Dr. James P. Seymour, Vice President & CTO
Work hard, and never give up. That simple advice from his father Art has guided Jim Seymour throughout his life. He’s gone from being a kid obsessed with solving word and math puzzles to an inventor and innovator in wireless technologies, with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and 16 patents (and five more pending) to his name to date.
Jim joined his father Art and brother Joe in the family business after a 20+ year career in the wireless industry, where he had been intimately involved with the development of wireless standards and solutions through the industry’s evolution from 2G to 3G to 4G systems. Jim spent 18 years with Alcatel-Lucent, where as Acting Wireless CTO he oversaw Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless standards and product strategy, work which earned him the prestigious Bells Lab Fellow Award in 2006 for outstanding contributions to wireless technology. Jim then spent four years with Cisco Systems, where he worked on cutting-edge developments in Wi-Fi and cellular technologies. He has published extensively in industry technical journals, been a sought-after speaker at industry conferences, and served in numerous leadership and mentoring roles.
Jim’s mission at E-Blox is to make learning fun--and to address the real and pressing need of motivating children to investigate the sciences. As E-Blox’s CTO, Jim heads the company’s research and development initiatives to develop interactive, wireless toys and products that help children learn about their world, exercise their imagination and creativity, and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
As an inventor and an educator, Jim knows that in life and learning, failure is often the first step to success. An avowed sports fanatic, Jim emulates the great Chicago basketball legend Michael Jordan--so much so that he and his wife Marsha even named their daughter Jordan, after him. Hanging on the wall in Jim’s home study is his favorite Jordan quote: “I've missed more than 9000 shots...lost almost 300 games... 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”