Dr. Manu Kumar

Manu is the founder and CEO of GazeWorks, Inc., a Palo Alto, California based startup developing technologies and techniques for gaze-based interaction. Prior to founding GazeWorks, Manu completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction) with a Distinction in Teaching from Stanford University. His dissertation research in the field of eye tracking laid the foundation for the technology behind GazeWorks, Inc.

Manu previously founded, grew and sold two successful ventures. He was the Founder, President and CEO of SneakerLabs, Inc. - a company which developed software and services for web-based customer interaction. After the acquisition of SneakerLabs, Manu served as the Vice-President of Interactive Technologies for E.piphany. He then served as the Chairman and CEO of iMeet, Inc. - a provider of web-conferencing services. After the merger of iMeet with Boston based Netspoke, Manu served on the Board of Directors of Netspoke until its acquisition by Premiere Global Services. Prior to starting his entrepreneurial ventures, Manu was a lecturer in the distance education program at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Manu completed his Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was inducted in to the Electrical Engineering Honor Society - Eta Kappa Nu, the National Engineering Honor Society - Tau Beta Pi and the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. He holds a Masters degree in Software Engineering with a concentration in Business from Carnegie Mellon, and is also a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Management Program at CMU's Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA), now the Tepper School of Business. He was awarded the Enterprise Award with Distinction in 1997 and is the recipient of Carnegie Mellon University's Recent Alumni Award for 2004 in recognition of exceptional achievement during the first 10 years of graduating from the university. In addition to the Ph.D., Manu has a Master's in Computer Science from Stanford University.

He has worked on research, development and commercialization of interactive technologies ranging from chat, web conferencing, application sharing, distance learning, audio conferencing, and CRM applications. He holds one patent in this space with additional patents pending. His academic research has been in the area of automobile interfaces and the use of eye gaze as an augmented input for human computer interaction.

Manu has served on the Advisory Board for the Information Technology Network for the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Dean's Leadership Council and the Silicon Valley Advisory Committee for the Carnegie Institute of Technology and is a former member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association. Manu is the founder of the Pittsburgh Java Users Group (PittJUG) and the Pittsburgh Chapter of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and is a charter member of TiE-Silicon Valley.

Manu also serves as an angel investor and advisor for several technology startups including Refocus Imaging and Guru.com. His interests include discovery, creation and commercialization of new and innovative technologies.