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Kathy Lane

Ms. Lane has over 30 years in high technology, acting as a founder or key member of the management team in eleven startups.  During her career, Ms. Lane has been a speaker at many computer industry events around the world and a guest on radio and television shows.  She continues to be an angel investor and advisor to startups.  Ms. Lane served as Vice President of Dataquest, a market research firm, providing expertise and advice regarding the personal computer software industry to personal computer software companies, venture capatalists and Wall Street analysts.  Kathy was also the CEO of Softview, the makers of MacInTax.  As CEO, she led the acquisition of Softview to ChipSoft.  At ChipSoft, Ms. Lane service as President, TurboTax Professional Tax Division and was a member of the management team involved in the ChipSoft initial public offering.  She was a co-founder of WorkCard Inc., helping to raise $10 million of venture capital.  WorkCard created electronic collaborative workspaces, connecting Forture 1000 companies with staff companies and temporary workers.  Ms. Lane’s latest business is  Using her background in information workflow, market research and taxes, provides products and resources to help individuals deal with the last stages of life.  Ms. Lane is the author of a new book “DieSmart”.

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Gary Lauder

Gary Lauder is the Managing Director of Lauder Partners LLC, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm investing primarily in information technologies. He has been a venture capitalist since 1985, investing in over 80 private companies. He is also Chairman of ActiveVideo Networks, and OnLive. Other directorships: net2tv, Promptu, MediaFriends and ShotSpotter. Investments are primarily in television/IPTV technology and WWW arenas. In the 1980's, he worked at the venture firms of Aetna, Jacobs & Ramo Technology Ventures, as well as Wolfensohn Associates. He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania; a BS in Economics from the Wharton School; and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the co-creator of the Aspen Institute's Socrates Society with Laura, his wife. He is a member of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship Program. He has had a working cable modem (usually) in his home since 1994. He is co-inventor of 12 patents, has spoken at over 100 industry forums, and, since 1992, has published several articles about the future of the cable industry...that he still stands by.


Matthew Le Merle

Matthew Le Merle is a Managing Partner of Fifth Era ( and of Keiretsu Capital ( Fifth Era invests in and incubates early stage technology enabled companies, backing teams that understand internet, mobile, social, local, commerce and payments technologies and who are putting them together in new and ambitious ways. Keiretsu Capital is the co-investment fund of the world's largest angel investor network. Matthew is an expert on digitization having advised leading technology companies including eBay, Google, HP, Microsoft and PayPal on how to drive and benefit from emerging digital value propositions. Matthew's career has spanned being a global strategy advisor, a professional services firm leader, a corporate operating executive, a private equity investor, and board director for high growth public and private digital economy companies. Matthew is Board Director of the Bay Area Council, Trustee of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, Member of the Academy for Interactive Arts and Sciences and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He was appointed to the Governor of California’s China Delegation in 2010 and to the Governor’s Life Sciences Council in 2005. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of Shanshan, one of China’s largest companies and is a member of Keiretsu Forum and The Band of Angels. Mr. Le Merle received a BA (Double First) and MA degree from Oxford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Chris Lee

Chris Lee is a partner at FAA Investments, a private investment group focusing in real estate and early stage companies. Mr. Lee is also co-founder and managing partner at Star Magnolia Capital (Hong Kong) Limited, an alternative investment firm conducting in-depth research on hedge funds and private equity managers. With home bases in Silicon Valley and Hong Kong, Chris and his partners allocate capital globally. Previously, Chris Lee was Managing Director and divisional and regional head at Deutsche Bank AG, UBS Investment Bank AG and Merrill Lynch & Co. He has over 20 years of global financial markets experience: managing derivative product development and providing equity sales & trading functions to institutional investors. Additionally, he is a board director with expertise in financial markets, risk management, governance and leadership development. Currently, he serves on two boards: he is an Independent Board Member with Matthews Asia Funds in San Francisco, the largest US Investment Company (’40 Act) with a dedicated focus on Asia Pacific markets and The Asian Masters Fund Limited, a publicly traded company (ASX: AUF) listed in Sydney, Australia. Outside of business, his community board leadership includes: Hong Kong Securities & Investment Institute; Salzburg Global Seminar, African Wildlife Foundation, Washington DC; and Dean’s Advisory Council, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is an advocate of sustainable enterprises and environmentally conscious projects, serving on boards with a passion for promoting education, conservation, energy efficiency and sustainability. He completed the AMP at Harvard University and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He is fluent in English and Chinese. Chris is married to his wife Clare for 22 years and they have three children, Christopher Jr. (19), Elianne (16), and Nathan (13). The family lives in Redwood City.

Donald Lee

Don Lee has been a part of Silicon Valley for many years. Don first applied his technical abilities at National Semiconductor in manufacturing engineering. With a public computer peripherals company, Don had responsibilities for product management, international sales, plant management and divisional P&L. When this company was acquired by a large multinational, Don began an entrepreneurial career. Don has founded or been an early stage investor in companies that have included cloud security, SaaS, enterprise software, electronic medical records, medical devices, education technology, training virtualization and biotechnology. He is well versed in the rigors of emerging companies, Putting together teams, making payroll, securing investors and managing to profitability have built a valuable foundation for the search business. In 1992, Don became Vice President of a technology-focused executive search firm. By 1996, a continuing entrepreneurial spirit fostered the formation of Donald A. Lee Executive Search. Involvement in the community is important to Don. He has been President of the Association for Corporate Growth Silicon Valley Chapter and board member for the Portola Valley Schools Foundation. Don served as board chair for the YMCA in East Palo Alto and currently serves on the board of the Y of Silicon Valley. Other interests include racing vintage automobiles.

