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Silicon Valley star to speak at MLaw

By John Masson
Dec. 3, 2012

One of Silicon Valley's best-known entrepreneurs will be at Michigan Law Dec. 5, sharing his thoughts on "Risk: Frameworks for Law and Life" as part of the Zell Entrepreneurship and Law (ZEAL) Program speaker series.

The talk by Michigan Law grad Jon Sobel, '90, is from noon to 12:55 p.m. in Room 116, Hutchins Hall, and is a must-see event for entrepreneurial, technological, or business-oriented law students. But others could learn some valuable lessons, too.

"Jon is one of Michigan Law's Silicon Valley superstars," said Prof. Erik Gordon, director of the ZEAL Program. "His career is an example of the variety of paths our students can take."

Sobel, who earned his Michigan JD in 1990, is CEO of Sight Machine, an early-stage company applying Internet technology and computer vision to improve manufacturing. He's also held senior positions with several other Silicon Valley innovators, including Tesla Motors, Yahoo!, and SourceForge.

He also worked as a litigation associate and law-firm partner for Folger, Levin & Kahn in San Francisco, for CBS Digital, and as in-house counsel for two Silicon Valley hardware manufacturers. In addition to his undergraduate degree from Princeton, he has a Wharton MBA. And he studied journalism as a fellow at the Poynter Institute of Media Studies.

"Our students will be able to learn a lot from Jon Sobel," Prof. Gordon said. "He has been in top management in some of the world's most exciting early-stage companies, and we're glad to invite him back to his alma mater."

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