DR. JOHN OSTREM
CEO & CO-FOUNDER, AVATARMIND
Dr. John Ostrem has over 25 years’ experience developing new technology, bringing products to market and founding new companies. He is the CEO and co-founder of AvatarMind, a company that makes the iPal social robot for children’s education, elder care, and retail/hospitality. He founded China MobileSoft in 2001, a company that developed Linux-based telecommunications software for the Chinese and International markets, and has served as its Chairman, CEO, and CTO.
Subsequently, he was CTO and Chief Scientist of Nexage, a company that provides mobile Ad optimization and brokering services. He is a member of the Technology Advisory Panel for Robotics for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Dr. Ostrem began his career as a scientist at SRI International (the former Stanford Research Institute). He has a Ph.D. from the University of California.