bite is currently the highest selling brand of Indian food and amongst the top selling brands of Asian food sold in North America.Professor Taparia is also a co-founder of ASG-Omni, a US and India based management consulting firm and incubator. ASG-Omni was a co-founder of Bangalore based Tejas Networks, which has grown to become one of the top 10 optical networking companies in the world. Professor Taparia has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Consulting
  • Agriculture
  • Food Processing
  • Food Distribution