About Ed

High-tech executive Ed Valdez brings more 25 years of product development, marketing, sales, and operations experience to his role at Chief Outsiders. He joins the firm after a successful career of leveraging field-proven digital transformation strategies and accelerating profitable growth for Fortune 500 companies. His experience includes tenure as the Chief Innovation Officer at Momentus, an industry-leading consumer electronics design and development concern, along with executive roles at Parrot, SUN Microsystems, and Motorola. During his time at Parrot, Valdez propelled U.S. sales by 10X and international sales by 2X within three years. He is also credited with the creation of the first Bluetooth™ products category at top technology retailers and telecom companies, as well as capturing the No. 1 market share in the industry for two consecutive years. The omnichannel marketing and innovation acceleration specialist serves on the Board of Advisors for SXSW Interactive, SXSWedu, and several startups, and is a member of the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), one of the leading angel networks in the United States.

Executive Marketing Experience

  • Chief Innovation Officer, Momentus (a Softvision company)
  • President/COO of Parrot N.A. (French wireless and drone company)
  • VP, Solutions Marketing, SUN Microsystems (now Oracle)
  • Global Director of Marketing, Motorola

Education

  • BSEE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, MA
  • Executive MBA, University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • Entrepreneur Leadership Program: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Stanford, CA

Expertise

Industry Experience Specialties
  • Market Penetration & Growth
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Go-to-Market Strategy
  • Digital Transformation
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