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Harold Hughes is the founder & CEO of Bandwagon – an analytics and identity management company that uses Blockchain technology to help teams & entertainers create more personalized fan experiences while eliminating ticket fraud. A rising star in sports tech, Harold has had his ideas validated as a graduate (and now mentor) of the Founder Institute Greenville chapter; graduate of Capital Factory – Austin, one of the inaugural companies in Google for Startups Black Founders Exchange Program, and most recently the IBM Blockchain Accelerator.
In his hometown community, he serves as the founder and Managing Director of Brickyard Innovation Lab: an entrepreneur ecosystem for early-stage startups and emerging growth companies. He is also a Co-Director of the Founder Institute Greenville chapter, a startup incubator, and a member of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. A man of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Harold is actively involved in the community participating on the Board of Directors for Rebuild Upstate and Visit Greenville. As a strong believer in mentorship, he makes time to speak with youth and his peers about his journey to entrepreneurship and how he has found success along the way.
Harold Hughes is a graduate of Clemson University where he received Bachelors degrees in both Economics (B.A) and Political Science (B.A.). As a “Triple Tiger”, he also completed his MBA at Clemson, before pursuing a graduate certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.
Crowdfunding for Success
Often times early stage startup founders are stuck between needing funding to get to their next milestone and needing to achieve a milestone to secure more funding. This catch-22 often leaves founders in a position that can stagnate if not signal the end for their startup. Harold has run several crowdfunding campaigns (both reward-based and for equity) and his gameplan for proper execution has helped him and his teams raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. Takeaways will include a pre-campaign playbook as well as strategies for staying top of mind from campaign launch until the day you close.
Blockchain Beyond the Coin
Like many great innovations, the first use case isn’t always the best one. Harold and his team have navigated the adoption of blockchain technology in an enterprise environment to show that crypto doesn’t only mean cryptocurrencies. Harold will share his thoughts on permissioned-blockchains, Zero-Knowledge Proof, and other enterprise level solutions in the blockchain space.
Knowing your Superpower: Teambuilding for CEOs
Building a great team is more important than anything that you do as an early stage Founder and Harold has learned that first-hand. From hiring his first team member to dealing with firing and a bad fit, Harold will talk about how to tap into your superpowers to create an extraordinary team. Takeaways will include strategies for interviewing candidates, modeling for early team member compensation, and more.
Stadium as a Service: The Future of Technology in Venues & Arenas
Today, stadiums and arenas are more than just large slabs of concrete poor cellular reception…or at least, they should be. With technological advancements, fans are finding better ways to enjoy live events outside of attending in-person. That challenge leaves these multi-million dollar stadiums becoming less and less full on the day of the event. But where most see problems, Harold sees opportunities for stadiums and arenas to use their platforms and captive audiences to deliver immense value to fans, brands, and sponsors.
Underestimated: Keys to Navigating Being a Person of Color in Tech
As a first-generation American and son to Jamaican parents, Harold knows what it is like to overcome challenges. Being one of 5 children growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, he understood what it was like to grow up without some of the key resources that he needed. Now, an entrepreneur, Harold shares his story with others as well as his hacks for overcoming the challenges of being a person in color in tech as it relates to growing your network, raising capital, and getting in the door with your first customer.