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Ken Hood

Managing Partner, Fusion X Ventures

Fusion X Ventures is an early-stage investment fund focused on companies that build cloud-enabled smart machines. Among the partners at Fusion X Ventures are Scott Dennis and Alex Kuncznyski, co-founders of D&K Engineering, which designs machines for manufacturing. The team’s members have created hundreds of innovative products in Medical, Life Science, Food & Beverage, Commercial, Retail, Military, Printing, and Connected Kiosk Spaces. Hood has led multiple startups in the IoT space. He sold his last company, ClearAccess, to Cisco, and led Cisco’s Connected Home software team. Hood is a board member of several IoT companies.

ALMA MATER: Pomona College, MBA from Stanford University:

COMMUNITY: He is active in San Diego Venture Group and the Young Presidents Organization.