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Columbia Lands 11 on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List

January 05, 2017

The 2017 Forbes “30 Under 30” list highlights the achievements of some of the most influential and creative minds today. Of the unique and inspiring individuals honored, several hail from Columbia.

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(Left to right: Xiyin Tang ’09CC, Kristina Budelis ’11BC, Kendall Tucker ’14CC)

XIYIN TANG ’09CC – LAW & POLICY
Attorney, Mayer Brown
Tang is an intellectual property associate at Mayer Brown, LLC where she focuses on copyright litigation with a focus on digital music and licensing. She has written substantially on evolving trademark and copyright laws and how they intersect with new technologies. She’s represented Google, Spotify, and Amazon in copyright law and digital streaming cases. Additionally, she teaches a seminar at Yale Law School on intellectual property in the digital age.

KRISTINA BUDELIS ’11BC – MEDIA
Cofounder, KitSplit

KitSplit makes it faster and easier to get access to camera gear. Budelis, a Barnard alum, now serves as president of KitSplit and does everything from investor relations to community management. KitSplit has more than 7,000 users (including the photo director for Borat) and national media partners like National Geographic, Hearst, and NBC. Prior to founding KitStart, Kristina worked as a freelancer and for The New Yorker, creating work that garnered two Webby Award nominations.

KENDALL TUCKER ’14CC – LAW & POLICY
Cofounder, Polis
Tucker is the CEO and Founder of Polis, a startup working to improve mobile canvassing and in-person analytics. Since its founding in October of 2015, Polis has been used by more than 70 organizations including Governor Gary Johnson’s campaign for president. Before Polis, Tucker ran state legislative campaigns and was elected to local office.

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