Greg Pass, Twitter’s former Chief Technology Officer and Cornell alum, sat down with Xconomy recently o discuss his view on the new CornellNYC tech campus and his new position as their founding entrepreneurial officer.
Pass remarked that the position was created to keep focus on the partnerships between academia and the tech industry for the campus. In the interview, he says, “I don’t know how you say no to an opportunity to build a new school from the ground up in New York while the city is surging in tech right now. It’s a unique opportunity for me to give back to my profession in a fundamental way.”
Pass also told Xconomy that his duties will focus on integrating the skills of CornellNYC Tech students with the growing tech community in NY. He hopes that CornellNYC Tech can set itself apart from other engineering programs by creating a program specific to entrepreneurship and tech innovation. Pass recalled his own experiences with preparing for the real-world, saying, “When I first became an entrepreneur, twenty or so years ago, I wasn’t aware of programs to help me along the way…In order to grow the size of the talent pool, additional resources like schools, community activities, and greater investment in incubators will really help increase the number of entrepreneurial engineers.”
Though Pass will be working full-time at the campus, he has made sure there will be time to stay connected with entrepreneurship outside of the school. He will also be on the board of advisors at Obvious, a new company created by Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Jason Goldman.