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Arvind Agarwal

Arvind has been involved in a number of startups over the past 20 years. He founded OpenAccess Software Inc (OAS) through bootstrap funding. OAS built middleware tools for data integration and was eventual sold to Progress Software in 2006, a NASDAQ company based outside of Boston. Arvind also founded Automation Technology Inc. (ATI), a company focused on providing asset integrity and knowledge management solutions for heavy equipment industries. ATI was also started with bootstrap funding and was eventually sold to Intertek plc in 2012, a FTSE 100 public company based in London. Arvind is also currently an advisor to StudyCloud, a platform supporting the education experience for MOOCs content providers.

Arvind holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from U.C. Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering.

Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson has over two decades in venture capital, including founding partnership positions in Merrill Pickard Anderson & Eyre; and in Foundation Capital, with collectively well over $1 billion in capital commitments. Jim has watched, coached, and participated in the nurture of hundreds of early-stage companies, helping develop them into industry leaders. He came to venture capital with a comprehensive engineering and marketing background, ranging from semiconductors to computer systems built at Beckman Instruments and Hewlett-Packard, Jim was one of the early few to leverage true operational experience. This background provided Jim with a venture platform for some unique value- added industry management approaches to the venture industry including early seed investing, development of the entrepreneur-in-residence concept, and the continuing need and value of a deep seated focus on industry markets.

After stepping back from the venture capital industry for a period, he created Legacy Partners, a $100 million+ philanthropic venture vehicle designed to encourage high-impact philanthropy through venture style collaboration and entrepreneurship.

Jim has continued activities in the valley as an early stage investor with a particular focus in the environmental arena especially regarding global warming.

Jim holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business as well as a BSEE and an MSEE from Purdue University.

David Bakker

David Bakker has a winning track record with over 20 years executive experience the high tech, nanotechnology, and semiconductor industries; Mr Bakker is currently CEO and on the Board of Directors of AceNote, a web-based music education start up company, and was the CEO and Executive Chairman of Inovys Corporation who made testers for leading each semiconductor chips, and was acquired by Verigy in Dec 2007. Previously, he was Vice President and General Manager at KLA-Tencor, the leading semiconductor metrology company with revenues over $2B. Mr Bakker is also on the board of Ribbecke Guitar Corp, and on the advisory boards of Infinitesima Ltd, Presto Engineering Inc, DermoGenesis Inc, and is an Affiliate Partner of Storm Ventures.

Gibson Biddle

Gibson Biddle focuses on product leadership for startup consumer technology companies, helping startups with a proof-of-concept to grow -- fast. He likes to combine consumer science techniques like AB-testing with the fast iteration and learning cycles of startup teams of hackers.

Gib is currently Chief Product Officer at Chegg, a startup that is disrupting education by offerings textbook rental, as well as digital services like homework help, eTextbooks and scholarships, to help students save time, save money, and get smarter. Chegg filed to go public August 2013.

Before Chegg, Gib was VP Product Management at Netflix, helping the company grow from 1M to 13M subscribers in less than five years, while consistently achieving a #1 rating among e-commerce companies, and innovating to transition the company from DVD to streaming.

Gib began his product management career in the early 90's at Electronic Arts and was co-founder of an educational startup "Creative Wonders" which he sold to The Learning Company. He then led Product Development at TLC, culminating in a $3.5B acquisition by Mattel.

Gib is a graduate of Amherst College and received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Outside of work, he skis, windsurfs, surfs, backpacks, and spends time hacking with drones, quad-copters and aerial photography and video. His wife is in biotech (Celgene), and he hopes that at least one of his two daughters will become an engineer.

Richard Bush

Richard Bush has an outstanding history of entrepreneurial achievement, assuming roles from engineer and worker-bee to top-executive, in a series of successful Silicon Valley companies which he began with venture or angel funding and transitioned into multi-million dollar publicly traded businesses.

In a career marked by entrepreneurial endeavors and by mentoring fledgling start-ups to success, Dick is recognized for his guidance and ability to build strategies and assemble teams that seize market opportunity and achieve business, financial and cultural goals.

He has over 30 years of combined high-tech experience in the computer, storage, security and communications. His roles have ranged from VP of Sales and Marketing and other top executive roles including CEO and Chairman. Companies he has been involved with include Bridge Communications, Auspex Systems, Blue Steel, ePeople and Caw Networks.

