Dr. Alexander Cavalli is a thought leader and authority on the Physics of Business and other strategic principles. Dr. Cavalli is a founding board member of the Digital Convergence Initiative, an evolving regional commerce model.
Prior to the creation of DCI, Dr. Alexander Cavalli was the deputy director of the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. He was responsible for the day to day operations and, in collaboration with the Institute’s Director Dr. John S. Butler and Founder Dr. George Kozmetstky, helped to set its strategic direction.
Before 2002, Dr. Cavalli was co-director of the E–Learning and Training Labs at IC2. The mission he carried out included the research, development and deployment of workforce training and development systems and tools that utilized the latest multi-media technologies and educational pedagogies.
Dr. Cavalli has been in the Austin high-tech community since 1984. In the late nineties he founded Face to Face Communications, a consulting firm dedicated to helping professionals and organizations become better communicators. The practice specialized in individual and corporate communications, presentation work, vocal training and long-term strategic planning.
In the early nineties, while leading architectural design of MCC’s Enterprise Integration Project, Dr. Cavalli and his staff created the foundation for much of what is now recognized as the Internet. Working with leading universities and corporations and supported by U.S. government funding, the EINet project was designed to demonstrate how electronic commerce would work and what network infrastructure was necessary to support it.
This seminal work included the creation of the first Internet search engine, introduced in January 1994. Called EINet Galaxy, it became the model for every search engine (Yahoo, Infoseek, Excite, etc.) that followed. Dr. Cavalli’s team also developed the first commercial quality web browsers that introduced many of the features found today in Netscape and Microsoft browsers. The team also developed the first Virtual Private Network that operated as the Internet’s first Certification Authority, a function now embodied by companies such as VeriSign and GTE CyberTrust. In addition, Dr. Cavalli and his team, in collaboration with CitiCorp, devised new electronic payment mechanisms for use by businesses engaged in electronic commerce.
Dr. Cavalli speaks regularly on a wide range of universal topics that encompass technology, leadership and strategic outlook. As a leading authority, he frequently speaks on emerging market trends, product launch timing and business development strategy, and the creation of key communications. He is also an accomplished, professional actor who performs one-man shows around the world.
Dr. Alexander Cavalli holds a PhD in Physics from Dartmouth College and a BS from Dickinson College.