Johnston Company - CEO Gathering: Getting a Return for Stakeholders

When: Wed December 05, 2012 5:30 pm

Organization: Johnston Company

Location: Element Hotel, 727 Marrett Rd., Lexington, MA 02420

Speaker(s): Eric Giler, CEO of WiTricity

Website: http://goo.gl/mf8Sv

Jim Johnston will lead a peer-to-peer discussion with CEOs of small and medium sized companies in New England. He will be joined by WiTricity CEO Eric Giler.

Only CEOs attend. This is an opportunity for a candid, productive discussion among peers.

Discussion will focus on how to get the best return for all stakeholders.

  • We’ll look especially at revenue from out-licensing and funding from corporate investors:
  • What must be in place for you to out-license your intellectual property?
  • What are the pros and cons of out-licensing as a major revenue source?
  • Is competition between you and your licensees a problem?
  • What are the advantages and pitfalls of having corporate investors, as compared to VCs?
  • Is a corporate investment a prelude to ultimate acquisition? Is this good or bad?
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About Eric Giler:

Eric Giler is CEO of WiTricity, founded in 2007 to commercialize an exciting new technology for wireless electricity (www.WiTricity.com ). Mass Technology Leadership Council named WiTricity “Emerging Innovative Company of 2009” and Mass High Tech named Eric an “All-Star of New England Innovation Economy”. Prior to WiTricity, Eric was CEO of Groove Mobile, a provider of mobile music commerce platforms, from April 2006 until its acquisition by Live Mobile, Inc. in March 2008. Eric was the founder and CEO of Brooktrout Inc., a provider of telecom software and hardware platforms, from 1984 until its acquisition by EAS Group, Inc. in October 2005. Under his leadership, Brooktrout grew to over $150M in annual revenue, and had a successful IPO in 1992. Eric is also an investor with Common Angels and serves on the boards of directors of SoundBite Communications and Muse Research, and is a trustee of Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. He is the author of eight patents. Eric holds a BS degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Eric is also profiled as a TED speaker.