Eric Janszen

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Commercially viable VR has finally arrived and will change the world over the next decade years staring in 2016. Eric – co-founder of a VR start-up called VirZOOM – looks at the how VR applications are entering uncharted territory, creating a brand new world to invent, discover and reveal. Every VR application is an experiment, a process of discovery. In this eye-opening presentation, he’ll explain why this latest phase of VR technology will succeed where past attempts since the 1960s failed, remaining limitations of VR, good apps for VR, and finally what are the killer apps for VR that will transform the way we live, play and work.


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Eric Janszen is an analyst, executive, author, and speaker with 28 years of executive experience in high technology start-up companies, venture capital, finance, and economics.

Founder & President of iTulip, Inc., a financial analysis firm started as the website in 1998, Janszen is widely recognized for more than a decade of accurate forecasts of major economic and market trends, beginning with CNBC’s Bill Griffeth who in 1999 called “…the place to go for a contrary view of the markets” and including BusinessWeek and New York Times.

Writes for several online and print publications and newspapers, including Harper’s Magazine; Harvard Business Review; The Independent, New Zealand; Eurozine, Germany; AlwaysOn Network, and 1999-2001.  Frequently interviewed and quoted on CNBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, USA Today, NY Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, BBC, Reuters, Wired Magazine, Al Jazeera, CBCNews.CA, and many international media including Forbes, India.

Speaker at dozens of industry events, including: Finding Hope in the Tech Rubble – Harvard (2003), Trends in Capital Markets – MIT (2004), The Money’s Back – Stanford (2005), Keynote Speaker at Hard Assets Conference (2007), panelist at HedgeWorld conference in NYC April 2008, Speaker at Nantucket Conference (2009), Innovators Summit of Mass. Networking & Communications Council (June, 2009), and ASPO International Peak Oil Conference in Denver, CO. (Oct. 2009).

Previously President and CEO of RF control technology company AutoCell Laboratories, Inc., Entrepreneur in Residence at $1.6B venture capital firm Trident Capital, President and CEO of Bluesocket, Inc., and Managing Director of seed stage investment firm Osborn Capital. Between 1998 and 2003, Osborn Capital had six successful exits out of 20 portfolio companies, including two IPOs and four acquisitions (Cisco, Microsoft, EMC and Nortel). As CEO, Janszen raised more than $30 million in venture capital. He was nominated in 2003 as a finalist for “CEO of the Year” by the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council, and as a finalist for “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Enrst & Young. He has served on more than a dozen boards of directors as board observer or board director and several advisory boards.

His book, The Post Catastrophe Economy: Rebuilding America and Avoiding the Next Bubble, explains what’s wrong with the economy and how we can fix it.

Eric is the Board Director of Massachusetts Mass Technology Leadership Council and Board of Advisors: Twin Focus Capital Partners and others.

Eric holds a B.S. in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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