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Clay Langdon

Advisor Austin, Texas Area, US

Strategic Director, McGarrah Jessee. Previously Freelance brand planner and strategy director, Madcow Brand Development LLC.

Strategic Director, McGarrah Jessee. Previously Freelance brand planner and strategy director, Madcow Brand Development LLC.

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Positions

Mentor Techstars October 2013 - present
Strategic Director McGarrah Jessee March 2007 - present
Consulting brand planner and creative strategist Madcow October 2000 - present
Planning Director GSD&M 2004 - 2005
Senior Planner BBH New York 2001 - 2003
Sr Planner Merkley + Partners 1998 - 2001
Planner Havas Worldwide 1996 - 1998
Intern kirshenbaum bond senecal + partners 1996 - 1996
Financial Analyst Viacom 1994 - 1996

Education

The University of Texas at Austin - Red McCombs School of Business Finance 1992 - 1994
Vanderbilt University English 1987 - 1991

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Robotics
  • • Advertising
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Green
  • • Transportation
  • • Fashion
  • • Financial Services
  • • Video
  • • Mobile
  • • Healthcare

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Michael Dezso
We worked together  •  Vice President Strategy Director, GSDM. Previously Head of Account Planning, JWT Atlanta. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
More than smart, Clay is wise. He has incredible intuition about almost all facets of business and marketing. He's savvy enough to make thin ... gs simple but also poetic.
Todd Coerver
We worked together  •  Chief Operating Officer, Taco Cabana. Previously Chief Brand Officer, Taco Cabana.
Clay is a creative yet disciplined thinker who derives on-target strategies from well developed, research-driven insights.
Adrian Penn
We worked together  •  Director, Design and User Experience, sonarDesign, Inc.. Previously Executive Producer, Zynga.
Clay is a creative, critical thinker who I've found adept and parsing complex, difficult problems and arriving at easy-to-understand plans o ... ur teams can use. I value the insight his unique set of skill, talent and experience provides.
Britton Upham
We worked together  •  Mentor, Techstars and GM: Marketing & Integration, McGarrah Jessee.
Clay brings meteoric thought to every project. It's big, it's fast, it's quick-hitting. Clay thinks about challenges from several sides at o ... nce. He's especially great at finding unique and fertile territories for emotional reactions and pitting them up against each other to see which outlasts the others as most powerful. He's a catalyst and is terrific at volleying back and forth, shaping ideas.
Ash Maurya
We worked together  •  Mentor, MaRS and Mentor, Mozilla Corporation.
Articulate thinker with lots of hands-on experience across a diverse range of products.
Chris Raniere
Start-up Junkie! IFABBO (Social PR network), Beautisol (born online skincare), Imfuna (mobile for Real-estate), Fathom (SEM Agency)
Clay is extremely talented, well rounded and hard working. Can't think of a better partner for success
Dan Sutton
We worked together  •  Founder & CEO, roundpeg consulting, inc.. Previously Board Member, NiceRide. University of Virginia grad.
"Clay's insatiable appetite for new ideas is rarely matched with an MBA's business rigor. That combo will make him an invaluable asset to a ... ny company looking to go from concept to profitable reality."
Christopher Mackey
We worked together  •  Founder and CEO, Folded Labs. Previously Data Strategist, McGarrah Jessee & IT Advisory, Ernst & Young. MBA McCombs School of Business.
Clay is an excellent mentor and coach. Not only does Clay thrive on big picture creative strategy, but he knows how to bring out the best in ... sights of those around him. Clay is exceptionally good at determining the value of an idea and pressure testing the best to validate their feasibility. With an eye on the future, Clay has the strategic vision to see where the opportunities are and the tactical skills to pilot the ship in the right direction.
Kathy Zarsky, Strategy & Systems Designer
They're my advisor: other  •  Founder, BiomimicryTX and Sustainable Strategy & Systems Designer, HOLOS. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
Distillation of key challenges and needs, definition of critical factors acting on those needs, capabilities assessment, and clear messaging ... that is both creative and compelling have been but a few of the benefits of Clay's advisement with my organization. What makes his insights and experience so valuable is the process that leads him to them. Very rarely have I met such a gifted listener. His thoughtful questions tend to slowly tune my responses until they reveal the "heart" of every issue. He offers feedback and suggestions that have always made me feel that we have come to ideas and strategies together. I would characterize him more as an invaluable guide than advisor, because his ability to enable others to find better answers and processes is empowering. Clay is also a generous connector. He knows that relationships are the most critical ingredient for business and network success. He has helped me grow my platform of outreach, endorsed and promoted my work, and has made numerous introductions on my behalf. Lastly, I feel it's important to note that Clay takes deep interest in his role. It's always been apparent to me that he enjoys learning about others and the challenges we face, and he's willing to invest a great deal of energy to problem-solve issues that are important to him.
Melissa Fodo
We worked together  •  Content Director, McGarrah Jessee and Group Director, McGarrah Jessee. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
Wicked smart. Knows a good idea when he sees one.
Bart Cleveland
They're my friends  •  Founder, Job Propulsion Lab and Creative Development, Bart Cleveland Creative Development.
Clay is an amazing mentor because his degree of engagement is high. He is also a dynamic and innovative problem solver.
Victor AbiJaoudi II
They're my mentor  •  Chief Executive Officer, Primal 7. Previously Chief Marketing Officer, Primal 7. Duke grad.
Clay doesn't just give advice based on his initial feelings and past experiences; he takes the time to understand all of the factors that pl ... ay into a given decision. This thoughtful approach, combined with his ability to peel back layers of a "problem" and find clarity, makes him a valuable mentor for any entrepreneur.
Rene Huey-Lipton
We worked together  •  On the Ledge of Curious, TBD. Previously EVP, North America, BrainJuicer. Oregon State grad.
Clay is a thoughtful, thorough and articulate advisor who can see both the forest and the trees--and they work together. He would be an exce ... llent person to have on your team, especially if you are needing someone who will challenge the status quo.
Jason Seats
They're my friends  •  Managing Director, Techstars. Previously VP of Engineering, Rackspace Cloud, Rackspace Hosting.
Great creative mind, very strong on branding and identity.
Evan Loomis
They're my advisor: TechStars  •  Mentor, TechStars and Core Mentor, Praxis.
Clay helped me launch my first startup called TreeHouse. We benefitted greatly from his disciplined approach to creative development, brand ... ing, and strategy. I'd highly recommend him to entrepreneurs and founders looking to kick their company into the next gear.
Kelly Eidson
We worked together  •  Co-Founder, Head of Product and Marketing, Moveline. Previously Strategic Planner, Modea. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
Clay's seen a lot and gets branding at an intuitive level. He's also really helpful (and fast) at helping an entrepreneur figure out what wo ... rk they need to do, and in what order, when it comes to understanding their brand and their customers' needs and perceptions.
Jessica Navas
We worked together  •  Guest Lecturer, Columbia University and Group Planning Director, JWT.
Clay possesses the rare ability to balance clear, concise insights and incredibly expansive thinking. He can identify key nuggets of truth, ... and give them wings, applying them to every experience possible. Plus, importantly, he's super passionate about every brand with which he works. Today, when our world is so reductive and expedited, Clay's brilliance and commitment is powerful and impactful.
Michelle Humphrey
They're my advisor: other  •  Brand Strategist, Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners. Previously Associate Brand Strategist, Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners. The Universit
During the time that Clay acted as a mentor figure to me, I was continually inspired by his ability to think creatively and analytically. Hi ... s mind operates at lightning speed, but he would always take the time to offer clear, constructive feedback on my projects. On top of that, Clay is just a great person all around that anyone would be lucky to work with.
Rick Doerr
We worked together  •  President, Chief Client Officer, T3. Previously SVP, Managing Director, T3.
Clay is one of the brightest people I know - he gets to the heart of the matter and has a knack for cutting right to the heart of the issue. ... He makes the complex simple.
Jeff Mulhausen
They're my friends  •  Founding partner of UPSTREAM, VP of Design, BRiGGO and Brand Advisor, The Tiossano Tribe, Inc.. The Ohio State grad.
Clay has the unique ability to understand how systems work and think across multiple dimensions. He's passionate about the biggest of ideas ... and understands how to create authentic business impact.
Sean Taylor
We worked together  •  Director of Digital Strategy, Commonwealth//McCann and Senior Strategist, Commonwealth - a McCann Worldgroup company.
Thoughtful, sharp, imaginative. Quick to stop and truly listen, Clay provides council in a measured, approachable way. He may have spent th ... e bulk of his career as an ad man, but I've always seen Clay as someone with entrepreneurial bones. It seems to be an ethos that deeply rooted in him. I believe Clay would make a truly potent advisor.
Andy Aguiluz
We worked together  •  Operations, Techstars. Previously Program Manager, Techstars Cloud.
He's the type of person who gets excited about what founders are doing, and frequently gets ideas that will help their companies. He's a cur ... rent Techstars mentor in Austin.

