Princeton Club of Chicago is joining Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC) to host the first of a regular series on entrepreneurship and the many ways Chicago-based alumni are involved in entrepreneurial pursuits.
PEC is a University organization that was formed three years to engage entrepreneurially-minded alumni in educational programming, mentoring and funding across technology, life sciences, social and arts enterprises. One of its signature event series, TigerTalks, starts its third season this fall in New York City and began traveling to cities elsewhere across the USA last year in San Francisco, Boston, and Los Angeles. PEC and Princeton Club of Chicago are pleased to bring TigerTalks on the Road to Chicago on Thursday, November 8.
The panel discussion, “Venturing Tigers”, will feature three outstanding local alumni who have founded and/or invested in startups across the spectrum. The three panelists are:
- Eric Lunt ’92, Co-Founder and CTO Emeritus of Signal and former co-founder of FeedBurner, which Google acquired.
- Coco Meers ’04, Founder of Rebelle Collective, a growth lab for digitally-enabled, female-led consumer companies and former Founder and CEO of PrettyQuick, acquired by Groupon.
- Kristin Sonday ’09, Co-Founder and COO of Paladin, a social impact firm working to increase access to justice by helping legal teams run more efficient pro bono programs.
The panel will be moderated by Don Seitz ’79, Chairman of Inkubate and Assistant Director, Alumni Engagement at PEC. He will also share with the audience an overview of the many exciting entrepreneurial programs and initiatives rapidly expanding across campus and the broader Princeton ecosystem.
This event will be held on Thursday evening, November 8 at WeWork Kinzie in downtown Chicago starting at 6pm. All alumni and their guests are invited to attend this panel discussion followed by a networking reception.
Please register early for this event to assure your seat.
6:30pm Panel discussion and audience Q&A
7:30pm Networking reception
Read more about our panelists:
Eric Lunt ’92
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Emeritus of Signal. Prior to joining Signal, Eric was co-founder and CTO of FeedBurner, which Google acquired in 2007. After the acquisition, Eric remained at Google in a senior technology role. Prior to FeedBurner, Eric co-founded and served as CTO atSpyonit.com, and helped to lead the application architecture team in Accenture’s next generation technology group, Eric graduated from Princeton University in '92 with a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and a Certificate in Applied Computational Mathematics. Eric was recognized as one of Crain’s Tech 25 for his contributions to drive technology growth in Chicago.
Coco Meers ’04
A serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and advisor. Coco Meers is the Founder & Principal of Rebelle Collective, a growth lab for digitally-enabled, female-led consumer companies, Coco partners with founders through investment and collaboration to achieve early stage growth hurdles. Prior to Rebelle, Her company PrettyQuick (acquired by Groupon in 2015) introduced major efficiencies to the $70 billion beauty services industry by offering seamless reservations at salons and spas nationwide. Post acquisition, Coco served as GM of Beauty-Booking, a growth driver within the $900M Health, Beauty, and Wellness division at Groupon. Prior to startup life, Coco was based in Paris where she helped market and manage global brands under the L'Oreal SA portfolio. Coco is a Director of the Joffrey Ballet and the American Writers Museum. She has an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago, and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton with a BA in English and French. Coco live with her husband Ethan (Princeton '03) and their 2 children in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
Kristin Sonday ’09
As a Co-founder and COO of Paladin, Kristin Sonday is working to increase access to justice by helping legal teams run more efficient pro bono programs. Prior to Paladin, Kristen worked on international criminal matters in Mexico and Central America for the U.S. Department of Justice, and served on the founding team of a New York City-based tech start-up, Grouper. As a result of her work to close the justice gap, she has been named a 2017 ABA Woman in Legal Tech to Watch, ABA Journal Legal Rebel, and FastCase50 honoree. Paladin was a part of the 2017 Techstars Chicago class, and Kristen also recently served as the Google for Entrepreneurs Code2040 EIR at 1871, supporting Black and Latinx founders.