Cynthia Franklin is director of entrepreneurship at NYU Stern's W. R. Berkley Innovation Labs, where she oversees the development and implementation of various initiatives and programs that support NYU founders by helping them launch and lead high-growth companies. She also teaches an undergraduate course in entrepreneurship, as well as Strategic Steps for Growth, an innovative nine-month management development program designed for CEOs of high-potential minority and women owned businesses, offered by the New York City Department of Small Business Services in partnership with the Berkley Innovation Labs.
Previously, Cynthia was co-founder and executive vice president of KIP Communications, which produced the award-winning KIP Business Report newspaper. She was also co-producer of KIP Business Report Success Stories, a weekly television segment profiling entrepreneurs, and The KIP Business Report, a popular morning drive-time radio program focused on small business issues.
Cynthia has received numerous honors and awards including from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the NYC Mayor's Office, and many others. She has appeared on or been featured in MSNBC's Your Business, Crain's NY Business, The New York Times, and Essence magazine as well as a host of other media outlets.
Cynthia is a Stern alumna with an MBA in management and a graduate of Bernard M. Baruch College where she earned a BBA, magna cum laude.
Jamyn Edis is the founder and CEO of Dash, a connected car platform (www.dashmobile.co). Jamyn is also a mentor and investor in Techstars, the world's premier technology accelerator, as well as being a participant in the New York 2013 program.
He has over 15 years of experience in strategy, product development, partnerships, finance and marketing.
As a VP at HBO, he led the Emerging Technology R&D Group and also worked in the London and New York offices at Accenture's strategy consulting practice, with industry focus was technology, media and telecoms; his clients include Sprint, BT, Fox Interactive, MySpace, Rogers, Global Telematics, Trader.com, Sony PlayStation, World Rally Championships, Warner Music, EMI.
He is currently a Professor in New Media and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NYU Stern School of Business. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA/MA from Cambridge University.
With over 25 years of management experience, Steve has run companies in financial services, process innovation and software solutions. He was the founder and CEO of Tegrit Financial Group, GaveKal Securities, Tegrit Technologies and LexMar Global and served as Special Advisor to Wafra Investments, a Kuwaiti owned investment firm. He is the Founder and Chief Provocateur of the Rushmore Center for Innovation where he leads seminars, workshops and keynote addresses on innovation for corporations and non-profit organizations.
In 2011, Steve received the Austin Fox Award for Exceptional Service to the Free Enterprise System. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Amherst College and an MBA in finance from NYU's Stern School of Business where he currently serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship.
Steve still plays competitive ice hockey without hurting himself or others, makes a mean risotto, and is proud father of two establishment-fighting children.
Tim has spent 20 years managing, advising and building disruptive technology businesses across a variety of industries. Prior to joining Kayon Partners, he spent 10 years at Bloomberg L.P. as a strategist and new business developer. He served as the Global Head of Product Development for the Bloomberg Entity Exchange, which launched in the fall of 2015. He also served as Head of Product Design and Head of Engineering for Bloomberg Law, which launched in 2011 and won the American Association of Law Librarian's 2012 Best New Product of the Year Award.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Tim spent 5 years in Europe & Asia advising internet service providers including Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, Swisscom, and True Mobile. Tim began his career at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition developing technology for NASA and the US Navy. He received a BS in Computer Science from the University of West Florida and an MBA with emphasis on strategy and finance from NYU Stern School of Business where he currently serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship.
Tim dances a mean salsa and is the proud father of a 2 daughters with innovative ideas not to be shared with said father without a signed NDA.