Konneker Medalists discuss their paths from Athens to Silicon Valley (and back)

Elizabeth Harper
January 31, 2018

Join two Konneker Award winners for a panel discussion, where they will share their entrepreneurial experiences and how they used what they learned during their time at Ohio University to propel them to success. The panel will be held at 11:30 a.m. on February 7 in Baker 242.

David Pidwell is a partner with venture capital firm Alloy Ventures, located in Silicon Valley. Rob Painter is a founding edge partner at Razor’s Edge Ventures, an early stage private equity fund. Together they will discuss their backgrounds and talk about the connections that got them this far. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions after the panel.

Both men have ties to Ohio University as well as numerous other accomplishments.

Pidwell helped to found TechGROWTH Ohio, a $52 million public-private partnership composed of the Ohio Third Frontier program, Ohio University and the private investment community. It is one of the regional entrepreneurial service provider programs funded by the Ohio Third Frontier to provide business expertise, services and investments for startup companies in the 20-county Southeastern Ohio area. He graduated from Ohio University and has taught at the Stanford University School of Business for over 15 years. Though he now lives across the country, he’s still tied to the university through his position on the Board of Trustees for Ohio University and the Ohio University Foundation.

Painter, also an Ohio University graduate, earned his degree while serving in the military. He began his career while still at OHIO, serving as one of the first staff members of the Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development (ILGARD), now known as the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Since then, he has worked with Google and served on the Board of Advisors and Board of Directors for several companies. As a technology executive and investor, he focuses on investing in companies that deal with national security. He has been a Voinovich School Fellow since Sept. 2017.

The Konneker Medal is awarded to current and former students or faculty members who demonstrate excellence in innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship. No more than three Konneker Awards are awarded each year by the Ohio University Foundation.

Lunch will be provided at the Venture Café. The event is sponsored by The Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between the College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.