Entrepreneurs in Residence

Current Entrepreneurs in Residence at HTR

Matt Foley

Entrepreneur in Residence
Matt is a serial entrepreneur working primarily on software startups in the market research industry. He is the founder and CEO of FocusGroupIt, a web-based platform for capturing qualitative feedback online.

Prior to founding FocusGroupIt, Matt was the co-founder of PluggedIN, a Rochester-based company that built and managed private online insight communities for mid-to-large size enterprises. PluggedIN was acquired in 2011 by Edelman, the world’s largest independent PR firm, where Matt stayed on as a Senior Vice President for two years following the acquisition.

Before PluggedIN, Matt was a senior qualitative market research consultant at Harris Interactive (now Nielsen), and co-founder of a user experience research firm, Customer Relevance.

Matt received a bachelor of science in business administration from Boston University and is a professionally trained market researcher through the Research in Values and Attitudes Institute.

Max Henry

Entrepreneur in Residence

Max Henry, an executive entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience leading Silicon Valley Internet, consumer, and business-to-business technology companies, has joined High Tech Rochester as an entrepreneur-in-residence.

He augments HTR’s existing team of EIRs, who provide business and commercialization support and mentoring to HTR clients in residence at the Lennox Tech Enterprise Center in Henrietta and to affiliate clients out in the community. Typically, EIRs meet with startups on a regular basis and help them chart milestones and achieve strategic and operational goals and objectives toward commercialization.

Henry is currently the founder and president of Humming Bird Leadership, a leadership development firm that helps people, teams, and organizations win. His former experience includes serving as president and CEO of multiple companies including Topica (internet marketing), PrivateExpress (digital courier delivery company), Fabrik Communications (business messaging company, sold to Critical Path), and JSB Corporation (global software company, sold as SurfControl to Websense).

In other roles, he served as vice president and general manager of Information Access Company (sold to Thomson), executive vice president and general manager of U.S. Telestar, and vice president and general manager of NeXT Computer (sold to Apple), where he was a direct report to Steve Jobs and was part of the executive policy team. Henry has served on numerous boards of directors and advisory boards and is currently board chairman at InfoStreet, an Inc 500 SaaS company.

Henry holds an MBA degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hobart College.