Students & Parents

Tech Talk Series - Spring 2015


Thursday, February 5, 2015 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Harnwell College House, Room M-10

Vasu Kulkarni, Founder, CEO, and Chief Intern of Krossover. SEAS ‘08

Vasu Kulkarni grew up in Bangalore, India, as the self proclaimed, biggest basketball fan in the world. Upon arriving in Philadelphia for college, Vasu joined the JV Basketball team at PENN where he (barely) graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering and Entrepreneurship.  Vasu is a basketball junkie, continuing to believe that he can be the first Indian to play in the NBA with his 7-days a week pick up routine which began at Pottruck. His moment of glory came when he sprained his ankle at Michael Jordan's summer camp and got a bro-hug from the Legend himself.

When he isn’t playing ball, he’s watching it – as CEO and Chief Intern of Krossover – a SaaS platform that saves coaches and athletes time by being an outsourced video coordination and analytics department. Krossover works with over 5000 teams across the world to bring advanced analytics and video breakdown to every level of sports. Vasu has been featured as one of Bloomberg’s Top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25, in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, and other publications. He most recently took a turn to the dark side by starting an early stage venture capital firm called Courtside Ventures which invests in sports, media and tech startups.





Carter Liotta
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 6:00pm
Hill College House, Upper East Lounge

Carter Liotta, OD, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Staff Optometrist, Eagles Eye Mobile.BS '99 Ohio University, BS '00 Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Doctor of Optometry '03, Pennsylvania College of Optometry.





Monday, February 16, 2015 - 6:30pm
Rodin College House, M30

Scott Sokoloff: Head of Data Science- TE Connectivity, College '05

Scott Sokoloff transforms mountains of data on consumer’s behavior to actionable data driven insights. He’s led the building of Data Science and Advanced Analytics infrastructure for numerous major firms. His methodologies allow for the attribution of online activity to offline behavior and vice versa. He has worked with industry giants including Capital One, Dominos Pizza, TE Connectivity, Burger King, Visa, PayPal, Forbes, Constant Contact and countless others combining best practices in Analytics, Econometrics, Statistics, & Sales Forecasting. The focus of his work is listening to what consumers are saying via their direct actions to determine how they will behave in the future in order to maximize the profitability of decision-making.





Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 6:00pm
Harrison College House, Heyer Sky Lounge

Brian Wang, Cofounder, CEO at Fitocracy, Penn 08 (College, BA in Economics) 

Brian Wang (College 08) is the cofounder/CEO at Fitocracy, a fitness technology startup that helps people reach their goals through workout tracking, community support, and professional coaching. Over the past 4 years, Brian has led Fitocracy to become one of the most well known fitness apps in the market, with over 2M users.





Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 6:00pm
Gregory College House, Greenhouse

Ed Zawadzki, Independent artist / partner at ATIV software, SAS class of 2005, BA in Psychology. Ed Zawadzki is a Philadelphia based fine artist and entrepreneur.  After graduating from Penn in 2005, he worked as an IT Project Lead for Wharton Computing, during which time his dreams of traveling the world and making art began to take shape.  In 2010 alongside two friends with similar globetrotting aspirations, he left Wharton to start up ATIV Software, a location-independent software company specializing in custom mobile apps for conferences, conventions and other large-scale events. Today he works remotely, splitting his time between painting, sailing, traveling and software development. You can find his artwork at http://edzfineart.com and http://edzstudios.com and his software business at: http://ativsoftware.com.