Christopher Mackey
We worked together at McGarrah Jessee  •  Founder and CEO, Folded Labs. Previously Data Strategist, McGarrah Jessee & IT Advisory, Ernst & Young. MBA McCombs School of Business.
Chris has great instincts for identifying waste and inefficiency that can be eliminated with technology

Christopher Mackey
We worked together  •  Founder and CEO, Folded Labs. Previously Data Strategist, McGarrah Jessee & IT Advisory, Ernst & Young. MBA McCombs School of Business.
I hired Chris to be my chief data strategist because, even without any creative industry experience (he was toiling in the bowels of E&Y at ... the time), he was the most creative data strategist we had come across. Over his 2-year experience at McJ, Chris witnessed a wild rodeo of media, interactive, sales, brand performance and other data points, platforms, processes and protocols. Quickly, he figured out which kids of insights were most and least useful to UX, design, creative development, media and production. Eventually, he realized there was a better way to organize, analyze and utilize data with a combination of new technology and focused professional curiosity.

Victor AbiJaoudi II
They're my mentor  •  Chief Executive Officer, Primal 7. Previously Chief Marketing Officer, Primal 7. Duke grad.
Victor has great range - and can think through a wide variety of brand, product, marketing and business model challenges

Britton Upham
We worked together  •  Mentor, Techstars and GM: Marketing & Integration, McGarrah Jessee.
Britton is quick to envision what a healthy customer-brand relationship looks like and how to get there

Oscar Llarena
We worked together  •  Experience Director, T3. Previously User Experience Lead, McGarrah Jessee. University of Florida grad.
Oscar has been a programmer, UX, and creative agency strategist. He’s got a great feel for how macro brand UX relates and responds to UX ... and IAd for individual platforms and media environments. Oscar’s got a good creative mind. He’s a reliable source of unusually good business development ideas to boot.

Michael Dezso
We worked together  •  Vice President Strategy Director, GSDM. Previously Head of Account Planning, JWT Atlanta. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
Mike brings fresh thinking and organizational alignment to a wide variety of marketing, advertising, product development and strategic brand ... decision-making.