Hilmi Ozguc, Founder & CEO at Swirl
Hilmi founded Swirl with the goal of revolutionizing the retail industry by leveraging the power of mobile technology to transform the in-store shopping experience. He has been a successful entrepreneur and executive in the software industry for the past 20 years, having created groundbreaking companies worth over a quarter billion dollars that realize the Internet’s potential as a global advertising and marketing vehicle. Hilmi previously founded Maven Networks, an early leader in Internet video technology, which was acquired by Yahoo! and today powers the video advertising infrastructure for the world’s largest network of Internet media properties. Earlier, Hilmi was founder and CEO of Narrative Communications (acquired by Excite@Home), a pioneer of rich media Internet advertising technologies that brought more effective branding capabilities to Fortune 500 advertisers and more engaging web experiences to consumers.
Hilmi has been named CEO of the Year by Mass High Tech, is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and has been featured in Business Week, CNBC, CNN, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Hilmi holds a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering and a master’s degree in Software Engineering from Boston University.