Venture Connectors

Aug. 4 Lunch: The Entrepreneur’s Canvas —
The Bluegrass State

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Building Businesses in Kentucky

Got the next big idea and want to launch your business in Kentucky? Join Venture Connectors on Wednesday, Aug. 4, to hear from Paul Ford, Founder and CEO of Traffk, and Managing Principal of DS9 Capital, who will share his journey and insights into the advantages of building businesses in the Commonwealth.

Traffk is an innovative insurance underwriting and distribution platform designed to build and launch modern insurance products and brands that scale. DS9 Capital is a privately held business development company (BDC) focused on commercializing/warehousing IP and launching a portfolio of founder-friendly companies closely tied to insurance and financial services. Paul has successfully launched several companies out of his BDC, with more on the way.

Paul is a Northern California native, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He moved to Kentucky four years ago to improve quality of life and build in the region after surveying several destinations in the United States for his headquarters. Paul’s technology, insurance and economics background helps him carve out opportunities and build incredible networks that enable job creation and economic opportunities in the communities where he operates.

We’re excited to return to in-person events! This month’s lunch will be held at TEN20 Craft Brewery, located at 1020 E. Washington St., and catered by Happy Belly. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., with lunch from noon to 1 p.m. and networking afterward.

Members attend free, and guests are $40. For questions, email us at