Clive Davis Institute & The Phat Startup Hosts Hip Hop Inspired Tech Start-up Conference, 11/21

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After realizing the need for entrepreneurship in their communities and having been inspired by their own experiences and those of other great entrepreneurs, The Phat Startup are bringing the same tips and tools found at top conferences to underserved future leaders. With idealisms and speaking topics that are drawn from urban and youth culture, the conference will be a unique experience that underserved communities can relate to and get tangible business advice from.

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More than 300 technology and social entrepreneurs and 100 students will gather, learn from the top urban-inspired start-ups at Tech 808, a technology conference to be held at NYU’s Eisner and Lubin Auditorium on Friday, November 21. Sponsored by The Phat Startup, NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, PayPal Startup Blueprint, and AT&T, Tech808 was designed to highlight the possibilities of starting a technology-based company and provide an inside look at the business processes they will need to start or enhance their ventures.

The conference includes a diverse list of guest speakers, including keynote speaker, Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, and the former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City; Young Guru, the a Grammy-nominated producer for Alicia Keys and Jay Z; Devo Springsteen, Grammy-winning producer and founder and CEO of Adventr; and a host of others, listed below:

  • Nathalie Molina Niño, Co-founder, Entrepreneurs@Athena
  • Mike King, Founder, ipullrank
  • Rakia Reynolds. Founder, Skai Blue Media
  • Joah Spearman, Co-Founder & CEO, Localeur
  • Dan Porter, Founder, Inside Startups & Head of Digital, William Morris Endeavor
  • JP Lespinasse, Director of Social Media, BET
  • Tanya Menendez, Co-Founder, Maker's Row
  • Jesse Kirshbaum, CEO & Talent Agent, NUE Agency & Co-Founder, SoundCTRL
  • Brian Watson, Director of Partnerships, VSCO
  • Nihal Mehta, Founding General Partner, Eniac Ventures
  • CJ Peters, CEO & Founder, Konsole Kingz
  • Trevor Owens CEO, Javelin & Lean Startup Machine

“These entrepreneurs are inspirational people, not simply due to their success in creating innovative new products and services, but in their commitment to mentoring the next generation,” said Nikki Mirasola, Events Coordinator at The NYU Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. “Tech 808 will show just how diverse the start-up community already is and how welcoming it can be to new ideas and talent.”

“Tech 808 will change the game because it will combine actionable entrepreneurship lessons while fusing our love of hip hop and tech,” said James Lopez, co-founder of The Phat Start-up. “This will be a place for us, by us.”

As part of the conference, all attendees will receive one free month of services from Skillshare, the online business learning site, which will also offer 10 scholarships in the form of annual memberships going to the first 10 people to use a special promo code. For additional information on Tech808, or to purchase tickets, email wanda(at)thephatstartup(dot)com or visit

About The Phat Startup
Inspired by urban culture, The Phat Startup is an integrated media company that produces premium content for all levels of entrepreneurs, equipping them with actionable advice to elevate and springboard their ideas into a thriving competitive business. The Phat Startup doesn't sell the dream they sell the steps to get there.

About the NYU Tisch Clive Davis Institute
The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music provides professional business and artistic training toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for students who aspire to succeed as creative entrepreneurs in the music industry. The program bears the name of its chief patron and advisor, Clive Davis.


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