About Yoram

Yoram Solomon, PHD

Innovator

When he worked at Texas Instruments, Dr. Yoram Solomon was dubbed “the great innovator.” He holds 21 patents in the US and worldwide. He is the inventor of penveu, InterHome, and the driving force behind the creation of USB 3 and mobile Wi-Fi.

Speaker

Yoram can often be found speaking in different venues, from University Graduate business schools to Rotary Clubs, the Association for Strategic Planning National Conference, DEMO, and many more. He is an engaging speaker who was said to make people think afterwards. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association.

Author

Dr. Solomon published 8 books: Un-Kill Creativity, Culture starts with YOU, not your boss!, Cause of Death: Political Correctness, Blueprints for the Next Big Thing, Bowling with a Crystal Ball (two editions), Business Plan through Investors’ Eyes, From Startup to Maturity, and Worst Diet Ever. He authored hundreds of articles, many of them published at Inc. MagazineInnovation Excellence, and his blog on this website. He was named as one of the top 40 innovation bloggers in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Community and Boards

In May 2015, Dr. Solomon was elected to serve on the board of trustees of the Plano, Texas, Independent School District, educating 55,000 students. He is a founding member of the North Texas Angel (investor) Network, served on the boards of the Alliance for Higher Education, the North Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization, the DFW chapter of the Association for Strategic Planning, the Wi-Fi Alliance, Plano Youth Leadership, to name a few. He is a pilot, and serves as an Aerospace Education Officer at the Civil Air Patrol, a USAF auxiliary.

Education

Yoram Solomon received his Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University in 2010.  He spent two years researching why people are more creative in startup companies than they are in mature and large companies.  He is a multi-disciplinary professional, who also holds an electrical engineering associate degree, a law degree from Tel-Aviv University, and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Beyond those, he graduated from the Stanford University executive Marketing Management Program, the Center for Creative Leadership’s Developing the Strategic Leader Program, and the Leadership Plano program.

Experience

Yoram is a seasoned executive who served in several companies in roles such as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy. He drove and facilitates strategic planning processes, company-wide innovation and creativity initiatives, and led disruptive product introduction and turnaround efforts in startup, mature, private and public companies. He did the same on multiple boards of directors for industry trade and non-profit organizations. He is an early stage investor, and participated in IPO processes and acquisitions (M&A)–as both a seller and as a buyer of companies. He worked in multiple technology areas from communications, semiconductors, wireless, to education technology and more. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, and education.

Although he brings domain experience mainly in the technology space (electronics, software, communications, wireless, etc.), the value he brings applies to companies in all domains.

Yoram Solomon served as the Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Interphase Corporation. In 2009 he took the company’s executive team through a strategic planning process that resulted in changing the company management structure, as well as seek new markets for the company to enter. He then took the lead in identifying such markets, refocused the company on a $1.8b segment of the educational technology market, and invented and lead the development and introduction of a disruptive new product, penveu.

Before Interphase, Yoram worked at Texas Instruments as a Senior Director for Technology Strategy and Industry Relations. In his role he facilitated several different strategy development processes that led to the company’s focus on embedded Wi-Fi technologies in cell phones (that grew to be a $500m business at TI), the creation of USB 3.0, to name a few. He represented Texas Instruments in several standard-setting organizations and trade associations, such as the Wi-Fi Alliance, WiMedia Alliance, the Mobile DTV Alliance, USB promoters group, just to name a few. In some he served on the board of directors, and as a chairman.

Prior to that, he was the founder and CEO of Solram Electronics in Israel, where he invented and introduced a highly disruptive Internet telephony product in 1996, after which he moved to Silicon Valley to help turnaround a small wireless engineering company called Voyager into an intellectual property company that he later sold to PCTEL in 2000. He grew in the ranks of the $2.2b company to become the Vice President of the Advanced Communications Business Unit, where he was responsible for the next generation communication products. Through the sale of Voyager to PCTEL he accompanied PCTEL’s IPO. His greatest achievement at PCTEL was actually determining that the DSL product line developed by the company was a mistake, after careful value proposition and use case analysis he led the company through.

