Prof. Wray Buntine
As an academic and university professor, I have been interacting with different companies on R&D projects since 2004 in areas like social media, news monitoring and medical informatics. My own experience with start-ups spans a 5 year period. I ran my own company doing research contracts and developing internet software, Ultimode, with about 4 other partners and employees in Silicon Valley 1995 to 1999. In 1999 we sold out to Dynaptics, Inc., an early internet advertising start-up with which I developed a number of patents. The company went defunct in early 2001 and I went to work at Google, then a small company in two office floors in Silicon Valley.