Starting Up: Entrepreneurship Panel

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Our entrepreneurship panel discusses what it means to be a business-leader in tough economic times and how to succeed in different parts of New York.  Guests include: Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation; Dr. Andre Fenton, neuroscientist and president of the Bio-Signal Group at SUNY/Downstate Medical Center’s biotech incubator in Brooklyn; Leni Calas, editor and publisher of the blog QueensMamas.comGerdie Rene, owner of Sankofa Salon in Cambria Heights, Queens; owner of Brooklyn-based Otte Gear, Todd Fairbairn; Keavy Landreth, owner of Kumquat Cupcakery in Brooklyn; Celine Legros, owner & maker of miniature pastries at Les Canelés de Céline, now using WHEDCo's Bronx kitchen incubator; K.Y. Chow, president of Grand Meridian Printing in Long Island City; Jessamyn Waldman, executive director of the Hot Bread Kitchen in Long Island City; Rob Kalin, CEO of Brooklyn-based Etsy, with Etsy top-seller Alyssa Zygmunt of Brooklyn Rehaband Puneet Mehta, the co-founder (with Sonpreet Bhatia and Archana Patchirajan) of MyCityWay in Manhattan.


Leni Calas, K.Y. Chow, Todd Fairbairn, Andre Fenton, Rob Kalin, Keavy Landreth, Celine Legros, Puneet Mehta, Seth Pinksy, Gerdie Rene, Jessamyn Waldman and Alyssa Zygmunt

Comments [4]

Bryan from Brooklyn

This segment had so much potential! Maybe you could have invited a few fewer business owners and actually let them talk about entrepreneurship or what it takes to start a business in NYC, instead of everyone having just enough time to introduce their businesses. I've been thinking of starting my own business, and was looking forward to hearing some insight. But alas, it won't be found on the Brian Lehrer show. What a bummer.

Jul. 13 2010 09:30 PM
Jfenny from Brooklyn

My business is nearly 20 years old, but it has changed in that time, morphing from antique dealership to design. The hardest part of being self-employed is looking for the next dollar all the time; the best part of being self-employed is telling yourself what to do.

Jul. 13 2010 10:58 AM
ellen from Brooklyn

No curiosity about how men run a high-profile company off women working in anonymity on a per piece basis? Peddles a False Feminist Fantasy

Jul. 13 2010 10:48 AM

i've always created a new position within an established company, preferably a rich one marketing itself as "cutting edge". half entrepreneurship and half corporate paycheck.

The negative here is that you are not surrounded by change agents or even creative people, since there are so many workers occupied with simply sustaining that successful financial consultancy or other company -- rather than reinventing itself.

But for a smart, focused creative person this approach to landing an entrepreneurial gig always works.There are SO many businesses out there that can't expand -- or even close -- simply b./c they couldn't find anybody to do the job they needed. Ask your panel.

Jul. 13 2010 09:49 AM

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