Institute for Computer Research presents a seminar on
“With a sling and with a stone…..how small fights big in the e-book market”
Dan Leibu, Chief Technology Officer, Kobo
Dan Galperin, VP Research & Development, Kobo
Monday, October 3, 2011
DC 1304, Davis Centre, University of Waterloo
The rapid adoption of eBooks is revolutionizing the publishing industry with dramatic impacts on the entire value chain: authors, publishers, book retailers, ... More importantly, it is changing a fundamental aspect of our society and our lives: READING. Kobo is a leading eBook retailer: we provide books, newspapers, and magazines to customers around the world. Our broad product platform allows users to read on any device including mobile phones, tablets, and Kobo's own eReaders. Kobo is a Toronto based start-up competing head-to-head with industry giants such as Apple and Amazon. In this session you'll learn about how Kobo continues to gain market share against those kinds of odds. In particular, we'll talk about how we approach product development and how we have build products that our users love.
Dan Leibu, Chief Technology Officer: Dan brings more than fifteen years of information technology experience to his role as CTO of Kobo, where he is responsible for information technology and customer experience. Dan started his career as chief architect for DocSpace, an Internet based document management platform, where he was responsible for the design of all technology solutions. From there, Dan served as vice president of hosted solutions at Critical Path, leading the technology team that developed a hosted messaging platform used by Telco's and enterprises worldwide. In May 2006, Dan joined Indigo as the vice president of strategy where he was responsible for Indigo's IT strategy & architecture and for the implementation of Indigo's Project Management Office. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Science, from Concordia University in Montréal.
Dan Galperin, VP Research & Development: Dan brings more than sixteen years of experience within research and development, beginning his career in Israel and even co-founding a successful computer software company. After moving to Canada, he worked in various senior level development roles before joining Indigo as the Director Online Development. He is one of the original Shortcovers pioneers, before it was rebranded as Kobo and grew to the game-changing company it is today. Dan is responsible for running the stellar research and development team at Kobo, and does so with a dry wit and sense of humour that is unmatched.
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