Entrepreneurship Seminar: Meet Integra Devices - A UCI Start-up Living on the Edge - of the Internet-of-Things
Integra Devices LLC
Free and open to the public
Bio: James Spoto has over 30 years of executive and technical experience in the semiconductor and EDA industries at companies like Conexant, Rockwell, Harris and Cadence. Over the last decade, he has applied his entrepreneurial skills to nurture and build a number of successful start-ups.
James is presently CEO and co-founder of Integra Devices, a company that is commercializing ground-breaking UC Irvine laminate-based micro-devices technology for the Internet-of-Things. In 2009, he co-founded Sunrise Micro Devices and served as president & CEO until 2013. During his tenure as CEO, he was instrumental in the company’s successful growth, capturing multi-million dollar contracts and strategic partner investment. From 2001 to 2007, James was president and CEO of Applied Wave Research where he led the company to profitability and sales growth from $7M to over $20M. Both Sunrise and AWR concluded successful exits, being acquired by ARM Ltd and National Instruments respectively.
Before AWR, James served as Senior Vice President of Platform Technologies at Conexant Systems from 1997 to January 2001. His responsibilities included the development of the core technology portfolio for Conexant including semiconductor processes, packaging, design automation, and intellectual property reuse. From 1988 to 1997, he was Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of the Analog Division of Cadence. He was responsible for the R&D and operational support of some of Cadence’s most unique and lucrative custom IC EDA products.
James started his engineering career with six years as an analog circuit designer, and later became Director of CAD at Harris Semiconductor (now Intersil). James Graduated from the University of Florida with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering, James is on the Engineering Advisory Boards of the University of Florida and UC Irvine.
The Entrepreneurship Seminar Series provides a real-world introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship. Through a series of presentations by prestigious entrepreneurs and industry leaders, participants will explore the various organizational, strategic and financial challenges facing successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs. Topics include start-up strategies, business idea evaluation, business plan writing, and introduction to venture capital.