SIMON KUO

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Simon Kuo, Ph.D. is co-founder and managing partner of LightThread, LLC, a Kansas City-based business and digital strategy consulting firm and Westside Studio, a creative content development company. Kuo brings a unique set of skills to these companies, including experience in areas as diverse as content creation, product development, executive leadership & corporate strategy.

At LightThread, Kuo has helped develop digital strategies for Fortune 500 companies, marketing strategies and tactics for local businesses and advised numerous startups. He has extensive knowledge of social media tactics and applications and has been a leader in leading social media efforts, including launching social media as a corporate strategy at one of the largest telecommunication companies in the U.S. At Westside Studio, Kuo has been responsible for creating innovative content, from editorial photo shoots to video production for clients like Ingram’s Magazine, Sporting Kansas City and Proctor & Gamble and many other clients.

Previously, Dr. Kuo served in an array of leadership positions for Fortune 60 to 300 companies including vice president of corporate strategy for EMBARQ Corporation, where he was responsible for among other things, the company’s innovation efforts and vice president of information technology services for Sprint-Nextel where he was responsible for all web development.

He has also had executive and management positions in ebusiness, product management and human resources and serves as an advisor for technology startups. In the non-profit sector Kuo is past president and chairman of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, has been a board member for the Center for Telecommunications Management at USC's Marshall School of Business & the Software and Information Technology Association of Kansas (SITAKS) and currently is vice chair of the Biological Sciences Advisory board at the University of Kansas. Kuo holds a bachelor of arts degree in history of art, a bachelor of sciences degree in systematics and ecology and a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Kansas.