Episode 414: Clarence Chui

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Clarence Chui is CEO & Co-Founder of Outward Inc, a San Jose, CA-based enterprise technology company focused specifically on the home furnishing and decorative accessories industry. Outward provides visual merchandising that supports the scale and diversity of products offered by customer brands, as well as flexibility in enabling a breadth of digital “experiences” tailored to support all stages of a brand’s merchandising throughout its sales chain.

Clarence has nearly twenty years of technology industry experience. He is the rare, but consummate technologist who is passionate about building teams and deeply focused on creating an adaptive and risk taking organizational culture at Outward. Prior to Co-founding Outward, Clarence was Senior Vice President and General Manager at the MEMS Technologies division of Qualcomm, Inc. (QMT), where he led where he led the technology, engineering, and product development activities. Clarence helped grow the team at Qualcomm from 35 to over a 1500 person operation spanning multiple sites in the US and Asia.

During his time at Iridigm Display Corporation (acquired by Qualcomm in 2004), Clarence was Director of Technology Development, here he led the development of their MEMS-based direct view flat panel display technology.

 

Clarence is a named inventor on over 140 issued US utility patents (with more than an additional 25 pending) in various areas including MEMS, displays, image processing, color science, display system architectures, packaging, manufacturing methods, materials, and test and characterization techniques.

 

Clarence holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Applied Math.

 

About Outward

Founded in 2012, Outward, Inc. is a San Jose, CA-based enterprise technology company focused on serving the home furnishing and decorative accessories industry.  From front-end imaging and asset capture to a back-end, analytics-driven management platform, Outward provides visual merchandising that supports the scale and diversity of products offered by customer brands, as well as flexibility in enabling a breadth of digital “experiences” tailored to support all stages of a brand’s merchandising throughout its sales chain.  The company has raised over $8M in equity financing from Merus Capital.  Outward currently supports a portfolio of customers that includes some of today’s highest profile lifestyle and specialty brands in the home furnishing and decorative accessory space.

Explore Clarence’s Website here

Clarence’s book recommendation,  The Splendor of Iridescence, is out of print.  We recommend checking online for copies currently available from third party suppliers.

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