Originally posted on the HWCOE’s website.
Vobile, the worldwide leading Software-as-a-Service provider in digital content protection and monetization, announced on April 21 the opening of a new R&D and Operations Center in Gainesville, FL, home to more than 75,000 college students between the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. This strategic move is part of the company’s rapid growth initiatives. This is the first step in Vobile’s plan to create hundreds of jobs in Gainesville.
“We have chosen Gainesville, FL as our next center for innovation and product development because of its proximity to the University of Florida (UF) Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and the top talent produced there,” said Yangbin Wang (MSEE, ’93), CEO of Vobile. “In addition, UF has made significant investments in artificial intelligence (AI) research and a commitment to students being AI proficient before graduation. Our new office will focus on our continued hiring efforts to secure the talent required to execute our growth strategy.”
Mr. Wang is the founder and CEO of Vobile. He has led Vobile’s growth through continuous product innovation, business development, and strategic acquisitions. Mr. Wang earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Zhejiang University.
“There is little doubt that AI and machine learning is changing the way we conduct business today,” said Cammy R. Abernathy, Ph.D., Dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. “And yet, even before its full potential is recognized by the business community as a whole, our esteemed alumnus, Yangbin, has already shown the world how it can transform an entire industry with his brainchild, Vobile. Today, with UF and our college fully committed to creating the most AI-enabled workforce in the world, we are delighted to welcome Vobile to Gainesville, where top-notch AI and engineering talent is right at its doorstep.”
“With more than 6,000 students currently enrolled in AI or data science classes and a broad-based initiative to integrate AI across the university’s entire curriculum, UF is developing a strong talent pipeline for companies such as Vobile that are increasingly moving or expanding into Florida,” said Joe Glover, UF’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Vobile’s decision to announce a new office in Gainesville’s Innovation District will be a win – not only for the company – but for our students, for the Gainesville community and for the state.”
“The Greater Gainesville Chamber is proud to work with Vobile in their efforts to open a location here as it solidifies our AI Central Initiative to establish North Central Florida as a national and global hub for artificial intelligence. We are honored to work with our University of Florida leadership to align with the needs of industry and talent development, said Staci Bertrand, VP of Economic Development, Greater Gainesville Chamber.
Vobile (SEHK: 3738) is the worldwide leading Software-as-a-Service provider in digital content protection and monetization. It was honored as a winner of the 69th annual Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards for its innovation excellence in developing video identification technology to protect content value and copyright. We are guided by data, a love of entertainment, and an entrepreneurial spirit, servicing the world’s largest platforms, film studios, TV networks, sports leagues, music labels, and other content owners. Founded in 2005, Vobile is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in Los Angeles, Gainesville (Florida), New York City, Portland (Oregon), Melbourne (Australia), Tokyo, London, Hong Kong, Hangzhou and beyond. For more information, please visit http://www.vobilegroup.com.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA:
The University of Florida attracts the best and brightest students, staff and faculty, places them together and connects them with world-class resources to spark extraordinary discoveries and innovations. Our momentum is reflected in the university’s designation as a top-five public university in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Artificial intelligence is a centerpiece at UF, spanning all disciplines so that every student has the opportunity to acquire competence and expertise in AI. This is a place where limitless potential meets boundless opportunity through our teaching, research, scholarship and service to our state, our nation and the world.
ABOUT THE GREATER GAINESVILLE CHAMBER:
The Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of business in the Gainesville area since 1924. Representing over 1,300 members that employ more than 80,000 people, the Chamber is leading the effort to make the Gainesville region a global hub for talent, innovation and opportunity. The Chamber is 5-Star Accredited by the United States Chamber of Commerce, putting it in the top 1% of all Chambers nationwide. Learn more at www.GainesvilleChamber.com or call us at 352.334.7100.