Randy Adams Chief Technology Officer: DRAIV
A serial entrepreneur is skilled at exploiting both business and technology trends. The startup CTO who repeats success in various industries is especially rare. When someone says Startup CTO, what comes to mind? The role of Chief Technology Officer in a startup perhaps requires the most dynamic range of anyone on the founding team. A good CTO is a technological visionary who also can sling code. A good CTO knows the business as well as the underlying technology. A good CTO is comfortable negotiating deals with venture capitalists and delivery schedules with software engineers. A good CTO is as indispensable as a startup CEO or COO. For this month’s Entrepreneur Speaker Series, We are fortunate to have Randy Adams, CTO of DRIAV, talk about his career as a serial entrepreneur.
Randy has been responsible for the invention of Desktop Publishing on the PC, the creation of Adobe PDF and Acrobat, creating the first e-commerce site on the web, securing initial funding for Yahoo and creating the first web-browser on a phone. As a C-Level founder of eight venture backed technology companies including three software-publishing companies, two Internet technology companies, an e-commerce company and two celebrity-based digital media companies he has published more than 30 consumer software applications that collectively have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. He has raised more than $250 million in venture capital and helped return more than $25 billion to investors. He has held C-Level positions at Adobe, Yahoo and the Home Shopping Network.