Join us for a conversation with Marc Manara, head of Startups at OpenAI/ChatGPT, on AI’s transformative impact on the entrepreneurial landscape, his company’s role in that transformation, and his view of where the world is heading. We will also hear about his personal journey as a former founder of a food tech company and his past experience managing Amazon’s startup program.

Lecturer and Entrepreneurship Specialist Shilla Kim-Parker will moderate this conversation.

About the speaker:

Marc Manara leads OpenAI’s (the company behind ChatGPT) work with startups. He is the former co-founder of Farm Hill, a venture capital-backed food-tech startup and he led Amazon’s team supporting early-stage startups. Manara graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor's in computer science and received an MBA from Stanford. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two kids. 

About the moderator:

Shilla Kim-Parker is a Lecturer and Professional Specialist at Princeton, teaching Keller Center's Entrepreneurial Leadership course. She is also the Vice President of Digital Labs at American Express, an innovation incubator, and the founder of Thrilling, a venture-capital-backed platform for thousands of small businesses across the United States. Fast Company ranked Thrilling as one of the top ten most innovative retail companies of 2022, and Inc. named Kim-Parker as one of the top female founders. Kim-Parker began her career as an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan, then led Strategy and Business Development at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and then went on to serve as Chief of Staff for Disney ABC. She currently serves on the boards of Goodwill New York/New Jersey and Bank Street School of Education and is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow. Kim-Parker holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Reception to follow talk.

This event is co-hosted by the Princeton University eClub.

Who can attend?

Open to the public, the campus community, students, postdocs, research scholars, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Refreshments will be provided.
Registration is required.