Paul Hynek

Biography

Paul Hynek has decades of  successful  experience  in  finance,  technology, and entertainment. He is a Wharton MBA, an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Accounting at Pepperdine  University,  and  the  creator  of   startup  financial  projections software that has raised over $1 billion for thousands and startups.  He has significant executive, software, and high tech experience in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Paul works with numerous startups as either a Board member, advisor, or part-time CFO. Paul was involved in the making of Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes, Tintin, Real Steel, Warcraft, The Hobbit, Halo, Call of Duty, and numerous other movies and games. Paul led the successful acquisition of  Giant Studios’ ownership of  its renowned virtual production motion  capture software,  and was instrumental  in  Giant’s  sale  to James Cameron for Avatar 2-5.  Paul  is  a  consultant  on   HISTORY’s  new  hit  show  “Project  Blue Book” and  was  the Technology Consultant  on  “Mayne  vs.  Shark”  which will  be Discovery Channel’s  big  Shark Week special in August, 2019.

He  conceived  and  produced Surf Monkey,  the world’s  first  children’s  online  service,  and introduced it with Bill Gates at the launch event for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4. Paul was instrumental in raising over $30,000,000, and positioning it for an IPO. As Director of Business Development  at Bandai  Digital Entertainment,  he produced the first  online service  for a set- top box, managing this multi-million dollar project  with custom  browser,  chat,  and  e-mail, including relationships with over 100 developers. Paul currently works with the leading virtual and augmented reality companies, in both content creation and distribution.

Paul is now active in cryptocurrency and Blockchain, advising several companies in the space. Paul is a sought-after  speaker, having  emceed, keynoted, moderated, and spoken at South by  Southwest,  Wharton / Penn, Harvard, Mensa,  Raw Science,  BIL,  Brink, and  numerous technology and startup conferences and events. He also has  significant  Board  experience,  serving  on   several  corporate  Boards and  Advisory Boards, and has 15 years of non-profit Board experience, nine years as Chair. Paul is a grant reviewer  for the National  Science  Foundation,  and leads  the  Technology Committee  of  the $100 million dollar effort to revitalize Pershing Square, the oldest public space in Los Angeles. He has lived in  Asia and Europe,  is fluent in  French, capable in  Japanese, and speaks some Mandarin,  Thai,  Portuguese,  and  Spanish.  He  authored  a  paper  entitled   “The  Hyper- Commons:  How  Open Science Prizes  Can Expand and Level  the Medical Research Playing Field” that  was published  in  Rejuvenation  Research.  Paul is one of 12 people  in  the world to regrow his  thymus gland  in  the first  FDA  approved  procedure  for life extension  under the aegis of the Stanford Neuroscience Institute.