What it means to be a Startup AdvisorJoin us for a candid conversation with Reshma Khilnani (Y Combinator visiting partner) and Bradley Horowitz (VP at Google, founder of Area 120) about what it means to be a startup advisor.
There's a wide range of things you can do to help startups, from strategic advice about fundraising to hands-on help with recruiting. Reshma and Bradley will talk through their years of experience mentoring and investing in startups and share how to make a real, meaningful impact — and what anti-patterns to avoid.
Reshma will share YC's unique approach to startup mentorship and Bradley will talk through his experiences helping many startups.
If you're currently advising startups or interested in doing so, this will be a great conversation. We also welcome founders and anyone interested in the startup ecosystem.
Bradley Horowitz is a VP and Advisor to Google, where over the past decade he has led the development of many of Google’s consumer products including Photos, Gmail, and Calendar. He has also led Google for Startups and co-founded Area 120 (Google’s internal incubator.)
Previously, he was co-founder of Virage, where he oversaw the technical direction of the company through its IPO. Horowitz sits on the Visiting Committee of the MIT Media Lab and several boards. He holds an MS in Media Science from MIT and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
Reshma is currently a Visiting Partner at Y Combinator. Prior to YC, she founded several companies including radiology service MedXT (acquired by Box) and diagnostic testing company Droplet (now Kit.com). She was most recently helping with the US Digital Response's COVID crisis efforts and has held engineering and product positions at Facebook, Microsoft and Box. Reshma was Course VI at MIT '03, MEng '04. You can find her online at reshma.com.
Founding in Fintech and Simplifying Estate PlanningJason Escamilla, CFA
Founding in Fintech and Simplifying Estate Planning
NOV 19 - VIRTUAL EVENT
Join us to hear about the journey of a Fintech company making Estate Planning easier, from founding to Series A and about estate planning itself.
We will cover the entrepreneurial journey alongside some Estate Planning 101: half of American households should establish a trust for their assets. Which half are you in? By the end of the event you will know the answer. Likewise for your parents.
Kicking off the lunchtime roundtable is Cody Barbo, founder and CEO of a Techstars fintech the $180B estate planning industry: Trust & Will, to share his perspective on fintech today. It’s a huge market because it’s relevant to so many of us — and our parents.
- The biggest financial transaction of your life is when you die
- 150 million in the U.S. don't have an estate plan
- Biggest barriers are education, procrastination and trust in a provider.
Also joining us from Trust & Will is Patrick Hicks, Head of Legal, to get us up to speed on estate planning basics. Rounding out the panel is Barry Levine SM’80, SVP & Sr. Wealth Advisor at Northern Trust. Barry will share his perspective after more than 35-years of experience in the industry with an extensive background in financial counseling. Barry is also a board member of the San Diego MIT Club and the MIT Sloan Club of San Diego.
MIT Alum Financial "Swim Test" TrainingBroad financial advice for any stage of life starting with the basics for alum that wish there was an MIT-style (firehose) review session in the area of personal finance. If MIT had a financial swim test, this is all you’d need to pass. Stocks, bonds, investing 101, wealth building, retirement and how to get started without feeling soaked or drowned. If you are already a sophisticated investor, this would be a review. If you’re feeling under-invested, uncertain about retirement, or keeping cash under a mattress, we need to talk and this is the event!
The State of Startup Recruiting with Max KolyshMax Kolysh ‘13 is the founder and CEO of Dover, the modern recruiting department for the world's top companies. Dover combines domain expertise with best-in-class automation to help companies hire the best talent for their open roles. The company went through Y Combinator in 2019 and has raised 2.8M+ from top investors, including Founders Fund. Today, Dover has worked on more than 150 roles for 60+ startups.
In this talk, Max will give an overview of the state of recruiting in 2020. If you're starting a startup or working at a startup, you've probably dealt with the challenges of finding and closing candidates. In this talk, Max will provide a practical overview of recruiting in 2020 relevant to startups of all sizes:
How has COVID affected the recruiting landscape, and what does the recruiting market look like today?
How to navigate recruiting options including, Tools, Recruiters, and Marketplaces. What should you go with, why, and how does that differ depending on your stage & size?
Recruiting best practices: What does & doesn't work, tips for finding and closing candidates, and addressing misconceptions about recruiting.
Climate Change Policy: A Post-Election AnalysisDrawing upon a 50-year career of international leadership in science, education and governance, Professor Holdren will discuss “A Climate Change Agenda for the Next Administration”. He will provide an update on the evolving science and on society’s options going forward, a review of what has been done under Presidents Obama and Trump, and then describe an agenda for climate science, technology, and policy for the future.
