Earl (Eb) has many years of technology development, company formation and financing experience. He is a co-founder of and serves on the Alliance for U.S. Startups & Inventors for Jobs (USIJ) Advisory Committee. Previously, Eb was Director of Intellectual Property West Coast Operations at Guidant Corporation where he directed a 9-member team involved in litigation and the strategic development of over 1300 patent and trademark applications as well as handling legal issues for Guidant Japan and the Compass Group. He is an inventor on 15 U.S. issued patents with others currently pending. He holds M.B.A.s from Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley, and Juris Doctorate and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degrees from the University of Oklahoma.