James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series
The James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series provides a forum for the Carnegie Mellon University community and its entrepreneurial network partners in Pittsburgh to discuss issues central to entrepreneurial leadership. The series brings to campus entrepreneurial thought leaders from centers around the country to exchange views on leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation in today’s competitive, global economy. Speakers include successful entrepreneurs, investors and innovators who are focused on emerging and growing market sectors that are important for competitiveness in the global economy. All lectures are open to Carnegie Mellon faculty, students, staff and select guests.
James R. Swartz Leadership Series and the Dietrich Entrepreneur Speaker Series:
Founder and CEO
Everything I Learned in the 17 Years Since I Graduated
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
CMU, Baker Hall, 125 C
Sanjay Patel (DC’00) is a serial entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of GuestBook, a hospitality enablement software platform.
Since receiving his degree in information systems, Patel has proven to be able to foresee opportunities new technologies have in business. He previously founded Perpetuating, a services company focused on the leading edge of technology, successfully taking the company from eCommerce, to business IT, to becoming one of the premiere companies in the mobility industry. Patel's career has covered the intersection of technology, business and the arts.
President and CEO
Stray the Course: Driving Change in Traditional Industry
Monday, November 13, 2017
Tepper School of Business, Cooper Auditorium
Rob Cochran sits atop Western Pennsylvania’s most successful automotive dealer group. But when it comes to running the enterprise that bears his name, there is little sitting involved. President and chief executive officer since 1992, Rob directs all facets of the organization’s operations. His presence is ubiquitous. From boardroom to showrooms, in communities and on TV, Rob drives the company with vigorous leadership, spirit and vision.
Rob joined the family business as executive vice president in 1987 after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Applied Mathematics and Industrial Management.
James R. Swartz Leadership Series and the Dietrich Entrepreneur Speaker Series: Vishwas Prabhakara
What They Don’t Want You To Know
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Navigating through a career often requires making decisions without all of the information. Prabhakara, an information systems and economics major, will share some of the decisions he made throughout the first 15 years of his career, and what he wishes he knew when making those decisions.
Prior to joining Yelp Reservations, known as the easiest to use and fastest growing restaurant management and reservations software, Prabhakara was CEO of BeRecruited and helped millions of high school student-athletes pursue their passions while saving over half-a-billion dollars in tuition. He has also held senior level positions at ESPN, Digg and was founder and CEO of Fanvibe.
Dietrich College Entrepreneurs Speaker Series:
Chief Executive Officer
After CMU: Building a Career in Technology
November 1, 2016
Adam Gross has always charted his own course. Gross graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1994 with a B.S. degree in New Media Systems and Policy, which he designed through the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Student-Defined Major Program.
Co-sponsored by The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
W.L. Mellon Speaker Series:
Chief Financial Officer, Retired
October 4, 2016
Deepak Ahuja (MSIA ‘93) served as Chief Financial Officer of Tesla Motors from 2008 to 2015. One of Tesla’s longest-serving executives, Deepak played an important role in the company’s rise from startup to highly-valued electric car maker and was its first finance chief.
Deepak holds an M.S.I.A. from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, an M.S. in materials engineering from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from Banaras Hindu University in India.
Co-sponsored by The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship
Susan Gregg Koger
Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer
September 22, 2016
ModCloth started as an outlet for Susan’s love of thrift shopping. In 2002, her then-boyfriend (and now husband), Eric, created a website to help her turn her thrifting hobby into a business. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, they made ModCloth their full-time careers.
Boris Sofman & Hanns Tappeiner
September 2, 2016
Boris is co-founder and CEO of Anki, an artificial intelligence and robotics company focused on using these technologies to reinvent everyday consumer experiences. He earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University.
Hanns is co-founder and President of Anki. Before moving to the US for his MS and PhD in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon, Hanns earned a Dipl. Ing. in Computer Science in Europe with minors in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He is mainly interested in the application of Robotics and AI in real world consumer products.
April 19, 2016
Lane M. Bess
Board of Directors
April 13, 2016
February 26, 2016
January 21, 2016
Co-founder & CEO
October 22, 2015
Glen de Vries
Co-founder & President
October 7, 2015
January 23, 2014
Founder & VP of Engineering
September 12, 2013
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers