Wesley Huffstutter is Entrepreneur in Residence with QUT Entrepreneurship. Wes is a serial entrepreneur and US expat living in Brisbane Australia. He is the CEO and Co-founder of SecuritySnares a cybersecurity tools company and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Queensland University of Technology (QUT.) He was the Co-founder and CEO of QuadMetrics (acquired by FICO), a cyber risk analytics company based in Ann Arbor, MI. QuadMetrics provides a predictive measure of the cyber risk of networks for insurance underwriters and enterprises seeking to understand their own security posture as well as the posture of their partners and vendors. The initial technology was developed at the University of Michigan.
Previously, Wes spent nearly a decade working for the University of Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer serving primarily as a startup expert/mentor and as the principal connector to resources (people and funding) for companies forming based on Michigan’s research. During his tenure, U-M started over 110 companies, of which more than 85% were still operating after 5 years, and the launched companies raised over $1B (USD) in equity financing. His role also included leading student entrepreneurship activities at Tech Transfer and entrepreneurial ecosystem development.
Wes has helped/advised/mentored countless companies through the Tech Transfer office and his own consulting. He started his career in Austin, TX as an early employee of machine vision and artificial intelligence company, Intelligent Reasoning Systems (purchased by Photon Dynamics (now Orbotech)) serving as a Researcher/Software Engineer, an Applications Engineer and finally directing the company’s marketing.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from DePauw University. He later obtained two graduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Engineering Management (McKelvey School of Engineering) focused on innovation and an MBA (Olin Business School) where he was designated a Knight Scholar. He is also an inventor on a U.S. Patent on software design and served on the board of directors of Fetchnotes (acquired by Drift), a graduate of the TechStars Boston program.
His wife is a Professor at QUT whose research revolves around understanding media industries, the future of television, net neutrality and media economics. He has 2 wonderful kids, a son named Sayre and a daughter named Calla. He has a proclivity to tinker. He likes to build and make stuff. He enjoys gardening, BBQ, and craft beer. He is a massive fan of the Arsenal and the Kansas City Chiefs traveling to see both play.