Josh is one of the few grey-haired Silicon Valley entrepreneurs around here; small kids sometimes ask if he is Albert Einstein and he always replies…Yes . Abend has a DaVinci appetite for innovative interests and a diverse range of innovation experience. He has taught creative problem solving at several product design colleges including CEF Buffalo.
* Apprenticeship at age 15, to design icon Norman Bel Geddes, considered the father of modern Industrial Design.
*He has been a car designer at GM in Detroit.
*A Human factors design/engineer on team of Polaris nuclear submarine, control station for the US Navy. Appointed in ’82 by President Regan to Whitehouse counsel on US productivity.
* Held office as national Vice President of IDSA.* One of first three world class designers to rise to level of a corporate, vice president.
*Was VP of product design for 5 divisions of a Fortune 500 company.
*Served as a PDMA officer in it’s national formation.
*Founder of INNOVATION AMERICA Inc.’79 *Director of the Innovation Management Center for SRI International.
*Holds a US patent for “Innovation Engines” which is an enterprise innovation software System.
*Is completing a book titled 101 Models of Innovation practice.
*Presently focused on C-level Innovation management via Innovation Masters® LLC. Still an avid skier and yacht racer. Served in US army 1253rd combat engineer battalion. Architectural graduate of historic Cooper Union NYC. and Mech Engr. Stanford University. Josh has 2 adult children and lives in Menlo Park, California.