look at somebody else’s, actually just looking at markets with this set of talent because I always learn something from talking to folks like you.

TWOHEY:

Hi. My name’s Paul Twohey. I’m a recovering academic so I’m now an entrepreneur and so I used to work at Palantir and now I’ve got a startup that we’re hoping is going to disrupt some markets ourselves. And I’m kind of excited about getting a glimpse into the future with some really smart people and making sure it turns out right.

LYBRAND:

Hi. I’m Fred Lybrand. I’m on the committee. I run the U.S. operations for an advanced textiles company that’s headquartered out of Europe and have started a company around food safety and nutrition using IT perspectives. And similar to Peter, I’m enthused about the opportunity for synthesis in a lot of the ideas that we’ve been talking about for almost two years now.

ZYDA:

Hi. I’m Mike Zyda. I’m the founder of the Games Program at USC, the Director of the USC GamePipe Laboratory. I’m also advisor to five startups, probably the most, two most exciting are Emsense, which is a brain sensing, human emotion modeling company, which now has offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, London. We started this in 2004. It's growing real quick. And also Happynin Games, which we founded in September. My brother is involved in that. And I hired 15 of my own students from my own program, which is pretty fun. How does my professional work link to this topic? I’m just kind of a disruptive kind of guy and maybe you need – [General laughter] – someone like that, and I just -- So what I typically do is I go and do what makes perfect sense to me and I just go make it happen. And this is, you know, I tried this in a military school. I was at the Naval Post-Graduate School for 21 years and founded the largest cross-disciplinary degree program there at the MOVES Institute. Built a hit game inside of the school, America’s Army, through its almost four million registered players. No one told me you’re not supposed to build a hit game, build an operating hit game inside of a university but what the heck, I just do what I feel compelled to do. I’ve also helped found a nonprofit in the last year called The Fight Against Obesity Foundation and it is sponsored by Steve Harvey, the comedian, if you know that. We’re just about to buy a building in Inglewood, California, to support a group that encourages proper diet choices and fitness. Anyway, what excites me about this meeting? A lot of interesting people, San Francisco’s fun, Gilman Louie, of course. You know, I always like to come to his meetings and listen to, know what he has to say and so I think it’s lots of fun to talk about the future. I think it’s really hard to predict the future. I think it’s, the future just happens and I think sometimes you have to just jump from what you’re doing and go to the next thing. So I got to do that. I quit my tenured full professor job on my 50th birthday and took a new position at USC and founded a game program. So that’s the kind of guy I am and that’s why I’m here.

GOLDHAMMER:

Thanks, Michael. Philip?

WONG:

I’m Philip Wong. I’m with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. I’m the director of Business Planning and Development. I have a small team that basically looks at any sort of strategic issues and population actually has, so these can range from issues around technology, they can also range from capital restructuring. So basically – and also forecasting and planning. So we cover a whole range of issues all across the company. The reason I’m interested – I’m going to do this the other way around. Before I actually joined Disney I was in technology for about close to a decade, started off my career at NASA, worked at actually Hughes Communications, Inc for a while, designed a satellite

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