Grammy Winner Named Entrepreneurial Venture Creation Person of the Year
By Lori Wright, Media Relations
May 7, 2008
Kevin Short, professor of mathematics, is the 2008 Entrepreneurial Venture Creation Person of the Year. Credit: Douglas Prince, Photo Services
The Whittemore School of Business and Economics has named Grammy winner and
professor of mathematics Kevin Short the 2008 Entrepreneurial Venture Creation
Person of the Year.
“Kevin has been an entrepreneurial leader at the university, from developing
technology that led to the university’s first spin-out company to using
that technology to restore the only live recording of Woody Guthrie in concert.
We are honored to have such an innovator as a colleague and to recognize him
with this award,” said Dan Innis, dean of the Whittemore School.
Short was presented the award at the Bud Albin Challenge Round of the Paul
J. Holloway Prize Competition Saturday, May 3 at UNH Manchester. The Whittemore
School is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Paul J. Holloway Prize Competition,
which is the state’s oldest business plan competition and honors New
Hampshire businessman Paul J. Holloway. Three teams will vie for the $10,000
first-place prize in the final round of competition Wednesday, May 14, 2008,
“I feel honored to be receiving this award. I am excited about the potential
for start-ups in New Hampshire and I hope to continue working with the university,
New Hampshire entrepreneurs and students to take fledgling ideas and turn them
into companies,” Kevin Short said.
Short is the founder of Chaoticom, the university’s first spin-out company.
He is renowned for his invention of Chaotic Compression Technology, which uses
advanced signal processing methods and a mathematical theory known as chaos
in the analysis of audio, speech, video, and image data.
When consumers download a song or an artist’s ring tone to their cell
phones, they are using this type of technology. He used similar technology
in his role as a mastering engineer on a team that restored a 1949 bootleg
wire recording of a live Woody Guthrie concert, the only known live recording
believed in existence, and received his Grammy for this achievement.
The Entrepreneurial Venture Creation award is given to a New Hampshire resident
with a demonstrated commitment to the state's business community, an appreciation
for UNH and its resources, and a track record of creating entrepreneurial value
by starting companies, supporting and promoting new ventures and mentoring
individuals engaged in business start-ups.
More information on the 20th Annual Paul J. Holloway Prize is available at