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Guest Moderator: Josh Walker

Co-Founder & President, Sports Innovation Lab

Josh Walker is co-founder and President of the Sports Innovation Lab. After graduating from Middlebury College, Josh enjoyed a very brief stint as a sports journalist and reporter. Josh began his professional career at Forrester Research where he was promoted to Vice President of Research and launched one of the fastest growing new products TechRankings, which later became the Forrester Wave. He then joined a leading venture capital firm in Cambridge - General Catalyst, where he worked on several investments that eventually became public companies. After General Catalyst, Josh successfully launched and scaled several venture-backed software and data businesses.

 

Josh Walker began his career as an aspiring sports journalist. After a very brief internship with the Vermont Expos as the voice from the crowd, Josh moved to Boston where he worked for Delphi Internet and wrote for local Boston newspapers. In 1997, Josh joined Forrester Research as a Research Associate in Forrester’s Software and Architecture Group. As an entry-level market research associate, Josh interviewed CIOs of Fortune 1000 companies who were trying to navigate through the explosive growth of Internet-based technologies and adopt new programming models based on Java and XML.

 

Josh spent 6 years at Forrester moving quickly into the role of VP of Research. He started Forrester’s TechRankings business — a product line designed to compete with Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. Under his direction, TechRankings became one of the fastest growing products in Forrester’s history. Josh eventually built a software testing lab at Forrester to support the growth of this business — which evolved into the Forrester Wave.

 

After Forrester, Josh spent time as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at General Catalyst — a leading venture capital firm. At General Catalyst, Josh worked closely with David Orfao and Jeremy Allaire on the launch of Brightcove and on other deals such as Kayak, Choicestream, and Demandware.

 

Since leaving General Catalyst, Josh has successfully launched and grown several venture-backed companies at the cross-section of software and data: CityVoter, Comlinkdata, and Stattleship. Josh currently runs the Boston Sports Analytics group and helps drive product direction and strategy for the Sports Innovation Lab. He began building the Sports Innovation Lab’s research platform after meeting with owners and operators across professional sports. The opportunity was a familiar one. There were too many vendors selling complicated technology to buyers who wanted to optimize their operations without having to learn technology. The market wants an objective voice to help with these decisions and a way to demystify sports technology. In December 2016, Josh incorporated the Sports Innovation Lab with his partners Isaiah Kacyvenski and Angela Ruggiero to address this global market need.

Tuesday, October 15

Connected Events

A discussion on the intersection of technology and sporting events and venues.

Dan Fleeter, Head of Esports, The Madison Square Garden Company
Ed O'Brien, GM, Sports, CLEAR
Ashley Marusak, Marketing Manager, Global Sponsorship Marketing, Cisco
Amanda Weiner, Senior Director, Digital Media, USGA
Matt Wolf, SVP, Team Marketing & Business Operations, NBA
Guest Moderator: Josh Walker, Co-Founder & President, Sports Innovation Lab