David Lucatch, Advisor

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David Lucatch, Advisor

David Lucatch

Marketer, Tech Evangelist, Capital Supporter & Mentor

Staring his career at the emergence of desktop publishing in the mid 1980’s and as an early Internet adopter, David has spent more than 30 years in the international marketing arena and over 20 years of that developing online business concepts and technologies and taking them to market.  David has held senior management posts and directorships at both private and public media and technology firms. Throughout his business career he has been an active supporter of numerous organizations and has been recognized and awarded internationally for his service and community support activities.

With authorization from the NSA in the late 1990’s to export encryption technology from the United States, David developed the concept and led the initial online payment gateway team for the Canadian banking industry in 1997 with support from VISA and MasterCard.

In 1998, as part of the “kick off” for eCommerce in Canada, David and his team created an online marketing and eCommerce program for the Canadian Olympic Hockey team, featuring the first NHL professional players to join Olympic competition.  As part of the program, an exclusive promotional program was created featuring Wayne Gretzky for the Japanese market.

In early 2000, David successfully sold his interest in his first online company to focus on not for profit organizations and mentoring, creating initiatives that raised millions of dollars for organizations like the Children’s Miracle Network, DARE America, Reach for the Rainbow, Ovarian Cancer and others in North America, Europe and Australia from 2001 to 2004.  His legacy programs continued to create much needed funding for many of these programs.

Never one to sit still, in 2005 David returned to the online industry creating one of Canada’s first incubators, financing, creating and supporting projects globally in online language technology, VoIP telephony, online mapping, music and entertainment, live performance, Internet and mobile marketing and eCommerce.

Leading the development, marketing and launch program of his company’s initial online language technology, David and his team were instrumental in achieving a Guinness World Record in 2011 for the Most Nationalities in an Online Chat, which still stands today at 88.  At its height, the online chat platform offered real-time language to langue communications in over 60 languages and had over 200 million monthly users.

In 2013, David and his team worked with Disney Animation to create a global, multi-language “flash event”’ for the worldwide online premiere for the song Let It Go with Demi Lovato from the movie Frozen.   The iconic song reached won both the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2014 and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media in 2015.

David has also been part of teams that have been granted several US and international business process patents and trademarks.

In 2013 / 2014 David was a principal funding partner of the study “The inter-language reliability of BRAINscreen in co-ordinate bilinguals” by Professor Konstantine Zakzanis, Associate Chair, Mental Health & Co-op Program University of Toronto Scarborough. The study focused on the identification and relationship between dementia screening and bilingual language capabilities in individuals.

In late 2015 and early 2016, David left his full-time duties as CEO of two companies to pursue his own interests in media and technology.

In early 2016, together with 2 partners, David formed Catch Star Studios, an enterprise that focuses on media, technology and merchandising for the sports and entertainment industry.  As digital engagement specialists, Catch Star Studios works with professional sports teams and entertainment companies globally to increase their user engagement and eCommerce activities.  As part of Catch Star Studios, David also developed a new interactive engagement platform for online and mobile video, Clix.VideoTM, that allows users to engage directly with the video by clicking on “in video” items and tags directly calling the information from the video directly to the user’s mobile phone, tablet or computer.

In February of 2017, Stars and Pinstripes, a series created by Catch Star Studios and featured on the YES Network and Direct TV, was nominated for a NY Emmy Award in the Entertainment Program / Special category for the episode featuring Garth Brooks. David is one of the Executive Producers of the series.

In early 2017, David embarked on his latest business endeavor creating Crowdgener Inc. and its sister company Pegasus Fintech, Inc.  Both companies are positioned to support founders and emerging companies in their efforts to preserve long-term ownership and promote growth opportunities through crowd based funding program, including the issuance of regulatory compliant cryptocurrency.

In addition to his current activities, David focuses his business energies on creating Excellence Teams for supporting emerging technologies and online enterprises with operational, support and key leadership for success.  He also spends time on his investments and inventing new technologies, marketing programs and applications.  David remains an active mentor in the North American online and educational community.

Through his finance and related support activities, David has been instrumental in capital acquisition program resulting in over $100 Million being funded for start-ups, technology, online, digital engagement and integrated marketing initiatives.

David graduated in 1985 with a degree in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto, Canada’s leading university and a top 20 global ranked university, and continues to serve as mentor for both U of T and a variety of student programs and leadership initiatives. In 2010 David was a recipient of an Arbour Award from the University of Toronto, recognizing his continued activities and contributions to his alma mater and served a term as a member of the University’s Electoral College representing UTSC.  David served as an inaugural member of the Ontario Securities Commission SME Committee.

 

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