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Jonathan Leong

Jonathan Leong is a serial entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in multinational dealings, government relations and public policy forums.  His experience also include the management of and investment in companies in the healthcare, consumer products, technology, transportation and education industries. Mr. Leong has served on 27 boards, both public and private and non-profits.  Mr. Leong is a partner and investment advisor to several multinational funds. Mr. Leong is the founder and principal of JLA Risk Services with clients ranging from small businesses and large corporations to public entities such as Pacific Gas Transmission (PG&E), City of San Francisco, Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), Port of Oakland, and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and it has joint ventured with Marsh & Mclennan and Aon.  Mr. Leong also founded JLA Global Inc., an international trading company and national distributor of various products including health and hair products; dietary supplements; clothing; video games; forklifts.  JLA Global initiated activated charcoal sales from Norinco (北方工业) to the U.S. markets. Additionally, Mr. Leong was the President and Chairman of Isys Controls Inc. (acquired by Cognex (NYSE:CGNX)), Microden, Inc., the exclusive distributor for Hudson Soft Co., Ltd. (JASDAQ: 4822) products in the U.S., and Emerald Bay Resources, which specialized in soil remediation by using “soil washing” technology and specially formulated surfactants and handled environmental clean-up projects in Mexico and Puerto Rico.  Also, Mr. Leong served on the board of Digital RF Solutions (acquired by Proxim, Inc.) and was the President of Asia Pacific Petrochemical Company, which facilitated the delivery of liquid natural gas products to China, including the delivery of the largest delivery of propane butane (250,000 liquid metric tons) in the history of China. Mr. Leong is the founder and chairman of Asian American Donor Program, an organization that has saved over 450 lives through the recruiting and registration of Asian American bone marrow donors.  Mr. Leong is also currently on the board of directors of California Earthquake Authority (appointed by Governor Gray Davis and then appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger) , Asian Inc., Institute of Global Health, and is on the board of directors and/or the advisory board of several privately held companies including iHear, Modulates, Elite Instructors. Mr. Leong is also the owner of several restaurants in the San Francisco Airport, namely, Urban Tortilla and Legends Bar. Mr. Leong was also the former Vice Chairman of the National Marrow Donor Program and worked closely with Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, former Chairman of the Asian American Theater Company and was the founder of the Institute for New California (a public policy think tank) and Asian Business Association.  Mr. Leong was a member of the White House Commission appointed by President Bill Clinton and Caltrans Small Business Advisory Council.

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John Lilly

John Lilly is President of John Lilly Strategic Insights LLC (JLSI), a consulting practice he began in 2002. His firm provides advisory services to Private Equity funds, venture investors and investment banks. His primary focus is on consumer-driven industries, including both branded and non-branded products and services; across all distribution channels in the US, Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Lilly is an active investor in Early-Stage companies through his company, Lateral Capital LLC. Lateral has invested in more than 30 companies including air pressure management for truck tires, fund raising software for colleges, debit cards for transit systems and LED lighting for agriculture. Investments are sourced directly and through five Angel groups including Golden Seeds (New York), Tamiami Angels (Naples), Band of Angels (Palo Alto), Twin Cities Angels (Minneapolis) and Seraph Group (Atlanta). Mr. Lilly has an extensive background in consumer products management, having built more than 50 branded businesses in 25 countries over 27 years as an executive at Procter & Gamble and then as CEO of The Pillsbury Company. He began his career at P&G in 1976 and was responsible at one time or another for almost all of that company’s laundry, paper, food and beverage brands. This culminated in a six year assignment in Frankfurt, Germany, where John had managerial scope for the paper and beverage businesses in P&G’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Division. His experience base includes responsibility for Pampers, Pringles, Punica, Cheer, Always, Folgers, Gain, Duncan Hines, Sunny Delight, Ivory Liquid, Olestra, Attends and Dawn. In 1997, Mr. Lilly left P&G to join The Pillsbury Company in Minneapolis, first as President of Pillsbury North America and then as CEO for The Pillsbury Company worldwide. At that time, Pillsbury was a $6.8B manufacturer and marketer of such brands as Pillsbury, Green Giant, Haagen-Dazs, Totino’s, Old El Paso and Progresso. Pillsbury had leading retail and foodservice businesses in 25 countries including China, India and Argentina. The company was sold to General Mills in 2002 for $10.5B (12.2X EBITDA) in what is broadly seen as a highly successful industry consolidation transaction. After Pillsbury became part of General Mills, Mr. Lilly “changed careers” to work full time as an investor/advisor. Through his consultancy, he has provided investment sourcing, due diligence and operating counsel to Calera Capital, TPG Capital, TPG Growth, Goldman Sachs PIA, Centerbridge Partners and Equity Group Investments. As a FINRA registered representative, he has worked with Compass Advisers, Lehman Brothers and Duff & Phelps. He is currently an Executive Advisor to Morgan Joseph TriArtisan, LLC. JLSI also provides strategic planning counsel using the Five Questions│One Page® process and CEO coaching through the Korn Ferry Chief Executive Institute®. Mr. Lilly has significant public and private Board experience. He was on the Board of NASDAQ-listed Adams Respiratory Therapeutics, a manufacturer of OTC/Rx respiratory therapies; sold in 2008 to Reckitt Benckiser. He was a nominee of InBev NV/SA as an independent director of Anheuser-Busch; in conjunction with InBev’s successful acquisition of AB in 2009. He was a Director of NYSE-listed Terra Industries, a producer of nitrogen-based fertilizer; sold to CF Industries in 2010. He is a Director of CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, owners of Rock Bottom Breweries, Gordon Biersch and Old Chicago Pizza. He is a Trustee of Sarah Lawrence College. John is married to Katherine Moore-Lilly, a Chemical Engineer with a 20 year career in product development at P&G. They split their residence between Longboat Key, Vail and Minneapolis.


