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Despite the novel coronavirus outbreak and many staying home to prevent the further spread of the virus, we persevered and continued with our Speaker Series. Calling in from their homes, we heard from three entrepreneurs of real estate start-ups about their experiences and what they see in the ever-evolving real estate space. The three speakers included:

Alex Klarfeld, Co-founder & Engineering @ Divvy Homes

Alex Klarfeld is the co-founder of Divvy Homes, a real estate marketplace that helps middle-income Americans earn a 10% equity stake in a home after renting for three years. Divvy Homes spun out of HVF Labs, which is a company-creation lab run by Max Levchin (PayPal, Affirm) and Ben Jun. Divvy Homes has raised $66 million in venture capital from VCs like Andreessen Horowitz. Alex co-leads engineering at Divvy and was named Forbes 30 under 30 for Finance 2020. Before HVF, Alex was at Tamr where he worked on all sorts of unique applications for data. …


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As part of our CMU TEBA Speaker Series, we have invited fellow Carnegie Mellon alumni Raj and Chris, to share with us their insights on what the future of autonomous vehicles holds:

  • Raj Kapoor, Chief Strategy Officer at Lyft
    Raj Kapoor is the Chief Strategy Officer at Lyft, and the Head of Business for its self-driving division. He also serves as a board adviser at ClassPass, and venture advisor at Mayfield Fund. Prior to Lyft, he was the co-founder and CEO of both Snapfish, acquired by HP in 2005, and Fitmob, by ClassPass in 2015. He was also the managing director at Mayfield. …


As part of our CMU TEBA Speaker Series, we hosted a panel discussion with fellow CMU alumni on Consumer Finance. Here are some of the highlights:

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“They don’t teach this stuff in high school…”

— David Zabowski

We had a great time hosting our second panel event of the year at Affirm’s HQ in San Francisco. Our topic for the evening was consumer finance, and we were grateful to have three industry leaders join us for a night of networking and thoughtful discussion. Our speakers were:

  • Vishwas Prabhakara, COO at Digit
    Prior to joining Digit in 2018, Vishwas was Vice President and General Manager of Yelp Reservations and Yelp Nowait. He received a B.S. in Information Systems and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.B.A. …


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We were ecstatic to host our first panel event of 2019 to discuss the future of AR/VR/3D technologies on July 16th. We invited two alumni founders, Shanna Tellerman and Chuck Tsung-Lee, working on innovative applications of these technologies to speak to our community. Thank you to everyone who attended — we had an amazing turn out for this event!

  • Shanna Tellerman is the founder and CEO of Modsy, a home design app that allows you to visualize design ideas in the context of your own home using AR & 3D modeling. Previously, Shanna was a partner on the investing team at Google Ventures. Prior to Google, Shanna was the founder and CEO of Sim Ops Studios, a spin-off from Carnegie Mellon University that was acquired by Autodesk in 2010. …


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CMU TEBA is excited to announce that we are starting a blog. This will be a platform for us to post recaps and highlights from our events, as well as interviews from Bay Area alumni. Be on the look out for our first event recap from the AR/VR/3D Panel that happened on July 16th!

If you’re a Carnegie Mellon alumni and you’re interested in writing a blog post for the community, please reach out to tebacmu@gmail.com!

Keep up to date with all of our community events and discussions by joining our mailing list, joining our slack, checking our website, following our instagram, or joining our meetup group!

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