Guest Speakers: Scott McNealy and Bob Cooper

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Storey Innovation Center (Room 1400)

Nov 26th 6pm EST – 9pm EST

M. Bert Storey Engineering and Innovation Center 550 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201 (Room 1400)

6:30pm: I don’t think that person requires introductions, but here it is. His name is Scott McNealy. Scott McNealy is an outspoken advocate for personal liberty, small government, and free-market competition. In 1982, he co-Founded Sun Microsystems and served as CEO and Chairman of the Board for 22 years. He piloted the company from startup to legendary Silicon Valley giant in computing infrastructure, network computing, and open source software.

7:30pm: Bob Cooper. CEO of local company Swampfox but with great history for example Bob was the CTO of Conita, a company focused on creating software based “Personal Virtual Assistants” – think Apple Siri but 15 years ago.

Scott McNealy (@ScottMcNealy)

Co-Founder, Former Chairman of the Board, and CEO, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Co-Founder, and Board Member, Curriki
Co-Founder, and Executive Chairman of the Board, Wayin
Board Member, San Jose Sharks Sports and Entertainment

Scott McNealy is an outspoken advocate for personal liberty, small government, and free-market competition. In 1982, he co-Founded Sun Microsystems and served as CEO and Chairman of the Board for 22 years. He piloted the company from startup to legendary Silicon Valley giant in computing infrastructure, network computing, and open source software.

Today McNealy is heavily involved in advisory roles for companies that range from startup stage to large corporations, including Curriki and Wayin. Curriki (curriculum + wiki) is an independent 501(c)(3) organization working toward eliminating the education divide by providing free K-12 curricula and collaboration tools through an open-source platform. Wayin, the Digital Campaign CMS platform enables marketers and agencies to deliver authentic interactive campaign experiences across all digital properties including web, social, mobile and partner channels. Wayin services more than 300 brands across 80 countries and 10 industries.

Scott McNealy is an enthusiastic ice hockey fan, and an avid golfer with a single digit handicap. He resides in California with his wife, Susan, and they have 4 sons.

BA, Harvard, 1976
MBA, Stanford, 1980

Bob Cooper, CEO

Bob Cooper is the CEO of Swampfox Technology.

Swampfox specializes in Call Center automation and is the software automating many of the transactions that many of the largest cable, energy and heath care companies in the US.

Prior to starting Swampfox, Bob was Chief Architect at Avaya and was in charge of their call center self-service platform offer including Voice/Experience Portal, ICR and OneX Speech. During his time at Avaya this self-service platform grew to become the #1 selling IVR platform in the US.

Prior to this Bob was the CTO of Conita, a company focused on creating software based “Personal Virtual Assistants” – think Apple Siri but 15 years ago.

Bob holds many patents in the area of computer architecture and voice user interface design. He received his undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees from the University of Florida and teaches as electrical engineering as needed at the University of South Carolina. He’s married and has four children.