Seventh-generation Texan and entrepreneur Kirk Coburn is another member of November Startup Weekend’s prestigious Judge’s Panel. He recently co-founded and is a managing director at the energy technology accelerator, SURGE. Prior to SURGE, Kirk founded Chief Outsiders, the PGA TOUR Network, and BLUSH Marketing. At each of these companies, he was involved from idea creation, market validation, team building, fund raising, company launch, operational execution and successful acquisition. Additionally, Kirk’s background includes time as an outsourced executive (CMO, COO, CFO) for high-growth companies in a range of industries.