Dr. Istvan Jonyer
Dr. Jonyer is an investor, scientist, engineer, and serial entrepreneur, with extensive research, development, and management experience in various areas of computer science with leading technology companies. Dr. Jonyer has been a venture capitalist with four different funds covering machine learning, autonomous vehicles, AR/VR, and mobile and streaming media delivery, among others. At Google, he was responsible for launching Google TV devices with device OEMs and SoC vendors such as Sony, Samsung, LG, Sharp, Vizio, Logitech, Intel, Marvell, and MediaTek. He designed mobile communication systems for Nortel Networks and evaluated a wide range of telecommunications technologies as a venture capitalist. Dr. Jonyer is a serial entrepreneur with two startups under his belt and continues to be involved with the startup ecosystem by both investing in and advising early-stage startups.
Dr. Jonyer has published 26 peer-reviewed articles and presented to a wide range of audiences, such as boards of directors, at conferences, and as a regular investor panelist. Dr. Jonyer has also served as an expert witness in software-related litigation, such as patent disputes, invalidity, and breach-of-contract matters. Dr. Jonyer holds a Ph.D. in machine learning from the University of Texas at Arlington, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
What’s in a name?
In table tennis, the sidespin loop is a shot that has the ball spinning around its vertical axis, causing the ball to curve as it flies over to the opponent’s side. Istvan Jonyer, Sr., the four-time world champion table tennis player, is credited with inventing this shot and using it so effectively that the rules of the game were changed because of him. He was often able to curve the ball around the net, from extreme forehand positions, causing the ball to roll onto the table, making the shot unreturnable. We adopted the name Sidespin Group to honor his legacy and to remind us to be game-changing at whatever we do. Our logo is reminiscent of a paddle moving to hit the ping pong ball. To learn more about this topic, please visit here.