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Why does Emory University produce so many thought leaders and change-makers? Emory Innovators, a new series from The Hatchery, Emory Center for Innovation, seeks to answer that question in conversation with Emory alumni who are innovation leaders or entrepreneurs, or have taken innovative approaches to designing their careers and disrupting their industries.

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Why does Emory University produce so many thought leaders and change-makers? Emory Innovators, a new series from The Hatchery, Emory Center for Innovation, seeks to answer that question in conversation with Emory alumni who are innovation leaders or entrepreneurs, or have taken innovative approaches to designing their careers and disrupting their industries.

    Emory Innovators with Ashish Mistry

    Emory Innovators with Ashish Mistry

    Emory Innovators, brought to you by The Hatchery, Emory Center for Innovation, showcases conversations with Emory faculty, staff, and alumni who work in innovation and entrepreneurship, or have taken innovative approaches to design their careers and disrupting their industries. On Friday, January 21, we spoke with Ashish Mistry. Ashish Mistry is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of BLH Venture Partners, a private investment firm specializing in early-stage companies. His operating experience includes leadership roles with high-growth companies within Information Security, SaaS, and E-commerce. In addition to his current role at BLH, Mistry was Founder and CEO of KontrolFreek, an innovative lifestyle brand in the video game market that was acquired in 2020. Mistry has advised early-stage companies across the state through Georgia Tech's Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), and is also active in community organizations through current and prior board positions with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Venture Atlanta (where he was Co-Founder) and the Atlanta CEO Council, as well as through extensive committee work with local technology organizations. He holds a BA in Religion from Emory University.

    • 53 min
    Emory Innovators with Chris Kennedy

    Emory Innovators with Chris Kennedy

    Emory Innovators, brought to you by The Hatchery, Emory Center for Innovation, showcases conversations with Emory faculty, staff, and alumni who work in innovation and entrepreneurship, or have taken innovative approaches to design their careers and disrupting their industries. On December 3, we spoke with guest Chris Kennedy, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Fortinbras Asset Management (FAM). Chris graduated summa cum laude from Emory’s College of Arts and Sciences with a joint BA/MA in English in 1990, spent five years with Citibank in Germany, then went on to earn a MBA from The Wharton School in 1997. In 2004, Chris co-founded Fortinbras Asset Management as a specialized fixed income boutique in Frankfurt, Germany, with a focus on investment programs for institutional pension funds. Since its founding, FAM has raised $2.8 billion in assets for investment programs the company manages. FAM sold its third-party asset management business to a Chinese fintech in 2017, but retains an intellectual property shop that designs and builds systematic trading strategies. For the past year FAM has been using these trading algorithms in the carbon markets, and they expect to launch a product in this space in 2022. In 2021, Chris received an Emory Entrepreneur Award as an industry disruptor in Financial Services. Chris met his wife Elizabeth at Emory, and they have raised their two teenage children in Austria.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Emory Innovators with Dirk Schroeder

    Emory Innovators with Dirk Schroeder

    Emory Innovators, brought to you by The Hatchery, Emory Center for Innovation, showcases conversations with Emory faculty, staff, and alumni who work in innovation and entrepreneurship, or have taken innovative approaches to design their careers and disrupting their industries. Join us from 3:30-4:30pm EST on Friday, October 29, to speak with Dr. Dirk Schroeder, Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health at Emory, with appointments at Rollins SPH and Goizueta Business Schools.Dr. Schroeder is also the Managing Director of the Advancing Health Innovation in Africa (or AHIA) Program, also based at Emory. He is an “accidental entrepreneur” who in 1999 co-founded and helped build HolaDoctor Inc into the largest Spanish-language digital health company on the Internet; HolaDoctor was acquired in full by Pan American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) in 2017. Fluent in Spanish and Indonesia, he has lived and worked in 30 countries. Dr. Schroeder has Doctoral and Masters degrees in International Health from Johns Hopkins University and a post-doc from Cornell. He completed his undergraduate work, with honors and distinction, at Stanford University.

    • 58 min
    Emory Innovators with Sharron Close, PhD, MS, CPNP-PC, FAAN

    Emory Innovators with Sharron Close, PhD, MS, CPNP-PC, FAAN

    Emory Innovators, brought to you by The Hatchery, Emory Center for Innovation, showcases conversations with Emory faculty, staff, and alumni who work in innovation and entrepreneurship, or have taken innovative approaches to design their careers and disrupting their industries. Join us from 1-2pm EST on Thursday, September 23, to speak with Sharron Close, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Dr. Close's clinical research is focused on pediatric primary care, developmental pediatrics, management of chronic conditions of genetic origin, and variations of sex chromosome aneuploidy. Dr. Close is a hands-on practitioner of innovation, who has prototyped many products for improving health care, including a human-mimetic cuddling device to simulate warmth and touch for hospitalized infants and children known as Cuddle Care, a biologic-based automotive device to prevent hot car deaths known as CoALA (Carbon Dioxide-Assisted Life Alert), Cool-care, a silicone-based itch and pain relief device to deliver cutaneous symptom relief, FemCare, an external urinary catheter device intended to reduce the need for indwelling urinary catheters that are associated with catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and Testo Gel-dot, an absorbable polymer patch designed to deliver transcutaneous testosterone for androgen-deficient patients. She is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner with a BS, MS and PhD from Columbia University School of Nursing in New York. She is a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Close teaches pediatric primary care in the School of Nursing and practices in the School of Medicine Department of Human Genetics.

    • 42 min
    Emory Innovators with Brian McGrath Davis

    Emory Innovators with Brian McGrath Davis

    Emory Innovators, brought to you by The Hatchery, Emory Center for Innovation, showcases conversations with Emory alumni and staff who work in innovation and entrepreneurship, or have taken innovative approaches to designing their careers and disrupting their industries. This week we will be speaking with Brian McGrath Davis (PhD, Laney).Brian has been a researcher at Harvard, managed the sandbox of a billionaire, cofounded two startups, and run a 100-mile ultramarathon (twice, in two months). Brian began his career in academia, where he earned five degrees, including his PhD from Laney Graduate School (Institute of the Liberal Arts, 2013). That academic curiosity translated into a unique approach to building businesses. As an entrepreneur, Brian has spent the last 14 years working in consumer startups. He was part of the early teams at Smilebooth and Scoutmob, managed Blakely Ventures for Sara Blakely, sat on the Leadership Team at Spanx, and cofounded biotech startup Supersapiens. He is currently building a consumer wellness startup in stealth. He thinks in terms of brand and strategy, but at the core, he’s a deep generalist who is most alive in the middle of a problem, connecting the dots and finding the best way out. Brian lives in Atlanta with his partner Cam and his beloved dog, Paul.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Emory Innovators with Duncan Cock Foster

    Emory Innovators with Duncan Cock Foster

    In Episode 5 of Emory Innovators Shannon Clute chats with Duncan Cock Foster, a 2017 graduate of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences. With his twin brother Griffin, Duncan founded Nifty Gateway, the premiere marketplace for non-fungible tokens (aka "Nifties"). Based on the same blockchain technology as cryptocurrency, Nifties are unique digital objects you can buy, own, and sell—just like physical goods. The brothers are on a mission to create a marketplace of one billion collectors of Nifties, and also foresee a future in which these digital tokens may be pared with physical assets as proof of ownership. In 2019, their one-year-old startup Nifty Gateway was acquired by the cryptocurrency company Gemini, owned by the famous Winklevoss twins.This program is brought to you by The Hatchery, Emory's Center for Innovation.

    • 59 min

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