Mike Byrd

Mike has over 20 years of experience advising and working in start-up entrepreneurial environments. Most recently Mike was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Brocade Communications. While at Brocade he was very involved in managing the Company’s rapid growth and in the Company’s Initial Public Offering resulting in record returns to its venture investors. Prior to Brocade, Mike spent five years as the Vice President of Finance and Operations for Maxim Integrated Products. During Mike’s time at Maxim, revenues increased six fold and it was recognized as one of the top ten performing stocks of the 90’s. Early in his career, Mike advised and served startups as a CPA and a Partner for Ernst & Young. Mike is currently the President of the Board of Directors for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley and is a Board Member at Zero Waste Energy, a start-up alternate energy company.

Jeff Depew

Jeff Depew is a serial entrepreneur and GE-trained leader with a keen eye for emerging markets and technology trends. The first half of Jeff's career was starting businesses and/or building market share for divisions of General Electric and General Motors. The second half of Jeff's career has been focused on building new businesses and market opportunities as an entrepreneur.

Jeff's latest venture is Lion Cells, a venture-funded high power/high energy Li Ion battery company which he founded in 2006. The company will enable better performance of battery powered or battery enhanced products such as power tools, lawn and garden equipment, and hybrid cars.

Prior to his current venture, Jeff founded Motion Sense, a MEMS semiconductor company providing integrated gesture control and location-aware solutions for handheld devices and game controllers.

During his career, Jeff has consulted with both early stage and F1000 companies on how to capitalize on emerging technologies such as interactive digital cable, fuel cells, water purification, and LED lighting.

Before focusing his energies on early stage companies, Jeff served as Executive Director of Marketing and Sales at General Motors' OnStar division, where he led the vision, strategy, positioning, service development and market launch of OnStar. The group integrated cellular, GPS, and data mining technologies into a service platform which delivers peace-of-mind to consumers across all GM's automotive divisions.

Jeff developed his market-focused leadership, product development and marketing skills over twelve years in both consumer and commercial businesses at General Electric. His last position at GE was as President, Electrical Distribution and Control for the Asia/Pacific region, focusing on customer solutions in circuit protection and factory automation. Prior to ED&C, he spent seven years at GE Lighting serving both Consumer and Industrial markets, leading new products and business development for product lines such as IR coated Halogen and GE Rechargeable Batteries.

Jeff is a lover of the great outdoors, where he skis, hikes, bikes, boats, and tries at least one new sport each year. Latest: Hang Gliding. He is married, has 2 Finnish Lapphunds (4-legged "kids"), and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Steve Eglash

Steve is Executive Director of the Energy and Environment Affiliates Program at Stanford University, where he is responsible for developing and managing interactions for corporations and other organizations having an interest in Stanford’s research, faculty, and graduate students in energy-related and environmental fields. Steve brings to this position a background in renewable energy, business, technology, and finance.

Previously, Steve was President and CEO of Cyrium Technologies, a solar energy startup company, and a consultant and advisor to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy. Before that, Steve was a venture capitalist at Worldview Technology Partners where he emphasized investments in semiconductors, displays, lighting, and energy. Steve was also Vice President at SDL (JDSU) where he managed businesses in telecommunications, printing, optical amplifiers, and industrial lasers. He began his career as a research scientist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Steve received a PhD and MS from Stanford University, and a BS from the University of California at Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering. He has more than 40 papers published in peer- reviewed journals and four patents, and is a fellow of the SPIE and a member of the IEEE and OSA. Steve is a member of the City of Palo Alto Utilities Advisory Commission and is involved in humanitarian projects such as the Tech Museum Awards for Technology Benefiting Humanity and the Global Social Benefit Incubator at Santa Clara University.

Jerry Fiddler

Jerry Fiddler is the founder of Wind River Systems (WIND), which has grown to become the leading provider of device software worldwide with over 1,100 employees in 16 countries. Wind River was acquired by Intel in 2009. He is a member of the UC President's Advisory Board on Science and Innovation, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. Mr. Fiddler sits on several corporate boards, including Wind River, Tensilica, Crossbow, and Nanochip, as well as a number of advisory boards.

