165 – Samantha Wiener of Rough Draft Ventures – Good Ideas Have No Age Limit

The student venture scene with Rough Draft Ventures…

Samantha Weiner (bio), Team Member at Rough Draft Ventures (a general catalyst student-focused program that backs founders at a university level), joins Pavan Bahl, Rob Sanchez, and Marc Raco on location at the 2016 FashInvest Fashion Tech investment Conference in New York City.

Who, what and where, a student focus, and the value proposition

Wiener shares experiences as a senior at Columbia University, helping to grow student tech scene at Columbia, and how Peter Boyce started Rough Draft Ventures in college. The focus on students in Northeast in university, the student venture scene on college campuses, how there is no age limit for good ideas, the differentiators in the market, a student focus, the diverse team, reaching people at an early stage, the due diligence process, the value prop for the startups is the community, and events to get to know other student founders.

The FashInvest factor, a confluence of interests, and successes

The value of the FashInvest Investment Conference to Wiener and Rough Draft, addressing a confluence of interests, a review of successes like a peer to peer closet rental, and an online resell marketplace for designer handbags.

Loving learning, attention to special needs, and the little things

A first time convincing anyone of anything, a significant impact on nonprofit distributions, what’s in a name, the process of learning, working with children of special needs, an appreciation for the little things and treating everyone the same.



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