Award-winning Keynote Speaker
He's created some of the US's top category-leading software companies
Now, Marty shares his passion for mentoring and entrepreneurship with audiences everywhere
Named "Developer of the Year" and creator of "Best Accessible iOS Game of the Year” (2015, 2016, AppleVis's Golden Apple Awards)
One of the "Technology Fast 500™ in the US (Deloitte & Touche, 2000)
"Top 500 Software Companies in the US" (Software magazine, 2000)
"Entrepreneurship is not for the weak of heart.
Be persistent, be resilient. The best ideas will always drive success."
Most requested topics
Learning as you play: The Blindfold Games Story
Mentoring Students on App Creation
Building Profitable Businesses That Give Back
Marty Schultz is a mentor-speaker, angel fund investor, award-winning innovator and creator of some of the top category-leading software companies over his expansive career.
In 2014, Marty started Blindfold Games, an app development company that builds accessible games for the visually impaired community. The idea for Blindfold Games was conceived serendipitously during an after-school App Design Club he started at his daughter’s middle school. To date, the company has released over 80 games that promote learning through gamification. The games are enjoyed by over 10,000 visually impaired people from 7 to 70 years old, and recently surpassed the 500,000th download.
Marty's current venture is ObjectiveEd, whose mission is to maximize education outcomes for children with disabilities, initially focusing on students with visual impairements.
In 2005, he founded McGruff SafeGuard, a parental control system in partnership with the National Crime Prevention Council and McGruff the Crime Dog, a talking dog loved by generations of children, designed to increase crime awareness and personal safety. The service alerted parents to online dangers for their children, such as Internet predators, sexual abuse or drug use and provided helpful advice about online parenting issues.
In 2000, Mr. Schultz co-founded eSped (www.esped.com), an educational SaaS focusing on school districts providing services for special-needs students. He was also the founder and President of Omtool (www.omtool.com, 1991-1999), a company that provided enterprise messaging systems to Fortune 500 companies. Omtool completed an IPO in 1997 and was one of the top 500 software companies for several years. Prior to Omtool, Mr. Schultz founded and ran a company that enabled hundreds of computer resellers to prosper by selling the new generation of microcomputers.
Throughout his career, Marty has received many awards and recognition for his work, including being named “Developer of the Year” (2015) and “Best iOS Game of the Year” (2016) at AppleVis’s Golden Apple Awards, as well as one of the “Technology Fast 500™ in the US” by Deloitte & Touche and Software magazine’s “Top 500 Software Companies in the US” (2000).
A firm believer in sharing his knowledge with others, Marty mentors entrepreneurs and presents at startup and venture capital conferences on how to bootstrap and grow software startups. His presentations include topics such as "Lessons Learned from Bootstrapping Companies" and "How My Hobby - Blindfold Games - Has Brightened the Lives of Thousands."
He holds a Certificate from the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management Program and earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.