Dave Lerner

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Host of Venture Studio, Director of Columbia University's Venture Lab @CTV

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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