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. His background also includes faculty, staff and other positions at UCLA, Cal State, and currently University of Washington, where he has appointment as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UWBTEC; systems programming at a Fortune 500 company's Advanced Technology Center; and biomedical research.
Elon also chairs the World Technology Council, whose members include a number of former Corum clients who enjoy continued participation with the firm, ranging from taking a leadership role in transactions in their areas of expertise to rendering business, technical and other advice and assistance. Elon's other interests also include oversight of activities related to Corum's Web and social media presence. He earned his MS in Computer Science and BS in Biochemistry from Michigan State University.
Corum was instrumental in helping us reach agreement with Constellation Software and the Friedman division. Without a doubt, the firm’s industry expertise, relations and deal experience were invaluable in this process.