Vengo and the NYU Entrepreneurial Lab

vengoFrank Rimalovski is the Executive Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Instititue  He has made quite an impact at NYU connecting them to the entrepreneurial community and helping NYU put some money back into some of their entrepreneurial graduates.  One of the companies that came out of NYU and that Frank and I both work with is Vengo.  Vengo is more than a vending machine it is a billboard that delivers products.  We had a board meeting this past week which took place at the new Mark and Debra Leslie eLab.  What a fantastic place.  There also happen to be two Vengo machines in there (see above).

productsvengoI bought my Vengo products.  Plenty of candies too which I held back on.

optionpoolWhat I love about the lab is it feels like a start-up.  The architecture, the offices, the communal spaces have that shared work space vibe.  This is one of the shared spaces.  I happen to love the clever names that they used for each spot.  This is the option pool.

bootstrapThe conference rooms each have names too such as VC, Bootstrap and Pre-money.

pitchroom Even the elevator has a name.

exitstrategyAnd so does the bathroom.

downstairsThis gives you an idea of the open feeling of the space.

stairsI particularly love the stairs.  When you go up you can see the quotes from different brilliant minds who really understood or understand the start-up space.

Hats off to Frank for creating this at NYU.  It is really fantastic and I am pretty confident that the impact it will make will have a very long tail.