Brian Cummings is currently a Partner in Alta Ventures and Head of the Alta Innovation Institute. Brian has had a successful career in starting hundreds of technology based companies and is passionate about changing the way in which breakthrough technologies get commercialized. As part of this mission, he founded Technium, an Intellectual Property marketplace to make the process of starting “deep technology” companies simpler. Brian is also a founder of multiple technology companies including Aether Therapeutics focused on curing addiction, Imalin Medical, Freede – AI for debt relief, Revcash – a mobile payments platform and several others. Brian was previously Vice President of Technology Commercialization at Ohio State University and President of the Ohio State Innovation Foundation. Prior to that he was Associate Vice President of the Technology Commercialization Office at the University of Utah and started KickStart Seed Fund with his partner, Paul Ahlstrom, now the most active fund in the South West. Previously, Brian led the life science commercialization efforts at the University of Texas and serves on multiple Boards.
Why are you optimistic about the future of work?
The entrepreneurial shift toward global good and social impact is cause for great optimism in the decades ahead.