Startup Standouts from Columbia Startup Lab

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Columbia University has chosen 31 startups founded by recent alumni to take part in its new startup lab. Head of Columbia Entrepreneurship Richard Witten discusses Columbia Startup Lab's vision for the budding companies. Plus Bob Coyne, co-founder of one of the selected companies, talks about his startup called WordsEye.


Bob Coyne and Richard Witten

Comments [8]

anna from queens

additional resources for entrepreneurs: go thru everything

Apr. 17 2014 05:43 PM

We're partying like it's 1998 again.

Sorry to pick on WordsEye, but there's no product there. It looks like it's some student's project, and as a project demonstrating some concepts it's pretty neat. But as an actual product? It's a word salad of tech concepts. Someone shuffled a deck of hot tech ideas and the three that were drawn were "natural language," "3D rendering," and "Social Media."

Furthermore, the whole "fail fast" comment had me rolling my eyes. I was in the industry in 1998, I watched tons of friends and colleagues buy into the hype that .coms were different, that revenue and profits didn't matter, that all that mattered was creativity and a domain. It was nonsense then, and it's nonsense now.

I love the idea of Columbia providing support for alumni entrepreneurs; I think the concept is fantastic. But the hyping of the new tech economy is just silly.

Apr. 17 2014 11:40 AM
Thomas from central nj from Central NJ

I am a first time caller and did not shout out my website! What kind of entraprenur am I?

Apr. 17 2014 11:37 AM
JP from NY

What about older alumni? I found that older folks who are tech smart have much more successful ideas. The people I know are MD's PhDs in engineering and sciences.
The stuff that they create are much more useful.

NYU POLY and other's are in venture communities. I helped 60 yo MD create a new echo fetal machine with "AI" doagnostics. Lot's of newbies don't have the background to do this.

Apr. 17 2014 11:04 AM
jgarbuz from queens

What does it take to succeed? Cunning, ruthlessness, hard work, charisma and a nice smile. As in any other field of business.

Apr. 17 2014 10:58 AM
Caroline from New York

To fully understand contemporary start up culture, read this:

Apr. 17 2014 10:57 AM
Steve Greene from NYC

Word's Eye demonstrates the entrepreneurial power of the Columbia University venture community.

Apr. 17 2014 10:30 AM
Stan from brooklyn

Animals are not ours to enslave for our entertainment plain and simple.

Apr. 17 2014 10:24 AM

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