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    Fellows Luncheon 2015

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    Photos: Awards 2015

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    When You Give David Lynch A Hammer…

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    Press Release: 6th Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

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    Rick Rubin, Kanye West and Mark Romanek Team Up for 808 Acceptance Speech Video That Rocks Tribeca

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    Jack Dorsey Debuts Square at the First Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, 2010


Thomas Thurston — Founder, Growth Science


Growth Science was founded by Thomas Thurston following a year-long research effort he led at the Harvard Business School with professor Clayton Christensen and the Intel Corporation. Thurston had previously helped found an Intel business in the high performance computing industry that was ultimately spun-out and acquired by a competitor. The experience motivated Thurston to start building a database of Intel’s prior innovations, acquisitions and venture capital investments. He wanted to search for quantitative patterns… [See Full Post]

Fabio Zaffagnini – Creator, Rockin’ 1000


Fabio Zaffagnini is the creator of Rockin’1000, a crowdfunded project that culminated in a performance where 1000 musicians played a Foo Fighters’ song, whose video went viral on the web with more than 24 million views. Furthermore, Fabio is a Co-founder of Trail Me Up, a start up that creates augmented virtual reality experiences of hike trails. In 2015 he entered the European Commission’s Expert list for his product design skills. Previously, he dealt with… [See Full Post]

Steven Gilbert — Chairman, Gilbert Global Equity Partners, L.P.


Steven J. Gilbert is Chairman of the Board of Gilbert Global Equity Partners, L.P., a billion dollar private equity fund. He is Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of MidOcean Equity Partners, LP, Co­ Chairman of Birch Grove Capital, and until 2009, Senior Managing Director and Chairman of Sun Group (USA). From 1992 to 1997 he was the Founder and Managing General Partner of Soros Capital L.P., the principal venture capital and leveraged transaction entity… [See Full Post]

Shah Karim — CEO, Saferock


Shah Karim is an expert on customer engagement, improving shareholder value, Big Data, and retail. For more than 20 years, Mr. Karim has guided retailers and corporations on digital transformation, cost reduction, and business turnarounds. He is the CEO of Saferock. Mr. Karim has researched and spoken on Big Data and Customer Engagement at dmexco, Citi Research (Retail Equities), the Univ of North Texas and presented to Fortune 500 companies. He has been interviewed and… [See Full Post]

Donald Trump And The Wollman Rinking of American Politics

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  Excerpted from a Forbes article written by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: We best understand the world through compelling narratives. Here’s one that helps us process the phenomenon known as Trump for President: “Once upon a time there was an ice skating rink in Central Park that could no longer make ice. No one could figure out how to fix the skating rink. Years went by and millions of dollars were spent and still… [See Full Post]

‘Scenema’ And The Truth According To Darren Wilson

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Driven by their own quest to better understand the emotions, conflict and complexities that emerged from the tragedy of Michael Brown’s death, filmmakers Sol Guy and Ezra Miller have just premiered a provocative experimental work–a standalone “scene” extruded from the larger drama of Ferguson, Missouri. The four and a half minute piece is called The Truth According to Darren Wilson, which inaugurated a new feature, The Scene, on Tribeca… [See Full Post]

Trumping Hamilton: A Tale of Two Bastards

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Last week two great American spectacles, one featuring Alexander Hamilton and the other Donald Trump, had their opening nights. Both shows made great theater, each starring quite arguably a slightly flawed, unconventional anti-hero, i.e. a character with non-traditional heroic attributes. Anti-heroes can tend to be real bastards but we kind of like them anyway. Anti-hero? Just think Walter White in “Breaking Bad.” A very lovable bastard… [See Full Post]

Jennifer Jacquet — Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies at NYU

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Jennifer Jacquet is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at NYU. She is an environmental social scientist who studies large-scale cooperation dilemmas, such as overfishing, climate change, and the wildlife trade. She is the author of IS SHAME NECESSARY? (Pantheon, 2015) — about the evolution, function, and future of the use of social disapproval in solving the tragedy of the commons. Website – jenniferjacquet.com Twitter – @jenniferjacquet Select Publications: Gawker Harper’s BBC… [See Full Post]

Alejandro Bermudez – Director of the English Catholic News Agency, Executive Director of Aci-Prensa

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At present, Mr. Bermúdez is Director of the largest Catholic news Agency in Spanish ACI-PRENSA (www.aciprensa.com) and the Executive Director of the English Catholic News Agency (www.catholicnewsagency.com); as well as the Portuguese www.acidigital.com. He is a frequent contributor to the National Catholic Register and Our Sunday Visitor and is host for several programs both in Spanish on EWTN, mainly “Criterios” in Radio Católica Mundial and commentator at EWTN Noticias. He is also a guest commentator… [See Full Post]


Jay Walker — Lifetime Achievement Award

Jay Walker is the founder and chairman of LabTV, an innovative new video platform designed to encour…

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Fellows Luncheon 2015

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