Torrey Byles has twenty-five years experience as an applied economist and technology analyst. His areas of expertise include supply-chain management and electronic commerce, valuation of enterprise software systems, performance benchmarking of search engines, and regional-economy audits and metrics. 

On top of Table Rock. Mt. McLaughlin in background.

On top of Table Rock. Mt. McLaughlin in background.

Torrey was one of the early market analysts who defined “electronic commerce” in the late 1980s and helped specify its economic impact across many industries. In the late 1990s, his company, Granada Research, became one of the leading advisors on electronic catalogs and Web-commerce portals.

Recently, Torrey was the Chair of The Rogue Initiative for a Vital Economy (THRIVE) based in Ashland, Oregon, a business membership organization dedicated to sustainable, local economic development, particularly in food and agriculture. THRIVE is a member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). Torrey has helped establish new enterprises in such areas as alternative energy, food retailing, private-equity finance, training and development, basic materials, and media.

Overlaying his work in IT and regional economics, Torrey adds the perspective of philosophy of language, semiotics and narrative analysis. He speaks three languages (incl. Mandarin Chinese), and has been trained in archetypal dream interpretation, and in speech-action theory. Torrey is keen to reform finance and social governance with attention to these language issues (for example, around money & credit, contracts and agreements, and accounting conventions and metrics).

Torrey has contributed to two books (one about workflow; another about emotional intelligence), several professional journal articles (on dream interpretation, artificial intelligence, input-output economic analysis, and hypertext), written scores of economic & syndicated research studies, and hundreds of news articles.

Torrey has a B.A. degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego; a certificate in economic-engineering (modeling & operations research) from Stanford University; a certificate in dream interpretation from the Marin Institute of Projective Dreamwork; and has pursued a Masters in Education at California State University, Los Angeles, while he taught high-school English and social science.

For a detailed CV, please inquire here: tbyles@msn.com

For an overview of recent work and projects, click here: Granada Research


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