MIT Media Lab’s Pentland: Toward New Economic Models Using Data UnionsProf. Sandy Pentland has been an MIT Professor since '86 and was this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner at the MIT AI Conference.
As an individual, Google and Facebook will not pay much for your data. But when we band together in a Data Union, we can protect our identity and our data and help us negotiate with data aggregators. More than that, a Data Union supports the community it serves by enabling new insights from our shared data to empower novel business opportunities as well as enhance the well-being of the community. The concepts of Narrow Bank and Crypto-currency complement Data Union to support community investments into public projects similar to Agricultural Credit Unions.
Sunrise From the West: California's Clean Energy FutureCalifornia has long been a leader in addressing climate change. Through a suite of policies and programs aimed at advancing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, California is working to create an energy system that is clean, modern, and safe. The record setting heat events and wildfires occurring in August and September highlight the need to ensure that as we move to a 100% clean energy future, we do so in a way that is equitable to all Californians and maintains the reliability of the energy system. California has a long tradition of valuing resource diversity and fostering innovation. Chair Hochschild will talk about the state’s progress in getting to 100 percent clean energy, and the variety of technologies being used to achieve that goal, including storage.
Current State of Real Estate: Lunchtime RoundtableIs now time to buy? ...sell? ...become an investor/landlord?
It has been quite a year, navigating the challenges of COVID-19, economic uncertainty and fires. Meanwhile, mortgage rates are near all-time lows — if you can get them. How will this chapter of California real estate play out?
Join us for a lunchtime roundtable with a panel of real estate professionals from around the Bay Area/N.CA. and Ted Egan, Chief Economist of the City and County of San Francisco. His office prepares independent economic analysis of major new city legislation.
We will start with a look at the latest economic data before a lightning-round of updates on the residential markets around the Bay Area and N.CA, plus signals from the commercial real estate market (“jobs”). Then we’ll open up the discussion for Q&A.
Climate Policy: What It Needs to BeBusiness, industry and consumer behavior drive energy demand to create our improving quality of life while also creating the existential challenge we face: Climate Change. Leading scientists and economists worldwide, including the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and U.S. National Climate Assessment, have issued recent reports demonstrating that immediate action is needed to transform our energy ecosystem to dramatically reduce and eliminate carbon. Increasingly, understanding the impact of climate on operations, businesses are taking action to move towards efficiency, renewable energy and environmental innovation. But Climate Change requires coordinated national and global action: We need legislative and regulatory action to enact solid climate policy and incentives.
Tom Steyer has been a leading energy and environment philanthropist and activist for many years. He is now Co-Chair of the Biden for President Campaign’s Climate Engagement Advisory Council. In a moderated discussion, Tom will discuss Vice President Joe Biden’s newly released climate plan “Build Back Better” to create 10 million new jobs, ensure transformative business development, and spur technological innovation that will fortify the nation in the face of an ever-worsening climate crisis.
"Smart" Phone PhotographyHave you been wondering how you could better understand the camera that you already have in your pocket and how to improve your photography? Join Manohar Srikanth, PhD ’13 and former Camera & Imaging Technologist at Apple, to learn how!
This session will shed some light on the camera tech and photography tips for anyone, but mostly MIT folks! By understanding how the camera works and by knowing the relationship between camera settings and photographic outcomes, we can improve our photography. We’ll understand some of the differences between a large camera (DSLR) and a smartphone camera and see how well we can transfer DSLR skills to a Smartphone camera. This course will be fun and quench the thirst for those used to drinking from the fire hose!
Awaken: Tibetan Buddhist Art and the Path to Self-DiscoveryExplore the intersection between Buddhist practice and Western scientific understanding of the mind via the lens of Tibetan art. The works in the Asian Art Museum's recent special exhibition were explicitly intended to awaken novices to the true nature of reality, and to culminate in a vision of clarity that offers a sharp contrast to the distracted confusion of modern life. MITCNC participants will be guided by exhibit co-organizer and Tibetan Art expert Jeffrey Durham.
To Bee or Not to Bee: All About BeekeepingLearn about the amazing world of beekeeping, and join us to explore the inside of an active beehive from the comfort of your home. How do bees navigate home and tell their hivemates where the best flowers are? Why shouldn't you be scared of bee swarms? Is the queen really in charge? One former participant wrote: "I've planned events for Stanford alumni for 4 years, and this is the most interesting one I personally have experienced." Presenters Tiffany and Brian Neal maintain a home apiary of 7 beehives with their two kids.
12pm: Research Slam
11:30am: Can the Economy Handle AI?
10:30am: California's Economic Outlook
10am: Next Generation AI