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About the Event

In this talk, I'll review some basic "rules of thumb" (ROT) for starting and operating a high-tech business, including:

  • How to pick a project
  • How to get it funded
  • How to hire the right people
  • How to keep people on-board

Note: These ROT will be from my own experience.


About the Speaker

Dave Adler studied Applied Physics at Caltech, (BS '83, Blacker) and Physics at Cornell (Ph.D. '89).  He taught at Caltech (as an undergrad TA), Cornell, Univ. of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and Stanford.  He helped assemble the 40m gravity wave detector at Caltech, giving him a LIGO age of 37 years (exceeded by only a few people). His Myers-Briggs type is the "Inventor" (ENTP)--which explains the 100 or so patents bearing his name.  He's CEO of SVXR, a company he started in 2014 to develop a high-speed x-ray microscope for semiconductor inspection.  Before that, Dave was Chief Technologist at a KLA-Tencor (big semiconductor equipment company).  Dave is also an active pilot and beekeeper.


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