Witek keynotes 2016 Badger Startup Summit
Badger Alumni, high tech executive and out-of-the-box thinker, Keith Witek keynoted the fourth annual Badger Startup Summit Monday August 22 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW-Madison campus. The Summit, one of the flagship events in the Forward Festival, connects Badger entrepreneurs everywhere to build relationships, share ideas, contacts and experiences.
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“With this year’s theme of Distruptive (r)EVolution, Keith’s special interest in, and experience with, the disruptive opportunities that arise at the intersection of law, business, finance, and technology make him the perfect keynoter for this year’s Badger Startup Summit,” said Allen Dines, Badger Startup Summit Co-Chair and Executive Partner, WISC Partners. “Keith’s career spans a remarkable period of dramatic improvements in processor capacity coupled with huge advances in affordable memory. Together these factors create myriad technology product opportunities – many of which we addressed in our morning Distruptive (r)EVoluion Showcase preceding Keith’s keynote.”
At his current position, Keith is Associate General Counsel and Director of Business Development at Tesla. Until early this year, Keith was Corporate Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development at Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD). In this role, Keith managed corporate strategy, new business ventures, corporate strategic alliances, business development, M&A and asset deals, corporate R&D and portfolio management, IP strategy, and AMD Ventures’ strategic investments. In earlier AMD positions Keith was the Chief of Staff for the President and COO of AMD and prior to that an Assistant General Counsel and Director of AMD’s Legal Department.
Prior to joining AMD, Keith was a co-managing attorney for the Technology Transactions Group of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati located in Austin, Texas focusing on start-ups and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that, Keith was counsel for various divisions of Motorola Inc. and counsel for Metrowerks following its acquisition by Motorola. Keith’s practice included business development, strategy, general contracts, technology transactions, client counseling, M&A, patent cross-licensing, patent prosecution, opinion drafting, and litigation support. He began his professional career as a software engineer at Gould Electronics in Racine WI, developing motor/motion control systems.
Keith has been an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law where he has taught an IP and technology licensing course, and has taught IP and M&A paralegal course work at ACC. Keith has published several papers and spoken on various IP, business development, and contract related topics around the world. Keith is a co-author of an Internet and IP Law Treatise published by West Publishing in which Keith has written several chapters on IP creation, IP management, IP licensing, and technology transactions.
Keith is an inventor on over 30 issued US patents, and several foreign patents. Keith earned a bachelor degree in both Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science at UW-Madison and a Juris Doctorate from University of Texas – Austin.
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