The Strategic Technology Institute (STI), is a boutique network of independent consultants focused on corporate strategies enabled by technology innovation and a non-partisan virtual ‘think tank’ that investigates the business and public policy issues raised by engineering innovation. Research, advocacy, and client engagements have ranged from technology strategy, digital transformation, artificial intelligence opportunities and risks, GDPR information privacy, intellectual property rights management, digital media security, technical literacy, space industrialization, energy alternatives, social implications of new technologies, the history of science and technology, the digtal divide, organizational social distance, and engineering ethics frameworks. Clients have included a Fortune 50 consumer products company, a Big 4 firm, and a major global motion picture studio and TV network, plus pro bono work for the non-profit sector.
STI was founded by Blake White in 1985, as an outlet for his independent consulting and academic research. He also served both Silicon Valley and Hollywood communities over an extensive career, including as a Consulting Partner at Cognizant, Director of Digital Transformation at PwC, VP/GM at Ascent Media Consulting Services, Director of Product & Industry Marketing at SGI’s Silicon Studio, Director of Corporate Development at Apple, Product Management positions at HP, and VP of three Silicon Valley startups. He began his career in IT at Procter & Gamble.
Blake is an international thought leader, author, industry speaker, trusted advisor, and engineering ethicist — having led projects and business development efforts in the US, Mexico, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea; plus speaking engagements for the National Technical Association (NTA), the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), Broadcast South Africa, the Cannes Film Festival, and the Harvard Business School.
Blake is the author of The Technology Assessment Process: A Strategic Framework for Managing Innovation, and articles in several industry publications including: SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, Broadcast Engineering magazine, MESA M&E Journal, Journal of Digital Media Management, as well as PwC and Cognizant company-sponsored white papers. He holds a BS in Engineering from North Carolina State University, MBA from Xavier University, and an MLA from Stanford University.