Keynotes

Julian A. Brodsky

Founding Partner and Chairman, Comcast Interactive Capital
Founding Partner, Director, and Vice Chairman, Comcast Corporation

In 1963, based on a recommendation from a guy in Harrisburg, three friends founded what would eventually become the nation’s largest cable television company and Internet service provider. Julian A. Brodsky, a fresh Wharton grad and budding entrepreneur, set off on business venture that would change his life and American telecommunications.

It was Brodsky’s creativity and conservative fiscal policies that shaped the financial reputation of Comcast. And it was his courage and global mind-set that guided the M&A efforts and the international development and expansion of the company.

Many years later, as a seasoned veteran, Brodsky founded Comcast Interactive Capital Group, the in-house venture capital fund. He keeps the fund focused on technology and investments that complement Comcast core activities (basically, the things that he knows best).

His keynote address will give us his candid insights and advice from his experiences as an entrepreneur, a “corporate guy”, and now a successful VC.

Donny Deutsch

Chairman, Deutsch, Inc.

Donny Deutsch has played host to some of America's most influential entrepreneurs and business titans for the past four years on his CNBC talk show “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch”. Now Donny has written the must-have guidebook for aspiring entrepreneurs everywhere aptly titled, THE BIG IDEA: How to Make Your Entrepreneurial Dreams Come True from the AHA Moment to Your First Million.

As Chairman of Deutsch Inc., Donny implemented his “leaner, meaner, faster, smarter” philosophy to transform a small advertising shop into one of the nation’s top 10 agencies. The $2.5 billion full-service agency has provided clients with strategic marketing programs that are intrusive, effective and talked about. Prestigious clients include Johnson & Johnson, Anheuser-Busch InBev, DIRECTV, Kodak and IKEA.

In 2005 Donny penned a business motivation book, Often Wrong, Never in Doubt, based on his career experiences. Donny is a Managing Partner of Deutsch Open City, an independent production company which has produced a string of highly acclaimed independent films. He also had a brief turn in politics as a lead member of the Clinton/Gore communications team in 1992.

Donny is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves on the Executive Committee of University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice as well as the Board of Directors for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

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