Hong Seh Lim

Hong Seh Lim received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He was with IBM and Calera Recognition Systems before starting Mil Kered, Inc., focusing on real-estate investment and development in Silicon Valley. He has made selected investments in high-tech start-ups in multimedia, interactive games, business applications, and network-based applications.

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Li Lin

Li Lin received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1996 and 2000, respectively. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on integrated frequency synthesizer for multi-standard CMOS RF transceiver. She worked at Broadcom Corporation from 1999 to 2002 as a staff scientist, developing RF integrated circuits including LNA, Mixer, PA, PA driver, and RF VGA for WLAN applications. From 2002 to 2005, she worked at Berkana Wireless Inc. (later acquired by Qualcomm Inc.) as a design manager and led a team to develop multi-mode radio transceivers for cellular applications, including GSM, Edge, CDMA and WCDMA. From 2005 to 2016, Dr. Lin was with Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Her last post was the Vice President of Engineering, Wireless Technologies Department of ~900 employees across 11 countries, responsible for the revenue of ~$500 million. The wireless group  develops the wireless systems for high performance/high data rate/long range applications such as cellular/LTE, WLAN, BT, GPS; and for lower power/low data rate/short range applications such as Zigbee /subG in smart energy and home automation. Since 2012, Dr. Lin serves as steering committee member at IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit Symposium, in charge of publicity, work shop, publication.  She is elected as the General Chair for the RFIC 2021. She is a member of IEEE RFIC Symposium Technical Program Committee since 2011 and a member of IEEE International Solid State Circuit Conference (ISSCC) Technical Program Committee since 2013. Dr. Lin has over 17 publications in ISSCC, RFIC, VLSI, and JSSC and holds more than 50 patents in integrated circuit and system.

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John Litz

John Litz is a seasoned serial entrepreneur with a strong passion in food, technology, and music. John co-founded Lazy Bear in San Francisco, an innovative fine dining communal dinner party concept. Nominated for a James Beard Award within 6 months of opening, Lazy Bear is greatly honored to have now received its second Michelin star and sells out 80 seats a night, 5 nights per week at an average of $300 per seat. Tickets sell out 30 days in advance. As the Founder and sole proprietor of the Chicago Restaurant Group, John created a three-component retail model at a luxury $100M Mexico resort, acquired by the Developer along with the hotel and liquor license one year after opening. Other entrepreneurial business models include three Chicago restaurants, two live music venues, an artist management and music promotions agency, a residential and retail real estate development company, as well as a music merchandising company (acquired). Additionally, John managed and turned around two multifaceted corporate food & music concepts - House of Blues San Diego and Yoshi's SF, overseeing 18 Managers and Directors, 150-180 staff members, and $12M in annual gross revenue at each venue respectively. John is Founder & CEO of Thumbkandi, a global instant messaging platform with a unique monetization and fan engagement model. Organically installed by users in 133 countries within 30 days of launch, Thumbkandi is first to market with animated audio haptic emojis, and was recently chosen to be the official instant messaging partner for COPA AMERICA, the largest Futbol tournament to be hosted in North America in the past 12 years with 3.2B viewership. Thumbkandi has studied the messaging space closely and is excited to change the behavior of fan engagement beta testing its pivot in the food space through a high-profile food partner. John is a Chicago native loving life in San Francisco with his wife Yongjia at their home in Pacific Heights. When not working, John enjoys studying start up culture, researching, enjoying, testing food concepts, biking, hiking in Marin, yoga, cooking, design, chess, live music, photography, travel, and investment opportunities. John holds B.A in Computer Animation, Comprehensive Design with minor in Interior Design from Northern Illinois University.

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Bill Loesch

Bill Loesch is a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Most recently Mr. Loesch founded Fredio, a web video aggregation application for mobile devices and connected TVs. Prior to Fredio, Mr. Loesch founded GuardID (now WhiteSky), a consumer internet security company. Mr. Loesch was a senior executive for 13 years at Pinnacle Systems, where he started and ran Pinnacle Systems $200 million/year consumer video business. Prior to Pinnacle Systems, Loesch founded and ran two Silicon Valley based start-up companies, ShoGraphics and IKOS Systems. Bill Loesch holds a BSEE and MSEE from the University of California.

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Craig London

Craig London is currently President and CEO of eCullet Inc. which is a glass recycling and technology company. eCullet has developed a technology that optically sorts glass by color and removes foreign matter from a high volume stream. This sorted glass is then sold to large multinational glass manufacturing companies for containers. Prior to eCullet he was executive vice president and officer of Solectron Corporation (NYSE:SLR) and president and CEO of Solectron Global Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. He was responsible for all sales, strategy, and operations for repair services, logistics, parts management and fulfillment for major global OEM’s products worldwide. This business generated over $1B annually with 15,000 people in 21 sites worldwide. Flextronics (NASDAQ:FLEX) acquired Solectron in October 2007. Prior to that position, London was president and CEO of Solectron’s Technology Business Unit which encompassed three separate companies: Smart Modular Corporation, a $1.4B annual memory company; Force Computer Corporation, a $300M compute platform company and Dy4 Systems, a $140M high stress board company for defense aircraft. Craig was responsible for selling each of these companies and others when a new CEO was named for Solectron. London came to Solectron from Safeguard Scientifics Inc, (NYSE:SFE) a diversified public venture capital company that identified, developed and operated emerging technology companies where he served as an executive officer and managing director, Technology Products. Mr. London came to Safeguard from Diva Communications, Inc. a wireless communications equipment manufacturer of wireless loop products where is served as president and CEO. London also held executive management positions in sales, service and operations in the United States and Asia during his eight years with Nortel Networks. He also held various management positions at Rockwell International Telecommunications, and AT&T. He serves on the board of directors for Boy Scouts of America-Pacific Skyline Council and a member of the Santa Cruz Mountains Vineyards association. London holds a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Larry Lowry

