Emotient taps VC exec for SVP of product and business development

Emotient has named Edward Colby as senior vice president of product and business development. Previously, Colby was an advisor and venture partner to Quadrille Capital. He was also managing director at Viventures Partners. Based in San Diego, Calif., Emotient is a provider of software that analyzes facial expression. It is backed by Handbag and Intel Capital.


SAN DIEGO, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Emotient, the leading provider of facial expression recognition data and analysis, today announced that Edward (Ed) Colby joined the company as Senior Vice President of Product and Business Development. Colby brings extensive executive experience in technology, product marketing, finance, and international business development at leading consumer electronics and finance companies, including Apple Inc. and Citibank, and as a successful technology venture founder and investor.
“Ed is a well-respected business leader with an impressive background in driving the early success of start-ups, as well as later stage businesses,” Ken Denman, President and CEO, Emotient. “We will rely on Ed’s expertise in business development and product strategy as we continue to drive our innovative, emotion-aware software into the healthcare and retail markets to enable the delivery of better products, enhance the user experience, and improve patient care.”
“Emotient is a true technology pioneer in automated facial expression recognition,” said Colby. “The opportunity for Emotient is tremendous; its technology is uniquely differentiated in accuracy, subtlety, and real-time capability. I am excited at the transformative consumer and business benefits emotion awareness will bring to retail and healthcare.”
Most recently, Ed has been a partner with two global technology venture capital groups. He served as an advisor and venture partner to Quadrille Capital, formerly Quilvest Ventures, a European firm managing $23B. He led private equity and venture investments into technology and healthcare funds and operating companies including Appirio, a cloud services and software industry leader.
Previously, he was a Managing Director at Viventures Partners. Ed also served as founding CEO of venture capital-backed Wayfarer Communications, funded by Sequoia Capital. Wayfarer was acquired by publicly held Vantive, which was ultimately acquired by Oracle.
Earlier in his career, Ed worked for Apple for eight years, directing their product marketing efforts as well as leading a pan-European R&D organization in Paris, France. He holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and a BA in Economics from Princeton University.
About Emotient – Emotion Recognition Technology (www.emotient.com)
Emotient, Inc., is the leading authority in facial expression analysis. Emotient’s software translates facial expressions into actionable information, thereby enabling companies to develop emotion-aware technologies and to create new levels of customer engagement, research, and analysis. Emotient’s facial expression technology is currently available to Global 2000 companies within consumer packaged goods, retail, healthcare, education and other industries.
Emotient was founded by a team of six Ph.D.s from the University of California, San Diego, who are the foremost experts in applying machine learning, computer vision and cognitive science to facial behavioral analysis. Its proprietary technology sets the industry standard for accuracy and real-time delivery of facial expression data and analysis.



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