An Angel in New York: Calvin Chu, Columbia Technology Ventures



Calvin Chu developed a passion for technology and entrepreneurship at a young age. His father was the founder of several businesses, which helped Chu learn the virtue of perseverance. His love of technology traces back to the third grade, when he got his first Commodore 64 and a 300-baud modem.

Chu currently works as a senior technology licensing officer for Columbia Technology Ventures, where is responsible for managing a portfolio of world-class intellectual property, licenses and startups. He is constantly looking for new industry/market disruptive innovations that have either the potential to be licensed or funded as startup ventures.

In his spare time, Chu is a freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware Guide, the web’s most respected source of hands-on articles related to computers, electronics and networking.

Chu has held a number of other jobs, including senior production manager at FlyteComm, a frameworks architect for ePlanning; as a senior software engineer at Optimal Networks/Compuware and a software engineer at Sapient Corporation.

Chu received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Mobile Crossing (co-founder)

Memorable Quotes:

On EarthObserver app, which was licensed through Columbia Technology Ventures: “This gives consumers a look at the world in a way they’ve never seen it before. It’s the first of its kind that encapsulates this much information.”

On Mobile Crossing’s WayPoint navigation systems: “The great thing about the WayPoint is there is no need to install map loading software on your PC. Customers unfamiliar with the latest technology are sometimes daunted by complicated software installation features. These devices have a built-in feature to download their own maps, which is a boon for frequent travelers.”

On Columbia University: “Columbia University is an unquestionable leader in academic natural language technology, but in recent years, the experts have taken a strong interest in the practical challenges being faced by the next generation of digital startups. Our technology is more relevant than ever as legal businesses grow into the cloud.”

On goals: “My goal has always been to shepherd products and companies to market that I may be proud to have thrown my two cents into.”

About the author: Kristen Mott

Kristen Mott is a senior at Cleveland State University studying Journalism and Promotional Communication and current editor-in-chief of The Cauldron, the student-run alternative newspaper on campus.

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