Elon Gasper

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Executive Vice President, Research & Technology
Elon Gasper founded pioneering animation and speech software company Bright Star Technology in the 1980s. With Corum's assistance he closed venture funding, expanded and then sold Bright Star to a public company in the early 90s. He holds 9 patents for his software innovations and was a finalist for the Fleugelman, the only personal achievement award given by the Software Publishers Association. He has also won a Traditional Game of the Year, a Best Practices for Product Innovation, a COMDEX Envision and a Codie, the retail software 'Oscar'. After Bright Star, Elon went on to drive development, business and marketing strategies in a variety of companies and roles, including Chief Technologist in entertainment giant Vivendi Universal's Sierra Online division; Senior VP at VizX Labs, a pioneering SaaS business delivering DNA analysis tools to scientists; and participant in a number of other start-ups, notably in the medical device, geoweb and telecommunications spaces.

Recent Blog Posts:

The zero-revenue startup valuation paradox
Recently the 37Signals guys put out the best send-up ever of the zero-revenue startup valuation paradox: http://37signals.com/svn/posts/1941-press-release-37signals-valuation-tops-100-billion-after-bold-vc-investment PRESS RELEASE:  37SIGNALS VALUATION TOPS $100 BILLION AFTER BOLD VC INVESTMENT... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 2 October 2009
Unexpected diversity
Even after decades following the software entrepreneur scene here in Seattle, I find myself continually surprised to discover such a diversity of established software companies that I've never even heard about. For instance, at our Selling Up Selling Out conference here last week, there were more... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 28 August 2009
Software and the Stimulus Package
I searched for the word "software" in the actual text of the 2009 Economic Stimulus Package law the US Congress passed earlier this year, then read those sections. It took me a while to make my way through them; and my basic conclusion is that at least for those sections, it sounds like it will be... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 31 March 2009
Elon Gasper Introduction
Hi! I'm Elon Gasper. I joined Corum last year, and since then have been involved with a number of projects and clients. As a former software entrepreneur and client myself, I'm pleased to let you know that we have organized a Corum Advisory Board centered on former clients like me who enjoy... Click here to read more
Posted by Elon Gasper, Executive Vice President, Research & Technology on 5 January 2009
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