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Dave Lerner
I'm a 3x Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Host of Venture Studio, and Community Organizer. I'm also the Director of the Venture Lab at Columbia University Tech Ventures where I've spun-out 60+ technology start-ups based on university intellectual property over the last five years. My personal blog,, explores the worlds of university entrepreneurship, angel/venture investing, and startups and I'm a frequent contributor to peHub, Huffington Post and Business Insider, whose SAI group recently named me one of the "top 100 most influential New Yorkers in the digital business community".
I'm the host of Venture Studio where I engage with entrepreneurs, investors, founders and other vibrant members of NY's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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I wear multiple hats including serving as an active organizer of entrepreneurship and venture capital events, as a mentor to entrepreneurs and start-ups in and outside of the university arena, and I serve on the Board of New York Tech Meetup, as Resident Venture Advisor and Board Member to the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, and as an Organizer of both the New York Venture Community and Columbia Venture Community.
One of my latest projects is the mapping of the entire world's early-stage investment and entrepreneurial ecosystems in a visually pleasing, crowd-sourceable format. You can find the map on the right side of my blog.

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Blog Entries by Dave Lerner

Interview With Mike Brown, AOL Ventures

Posted July 14, 2011 | 17:18:24 (EST)

Recently I sat down with the terrific Mike Brown, Jr., one of the Founders and a Partner at AOL Ventures, the VC arm of AOL which focuses on Seed and Series A non-strategic investing in tech-oriented consumer internet companies. Mike comes to AOL Ventures from the...

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Interview With Startup STELLAService Co-Founder Jordy Leiser

Posted April 5, 2011 | 16:32:40 (EST)

Welcome to this week's conversation with Jordy Leiser, CEO of STELLAService, one of the most intriguing and sought-after venture-backed startups in NYC. STELLAService rates the customer service performance of online stores and was recently featured in AdAge (here) and on TechCrunch (here)....

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Get To Know Your Market

Posted January 5, 2011 | 13:52:08 (EST)

This is part of my ongoing Series on Getting From Zero to One.

You have been refining and cultivating your map almost daily by now. The exercise has not been in vain. Steadily you approach the time when you will launch your new business. You are...

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So Are Super Angels Extinct?

Posted December 8, 2010 | 08:47:47 (EST)

This is part of my ongoing Series on Angel Investing.

As we all know by now, all the major-league superangels have pretty much raised their own small funds of late. Conway's got

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Thoughts on the Various Types of Entrepreneurial Mentorship

Posted November 21, 2010 | 19:40:44 (EST)


This is part of my ongoing Series on Mentorship.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about mentorship and mentorship programs of late. In that I provide...

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Crowd-Sourceable Map Of World's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Posted October 21, 2010 | 12:24:06 (EST)

This mapping project evolved from a late night a few months ago when I first decided to map-out the Silicon Alley early-stage investor ecosystem. I wanted to provide a resource for entrepreneurs wherein they would be able to actually see the entire venture ecosystem in one glance.

Due to...

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Angel Profiling (1): A Moveable Feast of Mugs, Maniacs and Masters of the Game

Posted October 12, 2010 | 19:30:03 (EST)

This is part of my ongoing Series on Angel Investing.

Mark Suster, one of the best VC bloggers out there, recently put out his own five-part series on Angel Investing. As usual, (despite running a big VC fund, Launchpad L.A., hosting This...

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John W. Kluge, 95, RIP. Entrepreneur, Benefactor to Columbia University

Posted September 9, 2010 | 10:55:19 (EST)


John Kluge, entrepreneur extraordinaire and one of the great benefactors to Columbia University, the University of Virginia, and the Library of Congress has passed away.

Of modest means and son to a family of immigrants from Germany, (where he himself was...

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Mapping the Whole Venture Capital Ecosystem

Posted August 8, 2010 | 22:06:05 (EST)


This is part of my various series on Venture Capital, Angel Investing and Entrepreneurial Culture.

It all started when it occurred to me that we were missing a nice visual map of Silicon Alley's early-stage...

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Why and How Universities Should Embrace Startup Culture

Posted August 1, 2010 | 23:39:18 (EST)


This is part of my ongoing Series on University Entrepreneurship.

Recently an entrepreneur/investor/blogger extraordinaire I admire by the name of Chris Dixon touched on the two general paradigms people/institutions can adopt towards one another when conducting business. He first referenced the transactional/legalistic...

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