Keith McGreggor is the director of VentureLab, Georgia Tech’s comprehensive center for technology commercialization that is open to all faculty, research staff, and students who want to form startups based upon their research. VentureLab transforms those innovations into startups by developing engaging business models, connecting researchers with experienced entrepreneurs, locating sources of early-stage financing, and preparing these new companies for global markets. With more than 140 active startups based on Georgia Tech’s technology, VentureLab has been consistently ranked as one of North America’s top ten university-based incubators for the last several years.
McGreggor is a Professor of the Practice in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, where his research explores artificial intelligence, visual reasoning, fractal representations, and cognitive systems. He is the Associate Director of the GVU Center, which inspires and enables interdisciplinary research in people-centered computing technology, creating new innovations for society. McGreggor is a lead instructor for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, the executive director of NSF’s I-Corps South Node, and is an internationally recognized leader in entrepreneurship education.
McGreggor has been an entrepreneur for the last three decades. His first company, Artificial Intelligence Atlanta, was the first AI company in the southeast, which led to a gig in robotics for Lockheed. He has been a founder or co-founder of six software companies and holds three core patents in computer graphics. McGreggor wrote and shipped the first 3D program and first color paint program for the Macintosh. He developed the color architecture for the Macintosh, wrote substantial portions of the graphics system, and managed the graphics group at Apple Computer in Cupertino. A stint as co-founder of an internet company in the mid 1990s led to McGreggor becoming a director of engineering at Yahoo in 1999.
McGreggor holds a BS, MS, and PhD in computer science from Georgia Tech.