Vice President of Business Development
Joel Riff is Spoken Translationís VP, Business Development. A Silicon Valley veteran dealmaker,
he has worked with many of the areaís major technology corporations, as well as with overseas
multinational corporations, in developing their IP strategies and structuring and negotiating their
strategic IP transactions. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan
and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.
At Spoken Translation, Joel focuses on building win-win strategic relationships with key
customers and with the companyís technology partners. He utilizes his many years of experience
in structuring and negotiating deals to develop and maintain these long-term relationships to
enable the company to productize its technology for the industries that the company has targeted
in its business plan to become a worldwide leader in the rapidly emerging area of machine
Joel has been a partner at some of the nationís premier law firms, including at Fenwick & West
where he headed its licensing and online commerce group. He was a software specialist for several years with Allstate Insurance and with the University of Illinois.