Rocky Kahn, Founder & CEO, Edyt
Rocky Kahn co-founded USRCA, the entity behind Real Industry, in 2013 to focus on increasing the impact of academic research and students on industry. Seeing a broader vision and societal need, Rocky expanded the scope of the organization, engaging LeBoeuf and helping direct programming changes to create Real Industry in 2014. As an officer, board member, and philanthropist, Rocky also launched major initiatives including the Real Startup university entrepreneurship program, expansions of Real Industry’s core development and fundraising operations, and creation of Real Industry’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative.
With 25 years experience, Rocky is a transformation technology leader with extensive experience leading teams in high tech startups. He is best known for his work at HP Labs as a principal inventor of the navigator used in modern optical mice. For the most recent 14 years, Rocky has been (at various times) CEO, CTO, Product, Architect, and Technical Program Manager at startups reengineering business processes at the US Patent & Trademark Office and the European Patent Office.