Neil Senturia, CEO of Blackbird Ventures, has more than 35 years of diverse entrepreneurial endeavors. His wide range of experiences includes starting two software companies, serving as CEO of other technology companies, real estate development, and screen writing for popular television sit-coms.
Past companies include:
–LonoCloud which developed a secure cloud software platform and was sold to ViaSat.
–Oberon Fuels which developed a clean alternative to diesel fuel and was sold to Martin Midstream.
–Quanlight, material sciences company which was focused on the development of the next generation of red LEDs.
–Soflinx Corporation, a software and systems integration company providing monitoring and control solutions through wireless sensor and device networks (WSN). The company was funded by In-Q-Tel, the venture arm of the CIA, and was sold to Lockheed Martin in 2004.
–Mohomine, a software company focused on the management of unstructured data and which was sold to Kofax Image Products.
–Atcom/Info, the pioneer in Internet and e-mail kiosks and high-speed Internet access in hotel rooms. The company was sold in September 1999 to CAIS Internet that sold it a year later to Cisco.
From 1985-1995, Neil focused on real estate development of office, condominiums and hotels in Los Angeles and San Diego and built more than 1.8 million square feet of space. From 1980-1985, he was an executive in the financial services industry and worked in real estate syndication. Prior to that, he was a television and screenwriter and wrote for shows such as M*A*S*H, Alice, and Tony Randall among others.
Neil and his wife Barbara Bry have taught entrepreneurship at UC San Diego’s von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement in the Jacobs School of Engineering. He has been a member of San Diego Social Venture Partners and UCSD Chancellors’ Associates. Neil is the author of “I’m There For You Baby, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Galaxy,” an inspiring and humorous book about his entrepreneurial life with rules-lessons that apply to all of our lives, and he writes a weekly column on entrepreneurship and small business for the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Honors and awards include:
- 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
Neil graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. degree in English and received a masters’ degree in cinema from New York University. He was a Fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and served in the U.S. Army from which he received an honorable discharge. He is married to Barbara Bry, and their family includes their four grown-up children, their son-in-law and their grandson.