Sam GeraceMember since April 2018Contact Sam
I am a five-time tech entrepreneur – the founding CEO of Convey™, Veritix®, Be Free® (Nasdaq:BFRE), PCXIS, and PCX Consulting Inc. Veritix is a sports and live-entertainment SaaS platform company processing over $1 billion in commerce transactions annually; Befree is a digital marketing platform company processing over $2 billion in commerce transactions annually; PCXIS®, Inc. produced public utility marketing software; and PCX Consulting, Inc., offered plant and executive information systems for heavy industry. (Veritix was acquired by AEG/AXS, Be Free was acquired by Conversant.) I have raised over $2M in angel capital, $76M in venture capital/private equity, and over $200M in the public markets for those companies. I am a Director Boxcast, and a former Director of ValueClick (NASDAQ:VCLK) and Be Free (NASDAQ:BFRE). I work to build the growth stage ecosystem in Northeast Ohio through entrepreneurial mentoring programs at Jumpstart, Inc., Flash Starts, and in the Entrepreneurial Studies program at Hawken School; through ad hoc mentoring; and by serving on the board of the Ohio Venture Association. My wife and I are committed to organizations helping children facing significant challenges. I have chaired the board of Minds Matter of Cleveland for 5 years, and I am on the board of Hawken School. Way back when, I started with a Biochemistry degree from Harvard University, and later, an EMBA from the Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University.
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- Navigating Trust, Authenticity To Thrive In The Relationship Economy in
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Recently, there have been a lot of conversations about privacy and trust, most notably the news that political data firm Cambridge Analytica gained access to private information about Facebook users to help influence voters in the 2016 election. This breakdown of privacy raises the broader issue in our technologically dependent world: organizations of all sizes need to focus more on establishing and maintaining trusting and authentic relationships with their clients.