The Brown Alumni Entrepreneurship Group's Inaugural Event Featuring MongoDB Co-Founder & CTO

Join the Brown Club in NY and our partner, the Brown Alumni Entrepreneurship Group, for the group's inaugural event series, highlighting some of the most prominent Brown alumni founders in the University’s recent history, whose company valuations have each surpassed a billion dollars.

Events feature virtual one-on-one networking receptions where attendees can interactively explore other attendees and speakers and handpick those they'd like to connect with face-to-face. Come meet your next co-founder, advisor, partner, customer or employee or chat with aspiring or established entrepreneurs, investors and both young and seasoned professionals alike.


The first event of the series spotlights Eliot Horowitz, Co-Founder & CTO of MongoDB, the most popular database for modern apps, valued at upwards of $10 billion. Panelists include Allen Kramer, Co-Founder of Mobilize, an events management and volunteer recruitment platform and Ashwin Cheriyan, Co-Founder & CEO of Thistle, a modern, tech-enabled, organic food and nutrition company. The event is hosted by Brown University Entrepreneur in Residence and former Google X Product Manager, Laura Thompson.


Eliot Horowitz, Co-Founder & CTO, MongoDB

Prior to co-founding MongoDB, Eliot co-founded ShopWiki, where he developed the crawling and data extraction algorithm at the core of its technology, and was a software developer in the R&D group at DoubleClick (acquired by Google). He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Brown.

Allen Kramer, Co-Founder, Mobilize

Prior to co-founding Mobilize, Allen worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential campaign, served as an associate consultant at Bain & Company, and worked at a startup named Assured Labor. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Brown.

Ashwin Cheriyan, Co-Founder & CEO, Thistle

Prior to co-founding Thistle, Ahswin spent 4 years in New York as a practicing attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he worked on public and private M&A transactions. He received his B.A. in Economics from Brown.


Laura Thompson, Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR), Brown University

Prior to beginning her role as an EIR at Brown, Laura worked at Google X, driving product strategy for a number of technologies including self driving cars and smart contact lenses. She also previously served as an investor at Google Ventures and was a co-founder of RUNA, a clean energy drink company. She received her B.A. in Public Policy and American Institutions from Brown.