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Alex Furmansky

Startups & Playful Tech
Alex Furmansky is a mensch with a wild side.

He is the founder of Budsies, the company which turns artwork and photographs into 3D custom stuffed animals.  Budsies has brought to life over 75,000 custom plush creations.  From Budsies, he also spun out Petsies (which turns photos of people's pets into plush dopplegangers) and Stuffed Animal Pros (which creates custom stuffed animals for brands like Google and Apple).  Alex's prior venture, Sparkology, which he sold in 2016, was the invite-only online dating service for 20,000+ successful young professionals.  Alex appeared on Shark Tank and is a contributing writer to the Huffington Post and Inc. magazines.  Alex graduated from the Management & Technology Program at University of Pennsylvania and Wharton.

Alex enjoys surfing, sailing and marveling at airplanes.  He also co-runs the Free Advice project, where complete strangers sit down and share their most intimate problems.