Eric Virey, Ph.D - Principal

In his teenage years, when he was thinking about his future, Eric was torn between a passion for music and his love of science and technology. His parents and peers convinced him to choose the latter path. After a Masters Degree in Applied Physics, Eric obtained his PhD in Optoelectronics from the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (France) with honors. He immediately joined a Fortune 200 company to better fulfill his new passion for the strategic and financial aspects of the business life. For more than 12 years, he has held various management positions in R&D, Engineering, Sales and Marketing and Manufacturing. He has promoted products and services to customers and strategic partners around the world, and negotiated effectively with a broad range of companies, cultures and functional areas, with levels of responsibilities ranging from individual contributors to senior executives.

Animated by a passion for semiconductors, materials, energy efficiency, clean technology and renewable energies, he's worked with senior corporate management and across multiple business units as a market and technology evangelist to identify and develop new business opportunities in the field of energy efficient lighting through both organic growth and M&A.

Always eager to learn about the latest technologies and business trends, Eric thrives in international environments where he quickly grasps and adjusts to the specifics of local cultural and business practices. In 2006 and 2007, he even delivered lectures about cultural differences at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. (with a strong French accent).

Eric has given talks at multiple conferences and industry events. He has been interviewed or quoted in multiple prominent media including: The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Bloomberg, PBS, Technology Review, San Jose Mercury News, Les Echos, L'Usine Nouvelle etc...

When not in his adopted home of Portland or in his hometown of Grenoble, he can be found in various airports around the world, at a strange cat cafe in Seoul, or in Tokyo and Taipei Karaoke bars where his local business partners embarrassingly confirm that music was not his calling.