Lorenzo Thione

A serial entrepreneur with a passion for the intersection of technology, art, design, communication and social value.

Lorenzo is a Tony-Nominated Broadway producer (Catch Me If You Can, American Idiot, Elling) and am the co-creator and lead producer of Allegiance (a new Broadway-bound musical starring George Takei and Lea Salonga) for which he spearheaded social-media viral strategies that led to astounding growth and unprecedented awareness and audience engagement for a Broadway show in its development phase, and to the founding of The Social Edge, where he serves as Chief Executive.

He previously co-founded startups Powerset (acquired by Microsoft in 2008) and Artify.it; he is an investor and advisor for startups such as Crowdflower, CrowdMed, Famo.us, Etacts (now Salesforce), ChoicePass (now Salesforce), Gobble, and Lucid Charts.

Lorenzo is the co-founder and board chair emeritus of StartOut, the leading non-profit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship within the LGBT community. He's an outspoken LGBT advocate and was named one of the most influential LGBT people in tech in 2014 by Business Insider.

He was born and raised in Milan, and completed my studies at the University of Texas at Austin, from which he holds a M.S. in Computer Engineering.