With an extensive background as a researcher, entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture investor and strategist in telecommunications, entertainment, enterprise systems, computer science & design, Glenn Edens has led research, technology transfer, product development, business development, innovation, strategy, corporate venture and family office investing as well as M&A transactions: uniquely spanning some of the World’s largest corporations to startups to non-profits. He currently is Professor of Practice on the faculty of ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management as well as consulting to firms across many industries.
Previously he directed research in computer networks, telecommunications, digital transformation, security and distributed computing at PARC, a Xerox Company. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Range Networks, Senior Vice President & Director of Sun Microsystems Laboratories, Chief of Technology Strategy and Chief Scientist at Hewlett Packard, President of AT&T Strategic Ventures (where he also served as Vice President of Broadband Technology at AT&T Laboratories). At Interval Research Corporation he directed research into home networking, consumer electronics, media production and media streaming. He also served as Chief Analyst for Paul Allen’s Vulcan Ventures.
Professor Edens’ seven startups include co-founder of Grid Systems Corporation, the company that created and developed the World’s first laptop computer, the first laptop in Space and the first tablet computer (his design for the clamshell laptop is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York), co-founder of WaveFrame Corporation, which developed the first all-digital audio workstation for the motion picture, television and music industries (WaveFrame received an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in for their pioneering work in digital media) as well as startups in scientific workstations, video editing and processing, asset management, software defined radio and desktop publishing.
Prior positions include Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Investor Relations at NBI, Product Marketing Director at Apple Computer, Director of Engineering at National Semiconductor and Manager of Advanced Development at Xerox Corporation (Palo Alto Research Center). He’s served as a Principal Investigator for major Government funded research projects at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DoE).
He’s served on boards of directors for private and public corporations including Flow, XR, Ventech, Excite@Home, CableLabs, Internet Capital Group, CMGi, F5 Networks, Georgia Tech College of Computing and ZeroOne: The Art & Technology Network as well as non-profits in the arts, music and sciences. Professor Edens’ artwork and design is included in private collections, solo and group exhibitions and major museums including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and The Smithsonian in Washington D.C.