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BirthplacePittsburgh, PA


Pennsylvania State University, MBA 1994
International Marketing
University of Nebraska - Omaha, BBA 1990

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Brian Ardinger

Brian Ardinger is co-founder of The Big Plate (, a collaborative community for entrepreneurs and startups, former Chief Marketing Officer at Nanonation (, and the new Entrepreneur in Residence at NUtech Ventures.

Prior to these most recent projects, Brian was head of research at Ion Global, a Hong Kong headquartered technology firm where he developed Asia’s first dedicated customer experience lab to analyze and measure how customers utilized technology in their shopping and online experiences. In addition to his work overseas, Mr. Ardinger has been a Senior Consultant with Gartner based in Silicon Valley where he implemented strategy and research for multinationals around the world and managed projects in industries ranging from software to telecommunications.

On the personal side, he co-created the Quest-4 project where he road-tripped around America interviewing people about success and their varying paths in life. He’s a slow runner, a fast learner, and active in causes close to his heart including the Bionic Ear Association where he serves as a parent mentor.

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