Greg is an award-winning technology executive with over twenty-five years’ experience in high tech products and services. He currently serves as both its Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Student Startup Accelerator, ‘The Blast Furnace’, an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for software and information technology, and is an adjunct professor at the Katz School of Business (MBA). He is a ‘go to’ mentor and teacher for many programs, including Academic Entrepreneurship, Pitt Ventures/First Gear, and more. Prior to Pitt, Greg has been in fourteen start-ups and founded four, and has held executive positions for better than two-thirds of his career, participating in various size organizations, from ‘$0M to over $1B’ in revenue. He has participated in raising over $73M in venture capital in his career, and has actively participated in over seventeen mergers and acquisitions. He has served as CEO (four times), President and COO, and has been involved or responsible for the launch of over 100 products and solutions, and several companies. His publications, blogs and presentations on marketing strategy and product management have been recognized as both visionary and thought provoking by leaders in the technology business. Greg has served on many boards (including NFR/Checkpoint, Four Rivers/Accruent, PDMA and others). A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh in Industrial Engineering, where he also received his MBA, he also holds certificates in Entrepreneurial Management from Carnegie Mellon University and Professional Coaching from Duquesne University. Coticchia was named as a finalist three times for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and for the Tech 50 CEO of the Year. He was also named a 2006 Distinguished Graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (Katz).