Meet the Jury: George Karidis, Chief Strategy Officer at SoftLayer

George Karidis

Having completed the application process, we are now finishing off the final document to send off to the Jury. In just under a week, we’ll find out which 15 teams will go through to development. It’s no easy task given the volume and quality of applications.

We are honored to have George Karidis as a member of our jury, mentor during the App-Athon on the 22nd and 23rd of June and final jury member for the 24th where the 3 winners will be chosen. We are also really excited to have SoftLayer onboard with us as they bring excellent services and a kickass Catalyst program, part of the final prize.

George Karidis joined SoftLayer in January, 2008, and is responsible for the company’s strategic growth and marketing activities. Prior to joining SoftLayer, Mr. Karidis spent seven years with Devonshire Investors, the private equity arm of Fidelity Investments. There he drove the strategic planning efforts of portfolio companies focused on the telecom, hosting, and software markets, taking active roles in each company from inception through domestic growth and international expansions. Previously, Mr. Karidis led business development for a startup serving the SME market, and spent more than 6 years with the Yankee Group as an industry analyst covering the telecom and IT sectors. He holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University with majors in finance, accounting, and economics, and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Taken from the SoftLayer Management Team page

As a 500 Startups Mentor, George guides companies with Business Development, Growth, and Marketing expertise. You can also find him at TechStars as a mentor. And now, we are proud to say that you can find him at Lisbon BIG Apps too.

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