Steve Gerbsman

Steven R. Gerbsman serves as a Managing Principal of the Gerbsman Partners. Mr. Gerbsman served as President of four operating divisions of ITEL Corporation, with responsibility in the leasing, business and technology sectors. He began his business career at the IBM Corporation in 1967. Mr. Gerbsman has over 35 years of senior management, marketing, sales and finance experience and has been involved in various business and investment ventures as an Officer, Director, Consultant and Investor, both in the US and internationally. He is a nationally recognized crisis/turnaround professional and has been involved in maximizing enterprise, stakeholder and shareholder value in a broad variety of industries. He has worked with a wide spectrum of senior and junior lenders, bondholder groups, venture capital and equity sources, private investors and institutional groups. Mr. Gerbsman has served in the capacity of Crisis/Turnaround Chief Executive Officer, Crisis Consultant, Private Investment Banker, Examiner for the Office of the United States, Trustee, a Member of the Board of Directors of various companies and Advisor to stakeholder groups.

Since 1980, Mr. Gerbsman has been in the business of maximizing enterprise value for highly leveraged, under-valued, under-performing and under-capitalized companies and their Intellectual Property. In 2000, he began focusing on Israeli and European technology and life science companies, with the objective of providing access to the US capital markets and developing strategic alliances, M&A and licensing opportunities for them. He has also assisted numerous Venture Capital/Equity Investors in terminating/restructuring their real estate and equipment lease executory contracts. He serves as Member of Advisory Board at Foundation Ventures, LLC.

Mr. Gerbsman received a BS degree in Accounting from Hunter College, New York and attended the Baruch Graduate School of Business.

Jon Gillespie-Brown

Jon has extensive leadership experience in the information technology, communications and new media arenas with executive roles spanning from VP Sales and Marketing to President and Chief Executive Officer. He has a great deal of expertise in the Software Development and Security markets and over 22 years in the IT business.

Prior to founding Nalpeiron has was the founder and CEO of three IT Companies in Software, Training and New Media. He successfully built and sold out of these Companies in 2000. Before his own ventures, Jon worked for Global players such as Ericcson, SmartLink and Pace as VP Sales/Marketing and General Manager. Jon is on the Board of Directors of Digital Ventures and TeachMe Interactive. He has been a Entrepreneur in residence/Mentor for the London Business School for 6 years and is the Author of a book on rookie entrepreneurs called "So you want to be an entrepreneur" published by Wiley & Co in 2008.

He is passionate about 'entrepreneurship and believes in the individual's ability to shape their own destiny.

He is married with two children, lives in Portola Valley, CA.

Konstantin Guericke

Konstantin Guericke is an entrepreneur who was most recently CEO of jaxtr, a social communications start-up with over ten million registered users that was purchased by SabSe Technologies in June 2009. In addition to serving on the boards of several startups and working on his next project, Konstantin continues to advise LinkedIn on the company’s activities in the German market. Before jaxtr, Konstantin co-founded LinkedIn and as vice president of marketing led the company’s marketing activities from launch to first six million members and profitability. Prior to LinkedIn, Konstantin served as vice president of marketing at Presenter.com and as vice president of sales and marketing for Black Sun Interactive, a pioneer in 3-D social software at the dawn of the web.

Konstantin graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. and M.S. in engineering. Konstantin has lived, studied and worked in Asia as well as the United States and Europe. To learn more about his background, view his profile

Randy Haldeman

Randy Haldeman is an Internet and Mobile Marketing entrepreneur. He has over 25 years of broad high-tech experience in Silicon Valley including 15 years in operations as a design engineer, product manager, corporate marketer and business development director. He has also served 12 years in senior management roles as a GM, CIO, CMO and SVP.

For large companies such as as Apple and Knowledge Universe, to start-ups such as Apptera (mobile advertising), Ten-TV (Internet content subscriptions), VDOnet (video content sites), and GTS (hotel wi-fi), Randy is able to apply a great balance of right-brain creativity with a left-brain "roll-up-the-sleeves & get-it-done" attitude. He helped build spy satellites in the 80's, was the first to suggest building an App Store while at Apple, and helped launch and sell 3 start-ups in the 90's.

Randy understands agile software design, relishes diving into spreadsheets, and considers PowerPoint to be his 2nd language. In the past 6 months, he has raised $1M in seed financing to launch a disruptive "Big Data" company called Code-N.

Aurangzeb Khan

Aurangzeb Khan is a partner at Citius Consulting, a management consultancy he co-founded in 2008 with two public/private company CEO colleagues. In 2009 / early 2010, he was President & CEO at Everspin Technologies, Inc., a VC-funded spin-off from Freescale Semiconductor focusing on MRAM ICs.

Earlier, he was co-founder, President & CEO at Altius Solutions and, following the merger with Simplex Solutions, EVP/GM of the SoC Design Foundry business at Simplex, contributing to a ~$300M IPO in May 2001 (NASD: SPLX). After Cadence Design Systems acquired Simplex in June 2002, he served as CVP/GM of Design Services business at Cadence.

