The people in my life contribute a richness of experience and perspective for which I’m forever grateful.
Lori Cheek and Andrew Cohen
Two NYC startup friends: Lori (CEO of Cheek’d and Network’d), Andrew Cohen (CEO of Brainscape)
Shooting 360º Video at the South Pole
When a polar explorer asks my guidance on getting a 360º video right — on the first try — I do by best to share my wisdom!
TEDFest 2017 Party for TEDx Producers
Hanging out with my friends — Will Davis, Director of TED Licensing; Mark Sylvester, Producer of TEDxSantaBarbara
Dale Noelle at Marcello Costa’s benefit for American Cancer Society
My friend, Dale Noelle, is a courageous survivor and entrepreneur — CEO of the TRUE Model agency. I was proud to join her in support of the American Cancer Society at this benefit organized by Marcello Costa.
IT History Society
I’m a proud Board Member of the IT History Society, and apparently I’m also the spokesmodel for its merchandise!
TEDxFultonStreet 2016 Afterparty
After the talks, the conversations between attendees, and the opportunities to meet the presenters, are the highlights of the night!
Ed was the founding CEO of VH-1, had been the CEO of music-oriented online service Prodigy for 5 years, and played many other roles instrumental in creating our digital world. He was also kind enough to host the TEDxFultonStreet Salon 2016, for which I’m very grateful!
Literacy for Incarcerated Teens
Proud to be at a fundraiser supporting Galinsky’s “LIT” program, which helps youths to stay out of jail – by giving them the basic education they should have received earlier in life.
Jay Herratti, Director of TEDx
It's fantastic having the opportunity to frequently visit the headquarters of TED Conferences. Out of thousands of TEDx licensees, I'm glad the Director finds time to speak with me one-on-one.
DRAM Video Production Meeting with Jason Moore
Had a great meeting with award-winning Director Jason Moore, about the production requirements for the new DRAM Conference, coming in 2017!
Rick Smolan, Author and Photographer
One of the first people I met at my very first TED Conference was Rick Smolan -a former TIME, LIFE and National Geographic photographer best known as the co-creator of the "Day in the Life" book series, and CEO of Against All Odds Productions. His new book, "Inside...
George Kohlrieser, Hostage Negotiator
It's incredible how much there is for business leaders to learn from hostage negotiators! I consider myself privileged for having the opportunity to experience George's wisdom first-hand, and I whole-heartedly recommend both his books: Hostage at the Table and Care to...
Chongtul Rinpoche of Bon Shen Ling
Speaking with this Tibetan Lama about lucid dreaming was a rare and memorable opportunity... I can't imagine I'll ever think of sleep in the same way again. It never occurred to me that certain cultures might consider dreams "the important part", and consider [what...
If You’re a Founder, then You’re a Hero!
What do pumpkins, toilet paper, and lemonade have in common? They all relate to heroes of entrepreneurship. After a few near-misses, I finally had an opportunity to meet up with Mike Michalowicz in person.
Renee Blodgett at TEDxUNPlaza
Forbes ranked her #12 most influential on social media, but I just know her from TED.
Brian S. Cohen at his Book Launch Party
Aaron Sylvan with investor Brian S. Cohen, celebrating the launch of his book, "What Every Angel Investor Wants You to Know".
Joseph Peri, President of Junior Achievement NY
Aaron Sylvan with Joseph Peri, President of Junior Achievement NY
Kevin Harrington, Chairman of “As Seen on TV”
At the "Own-It Ventures" conference, I had the pleasure of talking sales, marketing, investment, and media strategies with one of the greats - Kevin Harrington. He was one of the original "sharks" on the ABC TV Series Shark Tank, and is widely credited with inventing...
When the email announcement came, I signed up instantly, because of the fantastic list of artists who were going to talk, perform, and hang out afterwards: the original drummer from Guns’n’Roses, the original guitarist from KISS, “DMC” from Run-DMC, and moderated by the frontman for Black Flag.
MBA Team in Shanghai, China
Aaron Sylvan with Business School colleagues on an expedition to the Port of Shanghai