Former IBM’er with 30+ years building startups with 3 acquisitions to date. Creator of the world’s first all-in-one website builder platform (now known as web.com) acquired by Network Solutions 7 months after launch, later sold to Verisign for $21B in stock, a leader in domain registry, security and Internet infrastructure.
Forde’s dedication to technological advancement is matched only by his commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). A proud graduate of an HBCU, Forde is driven to help these institutions stay at the forefront of digital trends. He identifies AI and streaming media as key areas for HBCUs to leverage for growth, competitiveness, and relevance.