Bob Zeidman


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I like to think of myself as being both an engineer and an entrepreneur. I started my business career at the age of 8, buying and selling pre-read comic books on the streets of Philadelphia. I taught myself computer programming when I was 13, and I used my bar mitzvah money to buy a TV Typewriter kit. Later, while studying physics as an undergrad at Cornell, I decided it would be fun to know electrical engineering, so I got myself a second degree in EE.

Once out of school, I settled in Silicon Valley designing ASICs and FPGAs. I'm currently the founder and president of Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corporation, which is the leading provider of software IP analysis tools. I'm also the president and founder of Zeidman Consulting, a premier contract R&D firm in Silicon Valley that focuses on engineering consulting for intellectual property disputes (I worked on the Facebook case made famous in the movie The Social Network). In addition to writing three award-winning novels and three award-winning screenplays and holding 22 patents, I'm also the inventor of the Silicon Valley Napkin, a novelty item on permanent display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

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