Episode 005 – PEC: Working at Entrepreneurial Speed

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Episode 005 - PEC: Working at Entrepreneurial Speed

We do something a little different in this episode: We turn the mic around and answer the question: “What does the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council do?” To help us answer this question, we talk to several Princeton alums whom PEC has helped, and more. 

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Lauren Bender is the Princeton AEF Program Manager. You can reach her at labender@princeton.edu. Read more about AEF at entrepreneurs.princeton.edu/aef. Get in touch if you’re interested in career opportunities with these exciting startups. 

Vaidhy Murti ‘15 and his startup Friendsy was in the first Princeton AEF cohort. Check out his new app Wit at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Friendsy does still exist! Check it out at friendsyapp.com. Vaidhy appeared in our first and in our third episodes. 

Allan Amico ’13 founded DonorUP, a giving platform that helps you connect with causes you care about. You can get DonorUP at the Apple App Store

Princeton AEF’s Bryton Shang ‘12 is the founder of Aquabyte, which uses computer vision, machine learning and AI to help make fish farms more sustainable. 

Princeton AEF’s Vivian Wang ‘15 is the co-founder of Friendshop (gofriendshop.com), a beauty e-commerce site where friends get deals on makeup and skin care products. She obtained funding from Nassau Street Ventures, headed by Tom Meyer ’87. Along with Chaac Ventures (led by Luke Armour ’13) and FitzGate Ventures (led by Jim Cohen ’86 and Mark Poag ’93), these venture funds are focused on Princeton startups. 

Marcus Stroud ‘16 of TXV Partners appeared on the first episode of the Princeton Spark. Matthew Quilter ’74 is partner at Fenwick & West. Both participated in a panel discussion on capital fundraising at the 2019 Bay Area Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference

Princeton Alumni Angels are located in San Francisco and New York City. 

Before PEC, there was the “E-Club” (Princeton Entrepreneurship Club) and the Keller Center

The strategic framework adopted by the Board of Trustees gave rise to the Princeton Entrepreneurial Advisory Committee (PEAC). As recommended in their report, PEC was created. A member of PEAC, John Diekman ’65 is founder of 5AM Ventures.  

Nikhil Basu Trivedi ’11 is managing director at Shasta Ventures

Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs is the University’s wetlab and drylab incubator and coworking space, located on the Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro. 

Read more about the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council at the Princeton Spark FAQ page or the PEC website (entrepreneurs.princeton.edu). 


Produced by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. Music and sound design by Wright Seneres. Theme music by the Treadmills (Wright Seneres, electric guitar and electric bass; John Damond, Jr., drums). Engineered by Dan Kearns at the Princeton Broadcast Center, John Miller on location in San Francisco, Jack Mehlbaum on location in Norway, and Wright Seneres. Edited and mixed by Wright Seneres. Additional advertisement readings by Megan Donahey ’20. Special thanks to Alice Seneres, Scott Colan, Gerardo Puglia, and the Sound Education conference. 


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