VP Creative & Applied Tech at NYCED
Karen Bhatia is Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), leading Creative and Applied Tech strategies and initiatives to promote economic development and entrepreneurship throughout the city. This includes the first publicly-funded VR/AR Lab in the country, opening in NYC in the fourth quarter of 2017. The goal is to position NYC as a global leader in VR/AR, and create new jobs for a diverse range of New Yorkers in this growing industry. Karen is also an attorney, entrepreneur and startup advisor. She was the principal of her own law firm advising tech startups on corporate issues, financing and overall business strategy. As an entrepreneur, Karen founded ActionCam, media platform for public policy issues. Karen also founded and is President of Stanford Startups NY, a business network of over 600 Stanford entrepreneurs and investors in the area. Karen has a B.A. from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.