Entrepreneur in Residence
Ben J. Dyer is an Entrepreneurial Advisor at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and has taught undergraduate students in the Longhorn Startup Program. He is currently an advisor to Polygraph Media, a data-science-driven Facebook Marketing Partner based in Austin, and to Avexia, a Denver company creating a digital health solution to manage the physical and psychological recoveries of injured athletes. He serves on the board of BeHome247, a Hilton Head-based IoT company in the home automation and property management market. He for a dozen years authored TechDrawl, a sponsored blog promoting technology entrepreneurship and innovation across the South. He has now rebranded and repurposed that as part of writing a book on Startup Decision Making.
Dyer is best known as a founder of Peachtree Software and served as its president from inception through its sale to Management Science America in 1981. He subsequently founded Comsell, an early interactive media company that he sold to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, followed by Intellimedia, which created CD-ROMs for sports education and transitioned web development in the late 1990’s. Intellimedia was funded by Cox Enterprises, its largest customer. He is a general partner in a 2000-vintage $41M seed stage venture fund in Atlanta that is in the final stages of harvest. He has additional financial experience as Chairman, President and CEO of Enterprise Bank of Atlanta in the late 80’s, and as a General Partner of Jackson Capital, an investment banking firm, and the affiliated Atlanta Life Venture Fund from 2005 to 2008. He was in 2015 a founder of a Georgia-based company delivering through its Specimatch product Clinical Trial and Precision Therapy information to patients and their clinicians in community oncology practices; he served as an advisor and CFO through February 2017.
Dyer has concentrated his community activities on higher education. He has been president of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and Chairman of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, where he remains an emeritus member of the board. In 2006 he received the Joseph Mayo Petit Alumni Distinguished Service Award, Georgia Tech’s highest honor for its alumni. In 1998 Dyer was inducted as the 14th member of Georgia’s Technology Hall of Fame. Dyer holds a BIE degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University. Both of his children graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.