In the interview below, Girish Mirchandani, Senior Principal with the Howard Fischer Associates team, talks with Jon Sobel, Co-Founder and CEO of Sight Machine. Jon has an eclectic resume, spending over 11 years as a lawyer before making the jump to entrepreneur. During his time as a lawyer, Jon acted as General Counsel for major companies like Yahoo and Tesla. Jon founded Sight Machine almost 9 years ago, and it has since grown to become the category leader for manufacturing analytics. Learn how Jon made the transition from Silicon Valley to startup and what advice he gives to aspiring entrepreneurs.

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About Jon Sobel

Jon Sobel is CEO and co-founder of Sight Machine Inc., which provides cloud-based data analytics for manufacturing quality, traceability, and operations. He has served on the management teams of Sight Machine, Calera, Tesla Motors, SourceForge, CBS Digital, and Yahoo. At both Tesla and Yahoo, he served as general counsel and secretary. He holds an A.B. degree in public policy from Princeton University and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He received an MBA from Wharton and a journalism fellowship from the Poynter Institute of Media Studies. Jon is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan, where he teaches graduate courses in innovation, entrepreneurial leadership, and solving complex problems.

About The HFA Leadership Forum

As a leading executive and board search firm, Howard Fischer Associates works with some of the top companies and senior executives throughout the nation. Our success stems from our belief that exceptional leadership is the most powerful competitive advantage a company can have in the global marketplace. The HFA Leadership Forum features interviews with some of these exceptional leaders, providing insight into their career paths, recommended best practices, and the industry trends that are worth paying attention to. Recent interviews include: