It was an exciting challenge to take technologies that were many years into the future from consumer viability and more defense-oriented and bring those aspects into consumer electronics. In academia, there is an emphasis on research funding, making new discoveries and inventions, and publishing the results. It’s as if every professor is running their own startup venture because they’re bringing in money, raising funds by applying for grants, supervising R&D staff and managing complex budgets. The challenges and goals are similar, so those who have been in academia can thrive in industry, especially in an entrepreneurial setting.
have worked with CTA in various capacities for at least a decade. My involvement with the Technology Council focuses on identifying technology trends, defining areas that need new standards, developing messaging to consumers and industry, and addressing emerging regulatory activities. One key consideration is related to the rate at which technology is changing and its effect on interoperability, usability and adoption. New products have to exist in an ecosystem and talk to other products, they cannot be islands. This is when interoperability becomes very important and CTA plays a crucial role in creating standards that allow for products to work in conjunction with each other.
First and foremost, you must be an expert in your field of technology. You also need to develop good communication and public speaking skills. It’s also very important as you’re growing in your career to be proactive about being involved in other parts of your organization. Breadth of knowledge and experience allows you to understand the bigger picture and context of how your product or service will be used and what challenges it will face. An understanding of the broader relevance of a technology-driven issue will help you communicate it to others more effectively and get buy-in for the change or action that you are seeking.
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