Larry Lowry has over forty years of company leadership, general management, Board, advisory, investment, and early-stage venture experience. Mr. Lowry has served as the Chairman of DemandTec, Inc., the leading provider of consumer demand management SAAS software (NASDAQ:DMAN, acquired by IBM in 2011), the Executive Operating Chairman of Vertical Networks, Inc., the leading provider of communications platforms integrating voice, data and applications (Funded by Kleiner Perkins and Accel Partners, merged with Artisoft), and the President of Pay By Touch, Inc., the global leader of biometric authentication, personalized rewards, and payment solutions, and has invested in and served on the Boards of numerous companies. Mr. Lowry previously served in senior leadership roles with three pre- eminent professional services firms. Mr. Lowry served as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company. Mr. Lowry served as a Senior Global Managing Partner and a member of the Executive Committee and the Operating Council of Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc. (Now Booz & Co.). At Booz & Co, Mr. Lowry was the Global Managing Partner for the Firm’s Consumer Industries Practices and was responsible for all of the personnel and work serving consumer product and services, retailing and wholesaling, agribusiness, media and entertainment, and travel and leisure businesses worldwide. Earlier in his career at Booz & Co., Mr. Lowry led the Firm’s West-Coast Strategy, High Tech, Financial Services, and Consumer Practices, and served as the Managing Partner for the Firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. Lowry began his career at the Boston Consulting Group where he led major strategy engagements for clients in basic industrial, technology, financial services, medical equipment, forest products and consumer businesses and was a founding member of the Firm’s West Coast office complex. Mr. Lowry received his MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. He received Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering and Operations Research with honors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Lowry and his wife Jeannie live in Atherton, CA. Mr. Lowry’s personal interests include family, flying (licensed pilot), sailing, travel, golf, and history.

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Victor Lozinski

Dr. Victor Lozinski is CEO and co-founder of the LeverX Group, a SAP Service Partner, with operations in the US, Germany, Belarus and Russia. Dr. Lozinski has over 25 years of experience in technical and business applications, software development and implementation, international business and management. Prior to LeverX, Dr. Lozinski spent 8 years at SAP in Germany and the USA holding various technical and management positions in Consulting, Development, Product Management, Sales and Business Development. Since starting LeverX, Victor and his team have grown the company to become the recognized leader in SAP PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) and SAP SCM (Supply Change Management) services as well as a well-known provider of off-shore/near shore services for SAP and SAP customers in Europe and North America. Dr. Lozinski is a recognized worldwide authority, author and frequent speaker on methodologies and technology solutions for product lifecycle management throughout the extended enterprise and supply chain. Fluent in 4 languages (English, German, Russian, and Latvian), Victor Lozinski graduated in Mechanical Engineering and received his PhD in Robotics from Rigas Tehniska Universitate (Lativa) and Universität Duisburg-Essen (Germany).

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Wade Luders

Wade has over 20 years of experience with startups and high-tech businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area as a technology consultant, developer, executive, founder, and law enforcement officer.  Currently a licensed REALTOR®, Wade is an active real estate investor working with local contractors and service providers to rehabilitate dilapidated homes. Prior to that, Wade ran a franchised senior care agency in San Jose, growing the business from inception to profitability, ultimately expanding to multiple offices within the Bay Area.  With a staff of over 90 certified caregivers and three full-time care coordinators, Wade was able to provide best-in-class non-medical homecare services to elderly clients across the Bay Area. Before starting a home care company, Wade was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation working on cyber crime and crimes-against-children matters in San Jose.  Ultimately promoted to the lead investigator for the San Francisco Division's Innocent Images National Initiative (IINI) at which time Wade was responsible for all aspects of the Division's IINI casework, from budgeting and reporting, case management and investigation, to indictment and prosecution in conjunction with the United States Attorneys' Office.  In addition, Wade was a member of the FBI Evidence Response Team that provides specialized crime scene services for sophisticated federal and state investigations. After graduating from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Wade worked at the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche assisting with onsite audits of Fortune 1000 companies in the Bay Area.  He later joined Red Pepper Software, a startup that was quickly purchased by PeopleSoft, where he worked for a number of years as a technology consultant and later, the Director of Professional Development. Using skills learned along the way, Wade attended the Founder Institute, an idea-stage startup accelerator and later founded KinderIQ, a learning program for children getting ready for school and their parents that incorporates hundreds of online skills questions, assessments, puzzles, and resources for kindergarten-aged children. Passionate about startups and new business creation, Wade now invests time and resources to help entrepreneurs succeed.