Yoram’s perspective of strategy development is analogous to the operation of a GPS navigation system. First you find out where you are, then you determine where you want to go, set boundary conditions for the road, calculate how to get there, and follows this path, while detouring obstacles along the way. His favorite strategy development tools include scenario planning and war-gaming, although his strength is to be flexible enough to develop events “on the fly”, based on the dynamic flow of the session rather than adhere to a strict preset plan.  He strongly believes that “no battle plan survives the first contact with the enemy.”

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“Yoram Solomon has spoken before The Plano Rotary Club several times over the past 2 years on various topics of interest. As then Club Program Chair responsible for booking speakers, I found Yoram to always be well prepared and entertaining during his appearances. He was always well received by our members. I highly recommend Yoram Solomon as a speaker before your Group.

D.M., PRESIDENT, THE PLANO ROTARY CLUB

…insightful and always an active contributor and leader. And, Yoram has a great sense of humor.”

M.S., PARTNER, WHITLEY PENN

“Dr. Solomon spoke at a recent Chamber of Commerce luncheon on “Why do we get our best ideas in the shower?” He is a very engaging speaker, using humor and audience participation to deliver his message. He has a very creative mind and I appreciate his willingness to share his process to draw creativity out of others. The audience left inspired and entertained. I have already recommended him as a speaker to several other groups.

M.H., PRESIDENT, SACHSE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Dr. Yoram Solomon is a brilliant public speaker, who is both engaging and informative. Dr. Solomon’s inspirational nature and innovate thinking processes present a cutting edge to thinking in the fields of education and creativity. I would strongly recommend Yoram to be a speaker on a wide range of topics, because is width and depth of knowledge in the areas of inspired thinking and education.

M.B., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BRIDGE BUILDER ACADEMY

“We want to thank you personally and on behalf of SWJC for your marvelous presentation last night. I thought you’d like to see this comment we received this morning: “Great job on the event last night! I found Dr. Solomon very engaging… I was pleased it wasn’t a straight lecture on technology, but the way he broke it up into personal stories was very entertaining.

S.M., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SOUTHWEST JEWISH CONGRESS

Dr. Yoram Solomon’s keynote was very interesting, informative and eyeopening. Yoram came in and engaged our team to think out of the box, drive innovation and boost creativity just before our global Hackathon event. His story about the creation of USB 3.0 was inspiring and gave an excellent example on innovation and entrepreneurship that we want our team to adopt. The team really enjoyed his session and is looking forward to his next one. I highly recommend Yoram.

I.S., R&D DIRECTOR, NICE

Dr. Yoram Solomon is a gifted thinker and motivator in innovation, strategy, and pushing teams outside the box to drive best ideas. His direct experience and success in the semiconductor and other fast-changing industries is a valuable asset to leverage by any company looking to drive innovation. He has the ability to relate to businesses across many fields. I highly recommend Yoram.

G.C., GENERAL MANAGER, TRANSPORT BUSINESS UNIT, QORVO

“Your presentation yesterday at Career Alliance was a big hit. The power of the presenter can be judged by how long after the presentation the audience stays. They were there until 11:30 a.m….a full hour after the event.

J.B., ORGANIZER, ST. JUDE CAREER ALLIANCE

“Yoram’s presentation to the Financial Executive International Dallas Chapter was incredibly informative and engaging. Our group left with practical insights about how innovation takes place and our role in making it happen. Extremely well organized and thought out presentation!

D.J.K., SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ROACH HOWARD SMITH & BARTON

Yoram’s keynote was engaging, entertaining, and enlightening. He brings interesting perspectives to changing culture in organizations, while using humor, and engaged the audience in a thought-provoking exercise. I haven’t seen this topic presented this way before, and would look forward to hearing him speak again.”

