Pittsburgh Technical Council

CEO of the Year

CEO of the Year

2017 Tech 50 Finalists
CEO of the Year


Luis von Ahn, Duolingo - Luis von Ahn is the co-founder and CEO of Duolingo, the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app worldwide, with over 170 million users. He is widely recognized for having invented CAPTCHAs, receiving the prestigious MacArthur "Genius" Grant, and selling two companies to Google in his 20s. Luis is also a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University.  Luis has been named one of the 10 Most Brilliant Scientists by Popular Science Magazine, one of the 50 Best Brains in Science by Discovery, and one of the 100 Most Innovative People in Business by Fast Company Magazine.


Jim Gillespie, GrayMatter - Jim Gillespie is an exceptional leader who focuses on what matters most - people.  Recently he said "The people are what drive everything about our company, their success turn into our customers' success.  Jim is an Industrial Internet expert with a focus on data-driven solutions for operational technology. As cofounder and CEO of GrayMatter, Jim deploys innovative solutions in technology and consulting for major companies like Procter and Gamble, GE, Smuckers, PPG and AkzoNobel. He's a Carnegie Mellon graduate, with an MBA from Duquesne University . Jim just finished the advanced analytics course at Tepper as well.


Nathan Martin, Deeplocal - Named “Willy Wonka with a toolkit from Mythbusters,” by Forbes, Nathan Martin is the founder and CEO of innovation studio Deeplocal. Nathan isn’t your typical CEO: a former hardcore singer and artist, in 2006 he spun Deeplocal out of an art and technology lab at Carnegie Mellon University. He has become a globally recognized leader of innovation in advertising, redefining the agency model, and presenting around the world from Cannes to Cape Town. In the last decade, Nathan has grown Deeplocal’s portfolio to include award-winning work for some of the world’s most celebrated brands—including Google, Netflix, Spotify, Lyft, and Nike.


Ted Teele, Touchtown - Ted Teele is the Chief Executive Officer at Touchtown, and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s strategy and operations. Ted has a long history of Executive Leadership at SnapRetail, OneCoast and ServiceWare with particular skills in finance, business development, marketing, and sales. Ted received an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was designated a George F. Baker Scholar for graduating in the top 5% of his class.


Jessica Trybus, Simcoach Games -  Founder and CEO of Simcoach Games, Jessica Trybus is among the first innovators to use video games to solve real-world, non-entertainment problems. In 2005, Trybus founded Etcetera Edutainment (now Simcoach Games) out of Carnegie Mellon University to respond to the large corporate demand for more effective training and workforce readiness. Today, Trybus and her team are revolutionizing workforce development as they leverage the Simcoach Skill Arcade, a platform that utilizes mobile video games to connect job seekers with training and employment opportunities.

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