Tech Venture Capitalist, Founder, Atom Factory
An entrepreneurial force that evolved from musician and legendary talent manager to tech mogul, VC visionary, executive producer and member of the Billboard Power 100, Troy Carter is now as famous for the start-ups that he early invested in (Uber, Lyft, Warby Parker, Dropbox, Spotify, Slack, Gimlet Media and The Skimm) as the artists that he launched to stardom (Lady Gaga, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Nelly, Priyanka Chopra and others). Known for the “art of the hustle,” Carter’s unstoppable combination of work ethic, grit and genius took him from high school dropout to multi-millionaire CEO. In industry after industry, his stellar successes share a common thread: a proven talent to recognize the potential of artists, technology, business models, founders, organizations and leaders. Read More >
The Ups and Downs of Entrepreneurship
Investing in Risky Ideas
Building the Gaga Brand
Interview with The Hollywood Reporter
The New Age of the Music Industry
Interview at Evenpro Conference
From high school dropout to multimillionaire CEO, Troy Carter attributes his success to “the art of the hustle,” his unstoppable combination of work ethic, grit and genius. In this highly motivational speech, he explores this powerful mindset and the traits and character vital to success in career and life. He also explores what he has learned from failure, celebrates the power of reinvention, and shares his secrets to staying fresh and ahead of trends. Throughout, he tells his own inspiring tory of bucking impossible odds to reach stellar success –leaving audiences energized to take on new challenges and overcome obstacles.
Step into Troy Carter’s tech world for a look at his latest startup investments and what’s in the pipeline in Silicon Valley and beyond. He also looks at the future through a cultural lens viewing upcoming trends with an eye for “futureproofing your business” against disruption. How will shifts in demographics and behaviors affect how brands must engage with customers? Coming from a unique vantage point at the center of tech innovation, branding, and culture, Troy Carter reveals what’s coming next and how it will impact our lifestyles and businesses.
What do Lady Gaga, Warby Parker, John Legend, Lyft and Uber all have in common? One man saw their potential: Troy Carter. Now an investor in more than 80 companies, Carter holds a unique position at the intersection of tech and entertainment, multi-billion dollar start-ups and tomorrow’s culture. His talent for spotting potential across numerous and varied industries continues to fuel his success. In this game-changing keynote, Carter shares what he looks for when evaluating founders, leaders, individuals, investments and more. He also explores how to foster and develop those qualities in others, yourself and your brand.
"The event was a huge success. His opening remarks were terrific, energetic and also funny. He kept the Innovation Tank event moving and did a terrific job of hosting the competition. He did a great job of bringing the judges to a decision and awarding of the prizes. I thought it went better than last year’s competition."
"The buzz is that Troy was the best Speaker EVENPRO has ever brought to Venezuela. I’ve heard firsthand the success of the event has encouraged leadership to push forward with future entertainment branding initiatives."
"Troy was wonderful. I’ve heard nothing but kudos regarding his talk and his time spent with the students was fabulous. Our students were really engaged with Troy and it appeared that he enjoyed himself as well. He was very easy to work with and accommodating. Thanks for all you did to ensure a successful kick-off to our 25th season."
"Techtoberfest was incredible! Troy Carters’ presentation was absolutely perfect and very well received. The client loved having Troy there and he seemed to have a great time, too. Thank you!"
"Our audience absolutely loved Troy! We had him interviewed by Bakari Sellers (a CNN contributor) and his candor and openness was a huge hit. Thanks for all of your help."