Author, CFO, Technology Consultant
Paul Hynek has decades of successful experience in finance, technology, cryptocurrency, and entertainment. Paul is a Wharton MBA, an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Cryptocurrency
at Pepperdine University, and the creator of startup financial projections software that has raised over $1 billion for thousands and startups. He has significant executive, finance, software, and high-tech experience in the US, Europe, and Asia.
Paul works with numerous startups as either a Board member, advisor, or part-time CFO. Paul was involved in the making of Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes, Tintin, Real Steel, Warcraft, The Hobbit, Halo, Call of Duty, and numerous other movies and games. Paul led the successful acquisition of Giant Studios’ ownership of its renowned virtual production motion capture software, and was instrumental in Giant’s sale to James Cameron for Avatar 2-5. Paul was a consultant on HISTORY’s “Project Blue Book” about his father’s research into UFOs for the United States Air Force, which starred Aidan Gillen from Game of Thrones. He was the Technology Consultant on “Mayne vs. Shark” which was Discovery Channel’s big Shark Week special in 2019.
He conceived and produced Surf Monkey, the world’s first children’s online service, and introduced it with Bill Gates at the launch event for Microsoft Internet Explorer 4. Paul was instrumental in raising over $30,000,000, and positioning it for an IPO. As Director of Business Development at Bandai Digital Entertainment, he produced the first online service for a set top box, managing this multi-million dollar project with custom browser, chat, and e-mail, including relationships with over 100 developers. Paul has worked with the leading virtual and augmented reality companies in both content creation and distribution and helped USC incorporate virtual reality into their stroke recovery technology.
Paul is very active in cryptocurrency – he has worked very closely with David Chaum, the creator of the first digital currency. He has been an advisor to XYO for several years.
Paul is a sought-after speaker, having emceed, keynoted, moderated, and spoken at Mensa, South by Southwest, Harvard, Wharton, Raw Science, BIL, Brink, METAL, and numerous other
technology and startup conferences and events. Paul will speak anywhere in the world in any language given two months’ notice.
He has significant Board experience, serving on several corporate Boards and Advisory Boards, and has 15 years of non-profit Board experience, nine years as Chair. Paul is a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation. He has lived in Asia and Europe is fluent in French, capable in Japanese, and speaks some Mandarin, Thai, Portuguese, and Spanish. Paul has the most documented success in history at reversing his age, as published in Aging Cell Magazine in a study under the aegis of the Stanford Neuroscience Institute. He was featured in a television documentary in December 2021.
Paul has a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of Business, a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Joseph H. Lauder Institute, and a BA in French from the University of Illinois. Paul’s highly-rated course at Pepperdine uses a curriculum he developed that combines elements of accounting, finance, cryptocurrency, personal finance, entrepreneurship, and negotiations and also features diverse guest speakers, real-world experience, and kick-ass food.