Amos Cohen ’20, a Whitman finance major and iSchool information technology minor, will be holding free office hours each Thursday this spring from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the LaunchPad in Bird Library. Cohen, who will be starting with Deloitte after graduation, is a technology subject matter expert who is skilled in lean startup methodology for tech startups. “Often, founders have a great concept, but lack the technical expertise to actually build the platform. They need to develop a framework, recruit technical members, go through an iterative design, development and testing process, and bootstrap or contract for technical resources. Understanding how to mobilize talent and resources to get to a MVP takes an understanding of the lean approach,” notes Cohen.
Cohen is skilled on both the lean start and technical development front. He ran a web development agency in Tel Aviv, where he was also a commander, sergeant and company sergeant major for the Israeli Defense Force before coming to Syracuse University. He was one of the first Global Fellows at the LaunchPad, as part of a core founding team of international students who helped devise programming and startup services when the program started. While at Syracuse he was also a frontend developer for SIDEARM Sports through the iSchool. This past summer he was a business technology intern at Deloitte Digital, where he helped animate a wealth management iPhone application prototype for a multinational investment bank. He implemented user stories and mockups to guide the engineering team in developing app features. He is highly proficient in numerous programming languages, and Adobe Certified in a number of design programs.
Startups who are interested in making an appointment with Cohen to brainstorm their mobile or web tech platform should contact the LaunchPad by e-mail, LaunchPad@syr.edu or drop in Thursday afternooons between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. for office hours.