Aurangzeb held senior engineering and general management positions at Cirrus Logic, Tandem Computers (now part of HP) and Fairchild. He helped deliver several industry-first systems and SoCs to market, including the Sony Computer Entertainment GS®I-32 and PlayStation®-2 Graphics Synthesizers, the Cirrus Logic 3Ci™ SoC and the Tandem Computers NonStop™ Himalaya™ and Cyclone™ series of massively-parallel servers. Several of the SoC and systems products received industry leadership recognition and delivered $200M to more than $1B in annual revenues.

Aurangzeb received an MSEE and an MSEM from Stanford University, a double-major BS EECS / Nuclear Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from Government College, University of the Punjab, where he stood first in class and received the Academic Roll of Honor.

Bill Levin

Bill has over three decades of experience building businesses, from startups to large corporations. Most recently, Bill was a Vice President for Maxim Integrated Products (NASDAQ: MXIM), a worldwide leader in the design, development, and manufacture of analog, mixed signal, digital, and high-frequency circuits. During his 9 years at Maxim, Bill initially had responsibility for Engineering ,then U.S. Sales,Marketing and Product Line Management as he helped grow the company from $50MM in annual revenue to $600MM in annual revenue. Before Maxim, Bill was an Vice President at Shugart Corporation(TM); where he led a turnaround that took one of the companies businesses from an unprofitable $24MM in annual revenue to over $70MM in highly profitable annual revenue.

Bill has a B.S. in Engineering, an M.S. in Engineering, and an M.S.in Business, all from UCLA.

Jim Long

Jim Long is a partner at Gabriel Venture Partners. portfolio Jim has over 25 years experience as a founder, CEO, and investor building successful businesses in the technology industry, as well as developing new technologies and patents for the Internet and PC environments and advising many startups and venture capital firms. Most recently, Jim was CEO of RioPort, a leading music application service provider RioPort, powered MTV.com, Best-Buy.com, Yahoo, HP, Nike.com, and Microsoft, was the first Internet company to license digital songs for resale from all five major record labels and enabled the first music cell-phones via a partnership with Nokia. Considered the “father of streaming video," Jim was also CEO and founder of Starlight Networks, which pioneered video streaming and video multicasting with award-winning Intranet video infrastructure software. Starlight Networks was the leader in the corporate video streaming market when it was acquired by PictureTel in July 1998. Previously, Jim was the VP-Marketing founder of Tolerant Software, which became Veritas (VRTS) a leader in the storage management software market. Veritas was acquired by Symantec for over $12 Billion long after Jim left to invent video streaming.

After doing software and product marketing at Hewlett Packard and getting his MBA, Jim joined Fred Adler Ventures in 1982. In his four years at the firm Jim was acting CEO at several turnarounds and worked with veteran VCs Jim Swartz and Arthur Patterson prior to them founding Accel Partners. Over the years, Jim has also done projects with venture firms Accel Partners, Crosspoint Venture Partners, IT-Farm (Japan), and Sequoia Capital. Jim’s venture experience also includes interim CEO jobs and “turn-arounds” at companies such as Linkware (acquired by Ungermann-Bass). As an angel advisor/investor, Jim has been involved with several leading startups, including TiMetra (acquired by Alcatel), Manageware (acquired by Computer Associates), Ruckus Wireless (WiFi video leader), Ready Systems (acquired by Mentor), and Jibe Networks (acquired by Citrix).

Jim received an MBA (with distinction) from Harvard University and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley

Shyam Nagrani

Shyam is a serial entrepreneur working at his sixth startup - Motiv Power Systems which builds intelligent powertrains for all-electric trucks and buses where he is VP Marketing. Motiv was started by a Stanford EE grad. Previously Shyam worked at five successful semiconductor startups – mSilica, Jaldi Semiconductor, Genesis Microchip, Oak Technology and Chips & Technologies. While Shyam initially started his career in engineering, for the past 20 years he has excelled in marketing and sales roles. One of his key strengths is bringing new products and technologies to the market, which is reflected in the successful exits of his previous startups. The first two startups he was a part of were acquired, while the latter three went public. In 2010 and 2011, Shyam handled sales in India and Turkey for Fresco Microchip, a Toronto-based semiconductor startup.

