Bob Friday

Bob Friday

San Francisco


Information Management, Artificial Intelligence


Bob Friday is co-founder and chief technology officer of Mist, which develops self-learning wireless networks using artificial intelligence. Bob’s career as a wireless entrepreneur is focused on developing and bringing to market unlicensed wireless technologies. He was recognized as a Wi-Fi “mover and shaker” by Light Reading, was a key contributor to the HS2.0 industry standard and holds over 15 patents.

Bob started his wireless career at Metricom (Ricochet wireless network) with the original release of the part 15 FCC unlicensed rules in developing and deploying wireless mesh networks across the country to connect the first generation of internet browsers. Following Metricom, Bob co-founded Airespace, a start-up focused on helping enterprises manage the flood of employees bringing unlicensed Wi-Fi technology into their businesses. Cisco acquired Airespace in 2005 for $450 million, at which point Bob became the VP/CTO of Cisco enterprise mobility and drove mobility strategy and investments in the wireless business (e.g. Navini, Cognio, ThinkSmart, Phunware, Wilocity, Meraki). He also drove industry standards such as HS2.0 and market efforts such as Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experience. Bob left Cisco in May 2014 to co-found Mist Systems.

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