16 granted patents – Kurt is the lead inventor of disruptive technologies 5 industries, including being recognized by leading publications such as TechCrunch for three foundational patents covering Waze, check-in/location services (e.g. Foursquare, Facebook, etc.), and location-based advertising. He’s actively working with several companies on the next wave.
What others say about Kurt
Kurt is a very strategic thinker with the passion to execute. His skills in change management and organizational process improvements clearly came through in our involvement on the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). He’s a great collaborator and I certainly look forward to working with him again
Kurt is very good at what he does, he has excellent analytic skill sets and business insight. Kurt worked on number very important projects with me at NAV2 including Nokia, Shanghai GM and Shanghai VW. I’ve enjoyed working with Kurt very much and highly value his opinions and inputs.
Kurt is an all-star executive to who people across the company call upon when crucial programs are in dire need of decisive action. His remarkable ability to envision and conceptualize corporate strategy is equally matched by his talent for implementing these strategies. He does this work with integrity and humor, and as such, is a highly respected and inspiring leader. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Kurt at any point in the future.
He has been instrumental on a number of high stake projects, including the acquisition of GamesThatGive, Partnership establishment in the paid media space, Vitrue’s funding, and the sale of the company itself. Outside his high business acumen, Kurt is a great person to be around…I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Kurt on some of these projects and would highly recommend Kurt in any endeavor he undertakes next.
Due to his understanding the China market, Kurt always has the right and fitful answers for strategies. Kurt is a team player, we have lots of round of discussion among different companies in China, and he can always lead the effort and coordinate well within them.
What I value most about Kurt is his ability to think beyond the obvious and his desire to push the organization to challenge itself. One clear example was Kurt’s efforts to commercialize alternative uses for navigational maps at NAVTEQ (e.g. gaming, athletics, etc.). Kurt not only played a leadership role in the technical specification but also led the effort to drive the program within the company. Beyond his strategic and creative capabilities, Kurt is unique in his ability to see things from both a technical as well as a business perspective.
He has a unique combination of technical and business smarts to cut through a haze of information and identify if a product or service is viable to take to market.
He has the keen ability to cut through complex technical details to get to the heart of the value proposition and espouse that in a way that resonates with customers. Kurt’s a born leader; a strong charismatic individual, yet with a discerning ear and the natural ability to listen. Kurt acclimates to the big picture quickly; yet is willing to roll up his sleeves to get the job done. He makes a definite worthwhile addition to any team. I am happy to endorse him.
Kurt has a passion and enthusiasm for business that is catching. It is always a delight discussing ideas with him. Kurt has a truly amazing ability to bring people together for productive discussion and finding solutions to complex intellectual property licensing negotiations. He combines a visionary imagination with an analytical mind to craft innovative new strategies for bringing value to the marketplace
I worked with Kurt both as a customer and a colleague while at Useful Networks and NAVTEQ. Kurt spearheaded multiple teams partnering with key executives within NAVTEQ and other companies to develop and launch strategic initiatives that rapidly expanded NAVTEQ into new markets. He brings a wealth of industry knowledge and business know-how to the organization that really helps with setting direction and decision making.
A window into my life
When I’m not in the office or helping a company, I split my time between Roswell, Georgia and somewhere outdoors. Wherever I am in the world, you can reach me at @KurtUhlir or catch a glimpse of things below.