Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Columbia Business School's Wireless Ways ~ by Arthur Pulitzer

While Nanotechnology maybe the tech-industries newest darling, the wireless industry is still luring investors and entrepreneurs. Always offering high-end events, Columbia University's Business School for Entrepreneurial and Internet Ventures Committee hosted an EIVC Forum on the wireless industry on Tuesday, March 12 at Schulte Roth and Zabel LLP's offices.

Seventy investors, bankers, startup CEOs, M & A executives and attorneys came together on the 12th to hear about some new developments in this area and network. Presented by Schulte Roth and Zabel emerging companies' attorneys Peter Boyd and Michael R. Littenberg, guests heard from three firms.

Seven's Josh Newman started off with a positive outlook for several sectors of the wireless industry and (of course) plugged his new employer (Seven.) ON networks (OPEN) founder and CEO Jay Moskowitz presented information on his company's wireless solution for appliance and device manufacturers. Using narrow-band wireless, they add interactivity and connectivity to their products. On the lighter side, HIPnTasty's CEO Margit Pearson and president Amy Schulman were eloquent in presenting HIPnTasty's interactive story. They develop software and fun applications for media and telecom companies to offer games, trivia, "guess the ring" and "who is late for dinner" (delivered to cell phones).

Among those attending, were Charlotte & Bates president Peter W. Greenough, White Plains attorney Thomas M. Pitegoff, financial consultants and executive search firm's the Catalyx Group's Lawrence Poster and Chatham, NJ-based business development consultant Carl L. Georgeson. I also met up with financial advisor David Jacobs Kotz and Merrill Lynch inventor and biostrategist Vasos Panagiotopoulos. All those in attendance gained knowledge and made business contacts. This event is a must-attend for getting the edge on new deals and networking!