JWD_Bio
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Growing up in the Midwest, Jay studied Engineering and Design at the University of Kansas where he was awarded the Outstanding Senior in Industrial Design. After graduating, he moved to Chicago to join Ampex Consumer Electronics Division. Following that he became Design Manager for the newly-formed Motorola New Ventures, a 20-person think tank created to retain creative but iconoclastic entrepreneurs within the corporate environment. Funded by 1% of Motorola's gross sales, New Venture's mission was to create and nuture innovative ideas into products and business models for future Motorola subsidiaries.

But it was the call of the west that brought Jay to the San Francisco Bay Area where he served in several design management positions including Vice President of GVO INC, a 40-person nationally-recognized product development firm in Palo Alto and later, as Senior Director for Plantronics in Santa Cruz. Most recently he has reformed Jay Wilson Design, a Virtual Design enterprise having done consulting for Compaq, 3M Visual Systems, Polycom, Alza Pharmaceutical, Capnia, Turtle Beach, Aviron (Flumist), Hewlett Packard, Schilling Robotics, Liquid Robotics, and Liquid Audio.

Over his career, Jay has developed and maintained an outstanding track record of successful product designs for a variety of industries. Jay is a hands-on designer and has received dozens of design patents, utility patents, and design awards including an exhibit in New York's Museum of Modern Art. Jay enjoys mentoring students and has been a speaker at several schools including San Jose State and the Stanford School of Business. His work and articles have been published in ID Magazine, Business Week, Arbitare, IDSA Innovation, Silicon Valley Business Ink, and Core77
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