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Bill Townsend to Speak April 11

March 30, 2006

Bill Townsend, founder of the internet search engine Lycos, Inc. and executive vice president of Pay By Touch, will speak at Baylor University's Ben Williams Distinguished Speaker Series on April 11, which is hosted by the Hankamer School of Business. Townsend will discuss how Pay By Touch humbly started and now four years later has grown into a firm that is valued over $2 billion. His stories can be applied to companies of all sizes.

Pay By Touch is a global leader in biometric authentication, personal rewards and payment solutions.

Townsend has an extensive background in managing start-ups that became companies such as Alloy, Yahoo!, MarketWatch, Google and eBay. He is credited with launching these companies into the mainstream competitive global market. Through strategic planning, troubleshooting, consumer adoption and incubation, he has created an extensive track record for himself in the cutthroat high-technology industry. Townsend has a MBA from Baylor and BA from The College of Wooster.

The event will begin at noon with a luncheon and will last until 1:30 p.m. It will be on the 5th floor of the Cashion Academic Center. The event is free and open to faculty, alumni and the business community, but space is limited. Registration is required. Register at 710-3495 or

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