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Steve Kokinos (Co-founder & Executive Chairman of Fuze)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 @ 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Startup Grind New Haven
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THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOWhttps://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-new-haven-presents-steve-kokinos-co-founder-executive-chairman-of-fuze Steve Kokinos (co-founder of Fuze) has spearhead the company’s mission to revolutionize how businesses communicate.In recognition of his contribution, Steve was awarded the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in New England.Fuze provides customers a single communication platform combining voice, video, messaging and contact center. The company has raised more than $300mm from investors including Wellington Management, Greenspring Associates, Summit Partners, Bessemer Ventures Partners and G20.Prior toFuze, Steve was a founder of BladeLogic, Inc (data center automation, IPO in 2007) and WebYes, Inc. (acquired by Breakaway Solutions in 1999). After the WebYes acquisition, he played an important role at Breakaway, leading the application service provider business as the company moved towards an IPO in 2002.Steve will join us to talk about how he ended up as an entrepreneur, built more than 1 multi-million dollar startup, and where he sees the future business communication. This eventis co-hosted with the Yale Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking. Agenda 5:30 pm: Food & Friends 6:30 pm: Fireside Chat 7:30 pm: Networking --- Speaker Steve Kokinos - Fuze (Executive Chairman & Co-founder) Steve has spearhead Fuze’s mission to revolutionize business communication. Fuze provides a single platform combining voice, video, messaging and contact center. The company has raised >$300M. He receivedthe EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in New England. We will discuss his path to entrepreneurship, building multiple million-dollar startups and the future of business communication. Hosted By NicholasCaplan, New Haven Chapter Director Nick has worked in a wide range ofindustries: in a chemical plant making alcohol, in finance covering media companies and in corporate finance at a tech company. Today he is passionate about supporting entrepreneurial activities in New Haven as wellas exploring passion projects including a project supporting kids entrepreneurship and another helping people use networks and teams for good.--- Global Partner Google for Entrepreneurs (http://www.google.com/entrepreneurs/) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.Local Sponsorss Elm City Innovation Collaborative (http://www.rexdevelopment.org/what-we-do/programs/ecic) City of New Haven, Economic Development (http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/economicdevelopment) Partners Yale School of Management (http://som.yale.edu/) The Grove(http://grovenewhaven.com/) The Grove is a new kind of space encouraging and supporting people in their work and the development of the new ideas that are solving the social, environmental, economic, and urban problems we face today. The Grove is more than just a space, it is a dynamic community of social innovators, independents, artists, entrepreneurs, and thinkers that are the new face of New Haven. Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking (https://www.city.yale.edu/) --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 350 citiesand 120 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities toconnect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspirationfor the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind. --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT- PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-new-haven-presents-steve-kokinos-co-founder-executive-chairman-of-fuze
Date / Time
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 @ 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
Venue
165 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511, USA