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Vinod Mahendroo

Vinod Mahendroo is a private investor and advisor to high technology start-ups. He is a global business strategist with a track record of driving business and profitability growth for venture-backed private companies as well as large public company business units. He has deep international market experience in Asia (China, Japan, Korea, India, Taiwan, Singapore) and has led and coached multiple organizations in all parts of revenue generation from market exploration, assessment and product definition to product development, supply chain formation and management, manufacturing, sales and distribution, delivery, and service. He serves as a Director on private company Boards, dealing with strategic planning, marketing and sales, and acquisitions and partnerships. Vinod’s prior private company operating experience includes serving as COO of Cambrios Technologies, Inc., a supplier of silver nanowires for transparent conductor applications, CEO of Nanoconduction, Inc., a developer of carbon nano tube based thermal interface materials (acquired by Arrowhead Research ARWR), and CEO of Primaxx Inc., a supplier of MEMS manufacturing equipment, acquired by Sumitomo Precision Products, Japan. Prior to entering the start-up company arena, Vinod served at different times as Business Group President and Chief Marketing Officer at Applied Materials, Inc., Director of Marketing at Chips and Technologies, and in various marketing and operations management roles at Intel Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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 Barry Margerum

Barry Margerum has more than 30 years of executive level business experience in high technology companies. He joined Plantronics in 1994 as Vice President of Marketing and was promoted in 1996 to President and General Manager of the Computer and Mobile Systems Group. In 1997, he left Plantronics to become President and CEO of Euphonix, Inc., a public company in the high-end audio equipment space. In 2000, he re-joined Plantronics on a parttime basis so he could coach his son's sports teams and in 2004 became Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. In 2008, he was named Chief Strategy Officer. As a longterm mindfulness practitioner, Barry introduced Search Inside Yourself (SIY), a mindfulnessbased, emotional intelligence for leaders, to Plantronics in 2012. Prior to joining Plantronics, Barry was CEO of Mitem Corporation, a middleware software company. Previously, he was Vice President of Marketing for GRiD Systems Corporation, a laptop computer manufacturer, where he was on the founding team and held a variety of marketing and sales positions. Barry also worked for Apple, Inc. and IBM Corporation and has served on the boards of both public and private companies. Currently, Barry is founder of HeartRise and helps leaders, knowledge workers, golfers, and any aspiring people to become more mindful and compassionate to achieve better results for themselves and others. He is also a Member of the Investment Committee of Nassau Street Ventures, a venture capital fund for alumni of Princeton that invests in companies with a Princeton connection. Barry holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University, where he Captained the Princeton Wrestling team. He received a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.

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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.

Steve Martello

Steve Martello has 31 years in the software industry. Steve led teams in enterprise software companies, an Internet consulting company, and a startup SaaS software company. They ranged from high growth to turnaround in nature. Most recently Steve drove the transformation of Zuora’s professional services team, moving beyond an Emerging customer focus by delivering successful complex SaaS implementations at Enterprise customers. Before joining Zuora, Steve was SVP Client Services at Interwoven, where he built and led a world-wide team of 250 consultants, training, and technical support personnel. As part of the senior team Steve drove 60% of the company’s revenues, and the associated operating margin expansion. Interwoven was acquired by Autonomy Corporation, PLC, in a transaction valued at approximately $800 million in 2009. Prior to Interwoven, Steve doubled the world-wide professional services delivery team to 1300 consultants, at Scient, then one of the leading Internet consulting firms. Steve also built Scient’s U.S. engineering center. Before that, Steve had a 17 year career at IBM in various executive positions, including running engineering, product marketing and industry solution sales teams.

Tim McCarthy

Tim McCarthy has dedicated most of his career to financial services and technology applications. Until recently, he was CEO and Chairman of Nikko Asset Management in Tokyo. He also served as the President and COO at Charles Schwab and Co. (where he and the team launched its online brokerage strategy and its OneSource fund platform. Tim also served as CEO at Jardine Fleming Unit Trust in Hong Kong from 1994 to 1995. He founded AdvisorTech in 1998 and served as its Chairman and CEO. Tim was employed at Fidelity from 1987 to 1994, where he launched a multifund platform for banks and independent brokers and served as its Pretsident of Fidelity Investment Advisor Group and National Financial Institutional Services. In his early career, he worked for Merrill Lynch, New York in investment banking and technology and for Chemical Bank in corporate finance. Tim served as the Chairman of Five9, Inc., has been a Director of Alysis Technologies, Director of Oberon Financial Technology and served as the Chairman of Good Morning Securities in South Korea. Tim has authored several books, notably his latest, The Safe Investor. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from UC Davis.

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Jennifer McFarlane

Jennifer McFarlane is CFO of Zyomyx, Inc. which develops low cost point of care diagnostic tests. Her business career encompasses over 25 years’ experience in executive management and global investment banking. Before joining Zyomyx, Ms. McFarlane was CFO at LanzaTech, a biofuel company, where she built a global finance team and infrastructure to support the company’s product launch into three continents. Her prior positions include CEO of Astia, a nonprofit accelerator focused on high-growth women-led startups; Executive Director of Southern Pacific Petroleum, a public energy technology company in Australia; and Vice President, Investment Banking at Salomon Brothers (now Citigroup). In total Ms. McFarlane has assisted in raising over $600M, principally for early stage companies and has closed approximately 15 M&A transactions. Ms. McFarlane has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BSc (Biochemistry) and LLB (Law Degree) from the University of New South Wales, Australia. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Prime Minister of Australia.

