Entrepreneurs in Residence

Our Entrepreneurs in Residence have a lot to say

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is proud of their new Entrepreneurs in Residence program, begun in Fall 2014.

Over the semester they will work in teams to make a product that delivers value to customers. Students will learn tools and tricks of the trade including storyboarding, customer interviews, prototyping tools, lean and agile methodologies, business frameworks, as well as an introduction to the NYC entrepreneurial ecosystem. At the end teams will present their products to a panel of distinguished guests from the NYC tech community. Along the way there will be guest speakers from industry as well as entrepreneurs.

Meet our seasoned entrepreneurs, Ali Heron and Lucas Nelson, who are here to coach, educate, mentor, and network our students.


Ali Heron is currently the Director of Technology Program Management at HBO. She is also the Chief Technology Officer and cofounder of Kwivo, revolutionizing in-flight experiences by aggregating data from disparate databases to enable airlines to offer a differentiated passenger service. Heron is an experienced product strategy consultant and has worked for Microsoft, Gap, Inc., and Bloomberg.

She is an experienced product manager and high-energy leader focused on solving broad technically challenging problems, growing world-class engineering teams and providing innovative high quality products to meet customer needs. Top 1% performing employee at Microsoft. Six patents awarded and ten pending.


Lucas Nelson is a Principal at Gotham Ventures and is a proud geek; a hacker turned venture capitalist.

After working in operating and investing roles on the West Coast, Lucas was recruited back east to join Gotham Ventures and participate in the burgeoning startup ecosystem of New York. Prior to this he was a Senior Manager for Product Security at Adobe, where he worked to develop the strategy and led the execution for Adobe’s proactive security solutions as part of their secure development lifecycle. While in Silicon Valley he also worked as an Investment Associate at US Venture Partners where he focused on deal sourcing and due diligence in cloud computing and security companies. Lucas first got involved in the New York startup community as a programmer in 1999 and worked for three startups: i33, FlashBase and @Stake, which were all successfully acquired.