Brian S. Cohen

Brian S. Cohen

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A professional angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs, serves as Chairman of the New York Angels, the #1 most active angel group in the country. Brian is the first investor in Pinterest. Brian is an accomplished author and his book “What Every Angel Investor Wants You To Know…”, released 2013.

Considered one of the fathers of science & technology strategic communications – founded Technology Solutions, Inc. in 1983. Client list read like a who’s who list of startup technology companies in computing, communication, software, education, and entertainment. Maintained a strategic communications partnership with Sony & IBM Corporation (10 years). Received the Gold CIPRA award in 1998 for the IBM Deep Blue/Gary Kasparov Chess Match. In 1996, TSI was recognized as the #1 fastest growing agency in the United States. Sold the company to The McCann Erickson World Group in 1997 and became the Vice Chairman.

Created Focus Technology, an organization that provided qualitative research and instituted the RPM model of integrated strategic communications providing ultra-competitive technology clients the ability to quickly discover and leverage their key strengths as well as mitigate their destructive weaknesses.

Brian was a pioneer in the founding of a number of the first computing publications including Computer Systems News and InformationWeek magazine.

Now serves as Chairman of the New York Angels. He is very devoted to the New York City startup community.

Developed the AIMS (Applied Internet Media Studies) Program, a senior/graduate level college semester program where students will be rigorously trained to use the internet professionally.

Frequent speaker on strategic communication, entrepreneurism and early startup investing. Now writing a book for McGraw Hill – a new organizational product launch model.

Received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, holds a Masters Degree in Science Communications from Boston University’s School of Communications.

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