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Laura McVay-Oliphant


Laura Oliphant is the CEO of Translarity, a venture backed, semiconductor test startup. Prior to joining Translarity in late 2016, she was an Investment Director in Intel Capital from 2001 until her retirement from Intel in 2016. As a Corporate Venture Capital investor, Laura brought over $1B in strategic and financial value to Intel through her investments and was awarded Intel’s highest award, the Intel Achievement Award, for her contributions to Intel. When she was part of Intel Capital, Laura made investments worldwide in semiconductor capital equipment, manufacturing robotics, new devices, and software as a service (SaaS) companies. Laura directly managed her portfolio companies, providing strategic direction and advice to the company and its Board of Directors. In addition to her investment responsibilities, Laura built strategic relationships with Fortune 500 CEO’s and influencers to bring knowledge of market trends and opportunities to bear on internal corporate strategic discussions. Prior to her role in Intel Capital, Laura served as a Supply Chain Program Manager in Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group (TMG). Laura was responsible for negotiating major technical and commercial contracts with Applied Materials, KLA-Tencor, and many other major companies. Laura was one of the key coordinators for Intel’s transition to the 300 mm wafer size in their factories, a project which delivered to cost targets, and added over 10 points of gross margin to Intel. Laura received the TMG Excellence Award, Intel’s second highest award, for her contributions. While she was part of the Technology and Manufacturing Group, Laura was the co-chairperson of the SEMATECH Metrology and Yield Management Advisory Group, and was part of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) committee for yield management technology. Laura is also currently a member of the board of advisors for the UC Berkeley Skydeck Accelerator and has served on the Lawrence Berkeley Lab Innovation Grant Committee. When she was with Intel Capital, she was one of Intel’s key contacts with the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Laura has also served as the volunteer Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors for the Burlingame Soccer Club and the Redwood Junior Soccer League. For these organizations, she developed standardized business processes for the corporations and handled 501(c)3 compliance with the IRS and the State of California. Laura is a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College, where she received the Pen and Sword Award and is a member of Tau Beta Pi. Laura also has a AA in Photography with High Honors from Foothill College. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where her thesis research was centered on candidate batteries for electric cars. As part of her qualifying exam for the PhD, Laura developed research topics in the drug delivery area. Laura and her husband live in Emerald Hills, CA and have two daughters.

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Irina Meyer

Irina Meyer has over 14 years of succeeding leading roles in startups developing a wide array of products – financial technologies, applications for social platforms and computer games. Headed Project Management division at Riot Games, a startup that has grown into a $1.6B a year game franchise. Since 2009 Irina has been dedicating time to development and promotion of new technologies in digital media and interactive entertainment, first at ABC Television, and then as an active member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Emmy's Foundation. Irina is a recipient of the 2011 Emmy for the Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media. Irina is an active investor, serves on advisory boards, participates in and leads Due Diligence teams, regular invitee as a panelist on Pitch Globally. Irina holds a B.A. Philosophy and Political Science – Moscow State University and B.S. Computer Science – San Jose State University.

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Christopher Meyer

Chris Meyer is the Chairman of the Strategic Alignment Group, Inc., internationally recognized as an expert in creating competitive advantage through fast cycle time and innovation in strategy and new product and service development. Advisor and Board member for several start-up companies. For thirty years, he has served as an executive, consultant and academic. He has served on the faculty of the University of Southern California, University of Minnesota, and as Academic Director of Fast Cycle Time Strategy at Stanford University. He is currently an instructor at the California Institute of Technology Industrial Relations Center and faculty on the Innovation Management program, Stanford University. Chris has a Ph.D. and MS from the University of Southern California, and a BS from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.

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Rich Moore is a founder and principal of Big Sprocket LLC, a strategic communications consultancy that helps accelerate the growth and value of B2B technology companies at all stages of growth.

From startups and midsized players to Fortune 100 corporations, Rich provides corporate marketing, strategic communications, and public relations services. With decades of experience, he helps clients hands-on, whether by providing senior outside counsel or serving in interim executive marketing roles to assist companies through unique inflection points and address strategic challenges.

Over the past decade, Rich has supported innovative new companies such as AI software provider C3 and commercial drone maker Kespry, Goldman Sachs funded Intermodal Structures, DOD backed Sonitus Technologies, and major semiconductor providers including Atmel (acquired by Microchip Technology) and Marvell.

Prior to starting Big Sprocket in 2016 and founding New Venture Communications in 2004 (merged into Allison+Partners in 2014), Rich was a venture partner at Battery Ventures, guiding general partners and portfolio companies on strategic communications and marketing activities from 2000 through 2003. He supported companies such as Corillian (Nasdaq: CORI), empowerTel (acquired by Cypress Semiconductor), Enosys (acquired by BEA Systems), and Aurora Networks.

Rich also was a co-founder of Copithorne & Bellows, a global high tech PR firm that he and three partners bootstrapped and grew to more than 300 people in 13 offices and worldwide billings of approximately $40 million before its acquisition by Omnicom in 2000. Citrix, Creative Labs, EMC, HP, Iomega, Network Associates, Oracle, and Xerox were among C&B’s major clients. Among the startups Rich helped launch and leadership companies he supported in their early stages while at C&B are BaaN, Frame Technology, NeoMagic, SanDisk, Cirrus Logic, and Xilinx. Prior to C&B, Rich served as VP & General Manager at Miller Communications, where he worked with Compaq Computer Corporation’s founders from startup through IPO and beyond $1 billion in sales.

Rich has a BA from The Ohio State University School of Journalism, where he served on the school’s advisory board. Rich lives in San Mateo with his wife, Andrea, and three sons.

