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Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems:  A Panel Discussion with Trey Bowles, Michael Goldberg, and Waine Tam

Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Panel Discussion with Trey Bowles, Michael Goldberg, and Waine Tam

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Thursday, November 7, 2013
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Computer Science Building Room 105
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Other: Reception to follow

The Keller Center will host a panel discussion on Thursday, November 7, featuring entrepreneurs Trey Bowles, Michael Goldberg '92, and Waine Tam '01. The discussion, moderated by James Fischer of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, will be held in the Computer Science Small Auditorium (Room 105) and will be followed by a reception.

Entrepreneurial ecosystems are sprouting up everywhere but are they mandatory for entrepreneurial success?  If so, what constitutes an entrepreneurial ecosystem?  And how are they developed and sustained? Are there geographic differences that make certain eco systems more successful than others?

This event, which is part of "The Creative Mind: Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series", is sponsored by the Keller Center Venture Sponsors Program and will be followed by a reception.

Panelist Bios (pictured top to bottom)

Waine Tam is currently co-founder of LearnCS101, a school in NYC that combines online curriculum and in-person instruction to teach professionals to code. He is also co-founder of the Princeton Startup Collective, an informal incubator focused on Princeton alums in NYC who need support and services for their startups. After 9 years in financial services -- at Goldman Sachs and later founding a hedge fund -- he spent two years as Chief Operating Officer of iMentor, a Gates-funded mentoring non-profit based in NYC. Waine graduated from Princeton in 2001 with a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and a Certificate in Finance. 

Trey Bowles is a serial entrepreneur, social capitalist, and educator. Trey helped establish the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), a central location for entrepreneurs to learn how to start, build and grow businesses through training, education, mentorship, promotion, and capital investment. As Co-Founder and CEO, Trey leads strategy, vision, and drives the overall planning and development efforts for the DEC. Trey oversees the day-to-day operations of the DEC, including management of all areas of the business. Trey also works closely with the DEC staff to engage executives, mentors and other valuable experts within the Dallas community and across the country to maintain a strong and robust resource offering for DEC startups/members).

In addition to his work with the DEC, Trey works closely with the Startup America Partnership, a non-profit organization started by Steve Case and the Kauffman Foundation, leading a team of entrepreneurial experts across the state to help high-growth startups find greater success through Startup Texas. Trey also helped launch the Arts Entrepreneurship Department in the Meadows School of Arts at Southern Methodist University and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor on staff teaching Social Entrepreneurship.  

Trey has spent his career starting and building companies in both the for-profit and non-profit space with an expertise in strategy, operations, and marketing. Bowles has held key leadership roles in the industries of music, entertainment, and disruptive technology including running the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing site, Morpheus. He most recently led the turn-around and sale of Big Jump Media Inc. to Salem Communications (NASDAQ: SALM) in 2010. 

Trey lives in Dallas with his wife and daughter and is committed to helping build a collaborative ecosystem at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship and education within the DFW Metroplex.

Michael Goldberg '92 is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Bridge Investment Fund L.P., a venture capital firm that invests in Israeli medical device companies.  He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Design and Innovation at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management where he teaches courses on entrepreneurship. Goldberg has spent his entire career structuring and implementing global business operations. He was the Director of International Business Development for America Online, Inc. responsible for structuring and negotiating international joint venture partnerships. He worked on numerous investment opportunities for AOL in strategic international markets in Asia, including the formation of a U.S. $200 million joint venture in China with Legend, China's largest PC manufacturer. He also worked in business development for Microsoft and the International Management Group.

Goldberg has deep experience teaching entrepreneurship in international markets. He was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 2012 to teach entrepreneurship at the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam, and also lectured on behalf of Fulbright in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. During the summer of 2013, Goldberg taught entrepreneurial management at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Earlier in his career, Michael spent several years in South Africa working for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) designing and implementing voter education programs for South Africa's historic first democratic national election in 1994 and local government elections in 1995. He also founded a pilot program for WorldTeach to send American volunteer teachers to rural black schools in South Africa and served for a year as the first teaching volunteer in a rural black community in the Western Cape.

Goldberg earned a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, an MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  

James Fischer (moderator) is a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, in the firm's Corporate & Securities Practice Group.  Jim represents both public and private clients in various industries including insurance, financial, medical, chemical, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical, and general manufacturing.  Jim focuses on mergers and acquisitions, entrepreneurial matters, venture capital financings, secured and unsecured financing/lending transactions, and corporate restructurings.

Jim also focuses his practice on advising both individual and institutional clients in a variety of matters relating to investments in, and transactions with, domestic and foreign proprietary and high frequency trading firms and incubators, including in connection with the formation and operation of Trading Cross Connects and its affiliate Bay Head CI US LLC.  Jim's practice also includes counseling clients through majority and minority shareholder disputes.

In addition to the practice of law, Jim served as a member of the board of directors of Trading Cross Connects US LLC and Trading Cross Connects Holdings Limited, providers of services to high frequency trading teams, and previously served as the chairman of the board of trustees of the American Herbal Products Association, a position to which he was elected on behalf of a client in the nutraceutical industry.  Prior to practicing law, Jim interned for the Hon. Marge Roukema, member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Hon. Dr. Keith Hampson, member of the United Kingdom House of Commons.

Jim graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from The Catholic University of America in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in world politics and a minor in American history.  He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2001, where he was student notes editor for the Seton Hall Legislative Journal and research assistant to Associate Clinical Professor Virginia Hardwick in the Seton Hall Center for Social Justice.