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Paul Judge

Dr. Paul Q. Judge is a serial entrepreneur and noted scholar. He has founded several companies that grew and resulted in successful acquisitions.

Dr. Judge currently serves as Tech Entrepreneur and Investor for Luma and Pindrop Security.  Prior to that, he served as Chief Research Officer and VP at Barracuda Networks. In 2009, Barracuda Networks acquired Purewire Inc, a leading Web security-as-a-service company that Judge founded. Purewire was started in 2007 and acquired within two years. In that time, Purewire grew to almost 40 employees, received several industry awards, and built an impressive customer base.

Dr. Judge is cofounder and Executive Chairman of Pindrop Security, provider of phone anti-fraud and authentication solutions, founded in 2011. He heads Judge Ventures, an investment firm that focuses on opportunities in making the Internet safe, useful, and entertaining. He is an investor and advisor at Ionic Security and Limitless Smart Shot. He is also an investor in Bluebox, Perch, and WizzyWig.

In 2000, Dr. Judge joined the founding team of CipherTrust which became one of the fastest growing companies in North America reaching 300 employees and over 3000 customers in more than 50 countries including half of the Fortune 500. CipherTrust was acquired by Secure Computing for $273 million in 2006. From 2006-2007 Dr. Judge served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of publicly traded Secure Computing. During his tenure at CipherTrust and Secure Computing, Dr. Judge headed the technology strategy and product delivery including research, engineering, and product management. Prior to his tenure at CipherTrust, Dr. Judge worked briefly with IBM and NASA.

Dr. Judge has received numerous awards including being recognized by MIT's Technology Review Magazine as one of the top 100 young innovators in the world in 2003, featured in Black Enterprise’s list of ‘50 Most Powerful Players Under 40’ in 2005, named in The Network Journal’s ’40 Under 40’ in 2005, awarded the Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award in 2006, selected as one of Atlanta's Power 30 Under 30 and listed in InfoWorld's Top 25 CTOs in 2007. In 2008, Baton Rouge Business Report selected him as a ‘Top Forty Under 40.’ In 2009, Paul was named Georgia Corporate CIO of the Year.

He is an inventor of about 30 patented and patent-pending computer security technologies. Dr. Judge has spearheaded multiple research initiatives and founded the Internet Research Task Force’s Anti-Spam Research Group. Dr. Judge is a recognized authority on information security issues, having authored numerous papers that have been published in leading academic journals and presented at multiple industry and academic conferences. Dr. Judge has also been featured in hundreds of national media outlets including CNN, Forbes, Business Week, and Fox News. Dr. Judge holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Morehouse College, and received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Network Security from Georgia Tech.

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