Shyam attended IIT Bombay for 3 years but graduated with a BSEE from Georgia Tech. He has an MSEE from USC (University of Southern California). Between 2008 and 2012, Shyam was a Mentor at the Haas School of Business at The University of California, Berkeley in their Entrepreneurship program. Recently he was a Mentor in the Energy and Environmental Department at Stanford and at the Industrial Engineering School at Berkeley. Shyam has been with Motiv since 2011. Shyam enjoys running, hiking and skiing.

Ofer Ronen

Ofer Ronen was founder and CEO of Sendori, an ad network for type-in domain traffic. He has served as adviser and angel investor in over 10 early stage social media, mobile, and eCommerce startups including Klout, Storify, DudaMobile, Offermatic, Twylah, and others. In addition he advised MBA students studying entrepreneurship at Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Currently he is Founder & CEO of Astound Labs, an early stage company working on a gift recommendation service.

Ofer holds an MBA with distinction from Cornell, as well as an MS/BS in Computer Engineering from the U of Michigan.

Rahul Sharma

Rahul leads engineering and technology at Averail. He brings over 20 years of experience building successful teams and leading development engineering from Microsoft, Motorola and Sun Microsystems. Most recently, Rahul was senior director of engineering for the Azure cloud computing platform at Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, Rahul was VP engineering at Vusion, a venture backed startup delivering cloud-based video streaming solution for HD video content providers. Previously, Rahul created and led a 150+ person mobile software design center for Motorola and drove parts of the core J2EE architecture and development initiatives for Sun.

Rahul has a BE degree in computer engineering from Delhi University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is an inventor of 18 US patents issued and 9 pending in areas of distributed systems, mobile and enterprise technologies. Rahul has also published 3 technology books related to enterprise application integration and messaging.

Alan E. Shluzas

Alan E. Shluzas is the Director of Research and Development for the medical device incubator, Reprise Technologies. His work focuses on early stage disruptive technologies in structural heart disease, general surgical, and orthopedic product spaces. Prior to Reprise, Mr. Shluzas was Director of R&D at Endius Inc., a medical device start-up that was acquired by Zimmer Spine in 2007. In that role, he invented and developed minimally invasive spinal fusion implants that revolutionized the standard of care in spine surgery. Prior to joining Endius, Mr. Shluzas held engineering positions at Acufex Microsurgical, which was acquired by Smith & Nephew in 1995. He was a key contributor to Smith & Nephew's line of bio-resorbable fixation devices.

Mr. Shluzas holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, and is an inventor on 43 issued and pending US patents related to the fields of structural heart disease, endoscopy, and orthopedics.

Spencer C. Tall

  • Managing Director, Allegis Capital
  • General Partner & Co-Founder, APV Technology Partners
  • Co-Founder Asia Pacific Ventures
  • 10 Years Venture Capital Experience
  • Former Operating Executive (Asia and US)

Spencer C. Tall joined the Allegis team in 2004. Prior to Allegis Capital, Mr. Tall was a co-founder and General Partner with APV Technology Partners for three funds over 10 years. In addition, Mr. Tall was a co-founder of Asia Pacific Ventures LLC, a consulting and advisory service firm where, over a 13-year period, he assisted more than 50 technology companies in their Asia expansion plans. Mr. Tall currently serves on the boards of Allegiance, IMVU, Symplified and AvaLAN Wireless. Prior investments include E.piphany (EPNY), Web TV (acquired by MSFT), One Touch Systems (acquired by Hughes Satellite), Locality (acquired by e2Grow), and North Systems.

Mr. Tall has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Japanese from BYU.

Stephen Taylor

Mr. Taylor has more than 25 years of experience in the high technology industry as a venture capitalist, management consultant, investment banker, and software industry executive and engineer. Since founding The Palo Alto Consulting Group in 1989, Stephen has advised over 200 software, Internet, communications, computer, and semiconductor companies in the areas of marketing, strategy, business development, and mergers & acquisitions. From 1984 to 1989, Stephen was a partner at Xerox Venture Capital where he financed and advised 10 privately-held companies that had successful IPOs or were acquired: Sequent Computer Systems, Catalina Marketing, Cymer, NetFrame Systems, MicroLinear, Read Rite, and ParcPlace Systems went public while Netwise, Imagen and Advanced Forming Technology were acquired. As a consultant, Stephen has helped start, finance, or advise more than 22 clients that went public (Be, Blaze Software, COM21, Concero, Nuance Communications, SDL, TGV, Talarian, Tut Systems) or were acquired by public companies (Alldata, Bridgestream, Great Plains Software, Marimba, Morphics, Odesta, PathScale, PlaceWare, ReportSmith, State of the Art, Velocity11, Ventura Software, Vicinity). Stephen began his career at Sperry-Univac, DayFlo and New World Computer where he held marketing and software engineering positions.

