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Peter Briger is a principal and also the co-chairman of Fortress Investment Group board of directors. Fortress group is a global investment management company. Before joining Fortress in 2002, Peter Briger had spent 15 years in Goldman Sachs. He then became a partner in the company in the year 1996. Peter Briger has been a member of the Princeton University Investment Company board. Peter Briger is a high profile figure in the world of finance. He is among the 400 elite business professionals in the Forbes list.
Peter Briger, Gordon Ritter and another who prefers to be kept anonymous, decided to start a pilot funding program to help recent Princeton alumni with their start-up firms. The pilot funding, dubbed the Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund, was to aid in the realization of the Entrepreneurship for Princeton Way vision.
This new fund will help the recent alumni in bringing their innovative ideas to work by providing them with matching seed funds of up to $100,000.
Four teams have been chosen in the pilot program’s first round;
• Co-founders of Kudzoo, Trevor Wilkins and Logan Cohen. Kudzoo is a mobile app designed to offer students deals and discounts ranging from giveaways, businesses, concert tickets, information on scholarship opportunities and many more experiences based on their grades and accomplishments.
• Vaidhy Murti, CEO of Friendsy, and Michael Pinsky, COO of Friendsy. Friendsy is a social media app that groups college students using their email addresses. It also enables them to make new friends, updates them on college buzz and helps them find romantic partners.
• The co-founders of Preeline, Julia Macalaster and David Lamer. Preeline is an online market for handbags and clothing where customers can find items and express their opinion “love/ hate” on the items before they reach the stores.
• Maisie Devine and Isaac Rothenbaum, the CEO and CTO of Poacht respectively. Poacht is a covert job search for the people that are currently employed. Employers use the Poacht platform to get the right candidates for vacant positions in their firms. Poacht’s algorithm sorts, ranks and then matches passive candidates to vacant positions on the platform