5 fast facts about member Neelesh Mittal

Neelesh wearing one of his many grey shirts

Neelesh wearing one of his many grey shirts

Name/Company  - Neelesh Mittal /Bluegrid Medicine

 1.What’s your story (in 3 sentences or less)

Born in Queens. Raised in New Jersey. Working to help people not get (more) sick. Also, I’m a huge fan of latte art. Life Goal: have a barista etch Pikachu into a latte for me.

2. Biggest aha moment?

I learned to make efforts to meet people outside my domain. There’s always ways to cross-pollinate ideas and industries to create something meaningful. 

3. Share a fun or unique fact about yourself.

 I wear a grey tee shirt to Tigerlabs almost every day. But it’s not the same one. I have 6 of them. I swear.

4. What motivating factor compelled you to join Tigerlabs?

I participated in the Digital Health Bootcamp in 2014 which was held at Tigerlabs. I made myself a promise that I’d start working here one day and looks like I kept that promise! Also, I really like the dogs here. All the benefits of dog ownership without any of the hassles.

Favorite Quote:

“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.”

In addition to being a nerdy science joke, I think it holds some “life” meaning. If you’re not doing something meaningful and impactful, then you’re just part of the fluff. And fluff is only for pillows.   

art exhibit - c.a. shofeld

 

 Born in Fort Dix, NJ, C.a. Shofed’s parents were in the military, He spent my early years in Germany. In high school, he studied Graphic Arts at Assunpink Vocational School, moving into Advertising Design in college. “It was college that first exposed me to photography.” Before he had a real chance to explore photography as a career he took a summer job as a computer installer and never looked back. “I spent the next 25 years as an IT Professional”. 

“Although my professional life had focused on technology, I maintained an interest in photography, always carrying my camera with me, taking photographs whenever the opportunity presented itself or whenever a particular scene or object inspired me. In recent years, I have made the transition to digital, although I still prefer film. Increasingly my work seeks to bring attention to ordinary objects pressured by nature and time. My art at times has sometimes been described as “industrial meets nature”. I enjoy finding beauty and power in things that are not naturally considered beautiful or powerful. I hope my photography inspires people to stop, look and view their surroundings with a different eye. 

C.a. Shofed’s art has been exhibited in galleries all along the East Coast. His first solo show was a month-long exhibit called “Double Take” which included ten photographs of fire hydrants as they appeared “in the wild”. “That first exhibit really gave me direction”. C.a. Shofed also curates an annual art show featuring artists working in Trenton or inspired by Trenton. The highly successful show is called “Common Threads” and has been hosted successfully for the last 5 years at Hopewell Valley Vineyards. The latest iteration of Common Threads was called “Future Forward”. “I use Common Threads as a teaching moment for myself and new artists a way to export the wonderful Trenton, NJ art scene to the world”. I try my best to keep myself grounded in the community that gave me my new career in art. Whether it’s exporting Trenton arts using Common Threads or volunteering at Art All Night I appreciate the doors that my camera and Trenton have opened for me 

Artwork will be on display July-September, 2017. Visiting hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

5 Fast Facts about Member Sean O'Sullivan

A selfie taken in Doha, Qatar, April 2017

A selfie taken in Doha, Qatar, April 2017

Name/Company - Sean O’Sullivan, SOSV

1.What’s your story (in 3 sentences or less)

Engineer / inventor dabbling in VC for the last 22 years. SOSV specializes in hardware, life sciences, and several other deep verticals. I spend a lot of time on the road, visiting almost all of the 150+ new companies SOSV invests in every year.

2. Biggest aha moment?

When I realized that you must grow happiness under your feet, not off in the distance.

As a recent transplant to NJ, it was also a pretty cool to see that you can flip the NJ transit seats on the Dinky to face either direction in about 1.5 seconds.

3. Share a fun or unique fact about yourself.

I sometimes fly helicopters.

4. What motivating factor compelled you to join Tigerlabs?

I really like co-working spaces: good buzz and background noise; flexible and efficient; good community.  Tigerlabs has a great buzz.

5. If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?

Clean up after yourself, and leave the room (world) a little better off than when you came into it.

Favorite Quote:

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.  

-- Theodore Roosevelt

Gallery on Nassau at Tigerlabs

Gallery on Nassau is a new kind of art venue dedicated to education, sales and promotion through engagement. The April show is dedicated to Realism. The featured artist is Nancy Riedell. The educational portion of the exhibit presents the work of Princeton's own, James Van Patten as representative of photorealism. Also on the education side, hyper realism is tentatively scheduled to be represented by Jason de Graaf. A public reception will be held on Friday, April 14 from 4:30 - 6pm. There will be a 15-minute introduction to realism and the works exhibited

Gallery on Nassau is a new kind of art venue dedicated to education, sales and promotion through engagement.

The April show is dedicated to Realism. The featured artist is Nancy Riedell. The educational portion of the exhibit presents the work of Princeton's own, James Van Patten as representative of photorealism. Also on the education side, hyper realism is tentatively scheduled to be represented by Jason de Graaf.

A public reception will be held on Friday, April 14 from 4:30 - 6pm. There will be a 15-minute introduction to realism and the works exhibited

Member Spotlight - Savraj Singh

Member Spotlight -  Savraj Singh

The idea for Wattvision first occurred to Singh in 2008. Barack Obama was running for president for the first time, and Savraj Singh ‘03 was at home again, five years after graduating as one of the first Computer Science concentrators from Princeton University. Former President Obama had given his “New Energy for America” speech, calling on all Americans to save energy in their homes and businesses. Taking Obama’s call-to-action to heart, Singh looked for a way to track his own household’s energy usage, but came up blank.

Member Spotlight - Warren Baelen of Arable

Member Spotlight - Warren Baelen of Arable

Warren Baelen, VP of software engineering, and the other team members at Arable started out like the rest of us who are plenty familiar the inaccuracies of current weather models. For farmers, small errors in weather reports can result in oversights in crop yield predictions and a misunderstanding in the atmospheric conditions that produce the healthiest and highest-quality plants. Arable Labs aims at limiting those oversights and misunderstandings by supplying farmers with accurate data acquired directly onsite which it accomplishes through the use of the Pulsepod. 

Member Spotlight - Ace & Everett

Member Spotlight - Ace & Everett

Raymond “Ace” Everett Disch, a World War II veteran and founder of a heavy equipment rental company, was known for three things: his meticulous attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, and passion for his work.  So, when his grandsons, Cody and Sage Disch, decided to found their own company, Ace & Everett, their grandfather not only became their namesake, but also their source of inspiration.  

Member Spotlight - Mark Hall

Member Spotlight -  Mark Hall

Every year, four trillion dollars are spent on healthcare, of which, 85% of the transactions are done via paper checks.  Mark Hall recognized this inefficiency and founded G8way as the solution. G8way is a company that is leading the transition to electronic healthcare payments with unique solutions that increase cash flow and reduce the costs for health plans, insurance companies, hospital systems, and ACOs.  

Startup Grind - May 12th

Startup Grind -  May 12th

The Kitchen Twins have been blogging about healthy eating and cooking since they were 9-years-old. Their mission is to get families in the kitchen cooking with natural, whole foods. The Kitchen Twins believe people will feel better if they cook most of their meals themselves instead of having foods that are processed. They hope that their journey will inspire kids and families to cook and get creative in the kitchen.