Leveraging over 25 years experience launching new technologies and new business models, Gary Forni’s focus is now on mentoring, investing in, and growing startups in the Central Texas area.
As an active member of the Central Texas Angel Network his focus is disruptive technology. As a member of the business community he works with accelerators to maximize the success of entrepreneurs including at Techstars, Austin Technology Incubator, and as a founding investor and mentor in the consumer goods centric SKU accelerator.
As an entrepreneur his goal is to always be working on something uncomfortably exciting. He has worked to bring eight new businesses to market. Prior to his present activities he was CEO of Tuffwerx, a business-to-consumer online used heavy equipment marketplace, and earlier still the CEO of HeatGenie, focusing on food and beverages with the world’s first solid-state self-heating technology. Previous roles include running the Embedded Business Unit at Marvell Semiconductor and extensive time at Intel where he was the Worldwide Director of Marketing focused on strategic partnerships in the mobile space. At Intel he was a force in starting four new businesses, including both the flash memory business, which exited for $1.2B, and the XScale cellular business, which exited for $600M. At the industry level, Mr. Forni has published over twenty articles and papers, chaired standardization committees, and co-authored a book on flash memory technology. Mr. Forni holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a M.B.A. Today, he volunteers a significant amount of time focusing on both STEM and innovation education in Central Texas through roles on the E3 Alliance Board and as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence/Mentor at the University of Texas, Austin.