Dave Blakely

SVP Ideate and Client Capability Building

Dave Blakely, Mach49’s Senior Vice President of Education and Masterclasses, brings 30 years of experience creating new ventures at the intersection of emerging technologies, business opportunities, and customer needs. Leveraging his background as an instructor at the Stanford d.school and UC Berkeley Engineering, Dave creates dynamic new paradigms of training and distance learning. He drives Mach49’s Education initiatives, developing the company’s methods and tools into interactive materials for a global network of executives and professional attendees.

Working with teams of clients, Dave guides “intrapreneurs" to find new and disruptive ways of doing business; deliver innovative products and services to the market; and foster a culture of innovation to maintain market leadership. He enjoys engaging with small interdisciplinary teams to build businesses that were not imaginable five or ten years ago, and feels the magic when Mach49 teams foresee the implications of technical advances and visualize entirely new opportunities. Dave lives for these moments.

Throughout his 25 years in leadership at IDEO (most recently as Director of Technology Strategy), Dave led teams around the world to create new ventures for organizations like Cisco and Johns Hopkins. With roots in electromechanical engineering, he built and led a successful business unit called “Smart Products” that focused exclusively on electromechanical systems with embedded controls. Dave and his 35-person team provided the market with full-service design and development of embedded systems by assembling an interdisciplinary staff of human-factors experts, interaction designers, and electrical, mechanical, and firmware engineers. Prior to IDEO, he worked at an HP spinoff called Kevex.

Dave holds six patents from his engineering work, and continues to advise executives at a number of different technology companies. He serves on boards for business and academia, conducts innovation workshops, and speaks frequently to media, academic, and business groups. Dave received a BS in Engineering Physics with honors and an MS in Mechanical Engineering with a controls specialization with honors, both from the University of California at Berkeley.

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