Stephen earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from University of California, Irvine, and an MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma) from UCLA. He also studied in Montpellier, France at the Université Paul-Valéry. Stephen is an active member of the Band of Angels.

Robert Tillman

Mr. Tillman's background is general management, turnaround management, investment banking and venture capital. During 2001-2002, he completed a full turnaround of Totality Corporation, as well as many debt restructurings for a wide variety of companies. In February 2003, he finished a complete balance sheet and expense restructuring for Calix Networks, Inc. as part of a new round of financing, and in the process reduced the Company's liabilities by $14 million. Mr. Tillman has restructured/terminated 38 real estate leases totaling more than 1.5 million square feet of space and $190 million in liability. Additionally, he has terminated significant liabilities for 5 publicly held companies.

Mr. Tillman earned a BA degree cum laude in English from Harvard and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Past Mentors

Joe Beninato

Joe Beninato loves startups. Since graduating from M.I.T. with a degree in aerospace engineering, he has worked with more than fifteen startups, serving as founder, employee, investor or advisor.

Joe most recently was the founder and CEO of Presto, a venture-backed startup in partnership with Hewlett-Packard that allows people who don't use computers to receive digital photos and emails from their family and friends.

Before founding Presto, he was Vice President of Product Marketing & Business Development at Roku, a privately-held digital media startup company. Prior to Roku, Joe founded and served as Vice President of Marketing for When.com, the leading Internet calendar and event service that was acquired by America Online. Joe has spearheaded marketing and product efforts for Books That Work (acquired by Sierra OnLine), Integrated Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: INTS, later merged with Wind River Systems) and S3 Inc. (NASDAQ: SIII, later known as SONICBlue).

Actively involved in the Silicon Valley startup community, Joe is a limited partner in several venture capital funds, and has served on the board of directors for Presto, When.com and eDaycare (acquired by Arrowsight). He has acted as an investor or advisor for Bigstep (acquired by Affinity Internet), Ofoto (acquired by Kodak), SuperSecret (private), and numerous other startup companies. Joe is currently a board member for the non-profit Churchill Club, Silicon Valley's premier business and technology forum, and serves as a mentor for the Stanford University Technology Venture Formation class and the fbFund REV incubator program. He is hard at work starting his next company.

Heinz Blennemann

Heinz is a diversified investor, with a passion for angel investing. He is an active member at the Band of Angels, the Keiretsu Angel Investing Forum, the Institute for Private Investors, and supports the Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research. He successfully built and then managed Juniper's first signal-integrity/technology team for eight years. Concurrently, he taught in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University as consulting professor and lecturer for two years. Previously, he led technology teams in high-speed system design at Silicon Graphics and I.B.M. He received a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Highest Honors) from Princeton University, a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A from the Wharton School of Business.

Heinz enjoys mentoring student Entrepreneurship teams. He can be reached at heinz@venture-creation.com

Gordon Eubanks

From April 1999 to March 2005 Eubanks served as president and CEO of Oblix, Inc. Oblix was a private company funded by leading venture firms such as Apax Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Gordon Eubanks managed the company's rapid growth and established its position as the industry's leading provider of enterprise identity management solutions. In March 2005 Oblix was sold to Oracle Corporation.

From 1984 to 1999, Eubanks was president and chief executive officer of Symantec Corporation. Under his leadership, Symantec evolved into one of the world's most prominent software companies. Previously, Eubanks founded C&E Software (which Symantec acquired in 1984) and served as a senior executive at software development and marketing.

Eubanks founded Compiler Systems, Inc. in 1975 and authored its products: CBASIC, one of the first successful languages on personal computers, and CB80, a compiled version of CBASIC. Compiler Systems was acquired by Digital Research in August 1981.

Eubanks received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University (1968) and his Master's degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School (1976) in Monterey, California. Eubanks was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, serving in the nuclear submarine force from 1970 to 1979. He is an active member of industry trade associations, including a past tenure as chairman and president of the Software Publishers Association. He is also on the board of the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation. In 2005, Eubanks was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Oklahoma State University Engineering School. Eubanks serves on the board of Concur Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNQR). He served on the board and as Chairman of Preventsys, a private company, until June 2006 when it was sold to McAfee. Eubanks is on the board of GuardID and Oakley Networks, both private technology companies.

