Kevin O'Connor has over 30 years of experience in the tech space – both as an entrepreneur and investor. Most recently, he was the CEO of Graphiq (acquired by Amazon), who's mission is to drastically simplify the process of obtaining the world's knowledge. Kevin was the founder, CEO, and chairman of internet advertisement-technology giant, DoubleClick, which was acquired by Google in 2007 for $3.1 billion. Prior to DoubleClick, Kevin founded and served as the vice president of research for Cincinnati-based Intercomputer Communications Corporation (ICC), which was acquired by DCA in 1992. Kevin remained with DCA as the vice president of research until 1995 when he left to found DoubleClick.
From 1995 - 2009, on breaks from building his own companies, Kevin started O'Connor Ventures, investing in companies such as Procore, Internet Security Systems, 1-800-Flowers.com, HotJobs, and MeetUp. Kevin obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in electrical engineering with honors from University of Michigan.
Cormac O'Connor turned his internship into a full-time job as a Data Analyst with Tinder and became an early member of Tinder's Data Analytics Team. During his time at Tinder, Cormac analyzed, and contributed to, all aspects of the business (revenue, customer behavior, marketing, pr, finance, product, etc.), and experienced Tinder going through monetization, IPO (Match Group), and scaling. His primary focuses on the business were testing, releasing, analyzing, and discovering new products, as well as improving customer retention. He also worked closely with the Data Engineering and Data Science teams and understands not just how to read data, but also how to efficiently collect, store, and transfer data securely. Through his experiences at Tinder, he has an excellent understanding of how data ties into all the different aspects of the business.
Cormac graduated from Chapman University with a double major in Finance and Accounting.
The Map of Innovation is O’Connor’s step-by-step approach to devising lucrative new products and services and bringing them to market, through a process that has proven itself time and again in many different industries. Too often, people trying to innovate focus on things that don’t matter or waste their time trying to find answers to questions that can’t be answered. O’Connor shows why the map of innovation centers on getting right the five make-or-break fundamentals: creating a large number of viable ideas; picking the right idea to pursue; creating a highly focused strategy to bring the idea to market; getting the money to fund the strategy; and hiring the best people. With Kevin O’Connor, the proof of the value of methodical innovation is in the pudding. He helped start companies that have employed thousands of people and created billions in shareholder value.