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David Marple 

David Marple founded Q Design Automation in 2000, a company providing automatic layout migration for the IC industry, building on compaction algorithm research he did at Philips Research Labs late 1980’s. This research resulted in several published articles, including a DAC best paper award in 1990. Q Design Automation was acquired by Cadence Design Systems in late 2003. After a nearly 4 year earn-out, he retired from the ECAD (Electronic Computer Aided Design) industry in 2008. During his 30-year career as an Electrical Engineer, David worked in both hardware and software, starting with TTL/microprocessor bread-boarding and assembly coding, to chip design, gate arrays and FPGAs, to C/C++ coding for transistor level circuit and layout optimization, then finally to entrepreneurship and business. From 2011 to 2016, David was an advising partner for Night Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in downtown Los Angeles managed by his daughter and a founding partner. David is a member of Stanford Angels and Astia Angels. For the last 3 years, as an active member of Astia, he has invested in over 20 startups, has done detailed diligence (technical/marketing) on a number of Astia prospects, and has led a couple of deals. He likes to mentor/advise entrepreneurs and to collaborate with fellow investors. David currently lives in Los Altos Hills in a zero-carbon home he custom built (general contracted) after retirement. He has a BSEE degree from Oklahoma University and MS and PhD graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. His technical interests include all software applications and services, but especially natural language processing and machine learning.