Paul Cardis

CEO & Co-Founder @ On3

With over three decades of leadership experience in the technology sector, Paul brings a wealth of expertise to the table. As the founder of Avid Ratings, he steered the company to serve over 2,500 clients across North America, earning prestigious recognition as a Top 50 Most Influential Technology Company in both 2014 and 2015. In a significant milestone, Paul successfully divested a majority of his ownership stake in Avid Ratings to former Microsoft executives and venture capital firms in 2019.

Following a brief hiatus from entrepreneurial endeavors, Paul embarked on a new chapter, investing in groundbreaking startups, providing strategic consulting services, and co-founding This venture introduced an AI-driven mobile application designed to support frontline construction workers. Under Paul’s guidance, On3 garnered acclaim, earning distinctions such as the 2022 Most Innovative Startup by the National Association of Home Builders and the Housing Innovation Alliance 2023 Pitchfest Award for Data and Technology. Additionally, the company received a 2023 Brilliance Award from Techome Magazine, and in 2024 was recognized for the Ivory Prize as a top 10 finalist in the U.S.

Paul’s academic journey includes studies at Harvard University, focusing on Business Analytics, and pursuit of a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he reached ABD (all but dissertation) status. Before venturing into entrepreneurship, Paul’s career path included teaching secondary education and serving as a research and teaching assistant, instilling in him a profound passion for education and analytics that continues to drive his work at On3.

Outside of his professional pursuits and public speaking, Paul spends his free time in the great outdoors, indulging in activities such as hiking, fly fishing, boating, and exploring picturesque destinations across the globe.