Greg Galanos

Greg is a Managing Director of Mobius Venture Capital in California. Since 2000, he has led and/or managed early stage investments in semiconductors, communications equipment, wireless infrastructure software, internet-centric mobile platforms, DFM software and SOFC technologies. He currently serves as a board member and director in a number of private companies notably Bloom Energy, Fujin, HVVi, Impinj, SkyPilot Networks and Reactrix. He previously led and/or managed investments in Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN), Danger (acquired by Microsoft), Phonespots (acquired by CellGenie), Dantz (acquired by EMC) and Transilica (acquired by Microtune).

Mr Galanos is a veteran of the software development industry as both a developer and an entrepreneur. In 1985, he founded and helped build Metrowerks, one of the world's leading software development tools providers, producers of the CodeWarrior line of programming tools (acquired by Freescale Semiconductor, formerly Motorola, in 1999). He also helped define Freescale's software strategy as part of the Office of the President in 1999.

Prior to 1985, he assisted in the development of geographic information systems for Hydro-Quebec and the James Bay Development Corporation in Montreal. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from l'Universite du Quebec a Montreal.

Brian Hamel

Brian Hamel has 20 years experience in high technology. His experience includes both hardware and software in a variety of roles including sales, business development and venture capital. Brian currently is the co-founder and CEO of Nanochronous Logic, an EDA software company. Prior to his current role, he created and launched the Cadence Corporate Venture Capital practice.

Brian has analyzed and advised well over 100 startups on business formation, raising institutional as well as corporate capital and taking products to market. He built a multinational investment portfolio of over 20 leading edge semiconductor, system and software startups and has held multiple board and board observer seats. Today, Brian is also active with early stage startups in the social networking and Ecommerce space.

Brian holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Worchester Polytechnic Institute, and did his MBA studies at the University of San Francisco, specializing in International Business.

Pascal Levy-Garboua

Pascal Levy-Garboua, is a serial entrepreneur living in San Francisco, California, who is a co-founder and VP, Business Development, at VirtuOz. A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Stanford University, Pascal has held several business development positions at BCG in Paris, Persuasive Technology Lab in Stanford, California, and France Telecom in the US. In 2004, Pascal joined eBay France as the Development Manager for high-tech and media markets, and was later appointed Security Marketing Manager.

Pascal also advises startups on business strategy, fund raising and the joy of entrepreneurship. He sits on the board of Producteev (collaborative task management), advises IMediapp (Media Company for App Developers in Europe) and R+D Architectes, invested in Clean Wave Technology (Drive Systems for Hybrid and E/V).

David Miller

David Miller received his BSE degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University in 1997 and obtained an MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford in 1998 and an MS in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford in 2001. David was also on the design and engineering team for the tallest roller coaster in the world -- the Steel Dragon 2000 in Japan. After completing the Stanford Biodesign fellowship he consulted at several medical device start-ups before co-founding InnoSpine, Inc. which was acquired by Kyhpon in 2006. He has been named as an inventor on over 20 medical device patent applications.

Michael J. Salameh

Michael J. Salameh co-founded PLX and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors from PLX's inception in May 1986. Mr. Salameh retired from his position as CEO in November 2008 and continues to serve as a director. From 1980 through 1986, Mr. Salameh was employed in various marketing management positions with Hewlett-Packard Company. Mr. Salameh received a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Christopher Shen, MD

Dr. Chris Shen joins EWHV from New Enterprise Associates, a diversified venture capital fund, where he invested in biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. Prior to joining EWHV, Dr. Shen held the position of Senior Design Engineer at Guidant Corporation's Neurovascular Venture, an internal start-up, where he invented and commercialized a minimally-invasive therapy for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke. Dr. Shen also worked in Japan as a Design Engineer for Pfizer(TM)'s Strategic Innovation Group, an internal medical technology incubator.

Dr. Shen continues to hold a Lecturer position at the Stanford School of Medicine, teaching a course on medical technology innovation. He has nine patents issued and several pending in the fields of interventional neuroradiology and interventional cardiology.

Dr. Shen received his MD from the Stanford School of Medicine, his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an MSE in Biomechanical Engineering from the Stanford School of Engineering. He received his BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. Dr. Shen currently sits on the board of Denali Medical.

