Rodney B Williams is the Founder and CEO of LISNR. He worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble and saw firsthand the constant struggle brands have connecting with consumers.
By lowering the barrier for proximity-based marketing on mobile devices, LISNR is expanding the opportunity for marketers and brands to target messaging to consumers through relevant mobile connections.
The Cincinnati-based company was started in 2012. It has raised $4.4 million of equity financing from Mercury Fund, Jump Capital and Sierra Capital.
Kai Bond is a Principal at Comcast Ventures. Kai works on VR / AR, ML / AI, and consumer investments for Comcast Ventures and also manages the Catalyst Fund, a fund dedicated to African American and Latino entrepreneurs.
Kai is a repeat entrepreneur who has founded three companies including pixietv, which was acquired by Samsung in 2014. Kai has held leadership positions in product management, business development, and M&A at Microsoft, Samsung, Hatch Labs, and the Gerson Lehrman Group.
Nasir Qadree is the Founder and Managing Partner of Zeal Capital Partners, a new Washington, DC-based inclusive investment vehicle focused on partnering with exceptional management teams with diverse backgrounds and skillsets bridging America’s Wealth and Skills gap.
In 2018, Nasir was appointed by Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve on the Innovation and Technology Inclusion Council, Chairing it’s K12 Engagement committee.
Brian Brackeen is the founder and CEO of Kairos.com based in Miami, Florida. Kairos is an innovative facial recognition company. Their products enable any developer to use emotion detection and/or facial recognition in their app.
Kairos’ growth was noticed by the Wall Street Journal, it was selected as one of the top 25 startups in the country and it participated in the WSJ Startup of the Year.
Kairos has raised more than 5 million dollars from investors in Florida and California and has 7,000 customers in 40 countries.
Anthony jumped from the corporate ladder to launch startups. He ignored his scarcity mentality until it broke him in November 2010, he had to live in a car in New Orleans after his third startup failed. Two months later, thanks to mentors and yoga teacher training, Anthony was a phoenix.
Eight years later, Anthony’s business helps underestimated startup founders use their mental wealth and company culture to leapfrog business norms, and create new generational wealth.
Kevin is a startup industry veteran and technology leader.
A founder of multiple startups and former technology executive with multiple Fortune 50 companies.
His experience spans a wide spectrum from bootstrapped start-ups to global corporations.
He has 8 years of experience in helping organizations achieve better digital service experiences leveraging cloud computing, agile methodologies, and user-centered design.Gregory spearheads digital transformation and tech implementation for public-private sector partners focused on cloud, data governance, and IoT efforts.
By day, he works at Microsoft Philanthropy leading Civic Innovation and Technology for TechSpark Miami. By night, he organizes open-source projects and leads Code for South Florida.
Anthony is the Product Manager at Royal Caribbean Cruises, a hugely popular cruiseline known around the world.
Anthony's main focuses include: start ups, marketing, advertising, psychology, business strategy, technology, debate, building things/disrupting things, consulting, career coaching, sales, Business development, power broker, production, humor, and Food.
Bryan Herdé is the Director of Digital Go-To-Market at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL). In this role, he oversees the development and execution of go-to-market strategies, including new product launch campaigns as well as initiatives to increase awareness and adoption of RCCL’s portfolio of digital products. Previously, as Director of Digital Strategy, he helped define the digital experience roadmap for Guests and Crew across RCCL’s brands.
Bryan is an enthusiastic, results-driven business leader with extensive industry and consulting experience defining strategies to harness digital innovation to drive business performance.
Keegan is the Manager, East Coast
Account Management at PitchBook Data
Eric is the Director of Investments at Florida Funders, a hybrid of a venture capital fund and a syndicate investing in early-stage tech companies.
According to CB Insights, Florida Funders is currently the most active early-stage investor in Florida.
Prior to FF, Eric was the Director of Operations at NEXUS, a statewide network of angel investors.
Doug Speight is Executive Director for Durham’s American Underground campus, home to over 250 startups and a diverse entrepreneurial scene dubbed “The Startup Hub of The South” by CNBC. Speight is founder and CEO of Cathedral Leasing, a B2B equipment finance firm, and one of seven 2016 Entrepreneurs in Residence for Google and CODE2040. He has served as Founder or Co-Founder for four tech startups, in addition to leading technology transfer and commercialization divisions for NC A&T State University, NASA and the Department of Energy. He was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the GIGTANK venture accelerator, the nation’s first 3D printing venture accelerator, and holds several patents for 3D printing technology.
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