Influence: Future of Tech, Culture and Investing
Tuesday, March 17
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
Fame and popularity drive consumption of content, physical goods, page views and other forms of consumerism. For decades, marketers of physical goods have signed celebrity endorsements based on this. More recently, social networks and other startups have courted celebrities based on this.
Beats by Dre is one example of this relationship between culture and technology. Another is the success of the recent Kardashian mobile app. Now that investors, founders, and celebrities better understand the success that can be created together, what does this mean for the future of consumer-focused startups? What should you do to optimize the success of your venture?
We will examine recent examples of successful collaborations between tech entrepreneurs, investors and celebrities. We will propose ways to create effective partnerships as well as review examples of pitfalls to avoid. This session will be useful to startups, investors as well as celebrities that are interested in startups.
Dr. Paul Judge is a serial entrepreneur and noted scholar. He has founded several technology companies that grew and resulted in successful acquisitions. He currently serves as Chief Research Offic...Show the rest
Dr. Paul Judge is a serial entrepreneur and noted scholar. He has founded several technology companies that grew and resulted in successful acquisitions. He currently serves as Chief Research Officer at Barracuda Networks, Executive Chairman at Pindrop Security, and Chairman of Monsieur. He has invested in over 30 companies as the founder of Judge Ventures, an investment firm that focuses on opportunities in making the Internet safe, useful, and entertaining. He was founder and CTO at Purewire and previously served as CTO of CipherTrust and Secure Computing. Dr. Judge has won many awards including InfoWorld Top 25 CTOs, Atlanta Power 30 under 30 and MIT Technology Review Magazine's 100 Top Innovators under 35. He is an inventor of about 30 patented and patent-pending technologies. He earned an B.S. in Computer Science from Morehouse College and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.Hide the rest