Mark Sochan

Mark Sochan is President of Nuvonix, a consulting firm that specializes in OEM partnering and technology licensing strategies. Prior to Nuvonix, Mr. Sochan held the position of Vice President of Business Development at SAP, where he was responsible for the NetWeaver partner program, the launch and growth of the SAP Developer Network, as well as leading the negotiation teams for several software company acquisitions. Prior to SAP, Mr. Sochan was Vice President of TopTier Software, a company that was acquired by SAP in 2001, and was responsible for successful strategic OEM partnerships with Microsoft, IBM, and SAP. Earlier in his career, he served as Director of Business Development for Crystal Decisions (now Business Objects), where he managed the OEM and channel sales teams responsible for successfully licensing Crystal Reports to more than 150 software companies. Mr. Sochan holds a B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Soody Tronson

Soody Tronson, M.S., J.D., is the founder and principal of STLGIP, a boutique Silicon Valley Intellectual Property firm counseling domestic and international entrepreneurs, investors, government agencies, institutions, and organizations as well as early stage and larger more established companies, in intellectual property matters (patents and transactions) in a wide range of industries including life sciences, software and business methods, medical devices and diagnostics, high technology, and consumer products.

She is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience combining law, science, engineering, and business management in start-ups and established environments. Prior to starting her firm, she practiced law as IP Counsel at Silicon Valley offices of prominent national law firms as well as IP Counsel at the Hewlett-Packard Company, and was Vice President of Intellectual Property and General Counsel at a successfully acquired medical device start up company. Before starting her legal career, she spent over ten years in the industry holding technical and management positions at companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Schering-Plough. Soody is licensed to practice before the State of California and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is on the board of several professional and social non-profit organizations, is a frequent lecturer at domestic and international forums, and instructs courses in IP and licensing at the University of California and Stanford University.

Steve Weinstein

With a background that spans technology, intellectual property and entertainment, Steve Weinstein now leads the film industry's united effort to explore and invest in emerging technologies to advance the consumer experience in the new media environment. Prior to joining MovieLabs, Steve served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer at Macrovision Corporation, where he led the post-reorganization effort to define that company's strategic and technological direction. Steve previously served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Macrovision's Entertainment Technologies Group, where he guided the transition from physical security technologies to secure online distribution, commerce and subscription services. Previous to Macrovision, Steve held the role of Chief Technology Officer at Vicinity, a mapping company acquired by Microsoft in 2002. Steve was a founding executive and Chief Strategist and Technologist at Liberate Technologies, an interactive television software company. Over his career, Steve has held executive-level positions at Microprose/Spectrum HoloByte, Electronics for Imaging, and Media Cybernetics.

Glenn Winokur

Glenn Winokur is Managing Director of Emerson Street Partners, an advisory services and seed stage investment firm that helps entrepreneurs and VCs incubate new technology companies, as well as accelerate growth of existing ones. Prior to launching Emerson Street Partners, Glenn spent over 20 years in key operating roles of several successful software Companies. As CEO of Scalix, a leading linux email and collaboration software vendor, he led it from a handful of customers upon joining to over 600 customers when Xandros Corp. acquired it 3 years later in 2007. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer of NetIQ, a leading supplier of security and system management and web analytics software, where he was responsible for all revenue, customer and partner related activities. As part of the co-founding team at NetIQ, he played an instrumental role in leading the company through an extended period of rapid growth from initial product launch in 1996 to IPO in 1999 (NTIQ) and ultimately $300 million in annual revenues in 2003. Prior to NetIQ, Winokur has held executive positions in sales and business development at several enterprise software companies, including Frame Technology (now Adobe), Documentum (now EMC) and Ingres.

Winokur received a BS in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and is a frequent guest lecturer, mentor and advisor at both the University of Illinois and Stanford University.

Henry H. Wong

Henry H. Wong has been a prolific and successful entrepreneur, executive, and venture investor in Silicon Valley for over 25 years. Henry applies his operational experience, investment talent, and his China expertise to advise, invest in, and build high technology companies with a global vision. He is the founder of Diamond TechVentures, and was a venture partner at Crystal Ventures, where he was actively involved with companies including SMIC, LGC Wireless, Infinera, and Exavio. As an entrepreneur, Henry has had several significant successes, including SS8 Networks Inc., where he was the founder, CEO and Chairman, as well as IP Communications, XaQti Semiconductor, CNet Technology Inc., and Combinet (ISDN Systems), all of which he co-founded and led. In 2002, Henry was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is an advisor to several non-profit organizations and is active in community organizations. Henry holds a B.Sc. degree in Business from the University of Utah and a MBA in Telecom Management from Golden Gate University. He is also a Mentor in the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB MBA Program Stanford).