Cody has been operating at the intersection of technology and media since the late 1990s and is particularly interested in the ever-changing ways that our increasingly networked and connected society creates, distributes, and consumes information.
Cody is presently Executive Director at Techstars for North America, consisting of 10+ startup accelerator programs across the USA investing in 100+ startups per year, with more to come. Previously, Cody established and launched Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars, together with The Walt Disney Company, co-investing along with Disney in 20 media-focused tech startups in 2014 and 2015.
Earlier in his career, Cody he was the Chief Product Officer at StumbleUpon and a Vice President of Product Management at Yahoo. In the late-2000s, he taught in an adjunct capacity at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
He holds an MA in Transnational Communications and Global Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Kansas with a BA in history and East Asian languages and a focus on Mandarin Chinese.
When he’s not working or on the road, he can often be found in the Pacific Ocean trying to make his Kansas family proud by attempting to catch some waves.