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Hoyt Prisock

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Previously Founder and CEO, Encounter Technologies (acq by Ancestry.com,) TalkPoint (acq by CCBN ) Product, BizDev and Acquisition guy

Previously Founder and CEO, Encounter Technologies (acq by Ancestry.com,) TalkPoint (acq by CCBN ) Product, BizDev and Acquisition guy

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Involved In

Founder

Attention Sciences
Encounter Technologies
TalkPoint Communications
Caleo Sofware

Advisor

Others Online
Adometry
Northwest Entrepreneur Network

Positions

Founder and CEO Attention Sciences March 2009 - present
Board Member Northwest Entrepreneur Network January 2008 - June 2010
Founder & CEO Encounter Technologies March 2003 - March 2006
Founder and CEO TalkPoint Communications June 1997 - October 1999
Founder & CEO Caleo Sofware January 1993 - 1996

Education

University of Cincinnati

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Dating
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Local
  • • Robotics
  • • Social Impact
  • • Travel
  • • Wearable Tech

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How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

Having started and successfully built, raised money for and sold three previous tech companies I've developed considerable expertise in navigating to optimal product/market fit, crafting compelling pitch decks and structuring early biz dev successes.

I've been fortunate throughout my career to have had great mentors and advisors. As an entrepreneur, you are always "on": painting the vision, pitching for money and building enthusiasm. This energetic optimism fuels your team, your customers and your investors. Since no one you care about wants to "rain on your parade" you tend not to get feedback that may be interpreted as negative. A great advisor is that rare resource whose sole concern is optimizing for both your personal success and the successful realization of your vision. Their counsel comes from having lived your shoes and having witnessed the paths that lead to both success and failure.

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Paul Cheslaw
We worked together  •  Vice President Strategy, Resilient Networks plc. Previously Vice President & Managing Director, EMEA, Applied Voice & Speech Technology.
Hoyt is an outstanding entrepreneur and advisor to new startups having successfully started a number of businesses which he subsequently sol ... d at attractive multiples rewarding his investors and employees. Hoyt has a unique combination of finance, marketing, technology and product development skills (to a coding level) that makes him able to advise and participate in discussions at all levels within startups and the wider startup community. Hoyt manages to stay at the forefront of emerging technologies bringing the sage wisdom he has acquired from his past successes to new opportunities. Any new (or existing ) business would be fortunate to have Hoyt's counsel and guidance.
Nate Pruitt
We worked together  •  Advisor, Consultant, Owner and Winemaker, Bell Springs Winery.
Hoyt is a visionary guy who understands trends and where opportunities existing in the marketplace.
Jamie Herre
They're my friends  •  CTO, Jaman Discovery and CTO, Unnamed. Yale grad.
Hoyt is able to size up an idea quickly and both find and work with relevant stakeholders to gauge its potential.
Nathan Kaiser
We worked together  •  Founder, 2bar Spirits. Previously Chief Operating Officer, Blue Box Group. University of Washington grad.
Driven to succeed. He is able to identify opportunities and go after them.
Jeremy Bencken
They're my friends  •  Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, Written.com and Mentor, Capital Factory. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
Hoyt is a seasoned, successful entrepreneur who brings incredible business acumen to the table. He not only thinks strategically (top 5% of ... people I've met in startups), but he's extremely resourceful about execution.
Hansmeet Sethi
They're my friends  •  Raised and returned tens of millions of dollars through founding, leading and exiting 3 technology companies. Current - Board/COO Neighborly
Hoyt is an experienced entrepreneur who grasps the big picture of what it takes to make a business work, as well as the day to day nuances t ... hat a startup founder must navigate to make it happen. It is easy to churn out startup cliches about how to build a company, but much harder to dig deeper to get to the reality of how to make things happen. Hoyt can help you make it happen.
Jason Morio
We worked together  •  Solutions Marketing Manager, Planview and Founder, Morio Technology Management.
Hoyt possesses a wealth of startup experience and understands the dynamics across the startup lifecycle, from "three guys and an idea in a g ... arage" through funding, launch, customer acquisition and exit. He has built great network of fellow entrepreneurs and investors, and is a great guy to work with/for. Entrepreneurs would benefit greatly from Hoyt's experience and mentorship.

Nathan Kaiser
We worked together  •  Founder, 2bar Spirits. Previously Chief Operating Officer, Blue Box Group. University of Washington grad.
Nathan is a smart and energetic entrepreneur. His years spent organizing the Seattle startup community have given him unique insights into ... the patterns and habits that generate entrepreneurial success.

Jason Morio
We worked together  •  Solutions Marketing Manager, Planview and Founder, Morio Technology Management.
Jason has that rare combination of broad technical skills and tremendous business acumen. Few entrepreneurs can command the respect and att ... ention of both developers and board members. Jason's the complete package.