B.W., FOUNDER, SUCCESS NORTH DALLAS

“(Yoram’s) style of describing negotiating everything from car purchases to multi-million dollar acquisitions really brings it home for our founders. He provides simple exercises to illustrate how learning what the other side really wants is key to striking a great deal for everyone. He is highly regarded and recommended by Tech Wildcatters and our 100+ portfolio companies.

G.D., CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, TECH WILDCATTERS

“One of the more important skills a startup founder needs to learn is how to negotiate. Many of them have very little experience with this, so we do what we can to teach them during our program. The best expert speaker we have been fortunate to work with is by far Yoram Solomon.

G.D., CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, TECH WILDCATTERS

“As we are heads down with our daily work, it’s easy to lose track of innovation and the creative spirit. While many think it’s like lightning and uncontrollable, Yoram and his research show otherwise. Yoram came in and engaged our multi-site teams both with science and humor and gave the organization a basis for which to invoke creativity as opposed to waiting for it to possibly arrive. The team truly enjoyed the session as well as left with a set of tools to help in future innovation.

M.Y., DIRECTOR, BIG DATA PLATFORM DEVELOPMENT, AT&T

“Yoram’s presentation to the Financial Executive International Dallas Chapter was incredibly informative and engaging. Our group left with practical insights about how innovation takes place and our role in making it happen. Extremely well organized and thought out presentation!

D.J.K., SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ROACH HOWARD SMITH & BARTON

“Your presentation yesterday at Career Alliance was a big hit. The power of the presenter can be judged by how long after the presentation the audience stays. They were there until 11:30 a.m….a full hour after the event.

J.B., ORGANIZER, ST. JUDE CAREER ALLIANCE

Dr. Yoram Solomon is a gifted thinker and motivator in innovation, strategy, and pushing teams outside the box to drive best ideas. His direct experience and success in the semiconductor and other fast-changing industries is a valuable asset to leverage by any company looking to drive innovation. He has the ability to relate to businesses across many fields. I highly recommend Yoram.

G.C., GENERAL MANAGER, TRANSPORT BUSINESS UNIT, QORVO

Dr. Yoram Solomon’s keynote was very interesting, informative and eyeopening. Yoram came in and engaged our team to think out of the box, drive innovation and boost creativity just before our global Hackathon event. His story about the creation of USB 3.0 was inspiring and gave an excellent example on innovation and entrepreneurship that we want our team to adopt. The team really enjoyed his session and is looking forward to his next one. I highly recommend Yoram.

I.S., R&D DIRECTOR, NICE

“We want to thank you personally and on behalf of SWJC for your marvelous presentation last night. I thought you’d like to see this comment we received this morning: “Great job on the event last night! I found Dr. Solomon very engaging… I was pleased it wasn’t a straight lecture on technology, but the way he broke it up into personal stories was very entertaining.

S.M., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SOUTHWEST JEWISH CONGRESS

Dr. Yoram Solomon is a brilliant public speaker, who is both engaging and informative. Dr. Solomon’s inspirational nature and innovate thinking processes present a cutting edge to thinking in the fields of education and creativity. I would strongly recommend Yoram to be a speaker on a wide range of topics, because is width and depth of knowledge in the areas of inspired thinking and education.

M.B., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BRIDGE BUILDER ACADEMY

“Dr. Solomon spoke at a recent Chamber of Commerce luncheon on “Why do we get our best ideas in the shower?” He is a very engaging speaker, using humor and audience participation to deliver his message. He has a very creative mind and I appreciate his willingness to share his process to draw creativity out of others. The audience left inspired and entertained. I have already recommended him as a speaker to several other groups.

M.H., PRESIDENT, SACHSE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

…insightful and always an active contributor and leader. And, Yoram has a great sense of humor.”

M.S., PARTNER, WHITLEY PENN

“Yoram Solomon has spoken before The Plano Rotary Club several times over the past 2 years on various topics of interest. As then Club Program Chair responsible for booking speakers, I found Yoram to always be well prepared and entertaining during his appearances. He was always well received by our members. I highly recommend Yoram Solomon as a speaker before your Group.

D.M., PRESIDENT, THE PLANO ROTARY CLUB