Ken Denman is an entrepreneur, board member and investor. Mr. Denman, an experienced technology CEO with executive, strategic and operational experience across software, artificial intelligence, wireless, and enterprise applications. Ken is currently a Venture Partner with Sway Ventures. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Emotient, Inc., an innovative venture-backed software startup that built an artificial intelligence (deep learning) based platform for measuring facial expressions, leveraging computer vision and behavioral & cognitive science to predict emotions. Emotient was acquired by Apple in January of 2016. Ken has also been CEO of two silicon valley public software companies, including Openwave (since re-named Unwired Planet) where he directed this Nasdaq listed mobile middleware technology company through a major strategy transition. While at iPass, Mr. Denman was Chairman and CEO and led a successful IPO in 2003. He has also served as Senior Vice President for MediaOne, leading a significant portion of this top 4 cable operator’s US operations. In an expat role, he served as Chief Operating Officer –Wireless, for MediaOne International, based in London. Ken holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Washington and a B.S. in accounting from Central Washington University.
Mr. Denman is a member of the board of directors of Costco Wholesale (COST). Motorola Solutions (MSI), Shoretel (SHOR), Mitek Systems (MITK), and LendingClub (LC).
In September 2012, Mr. Denman was appointed to the Edward V. Fritzky Endowed Chair in Leadership at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, as a Visiting Professor. Ken is also a board member of the UW Foster School of Business and is also a member of the board of directors of the UW Foundation.