By Gregg A Masters, MPH

First posted on 1/21/2014

If you’ve ever experienced the CES Press Room, well it’s a challenge to both navigate and leverage. According to CES onsite staff, some 20k registered members of the press jam into a rather large theater to cover the event. This includes a scheduled first come, first served set of conference room cubicles of varying sizes.

In our musical chairs, we snagged conference room A for a 2 hour segment on Friday, January 10th and got to know more about Rob Nail, the CEO of Singularity University (SU) aka @singularityU.

Rob is an amazing speaker and his creative enthusiasm and tech vision is both tangible and infectious. In this chat, Dr. Pat Salber learns more about Rob, his passion and the mission of SingularityU, including several companies spawned from ‘SU’ in launch mode: Genome Compiler (@GenomeCompiler), Get Around (@GetAround), and Matter Net (@MatterNet).


More about Rob:

Rob is the CEO and Associate founder of Singularity University. When not cheerleading for the university, he is building new forums to catch and propel the amazing ideas and people that come out of it. If he’s not doing that, he’s riding something, building something, starting something, funding something, or advising something.

Prior to Singularity, he co-founded Velocity11 in 1999, building automation equipment and robotics for cancer research and drug discovery. After being acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2007, he traded the CEO role for a General Manager role attempting to be a catalyst for change at a big company. He gave up in 2009 to go surfing. He is also a co-founder of Alite Designs, is an active angel investor, and holds degrees in Mechanical, Materials Science and Manufacturing Engineering from UC Davis and Stanford University.



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