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Robert Morse

Bob Morse brings over thirty years of experience in practicing Intellectual Property, Antitrust and Corporate law. He served as a Senior Trial Attorney and Trial Attorney to the United States Department of Justice early in his career before moving on to a role as Litigation partner, specializing in antitrust, patent, computer, general business, trade association and advertising law with Peabody, Rivlin, Lambert & Meyers. In 1982, Bob moved on to serve as Chairman of firm and head of litigation and intellectual property groups at Galland, Kharasch, Morse & Garfinkle, P.C. where he continued to specialize in antitrust, patent, computer, general business, trade association and advertising law. In 1996 he moved onto Ropes & Gray as a Partner and expanded his focus into technology transfer agreements; high tech and intellectual property due diligence for mergers, acquisitions and IPO’s. In mid-2000, Bob became President and CEO of Esrom Consulting where he advises high tech or intellectual property oriented start-up companies through second round financing; advising venture capital and investment banking firms about potential investments in such companies; and, representing high tech companies in resolving intellectual property disputes, through negotiations, arbitration and litigation. Bob is admitted to the State and Federal Bars of Washington, D.C., New York and Maryland, the United States Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and various federal Courts of Appeal. He earned his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Bob is a frequent presenter at lectures and seminars relating to antitrust, patent, intellectual property, and Internet matters. He has served as a substitute, physics and Calculus teacher in the Washington DC and San Francisco areas and as a nonresident Instructor at MIT. He served on the MIT National Alumni Board of Directors until 1988 and on the National Capital Area Council/ Boy Scouts of America, where he was Chairman of the Board from 2002-2003 and President the previous year.

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Jean Mou

Jean Mou is currently a private investor with more than a decade of investment management experience. She spent three years at Golden Seeds prior to joining the Band in 2013. Earlier in her career, Jean managed strategic investments at Network Appliance from 2000-2002, and was a co-founder and COO at ePlanetCare from 1999-2000. Jean also worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co as an associate in the Equities Division from 1997-1999. She started her career at GE in its Technical Leadership Program, and spent seven years at GE Healthcare.

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Leslie Murdock

Leslie Murdock has more than 35 years of progressive finance and accounting experience. He started his career with Ernst & Young working in their Dublin Ireland, New York and Silicon Valley offices. In 1989, he founded Murdock & Associates/Horn Murdock Cole. Under his leadership the company became one of Silicon Valley's premier accounting consulting firms. He has been a pioneer in providing CFO services to venture backed companies and was one of the first to recognize the need for senior level financial consulting services, including corporate governance. Clients included Google, EBay, Apple Computer and Yahoo. Accretive Solutions acquired Murdock & Associates in 2000 and Leslie left the firm in 2004, having built the firm up to 150 professionals. After Accretive, Leslie became a founding member of the Clean Tech Open, now a global clean tech accelerator. He was the first CFO of Simple Hired, a VC back job search website recently sold to Indeed. In 2007, with Claire Martell, he founded Murdock Martell a consulting firm proving CFO and accounting services to start-ups and emerging growth companies. Clients include Verifone, Google, Reflective, Udacity and some emerging startups. For the past twenty years, Leslie has been active as an angel investor and financial advisor to start-up technology companies. Notable investments include AtWeb acquired by AOL, Kontera, acquired by Singapore Telecom, Simply Hired acquired by Indeed, 3Scale, acquired by Red Hat, PowerInbox, Adaptive Insights, Broadspot Imaging and Edison Pharmaceuticals. Leslie is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has passed the CPA Exam, and he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of CPAs and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He a founder, past board member and mentor for the California Clean Tech Open, a business accelerator to promote clean/green technologies, past board member of Acterra, an environmental non-profit and is Treasurer of The Irish Literary & Historical Society. Additionally, Leslie is past President of both the San Jose/Dublin Sister City Program and the San Jose Conservation Corps, a non-profit job training program for at-risk youth. Leslie is planning to retire from Murdock Martell in March 2017 and is looking forward to actively participating in the Band of Angels.

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Jill Nguyen

Jill Nguyen is an investor following previous leadership roles in technology and energy.   Jill began her career as a software engineer and moved on to the energy industry, where she spent years in business development and general management. Prior to retiring from formal employment in 2008, Jill was the Managing Director of BP Marine, leading an international team that marketed petroleum products to global shipping companies.  (Annual revenues $1+ billion.)  While at BP, she negotiated oil and gas contracts in multiple countries, led team members to develop new initiatives, and helped to set up new businesses in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.  She has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Jill's investment interests are primarily in technology, energy and real estate.  She has been active in real estate for over 20 years as investor and manager of residential and commercial properties. Jill is a member of the Board of Directors of the Stanford Alumni Club of San Francisco.  She also serves on the Boards of Directors of Gateway to College National Network, an organization that assists disadvantaged youth to achieve meaningful education and work experience towards viable careers; and VNHelp, a non-profit that fights extreme poverty in Vietnam. Jill holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University.  She is a mentor and coach to entrepreneurs and young leaders in the Bay Area.

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Manthi Nguyen

Manthi Nguyen has over twenty five years of diverse experience in all functions of managing and growing businesses with capital efficiency and operational effectiveness in a wide range of industries: real-time control systems, telecommunications and networking, Internet services, publishing, health and fitness, and manufacturing. In the early part of her career, Manthi joined General Motors’ Advanced Manufacturing Research in developing technologies for office and factory automation. She participated in developing international standards for Open System Interconnect with National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST). Manthi was involved in a series of early startups that were later acquired by NEC, Cabletron, Tut Systems, Visual Networks, and Cisco. In the last 10 years, Manthi has brought her executive experience to focus on small businesses. Manthi Nguyen received her BSEE from the University of Washington, and her MBA from the University of Michigan.

