About Us

senturia-300Neil Senturia
neil@blackbirdv.com

Neil Senturia is the classic serial entrepreneur. He has had three careers (unable to hold a job it seems) from writing sitcoms in Hollywood to real estate development and finally technology– nine companies as CEO or Chairman and another dozen that he has invested in.

Currently Neil is CEO of Blackbird Ventures, a small venture fund that is focused on very early stage companies.

Neil has taught entrepreneurship at San Diego State University (in the MBA program) as well as at the University of California, San Diego (Von Liebig School of entrepreneurism in the Division of Engineering) and is currently teaching entrepreneurism at Donovan State Prison. Neil is the author of three books about the lessons learned from his entrepreneurial journey– “I’m There For You Baby, the Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Galaxy,” list 2 nd and 3 rd books. Neil also writes a weekly column for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Lecturer, UC San Diego 2011-present
Teach entrepreneurship in the fall quarter through the Jacobs School of Engineering von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism.

MBA Student Mentor 2004 – 2006
University of California San Diego, Rady School of Management

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship 2004 – 2008
San Diego State University Entrepreneurial Management Center

EDUCATION

Certificate of Entrepreneurship 2004
Babson College
Boston, MA

Fellow 1971 – 1973
American Film Institute
Los Angeles, CA

Masters of Arts, Cinema 1969 – 1971
New York University
New York, New York

Master of Arts, Photo Journalism 1969
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

Honorable Discharge, Spec. 5 1968
United States Army

Bachelor of Arts, English 1963 – 1967
Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts

PUBLIC APPEARANCES, PRESENTATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Featured Speaker, TEDx UCSD
Panelist, MIT Enterprise Forum, Predicate Logic Case Study
Guest Lecturer, Tufts University, “Entrepreneurship: The stuff that dreams are made of…”
Featured Speaker, San Diego Venture Group
Featured Speaker, VentureForth UCSD, “The Value of Entrepreneurship”
Featured Speaker, UCSD, “The Art of the Deal Making and Negotiating”
Featured Speaker, USD, “Financing of New Ventures”
Featured Speaker, San Diego Regional Technology Alliance, “The Right Team”
Judge, VentureForth Business Plan Competition
Judge, SDSU Entrepreneurial Management Center, Venture Challenge
Featured Speaker, San Diego Software Industry Council
Featured Speaker, IEEE, “How to Start a New Entrepreneurial Company”
Featured Speaker, Urban Land Institute
Featured Speaker / Presenter, Inc. Magazine, Money for Business Builders Conference
Featured Speaker, KioskCom
Featured Speaker, MIT Forum
Featured Speaker, UCSD Connect Technology Forum
Featured Speaker, UCLA Annual Hotel Industry Investment Conference
Keynote Speaker, Utah State University Partners in Business
Featured Speaker, CNN Financial News
Featured Speaker, Patricof & Company Ventures Annual Investors Meeting
Featured Speaker, Los Alamos National Laboratory Internet Seminar – Launch.com
Featured Speaker, San Diego State University Leadership Conference

AWARDS & HONORS

Winner, 1997 Microsoft Retail Application Developer Award
Winner, 1998 Microsoft Retail Application Developer Award
Winner, 1998 Arnie Karush Award from the San Diego Software and Internet Council
Winner, 1998 UCSD CONNECT Most Innovative Product Award
Winner, 2008, CONNECT Lifetime Contribution Award/Technology