Adrenaline fueled servant, CEO, lead inventor on 12 US & Int patents, husband & full-time Jedi. Add in faith in Jesus, outdoors, adventure & fun.
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Kurt is CEO and co-founder at Sideqik. He is known for leading, advising & building disruptive companies across six continents and has helped drive more than $8 billion in value creation and acquisitions in Marketing, Location and Mobile.
He has 15+ years experience launching new businesses and effectively leading teams across six continents. During his tenure leading competitive strategy and business affairs at NAVTEQ, they grew annual revenue from $80 million to more than $1.4 billion, including an $880 million IPO and later $8.1 billion sale to Nokia. Later, Kurt joined Vitrue in Atlanta (sold to Oracle) where he led strategy, corporate development and strategic partnerships. Toss in a number of outside and internal startups/skunkworks, some fun outside hobbies and a strong bent for serving to know more of his background. .
Kurt is a regular speaker on disruptive technologies (e.g. social media, marketing, location-based services/gaming, and innovation), lead inventor 12 U.S. and international patents (including foundational patents covering check-in/location services, such as Foursquare, Facebook and Waze, and location based advertising). Kurt also serves as a mentor at Georgia Tech's Flashpoint startup accelerator (startup accelerator) and is on the board for several companies and non-profits.
Kurt combines an excitement for converting complex technologies and business models into innovative plans with actionable execution and SEC pride.