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Upcoming Events

CONNECTS: The Benefits and Perils of Using Open Source Code for your Startup

Friday, January 23, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Newell Simon Hall 3305

A number of recent CMU startups have figured out ways to commercialize research using an open-source model, despite misconceptions that it is hard to make money using the software. Because it is free, there are no restrictions to use the software for commercial purposes.
Elijah Mayfield, a former PhD student from CMU's Language Technologies Institute and CEO of LightSide Labs, led his company to acquisition by Turnitin this year. The LightSide Labs venture was also a former Project Olympus PROBE. Elijah will share his experience with commercializing research software in educational technology, discuss LightSide's founding, growth, scale, and the role that open source software and intellectual property played in the startup's success. He will also talk about best practices for building software that operates between open-source and proprietary code, focusing on viral open source licenses like the GPL. CMU's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC) will also be available to answer questions.

START SMART: Starting a Business with an F-1 Visa

Thursday, January 29, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Gates Hillman Center, 6115

Join us for a panel discussion that will address how students with an F-1 Visa can start a business or work on a startup team without violating their student status. The panel includes David Kalson, Director, Emerging Business Group, Cohen & Grigsby; Larry Lebowitz, Director, Immigration Group, Cohen & Grigsby and Linda Gentile, Director, Office of International Education at CMU.

CANCELLED: James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series: Eric Vishria, Benchmark

Friday, January 30, 2015
12:30 pm to 1:20 pm
Simon Auditorium, Posner Hall

Entrepreneur-turned-VC Eric Vishria, General Partner at Benchmark, joins CMU's Entrepreneurial Leadership Series to discuss the case for working at a startup, finding the right culture and translating big ideas into tangible successes. One of the top VCs in Silicon Valley today, Eric made early investments in Snapchat, Uber, Twitter, New Relic, Hortonworks, Zendesk and more. He will also share insights into his entrepreneurial success and what it takes to thrive in a competitive market. Read Eric's full bio and find out more about the Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series.

CONNECTS: Making Things Here

Friday, January 30, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Newell Simon Hall, 3305

For the last decade, investors, media and those who follow technology have been focused almost entirely on software. More recently, the buzz has shifted to hardware and manufactured products. Ilana Diamond of AlphaLab Gear will discuss why CMU entrepreneurs are positioned to take advantage of the renewed interest in physical products and the resources available to help get their products from idea to market.

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