Guy Primus is CEO and board member at Valence, a venture-backed company whose mission is to create new paths to success for Black professionals. Guy also serves on the board of Southern California Public Radio, where he chairs the strategic planning committee, and served two terms as chair of the advisory board of Georgia Tech’s top-ranked School of Industrial Engineering. He also served on Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering and President’s advisory boards, and is co-founder of The Board Challenge, which seeks to improve the representation of Black directors in corporate boardrooms. As CEO of The Virtual Reality Company, Guy led the creation of Jurassic World VR Expedition, a game that remains the most successful attraction launch in Dave & Buster’s 40-year history. Guy’s other projects include the Starbucks/Apple “Pick of the Week” program and The Scenario, a digital experience developed for Sprite that established the digital media advertising framework Microsoft. Guy also served as COO of Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, and was part of the founding team of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ marketing agency, Blue Flame. He is also lead inventor on two digital media/Ad Tech patents. Guy serves as an advisor to several companies including Blacksmith Holdings, an entertainment company with operations in artist management (Dave Chappelle, Vince Staples), music recording (Capitol/Motown), and media production (Sonos, Viacom). Guy was recognized by Black Enterprise as one of the most influential Blacks in tech, and is an Ebony Power 100 honoree.---Inspirations:- My Family Name- Bose 901V speakers / Dr. Amar Bose- "Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun" / Reginald F. Lewis- Def Jam Recordings- The Black Experience
NFT.HipHop & The Source Magazine
Hugh Edward "Ed" Young Jr. is the owner of NFT.HipHop. He seeks to bring the promise of blockchain and its democratized economy and interaction to the Hip Hop world and beyond. As Hip Hop began with championing the democratization of voice it is the ideal vehicle to bring blockchain to the masses.Ed has worked across industries, from early success as the co-founder/co-owner and publishing business lead of The Source magazine, which started when he was a Harvard undergrad to the music industry, to water treatment and now mainly health technology and cultural arts institutions. He is also the CEO of Universal Health Screener and ez Waiting Room, healthcare technology companies that work to improve health equity and outcomes across diverse communities. He is currently involved in initiatives aimed at developing programs that seek to build trust and reduce fear thereby enabling diverse communities to seek out and receive the care needed both for existing conditions and preventive care.Ed's work has required him to develop a knack for uniting high-profile individuals across the arts, publishing, finance, music, sports, politics, faith-based, and popular culture arenas. This ability to unite diverse stakeholders—some with conflicting goals—is a skill that he seeks to utilize to bring positive outcomes to the world.Also, as Senior Strategic Advisor to the Universal Hip Hop Museum opening in The Bronx in 2024, Mr. Young has worked with his personal and professional network to establish partnerships and initiatives with Microsoft, MIT's Advanced Virtuality Lab, Google, Youtube, and the Vatican.