Mr. Lyons is currently a Partner with the Ratio Group (www.RatioIM.com) a technology advisory and venture capital group working with Fortune 500 clients and the U.S. Government. He also serves as as Chairman of CypherPath, a converged infrastructure virtualization company. He was former Chairman of Shadow Networks, Inc. a cyber security company acquired by Alcalvio in 2016; both are based on technology developed through a tech transfer partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He also serves as a Director of Real-Time Innovations (www.rti.com), a privately held software company focused on advanced real-time integration of complex systems and a major thought leader in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He is a strategic advisor to ICEYE, a SAR-based microsatellite data acquisition company and CEO of its U.S. data subsidiary driving machine learning for SAR data.
He is also a Managing Director of NewLine Ventures, LLC, a management consulting firm. From 2008 to 2011, he also served as a Venture Partner with the Paladin Capital Group in Washington, D.C. and as a Venture Partner for ePlanet Ventures I and II. He was a co-founder and General Partner of Zilkha Venture Partners (Fund closed out in 2003), an early stage venture capital partnership focused on seed and first round investments in IT and bio-technology companies, principally located in Silicon Valley. He founded SafeView, Inc. in 2002, a Government Laboratory (PNNL) spinout, to address aspects of the anti-terrorist physical security market; the Company closed A and B rounds totaling more than $23M led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, ePlanet Ventures, GE/Invision, Paladin Capital Group, and Novak Biddle. He served as Chairman until its sale to L3 Communications in March, 2006. This technology is now the security standard in airports worldwide.
Concurrently, Mr. Lyons is an Adjunct Professor at the Stanford University Departments of Management Science and Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering . Serving in the Stanford position since 1988, he was a co-developer of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program with Prof. Tom Byers and the founding professor of Technology Venture Formation. He also co-teaches, with Prof. Ray Levitt, Entrepreneurship in Civil and Environmental Engineeering. Both of these courses are some of the highest rated courses in the School of Engineering. He is the co-creator of the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship two week program for existing high tech companies produced and managed by the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD). This program is just completing its six year anniversary. He has co-produced and delivered numerous other SCPD and STVP programs. He is a co-founder of the Ratio Academy focused on creating training platforms for entrepreneurial education, now co-developing an online program with SCPD.
From 1980 to 1991, he was a co-founder, a Vice-President, and a Director of Integrated Systems Inc. (INTS, founded 1980), a leading implementer of high-performance real- time control systems for aircraft, automotive, and manufacturing applications. INTS was fundamentally a spinout from the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Lab and Systems Control, Inc. The Company was merged with WindRiver Systems in 1999. WindRiver was acquired by Intel in 2009.
Mr. Lyons received a Bachelors and Masters (equivalent) in Engineering Physics from Cornell University, an MSEE from Stanford, did Ph.D research in Aero/Astro at Stanford (abd) and an MBA, with Distinction, from the Pepperdine Presidential/Key Executive Program. He is a graduate of the Stanford/AEA Institute for the Management of High Technology Companies and a Price-Babson Fellow in Entrepreneurship Education. He holds an FAA multi-Engine Airline Transport Pilot License and Certified Flight Instructor Certificates for Instrument and Multi-Engine Aircraft. He is an avid sailor and motorcyclist.
Jack is an entrepreneur a teacher, and an angel investor. From 2007 through 2012, Jack was CFO of ForteBio, Inc., a private life science equipment company, which was successfully sold to Pall Corporation on 1-March, 2012. Previously, he has held Finance, Business Development, Sales, Marketing, and Product Management positions at a number of private companies, including IPWireless, a 120-person broadband wireless company that was successfully sold to a strategic buyer in 2007. He also sold Lumitrend, a leading SAS applications provider, to Asurion, a device insurance company.
Previously in his career, Jack held several senior positions with Becton Dickinson & Company including Vice President of e-Business, North American Business Leader, Vice President Worldwide Marketing, and Director of Corporate Planning. In addition, Jack was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company, where his client focus was health care and wireless communications.
In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Jack is a Lecturer in MS&E273. He is also a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business at The University of California at Berkeley. Jack mentors entrepreneurs, serves on Boards of private companies, and acts as an angel investor. He holds an AB in Engineering Sciences with Honors from Dartmouth College magna cum laude and phi beta kappa, and he received his MBA from Stanford University as an Arjay Miller Scholar.