Steve Chambers, with 25 years of high-tech CEO, sales and marketing experience, has lead both start-ups and large tech company operations.  Mr. Chambers currently serves as CEO, Jibo, Inc., building the world’s first consumer social robot for the home and having closed approximately $60m in funding across 3 fundraising rounds in 2015.

Prior to Jibo, Mr. Chambers served as President, Nuance Communications, the global leader in Voice Recognition and Artificial Intelligence solutions. In that capacity Mr. Chambers lead a $2.1b revenue operation and negotiated deals with Apple, Samsung, Google, Amazon, Mercedes, Ford, Toyota, Bank of America, Federal Express, Verizon as well as other leading global organizations. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Chambers was President of the Speech Division; EVP of the Enterprise Division; EVP & co-founder of the Mobile & Consumer Services businesses, and CMO.

From September, 1999, through September, 2003, Mr. Chambers was the Chief Marketing Officer and SVP WW Sales for SpeechWorks, one of the top IPOs in Massachusetts’ history. Prior to SpeechWorks, Mr. Chambers served as General Manager and Chief Marketing Officer of Polycom Corporation (formerly PictureTel), the global leader in video, voice and content collaboration, leading operating activities in over 35 countries across 22 product lines.

Prior to entering the field of high-tech marketing, Mr. Chambers served as a consultant at a division of McKinsey that focused on U.S. multinational expansion into foreign markets, and in marketing at Hearst-Viacom where he focused on new audience acquisition and monetization strategies for cable and TV markets. Prior to that, Mr. Chambers was a TV and stage actor in New York City.

Mr. Chambers graduated summa cum laude with bachelor's degrees in English, Theatre, and Computer Science from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and master's degrees with highest honors in both Business Administration and Communications from Boston University. 

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2016 Panel: Consumer Robotics – Introducing Jibo, The World's First Consumer Robot

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