The Future of Technology Transfer - Avoiding the Valley of Death

May 14, 2015 · New York, United States of America

Note: New Location at 300 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Meet in downstairs cafeteria after checking in with security at reception area above escalators. 

What stops so many promising inventions and technologies from successful commercialization?
Why are Millennial entrepreneurship levels so low? Yes, I said low...
According to the Wall Street Journal, "the share of people under age 30 who own private businesses has reached a 24-year-low, underscoring financial challenges and a low tolerance for risk among young Americans. ":
Entrepreneur Magazine painted a similarly gloomy picture:

What strategies and resources are in place to reverse these trends? How can you improve the success rate of your own product/service development? That can't miss, must-have product of 10 years from now might be in the early conceptual stage today. Experts from academia, telecom, the internet/new media, intellectual property, business strategy and investment share their thoughts during our moderated panel. 
At the start, each panelist will give a short talk, followed by a moderated discussion and then your questions. A breakout discussion may follow - tbd. 
Attendees leaving a business card have a chance to win Free entrepreneurship, tech and innovation books from Mike Taubleb and our sponsor:
Promenade Speakers Bureau 

Special Thanks to Sinziana Eckner, who arranged these Pricewaterhouse Coopers offices for our event. 
If you are on the waitlist's top 15-20, you should be able to get into the event. 

Amy Neustein, Ph.D.:
Intro Talk:
A New Conversational Query Language (C-QL) for the “Emotionally Intelligent” Smartphone:  extracting hidden sentiment from the “Big Data” of online product reviews; and better emotion-detection for the ‘Internet of Things’.
Amy Neustein, Ph.D., is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Speech Technology (Springer), a member of De Gruyter’s STM Editorial Advisory Board, and Editor of their new series, Speech Technology and Text Mining in Medicine and Health Care. Dr. Neustein is also Series Editor of Springer Briefs in Speech Technology. She has published over 40 scholarly articles, and is a frequent invited speaker at natural language and speech technology conferences. Dr. Neustein is editor of the volume, Advances in Speech Recognition: Mobile Environments, Call Centers and Clinics; and editor of two recent books: Speech and Automata in Health Care and Text Mining of Web-based Medical Content. She is also co-editor of numerous books including Forensic Speaker Recognition; Where Humans Meet Machines; and Mobile Speech and Advanced Natural Language Solutions.  

Amyt Eckstein can no longer participate on our panel. In his place, we welcome Marie-Michelle Strah:
Marie-Michelle Strah, PhD, CPHIMS:
Director, Enterprise Architecture, NBCUniversal
Michelle Strah is on the Strategy and Architecture team at NBCUniversal in New York, NY. Having launched an enterprise application portfolio rationalization initiative in 2014, she now leads the organization's enterprise information management and data governance efforts driving data as a strategic asset. She works at the intersection of digital properties, cloud, mobility and data privacy and security and enjoys leading innovation and data insights while minimizing enterprise risk.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Michelle was on Microsoft's Applied Incubation Team launching private and national cloud efforts in Latin America. She was also the worldwide lead for Enterprise Information Management growing technical communities and intellectual property.
A strong champion of women in technology, Michelle is a co-founder of one NBCUniversal's inaugural TECHWomen communities, a mentor on one of Comcast / NBCUniversal's FIRST Robotics all girls high school team, and a proud member of NYC Women in Machine Learning and Data Science.
A US Army veteran, Michelle was a Javits Fellow from[masked] and holds a master's and doctorate degree from Cornell University as well as a BA and BAIS from Miami University.

Mike Dabbene: 
• Advisor; Investor; Renewable Sustainability Green Exec. 
• Partner to tablet computer co 
• Advisor to high speed video data protocol co 
• Advisor to autostereoscopic 3D co. 
• Advisor, Investor, Copyright, image search 
• Financial Advisor, Animation, Music, Film & Video production and distribution, internet tv, 
• Advisor, e-learning, eMag, digital publishing co.s and platforms 
• Advisor, Financier, Renewable Energy (solar, wind, geothermal, biodiesel, etc.) 
• Energy Efficiency & Hardware / Software Leasing finance; Advisor, Investor, Private and community Banks / businesses, distressed assets 
And Many Others...

Jonathan Askin: (Pending Final Confirmation)
Jonathan Askin is a Professor at Brooklyn Law School, teaching technology, telecommunications, new media, Internet and entrepreneurial law. He is the Founder and Director of the Brooklyn Law Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship. Jonathan is also a communications, Internet and media attorney and consultant, representing clients on strategic business development and policy advocacy. 
Read his articles on:  

Benjamin Ersing:
Benjamin is a strategy consultant for Palladium Group, which specializes in delivering value and sustainable performance by bringing strategies to life. We provide our clients with an integrated set of services—strategy and technology consulting, education, training, and certification—that deliver tangible results and build enduring internal capabilities. 

Moderator - Mike Taubleb:
Organizer - Brooklyn Futurist Meetup world's 2nd largest Futurist Meetup and Owner, Promenade Speakers Bureau a source for Professional Speakers specializing in the healthcare, insurance and financial sectors. 

• Sinziana Eckner
• Marie Michelle Strah
• Bev Corwin
• Mike Dabbene
• Amyt Eckstein

This event is free. Donations are welcome to help us continue a regular schedule of high-quality programs. 
No food or drink will be served. You can bring your own. 

Other Participating Organizations: 
Semiotics Web:
Information Architecture:

NYC Women in Machine Learning and Data Science:


Brooklyn OWASP Meetup:

We are co-producing this event with several other organizations as above. Seating is limited, so rsvp soon.  
Recent Brooklyn Futurist Media Coverage: 
The Brooklyn Paper
The Guardian Features Our Star Trek Screenwriter

The First program in this series ran Feb 28 (not a Brooklyn Futurist Meetup):
Zach Tudor: SRI, Author of Technology Transfer "Valley of Death" on "Creating Cultures of Innovation":

Professor Nasir Memon: NYU Polytechnic on NYU Poly's Technology Transfer

Brett Brett Scharringhausen: USCENTCOM CCJ8-Science & Technology Chief, Discovery & Integration 

Ryan Letts: Veterans Advisor, Brooklyn SBDC: SBA research on Veterans Startups in NY 

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