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Oren Jacob    

Founder & CEO at ToyTalk Company, Former CTO at Pixar

Before co-founding ToyTalk as CEO, Oren was an Entrepreneur in Residence at August Capital. A filmmaker and technologist, he spent more than 20 years at Pixar, most recently as Chief Technical Officer and Director of the Studio Tools group. His feature film credits include "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2", "A Bug's Life", and Supervising Technical Director for "Finding Nemo". Oren also helped found Pixar University and taught animation at the Academy of Art College for seven years. Oren currently teaches "Lean Launchpad" courses with Steve Blank at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, and for the NSF. He has been a speaker on panels at SXSW, Sundance, and ToyFair. And Oren plans to drop all of this in a heartbeat to become a pro snowboarder the minute that first sponsor shows up.

Speech Topics


  • Storytelling
  • Universal language of play
  • Importance of meaningful characters in a new medium
  • Interactivity and engagement with digital apps and toys
  • Entrepreneurship
  • How technology is essential to innovation, creativity and imagination

News


Pixar Vets Reinvent Speech Recognition So It Works for Kids | WIRED

Oren Jacob and his daughter, Toby, had just finished a Skype call. They'd been chatting with some other family members on Jacob's smartphone, and it was still  ...

Using ToyTalk Technology, New Hello Barbie Will Have Real ...

... wanted to do with Barbie, and Mattel's done unbelievable amounts of research over the course of decades, is to talk to Barbie," says ToyTalk CEO Oren Jacob, ...

Pixar vets raise another $15 million for their talking toy company

ToyTalk, the company founded by Pixar veterans to help digital apps and physical toys to have interactive conversations with young children, has raised $15 million in new venture capital funding led by Khosla Ventures...

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