Dave Blakely

Operating Partner/Masterclasses

Dave Blakely helps mach49's clients build businesses at the intersection of emerging technologies, business opportunities and customer needs. He joins mach49 from IDEO, where he was Director of Technology Strategy. 

Dave’s client work involves helping "intrapreneurs" to (1) find new and disruptive ways of doing business, (2) deliver innovative products and services to the market, and (3) foster a culture of innovation to maintain market leadership. Dave helps global companies understand how attributes of Silicon Valley culture can transcend political borders and organizational charts. Of particular value for many of these clients is Dave’s knowledge of emerging technology from Silicon Valley startups. He enjoys engaging with small interdisciplinary teams of clients to build businesses that were not imaginable five or ten years ago. Magic happens when mach49 teams foresee the implications of unexpected technical advances and visualize entirely new opportunities. Dave lives for these moments.

Dave's roots are in electromechanical engineering. He built and led a successful business unit of IDEO called “Smart Products” which 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. 

Dave also advises executives at a number of different technology companies, 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.

Mach49 partner Dave Blakely, on the Founder to Founder podcast, talks about Disrupting InsideOut, good failure, and the value of mentors.

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