Kip Frey

Professor of the Practice of Law and Public Policy and Senior Strategist for Translation Services at Duke I&E


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Kip Frey has extensive experience in all aspects of start-up ventures. He is currently President and CEO of Canines, Inc., an early-stage company focused on animal cognition, which he founded with Duke anthropology professor Brian Hare. He was previously CEO of EvoApp, Inc. and Zenph Sound Innovations, Inc., transitioning in late 2009 from his partnership at venture capital firm Intersouth Partners in conjunction with Intersouth’s investment in Zenph.

Mr. Frey’s venture capital career began in 2000 when he joined Intersouth as a Venture Partner. He became a full-time partner in 2003, working with the firm’s information technology portfolio. Prior to joining Intersouth, Mr. Frey ran a series of successful venture-backed companies. He served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Ventana Communications Group, having sold the company in 1994 to the Thomson Corporation. In 1998 he became President of Accipiter, Inc. and sold the company to CMGI, Inc. Later that year Mr. Frey became President and CEO of OpenSite Technologies, Inc., which was acquired in 2000 by Siebel Systems. OpenSite was named NCEITA Software Company of the Year in 1999 and Mr. Frey was honored by Digital South Magazine as the Southeast’s top entrepreneurial CEO. He received the Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award in 2000.

A lawyer by training, Mr. Frey practiced intellectual property law before joining Turner Broadcasting System in 1990. While at Turner he ran several business units and contributed to the acquisition of Castle Rock Entertainment, the formation of the Cartoon Network, and the construction of the MGM Grand Hotel.

Mr. Frey has been a professor at Duke University for the past twenty years. He is currently Professor of the Practice of Law & Public Policy, where he teaches entrepreneurship and intellectual property policy.

Mr. Frey is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema and of Duke Law School, where he served on the Duke Law Journal.