6:30 - 7:00 PM Networking & Refreshments
Speaker: Michael McDonald
Bio: Michael McDonald recently left Toshiba Semiconductors, where he was leading their “Office of the CTO” organization. An avid pilot and aircraft owner, he has nearly 1000 hours of flight time and has flown over 100 missions for Angel Flight West, a non-profit organization that takes people with serious, non-urgent medical conditions between remote locations and specialist doctors to receive the lifesaving care they need. Prior to Toshiba, he worked with Vislab, a startup that successfully completed the DARPA Grand and Urban Challenges; they also created four autonomous vehicle that travelled 16000 km - ~10k miles - along the Marco Polo Silk Road from Parma Italy to Shanghai China in 2010, the same year that Google first announced they were working on self-driving cars. Vislab was acquired by Ambarella in 2015. He has a BSEE from Rice University and has been involved with advanced technologies and Silicon Valley’s leading technology companies for nearly 30 years.
Title: Founder, Skylane Technologies Ventures