Alex Furmansky

Alex Furmansky is the founder of Budsies, the company that turns any artwork or photo into a custom plush animal. The company has grown into a tech-driven brand leader within the gifts and collectibles arena. Its 150+ designers, seamstresses, and pattern makers have made over 23,000 custom creations for families in 65 countries worldwide. Sparkology, Alex's first company, was NYC's pre-eminent singles community with over 20,000 members. Previously, Mr. Furmansky was Director of Business Development at OpenPeak and a financial analyst at Evercore Investment Bank's M&A advisory group. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and the Wharton School of Business.

Alex blends institutional best practices and early stage hacks to share actionable methods with a comical twist. His favorite topics include growth hacking, digital marketing techniques, guerrilla marketing tactics, and tricks for turning websites into scalable customer acquisition channels. Audiences appreciate his no-nonsense candor, inspirational examples, and trademark impromptu whiteboarding with the crowd.