As Cornell and its partner The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology prepared to submit their proposal for the New York City Tech Campus on October 28, 2011, numerous expressions of support were received from a wide variety of notable entrepreneurs and academics.
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Thatcher Bell | Melvyn H. Bloom | Dr. Shay David | Carol Epstein | Joe Essenfeld | Greg Fodor | Adam Hirsch | Michael Horn | Larry Jackier | Irwin Jacobs | Matthew Kochman | David Lifson | Dr. Michal Lipson | Micah Rosenbloom | Dan Shechtman | Bill Trenchard | Sandy Weill | Cheryl Yeoh
– Thatcher Bell '97, principal at DFJ Gotham Ventures, a New York City-based early-stage venture capital firm focused on investments in information technology startups.
– Melvyn H. Bloom, American Technion Society Executive Vice President. The American Technion Society has raised more than $1.6 million since its founding in 1940, the majority raised within the last decade.
– Dr. Shay David '08, co-founder and vice president of business and community development at Kaltura Inc., an open source video platform providing the first and only open source video solution stack.
– Carol Epstein, Second-generation Technion supporter, member of the Technion International Board of Governors, former U.S. State Department attorney, bachelor's degree from Cornell University, former president and active life member of the Cornell Club of Washington, a life member of the Cornell University Alumni Council.
– Joe Essenfeld '01, founder and CEO of JIBE, the fastest-growing social recruiting platform that uses Facebook and LinkedIn to connect companies and job-seekers through mutual connections.
– Greg Fodor '03/'04, who, along with two other Cornell graduates, founded the retail product ad platform Adtuitive (acquired by Etsy in 2009) and is now an engineer at Etsy, the online marketplace selling handmade and vintage items.
– Adam Hirsch '04, chief operating officer of Mashable, one of the largest and most popular destinations for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture.
– Michael Horn J.D. '05, founder of Craft Coffee, a Brooklyn-based startup providing monthly Tasting Boxes of premium coffees from roasters around the country.
Larry Jackier, Chairman, Technion International Board of Governors, former president and chairman of the American Technion Society, Second-generation, long-term Technion supporter, Detroit-based attorney.
– Irwin Jacobs, the founding chairman and CEO of Qualcomm and Cornell alumnus.
– Matthew Kochman '09, New York City general manager of Uber, a car service accessed through smartphone app.
– David Lifson '05/'06, co-founder and CEO of Postling, a social media management tool for small businesses, and NYC Scout for Angelist, a community of startups and investors making fund-raising efficient.
– Dr. Michal Lipson, MS Technion 1995/Ph.D. Technion 1998, Cornell Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and 2010 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Award" winner.
– Micah Rosenbloom '98, who started his first business as a Cornell undergrad and today is chairman and CEO of his third start-up, Novophage Inc.; as well as a founder partner at Founder Collective, a leading seed stage investment fund, and an advisor to TechStars NYC, one of the foremost startup accelerators in the world
– Dan Shechtman, BS Technion 1966/MS Technion 1968/Ph.D. Technion 1972, Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion.
– Bill Trenchard '97, founder partner of Founder Collective, a leading seed-stage venture capital fund, and co-founder and executive chairman of ReadyForce, a company connecting job-seekers and employers.
– Sandy Weill, New York philanthropist and financier, Cornell alumnus and chair of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College.
– Cheryl Yeoh '05/'08, co-founder and CEO of CityPockets, a personal daily deal organizer that automatically imports all your daily deal vouchers from various deal sites into one spot.