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Corey Ford

Matter Ventures

Corey Ford is Founder and Managing Director of PublicMediaX, an impact acclerator changing media for good. Providing mentorship, space, and funding for entrepreneurs building media ventures that strengthen our civic society and enrich our culture, PublicMediaX is the disruptive playground for entrepreneurs to invent the future of media from the outside in. It is financed by a $2.5M seed grant from the John S. and James L. Knight foundation and supported by Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

Corey most recently built and ran Runway, a pre-team, pre-idea incubator for entrepreneurs at Innovation Endeavors, Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s early stage venture capital fund. Graduates of Runway include Lumoback, a mobile health start-up developing a smart posture sensor that prevents back pain through real-time posture feedback.

Corey works at the intersection of design thinking, early stage entrepreneurship, and media. He taught design thinking innovation at the Institute of Design at Stanford University (known as “the d.school”) and is a member of The Designer Fund. Corey began his career in public broadcasting managing the production of 17 films for the PBS/WGBH series FRONTLINE, earning an Emmy and a duPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Corey earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he concentrated on entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation. He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in journalism and international studies. He lives in Palo Alto, CA with his wife Jenna and his two daughters.

Corey is a member of Class 17 and served his fellowship at PublicMediaX fund with mentor Jake Shaprio of PRX.