On November 4 at 4:00pm in the Memorabilia Room in Sterling Memorial Library, University Council Member Bing Gordon ‘72 hosted a University Tea co-sponsored by the Office of the Secretary and Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. In a conversation with Nicole Clark ’16, CEO of the Yale Entrepreneurial Society and co-founder of the Yale Entrepreneur Magazine, he shared his insights into the entrepreneurship process and strategies for success.
The second half of the event featured a Student Startup Spotlight. Students with early-stage ventures pitched their startup ideas to Bing and an audience of their peers and received feedback. Students learned the ins and outs of the entrepreneurial approach, saw early-stage venture ideas from across Yale, and listened to expert insights from a leading entrepreneur.
Bing Gordon (’72) is a leading video game executive who served as Chief Creative Officer of Electronic Arts for 10 years and drove the company’s brand strategy for franchises like John Madden Football, The Sims and Tiger Woods Golf. Gordon is now General Partner and Chief Product Officer of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers where he leads ProductWorks, a new program that brings together talent and experience to help entrepreneurs build successful products and services. Bing also leads KPCB’s sFund, the investment initiative to fund and build applications and services that deliver on the promise of the social web. Bing serves on the board of directors of Amazon, MEVIO, N3twork, OUYA, Zazzle and Zynga. He was also a founding director at Katango (acquired by Google 2011), ngmoco (acquired by DeNA 2010) and Audible (acquired by Amazon in 2008).
The University Council is an advisory body to the President on matters related to university life and governance. University Council members meet twice yearly to discuss specific matters including University investments and the Peabody Museum, but also to establish long-term goals for the University. University Teas give undergraduate, graduate and professional students an opportunity to talk to accomplished alumni about their careers, Yale experience and general topics about Yale. For more information on the University Council and governance, click here.