Cornell Tech Fellow
Cornell Tech’s Studio experience is an essential part of your degree program, no matter which program you’re in. Every facet of the Studio program is led by teachers with extensive industry experience. And they frequently bring in designers, engineers, entrepreneurs and investors from their vast professional networks to act as guest speakers and advisors.
Cornell Tech Fellow
Associate Dean and Robert V. Tishman ’37 Professor
Deborah Estrin is the Robert V. Tishman '37 Professor at Cornell Tech and in the Computer Science Department at Cornell University, and currently serves as Associate Dean for Impact at Cornell Tech. She is founder of the Health Tech Hub and directs the Small Data Lab at Cornell Tech, which develops new personal data APIs and applications for individuals to harvest the small data traces they generate daily. Estrin is also co-founder of the non-profit startup, Open mHealth.
Previously, Estrin was on the UCLA faculty where she was the Founding Director of the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), pioneering the development of mobile and wireless systems to collect and analyze real time data about the physical world and the people who occupy it.
Estrin was chosen as a 2018 fellow of the MacArthur Foundation.
Karan Girotra is a Professor at Cornell Tech and in the Johnson School at Cornell University. Karan collaborates with companies building new business models in the areas of urban living, smart transportation and e-commerce, helping them build rigorous research based solutions.
Karan’s research team has been recognized by multiple awards including the prestigious Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Award and multiple best paper awards. He has also won teaching awards for his teaching on entrepreneurship and new business models and was featured in the Poets and Quant’s Best 40 under 40 business professors lists.
In addition to his academic work, Karan was one of the founders of Terrapass Inc., which the New York Times identified as one of the most noteworthy ideas of 2005. Since then, TerraPass has helped businesses and individuals reduce over hundred million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Karan holds PhD and AM degrees from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Chief Practice Officer
VP of Product at Google
Bradley Horowitz is a Vice President of Product Management at Google. Most recently he helped create Area 120, Google's incubator for internally-sourced innovation. He's led a large number of products, programs and initiatives at Google — including Google for Entrepreneurs, Google Photos, Gmail, Google Voice, blogger, and Google News.
Before joining Google in February 2008, Horowitz was Yahoo's vice president of Advanced Development where he drove the acquisitions of Flickr and MyBlogLog, launched the Brickhouse incubator and developed new products like Yahoo! Pipes. Additionally, he was responsible for the company's initiative to open up its platform which included overseeing the Yahoo Developer Network (YDN). Previously, he was co-founder and CTO of Virage, where he oversaw the technical direction of the company from its founding through its IPO and eventual acquisition by Autonomy.
Founding Partner, Inamoto & Co
Girish and Jaidev Reddy Professor of the Practice
Mukti Khaire is the Girish and Jaidev Reddy Professor at Cornell Tech and in the Johnson School at Cornell University. She received a PhD in Management in 2006 from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. Before that, she completed a Masters in Management from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Bombay and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Pune, India. Prior to joining Cornell Tech in 2016, she was on the faculty of Harvard Business School (Entrepreneurial Management Unit; 2005-2016) and spent a year as Visiting Faculty in Brown University (Sociology; 2015-2016).
Mukti’s research focuses on entrepreneurship in the creative industries, such as art, advertising, architecture and design, fashion, film, music, publishing, and theater. In particular, she is interested in understanding how entrepreneurs create markets for new categories of cultural goods by constructing their value, while also changing consumers’ beliefs about what attributes of cultural goods are appropriate and valuable. In this vein, Mukti studied the creation of a market for modern Indian art and the rise and establishment of the high-end fashion industry in India. Her work, which has been published in leading business and management journals, has shed light on the structure and functioning of creative industries and the business and societal implications of entrepreneurship in the cultural sector. Mukti has also authored 35 teaching cases on firms in the creative industries.
Professor of Practice
Greg Pass is a Professor of Practice at Cornell Tech and in the Johnson School at Cornell University, and is an associate faculty member of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University.
Greg’s teaching, engagement, and research focuses on early-stage entrepreneurship and art & technology. He was the founding Chief Entrepreneurial Officer of Cornell Tech and continues to teach in the Cornell Tech Studio.
Greg is also the founder of \Art at Cornell Tech, which supports bleeding edge technological interventions into artistic practice, and is the Chairman of Rhizome, which champions born-digital art and culture.
A serial entrepreneur, Greg was the first CTO at Twitter, the co-founder and CTO at realtime search startup Summize and image search startup ToFish, is currently the co-founder and Executive Chairman at Cornell Tech spinout Uni, and continues to advise tech startups and nonprofits.
Greg received a B.A. in Computer Science with a concentration in Cognitive Studies from Cornell University in 1997.
Adjunct Professor - Startup Studio
Aniq Rahman is President of Moat, a New York-based SaaS company which makes marketing analytics and intelligence software used by the world’s largest publishers, brands, agencies and technology platforms. Moat was acquired by Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) in 2017. Prior to Moat, Aniq was the CEO of Instinctiv, a media software company which was acquired by SoundCloud. Aniq was on the early team at Behance which was later acquired by Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE).
Aniq is also a Partner at Vast Ventures and joined the firm in 2014 and is a personal angel investor. Aniq’s investment focus is in enterprise software, consumer internet and frontier technology businesses. In 2017, Aniq was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30. Aniq studied as an undergraduate at Cornell University before leaving to pursue entrepreneurship. Aniq lives in Manhattan with his wife and was raised in Oklahoma.
Head of Startup Studio
David is the Managing Partner of BoxGroup, a New York City based seed-stage angel capital firm. BoxGroup is an investor in over 120 seed-stage technology companies including Vine, Blue Apron, BarkBox, Warby Parker, Harry’s, Oscar, Flatiron Health, DataMinr, and Behance.
David is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Spring, an app that allows the world’s best brands to sell directly to consumers on mobile.
David is the Co-Founder of TechStars NYC, where he previously served as Managing Director. David was named to NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and serves on the Investor Board of Venture for America. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence for Wharton’s Entrepreneurship Program and on the Entrepreneurship Board at NYU. Prior to joining TechStars, David served as Executive Vice President of Interactive Strategies at kgb, a global information services company. While at kgb, David founded and led Knowmore.com.
David has a B.A. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. David was born and raised outside of New York City in Westchester.
Managing Entrepreneurial Officer
Creative Lead, MakerLAB
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