As head of WiTricity, Eric Giler, demonstrated the companies’ technology – wireless electricity – at this year’s Alan Shapiro Entrepreneurial Lecture. He additionally spoke about how his team is actively working to develop the technology and make it commercially available for a range of consumer, commercial and industrial products.
The groundbreaking technology is described by Fast Company as, “a feat of physics so subtle and so profound it could change the world.”
Chief Executive Officer, Board Member
Eric joined WiTricity in 2008 as Chief Executive Officer, and is a member of WiTricity’s Board of Directors. Prior to WiTricity, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Groove Mobile, a provider of mobile music commerce platforms, from April 2006 until its acquisition by Live Mobile, Inc. in March 2008. Eric was the founder and served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Brooktrout Inc., a provider of telecom software and hardware platforms, from 1984 until its acquisition by EAS Group, Inc. in October 2005. Under Eric’s leadership, Brooktrout grew to over $150M in annual revenue, and had a successful IPO in 1992. Eric serves on the boards of directors of SoundBite Communications and Muse Research, and on the National Board of Directors of the American Electronics Association (AeA). In addition, he has served on the board of the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council since its founding, most recently as Chairman. He is the author of eight patents. Eric holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
The Alan Shapiro Entrepreneurial Lecture Series
The endowed Alan Shapiro Entrepreneurial Lecture Series is dedicated to bringing distinguished guests to Tufts to share their journeys as entrepreneurial leaders. His sons describe Alan as “an entrepreneur who embraced change, an innovator and early adopter. To honor his creative mind, curious and cutting edge spirit, it is fitting to have entrepreneurs come to Tufts to share their disruptive innovations, their insights into effective change making, and their unique leadership styles. Our intention is that this lecture series will inspire students and alumni about what is possible.” The series was established in memory of Alan Shapiro by his loving family Jake A08, Caleb A10 and Felice Shapiro, who teaches in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Tufts.