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Bob Smith, Executive Director
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Bob Smith is Executive Director of the ESD Alliance responsible for its management and operations. Previously, Bob was senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Uniquify, responsible for brand development, positioning, strategy and business development activities. Bob began his … More »

Cognitive Era Series Continues October 18

 
October 10th, 2017 by Bob Smith, Executive Director

We hope you’ll be able to attend the second evening in a series on The Cognitive Era titled, “Preparing for the Cognitive Era: Education, Occupation and You,” offered by Vishal Kapoor, a founding principal at three legged stool.

Vishal Kapoor

The evening, presented by Jim Hogan and co-hosted by the ESD Alliance and San Jose State University (SJSU), will be held Wednesday, October 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments and networking. Vishal’s talk will start at 7 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m.

Vishal will share his perspective on the dynamics of the Cognitive Era and assess the major shifts in education, occupation and understanding of the practical dynamics. He will challenge audience members to think about how the Cognitive Era is affecting them and whether they are prepared for it.

The event, open and free of charge, will be held at SJSU’s Diaz Compean Student Union Theater, 211 South 9th Street, San Jose, Calif.  To register, go to: http://bit.ly/2xar60S

San Jose State University

Diaz Compean Student Union Theater

211 South 9th Street

San Jose, Calif. 95112

Complimentary parking is available.

Many of you know Vishal and three legged stool, a boutique consulting firm that focuses on product/market fit, channel strategies and product launch. Before three legged stool, he was vice president of marketing and product management at Cadence, giving him insight into the system design ecosystem. These days, he works with a broad range of clients from large corporations to startups. three legged stool works with organizations to drive all aspects of new business/product creation, including business and marketing plans, target customer segmentation, product definition, pricing and packaging, brand, market gap analyses and product market fit.

Earlier in his career and prior to Cadence, Vishal worked in engineering, sales and product management at Alcatel, Silicon Access Networks and Verisity. He started his career engaged in the discovery of the Higgs Boson, developing big data and tiered data acquisition systems at the Superconducting Super Collider for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Vishal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Bombay and a Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of Texas specializing in advanced computer architecture and artificial intelligence. He was the co-founder of the higher education startup Vocareum, and currently serves on the boards of Class Central and ThoughtBase, the Design Council of The Tinkering Labs and the Advisory Boards of Satalia and Etairos.

Watch this blog for more news on upcoming activities we’re hosting in the coming months.

And, a reminder that the ESD Alliance will be at Arm TechCon in Booth #628 Wednesday, October 25, from 10:30am until 6:30pm and Thursday, October 26, from 10:30am until 5:30pm at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, Calif.

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