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Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Panel of Entrepreneurial CEOs Answers Your Questions

Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Panel of Entrepreneurial CEOs Answers Your Questions


David Fialkow and panelistsA dynamic panel of entrepreneurial CEOs shared their experiences as well as answered questions about starting ventures on Friday, May 7th, 2010 in the Computer Science Small Auditorium.  

The interactive session was moderated by David Fialkow, a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners. David invests in both new and existing technology businesses and his areas of special interest include consumer services, security/defense, and travel.


 Audience reacts to David FialkowPanelists included:

  • Paul English, CTO/co-founder of Kayak.com. Paul writes mean code mostly in Powerpoint these days, although he still hacks his emacs lisp, and plays with perl/awk (yes, awk is still alive and well!) to help him analyze customer data. Paul's obsessed with customer feedback, and makes every Kayak employee talk, chat, twitter or email with customers every day.
     
  • Avner RonenCEO and Co-founder of Boxee. Named one of Rolling Stone's "Agents of Change" for 2009, prior to Boxee Ronen was the Head of Corporate Development and M&A for Comverse, Inc. a leading provider of software and service to R-L: Avner Ronen, Hilmar Pétursson, and Paul EnglishTelecom service providers.

  • Hilmar Pétursson, CEO of CCP. Hilmar Pétursson has led company’s continuing success and explosive growth. Overseeing the 2006 expansion of CCP operations to Shanghai, China as well as a strategic merger with Atlanta-based White Wolf Publishing, Mr. Pétursson has brought CCP to the forefront of the video game industry as a widely-recognized innovator in the areas of virtual world development, publishing and technology.

  • Larry Bohn, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners. As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, Larry invests in both new and existing technology businesses. Areas of special interest include: open source, information technology; systems; and software on-demand business models.  
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