Tay Nguyen has been a founder, technology executive, and entrepreneur in multiple industries. He has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University, where he was awarded a full academic scholarship as a National Merit Scholar. After graduation, Tay spent several years as a consultant and technology architect for Accenture, working in the energy sector in Houston, Texas. During his time at Accenture, where he was entrusted with designing and deploying cutting edge technology, Tay learned to put people first, whether they be clients or fellow team members. This philosophy served him well when he left Accenture in 2000 to co-found DivX with two of his Aggie roommates. At DivX, Tay led the engineering team for four years, and then the consumer software business unit for three years. DivX took advantage of the rise in creation, distribution and consumption of Internet video content, at a time when it was costly to deliver large files over the Internet due to high bandwidth costs. For context, a T1 line, with a throughput of only 1.5 Mbps, cost approximately $1000/month in 2000. Compare that with today’s prices, where 1,000 Mbps can be had for $65/month. That’s over six hundred times more bandwidth for less than one tenth the cost! DivX video compression allowed substantial reduction in file sizes, while maintaining high visual quality. This was due to the international team of rock star codec engineers recruited to solve difficult algorithm and chip level optimization problems. In addition to technology innovation, the company also created an innovative business strategy, driving mass market consumer adoption first by making the codec tools easily available to the public and working directly with burgeoning online video compression communities. This consumer first, brand building strategy eventually drove consumer electronics manufacturers such as Sony and Samsung to negotiate deals to incorporate the DivX technology and brand into their DVD players, TV’s and other consumer electronics devices. Similar to Dolby, DivX built a large revenue stream from licensing its technology and brand to the CE manufacturers. In 2006, DivX had a successful IPO on the NASDAQ. While many would consider an IPO the pinnacle of entrepreneurship, Tay, and his roommates, left shortly after the IPO, chafing against the constraints that a public company placed on their entrepreneurial spirit. Tay continued to follow his philosophy of people first, partnering with friends on entrepreneurial projects, big and small. Dr. Dominic Munafo, Tay’s friend and Chief Medical Officer at SleepData, the largest sleep medicine clinic in Southern California, hired Tay to be the company’s President and COO. As an executive at SleepData, and its spinoff company, Optisom, Tay had the opportunity to apply technology to deliver more cost effective healthcare solutions that resulted in better patient outcomes. Tay was lured away from healthcare by a DivX alumni who was a partner at a VC firm. The role of VP of Operations at AlphaRing, a fusion energy startup, was a dream job for Tay. Even though he held a VP title, Tay got to be hands-on in the lab, working with PhDs solving unique problems in particle physics. His personal highlights from this time include writing software to detect neutron emissions from high energy particle collisions and turning a wrench to build high vacuum chambers. However, traveling every week between SoCal and the Bay Area proved to be unsustainable for Tay’s family life, so he resigned from AlphaRing, but was promptly offered a consulting, and shortly thereafter, the CEO position at Activbody, a company owned by an AlphaRing investor. Activbody, whose products include Activ5, a connected fitness exercise device, and Activforce, a medical device used by physical therapists, was based in San Diego, allowing Tay to spend more time at home with his wife and teenage son and daughter. However, as the old adage goes, be careful what you wish for, because two months into his tenure as CEO, the pandemic hit and he spent much, much more time at home than expected! Tay navigated Activbody through those unprecedented times, and once the world had returned to semi-normal, decided to pull back from work to enjoy his family, his 14 nieces and nephews, and other aspects of life. Currently, Tay and his wife, Ann, reside in a suburb of Minneapolis, having relocated there to be close to their children, who attend college at the University of Minnesota. When not consulting for startups, Tay runs half-marathons, with a goal of running a full marathon someday, works on perfecting his espresso, and reminisces about the days when he could go surfing on a whim. Tay is profoundly grateful for the perseverance and sacrifices made by his parents who immigrated to the US from Vietnam with Tay, who was three years old at the time. Having started at the very bottom of the socio-economic ladder, Tay appreciates every day of his blessed life and endeavors to pay it forward by helping entrepreneurs with actionable, meaningful, and relevant advice.