brian cohen

BIOGRAPHY Brian Shawn Cohen is considered one of the fathers of science & technology strategic communications, having founded Technology Solutions, Inc. (TSI) in 1983. TSI's client list read like an entrepreneurial who's who list of startup technology companies in computing, communication, software, education, and entertainment. For more than a decade he maintained a broad strategic communications partnership with Sony & IBM Corporation providing counsel to dozens of their intrapreneurial new technology divisions. Notably, TSI received the Gold CIPRA award in 1998 for the IBM Deep Blue/Gary Kasparov Chess Match concept and communications program. In 1996, TSI was recognized as the #1 fastest growing agency in the United States. He later sold the company to The McCann Erickson World Group in 1997 and became the Vice Chairman of their technology group. As a researcher, Brian created Focus Technology, an organization that provided qualitative research and instituted the RPM model of integrated strategic communications providing ultra-competitive technology clients the ability to quickly discover and leverage their key strengths as well as mitigate their destructive weaknesses. As a publisher, Brian was a pioneer in the founding of a number of the first computing publications including Computer Systems News and InformationWeek magazine. As an investor he now serves as the Vice Chairman of the New York Angels who has invested over $40 million into more than 60 early stage technology companies. As an educator, Brian is the founder of the AIMS (Applied Internet Media Studies) Program, a college semester program where students will be rigorously trained to use the internet professionally. He also mentors entrepreneur students at NYU and Columbia University. As a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, he holds a Masters Degree in Science Communications from Boston University's School of Public Communications and currently serves on the Dean's Board of Directors.