Gary Fowler is the CEO, President, and Co-founder of GSD Venture Studios. Previously, he co-founded top CIS accelerators GVA and SKOLKOVO Startup Academy, where over 30% of the companies went on to achieve success. He has founded 11 companies, including Yva.ai and DY Investments, and has a successful IPO and CKSW under his belt. At the AI startup Yva.ai, Gary Fowler contributed extensively to the growth of the company and helped it reach a significant valuation in just over three years. He has won numerous awards, and most recently he was named one of the "Top 10 Most Influential AI Executives” by Analytics Insight and one of the “Top Transformational Business Leaders of 2019” by IndustryWired Magazine. He is also a contributing writer for Forbes.
At GSD, Gary Fowler serves as the driving sales generation force as well as one of the lead mentors for all GSD portfolio companies. He takes a senior operational role in each GSD-backed startup, putting several decades of expertise behind them. His extensive experience with both the AI industry and the Russian startup community enables him to quickly spot promising young companies and identify those primed for explosive global growth. As a result, he builds strong relationships with founders and teams who are bold enough to #GoGlobal. He resides in the Silicon Valley area but travels frequently to Russia to promote GSD’s international interests.