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June 27, 2013 @ 11:00 am – 1:15 pm
Join Us at the Convention center next week for our annual Entrepreneurs Luncheon with
Speaker Brian CohenChairman of the New York Angels
As an angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs, Brian now serves as Chairman of the New York
Angels who has invested over $53 million into more than 70 early stage technology companies. Brian
was the first investor in Pinterest and numerous other industry leading startups.
As a new author, Brian‘s book entitled “What Every Angel Investor Wants You To Know: An Insider
Reveals How To Get Smart Funding For Your Billion Dollar Idea” will be published and released by
McGraw Hill in April 2013.
As a social entrepreneur, Brian is the founding Board member of Center4, NYC’s first technology
accelerator devoted to serving the non-profit community. Center4 is scheduled to open in the Spring of
2013 in Hudson Square, New York.
As a disruptive media entrepreneur, Brian believes that all new products, services, and ideas should be
easy to discover, find, share and buy. As a result, Brian co-founded Launch.it, with his son Trace in
May 2012, the first direct-to-customer, self-publishing PR news platform.
As a social medial specialist, Brian created iFluence PR in 2009, a strategic behavioral-based
communications consultancy for the new earned influence / social media community.
As a technology media strategist, Brian is considered one of the fathers of science & technology
strategic communications, and co-founded Technology Solutions, Inc. with his wife Carol in 1983. TSI’s
client list read like an entrepreneurial Who’s Who of startup technology companies in computing,
communication, software, education, and entertainment. For more than a decade, Brian maintained a
broad strategic communications partnership with Sony & IBM Corporation providing counsel to dozens
of their intrapreneurial new technology divisions. Notably, TSI received the Gold CIPRA Award in 1998
for the IBM Deep Blue/Gary Kasparov Chess Match Concept and Communications Program. In 1996,
TSI was recognized as the #1 fastest growing agency in the United States. Brian sold the company to
The McCann Erickson World Group in 1997 and became the Vice Chairman of their Technology
As a researcher, Brian created Focus Technology, an organization that provided qualitative research
and instituted the RPM model of integrated strategic communications providing ultra-competitive
technology clients the ability to quickly discover and leverage their key strengths, as well as mitigate
their destructive weaknesses.
As a publisher, Brian was a pioneer in helping start a number of the first computing publications, to
include Computer Systems News and InformationWeek Magazine.
As an educator, Brian created the AIMS (Advanced Internet Media Studies) Program, a college
semester program where students will be trained to use the internet smartly and professionally. He also
advises entrepreneur students at NYU and Columbia University.
As a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Brian holds a Masters Degree in Science
Communications from Boston University’s School of Public Communications and currently serves on
the Dean’s Board of Directors.