Alex Knight has more than 20 years of experience as a pioneer at the intersection of technology and media.  He is currently CEO of EDGE Labs (www.edgelabs.net), which provides strategic consulting to technology, media, investment and consumer products companies. Knight has helped start and/or served on the boards of a wide range of companies including: About.com (now NYTimes), Classmates (now United Online), Coffee Equipment Company (now Starbucks), DataCastle and NewsCloud. He is also an angel investor in a number of social media and technology companies. Most recently, Knight was also a Portfolio Manager at Intellectual Ventures, a privately-held invention investment company with over $5 Billion under management. At IV, he led development of the global software portfolio for the firm’s Invention Development Fund, working with inventors and researchers around the world to drive long-term innovation. Previously, Knight was a Managing Director at ARCH Venture Partners, a national seed/early stage venture capital fund manager with nearly $1.5 Billion under management. As EVP of MCI News Corporation Internet Ventures, Knight led the joint venture’s business development, product management and editorial activities, including launch of the award-winning portal iGuide. Before joining MCI News, Knight led creative and business affairs for online services and broadband media at Microsoft. His responsibilities included establishing the Microsoft/NBC partnership and managing early work on the launch of MSN, interactive television applications/programming and local services, such as Sidewalk/CitySearch. Prior to Microsoft, Knight managed business development at Continuum Productions (now Corbis) and spent five years at Apple in a variety of roles, including managing developer relations and evangelism for the creation of Apple’s Personal Interactive Electronics business. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Stanford University.