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Pavan Nigam

Pavan Nigam, most recently, was the Chairman and CEO of Cendura Corporation which he co-founded in 2002. He grew the company into one of the market leaders for data center automation software and with an installed base that included several Fortune 2000 companies. Cendura was acquired by CA (formerly Computer Associates) in 2006. Prior to that, he co-founded Healtheon (now HLTH Corporation [HLTH] and WebMD [WBMD] ) in 1996 along with Jim Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics & Netscape Communications, and served as its Chief Technology Officer and General Manager/EVP of its Internet Operations. In his General Management role, he was responsible for Healtheon’s entire suite of products including its Internet-based ehealth services. During his tenure, Mr. Nigam led the company’s transformation from a concept to the world’s largest e-health company approaching a billion dollars in annual revenues, over eight thousand employees and several billions in market capitalization. Mr. Nigam’s role was extensively profiled in the bestseller “The New New Thing” by Michael Lewis. Prior to Healtheon, Mr. Nigam worked at Silicon Graphics from 1989 to 1996, where he was the General Manager for Silicon Graphic's Interactive Media Group and was responsible for deploying Time Warner, Inc.'s Interactive TV project in Orlando, Florida. The Time Warner Project is widely recognized as the most prominent and sophisticated ITV system ever created and has been the foundation of several advanced technologies being utilized in the Internet era. From 1989 to 1993 he was director of Silicon Graphics' Casevision products. Prior to 1989, Mr. Nigam was employed by Intel Corporation where he led several microprocessor software teams. Mr. Nigam holds a B.S.E.E. from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) and an M.S.C.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Nigam serves on several Corporate Boards and Advisory Boards and is also very active in many entrepreneurial initiatives in Silicon Valley and in India. He was a recipient of the Silicon India Leadership Award for 1999. He is currently on the Board of the US India Business Council, and the Board Of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin CS Department.

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Liliana Nordbakk

Liliana Nordbakk is a serial entrepreneur with twenty plus years of experience in business development and finance in the software industry. She built several companies in Europe, which she ran from inception through an IPO or acquisition. She co-founded NorCom Information Technologies AG in 1989 and took it public at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 1999. After the IPO she was responsible for the implementation of NorCom’s international expansion strategy. In this role she managed three major acquisitions for NorCom (NSA, Oslo; Value Risk, Bad Homburg and MaxiMedia, Dublin) and a US subsidiary (NorCom, Inc. Palo Alto) Liliana also co-founded DreTec Software Ltd., Ireland, a joint venture between NorCom AG and Dresdner Bank, now Commerzbank AG, which developed some of the bank’s major internet banking applications. She was responsible for the general management and business development of DreTec and managed its trade sale to Allianz Group in 2001. Most recently she founded Motke Capital LLC, an independent private equity firm. The firm’s proprietary investment approach enables small and medium sized technology companies in Germany to effectively participate in the US market.

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Johan Odvar Odfjell

Johan Odfjell is the fourth and last generation owner of JO Tankers, a multinational shipping corporation with offices in Norway (HQ), Singapore, the Philippines, and the US. His areas of expertise include shipping, international finance, investments, business strategy, and operations. The Odfjell family in Bergen, Norway has been involved in shipping since 1915 when they started transportation of timber. In the 1930s the first tanker was built, and in the 1950s they entered the chemical tanker trade. The family was one of the pioneers in the global trade of chemical shipping and has taken a role as a leading provider of deep-sea transportation services for chemicals and other high value liquids like petroleum products and edible oils world wide. Johan Odvar Odfjell worked in the family company for over two decades serving as both CEO and Chairman, before he stepped down in 2011. In the Summer of 2016, Mr. Odfjell sold JO Tankers and parts of his shipping investments to Stolt-Nielsen and relocated to San Francisco with his family to start investments in technology startups though Planet 9 Capital, his US based venture company. Through Odfjell's other Norwegian based investment companies he is invested in chemical tankers, product tankers, offshore supply vessels, offshore wind vessels, container ships, commercial real estate properties (Norway), consumer finance bank, and various investment portfolios.

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David Overhauser

David Overhauser received his BS in Math and Computer Science from Purdue University in 1983 and his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1985 and 1989 respectively. From 1989- 95 he was Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University where he founded the Design Automation Technology Center. He taught classes in VLSI design, chip testing and CAD tool design. He performed research ranging from underwater acoustic visualization to timing simulation of the CMOS computer chips. In 1995 David founded Simplex Solutions and developed the VoltageStorm and Fire&Ice products as Vice President of Engineering. Other duties included overseeing the patent program, product marketing, and assessing potential acquisitions. After two acquisitions and an IPO in 2001, Simplex was acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 2002. He held the role of Senior Architect in the Design for Manufacturing (DFM) Division at Cadence. Duties at Cadence included business, marketing, and technical support for parasitic extraction, power grid analysis, and physical verification. David also worked on various partner programs with several other Cadence business units as well as external companies. These projects resulted in contributions in statistical static timing analysis and test chip design as well as strategies for future products. He was deeply involved in relationships with several partners, including TSMC, Samsung, and Applied Materials. He also served on the Cadence patent committee. As of July 2005 David has been semi-retired, working as a strategic and technical consultant. He has helped several EDA startups in the design- for-manufacturing area and has made several investments. He has given technical and entrepreneurial presentations to a variety of audiences. He has 6 patents, has published 2 books and over 30 technical papers.