This fireside chat will focus on providing CCNY and CUNY students a real world perspective on entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence (AI), and the technology area in general. We will also focus on very important topical issues such as the role of AI in the future of work, how diversity will impact the workforce and future leadership roles, and how the technology sector will continue to further impact the world at large.
This intimate conversation will delve deep into these complex and interrelated issues, and will hopefully shed some light on how CCNY and CUNY students can best position themselves for their future careers.
Heidi Messer has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the digital economy since the commercialization of the Internet. She currently serves as coFounder and Chairman of Collective[i]TM. Collective[i] (short for Collective Intelligence) hosts a global network and application that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to dramatically improve the way B2B companies manage and grow revenue through their sales organizations.
Prior to Collective[i], Ms. Messer and her brother, Stephen Messer, cofounded LinkShare Corporation, host to one of the world’s largest online affiliate networks representing the world’s premier publishers and merchants on the web. The company is widely considered to be a pioneer in the world of SaaS, digital advertising and the sharing economy.
Under Ms. Messer’s leadership, LinkShare was recognized by Deloitte and Touche for two consecutive years as the fastest growing technology company in the New York Region. Ms. Messer served as a board member, President and Chief Operating Officer of LinkShare until its sale to Rakuten (4755:JASDAQ) for $425 million.
Ms. Messer is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and universities on artificial intelligence, machine learning, enterprise technology, entrepreneurship, modern sales and marketing and the future of work. She has been cited in various publications including, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Vogue Magazine, the NY Post, The Nikkei, Women’s Wear Daily and Chief Executive Magazine. Ms. Messer has also appeared on national television and radio programs including the Today Show, Rock Center with Brian Williams, Business Talk Radio, CNBC, Fox News, CBS Morning News and the Fox Morning Show.
Ms. Messer has received several honors including being selected as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs (2012) and the Technology Pioneer Award during Women’s Entrepreneurship Day hosted at the United Nations (2015). Ms. Messer serves on the board of Aperture Investors, the Partnership for NYC, the Partnership Fund for NYC and the Brown Entrepreneurship Program as well as advisory boards for the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins, Dell Computers and American Express OPEN.
Ms. Messer received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She received her juris doctorate from Harvard Law School graduating cum laude.