Lead Venture Consultant – Blackstone LaunchPad USC / IncubateUSC
Ian Donahue is the Lead Venture Consultant at the Blackstone LaunchPad USC Program. In his role, he assists in recruiting and progressing alumni and student teams as well as connecting them with other coaches and resources. Ian’s expertise is in digital media, digital products, recruiting and managing technology developers, and early stage venture fundraising. Ian advises IncubatriX, a premier Trojan Incubator that works to develop and enhance ecosystems at USC. He also consults on digital media products and strategy for media companies. Most recently, he headed digital strategy for a print and online magazine that led to an acquisition offer. Previously Ian co-founded a technology startup that raised over $2 million and built a cloud-based multichannel Pay TV system. In that role, he ran operations and strategy and spoke on the company’s behalf at industry conferences including CES, Digital Hollywood, and NAB. Ian studied at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC as well as the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Businesse. He is a Kairos 50 and Marcia Israel Award recipient and a Los Angeles Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum.