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A. Wayne Tamarelli

Wayne Tamarelli has more than 40 years of experience in general management, entrepreneurship, new ventures, mergers & acquisitions, advanced materials, environmental protection products, energy conservation technologies, specialty chemicals, technology transfer, and angel investing. His primary business activity is as a value-added angel investor in early stage technology companies in the New Jersey & San Francisco Bay areas. He serves on a number of boards of directors & advisory boards. In 1983 he purchased Dock Resins Corp. in a leveraged buyout and successfully grew its revenues and profits as Chairman, CEO and sole owner. In 1997 he sold the company at a significant gain and remained CEO until 2000. He was with Engelhard Corporation from 1970 to 1983 as Senior Vice President where he managed $billion+ groups of worldwide businesses & had senior management responsibility for corporate strategic planning and corporate R&D. He was an R&D project manager at Exxon from 1966 to 1970. Earlier Dr. Tamarelli served as a captain in the U.S. Army and an engineering professor at Carnegie- Mellon University. He has a BS, MS, & PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA in marketing and international business from New York University. He was awarded the Chemical Education Foundation’s prestigious Vanguard Award for industry leadership. He is a member of advisory groups at a number of universities. He has served as chairman and other key positions of national and regional business associations.

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Sanjiv Taneja

Sanjiv Taneja co-founded and led Low Power Design IP start-up, Abreezio, targeted at extending the battery life of smart phones. Abreezio was acquired by Qualcomm in Oct’15. Prior to starting Abreezio, Sanjiv served as VP at Cadence Design Systems where he led teams in several capacities, including R&D, product marketing and business development. While working for AT&T Bell Labs (now part of Nokia), Sanjiv co-invented transistor sizing based power minimization CAD tool that reduced active power consumption on processor designs by over 50%. Sanjiv is a Board Director of FemtoDx, a life sciences start-up bringing molecular diagnostics to a smartphone plug-in. He serves as a mentor to high school students at The Harker School. Sanjiv holds a BS degree in EE from IIT New Delhi, a MS degree in CS from Ohio State University, and a MBA degree from New York University. During his free time, Sanjiv enjoys yoga, tennis and hiking.

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Geoff Tate

Geoff Tate was born in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada and grew up in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. He graduated from University of Alberta in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and then from Harvard in 1976 with an MBA. 1979-1990 Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale CA and Austin TX, started as product marketing engineer for bipolar microprocessors (Am2900 family), then product marketing manager for bipolar microprocessors, then marketing manager for all bipolar logic. In 1983 became Managing Director for microprocessor boards, first GM position. A succession of GM positions followed of increasing people/revenue size: PALs, ECL gate arrays, 29000 RISC microprocessor and MOS peripherals and by 1988 Sr VP of all Microprocessors and Logic with over 500 direct reports and about 1/3 of companies revenue reporting to President. Last major project was cloning 80386, keeping AMD in the microprocessor business. 2010-2012 CEO & Chairman of Nanosolar. Asked by Benchmark and MDV (2 of the 3 original backers of Rambus) to step in and get the company on track. Learning about something new intrigued me, so I did. Working with the team, we got Nanosolar into production, got the efficiency to competitive levels, got the yields way up. The solar market went from good to bad during this time period, but we succeeded in finding a source of significant capital. Once this funding was solidly on track I stepped down to return to retirement! (The original plan was i'd only be the 3-6 months but the problems were much greater than the VC's had realized). 2014+ CEO of Flex Logix Technologies, Inc. a startup doing programmable logic as an IP core (like ARM does for microprocessors). Based in Mountain View. First product shipping Q4/2014. On the board of Everspin Technologies, a Venture backed company doing magnetic memories. On the Advisory Board for Cal Poly Engineering and University of Alberta Computer Science.

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Thomas Taylor

Tom Taylor joined CBRE (formerly Insignia/ESG) in June 2002 to spearhead the company’s expansion of services in Silicon Valley, including tenant representation, corporate services, industrial services and investment brokerage. He represents high-tech tenants and institutional owners. Over the past two years he has handled transactions valued at more than $500 million. Recent transactions include the lease of 130,000 SF to NetLogic, the lease of 135,627 SF to Genesys Telecommunications, the lease of 53,889 SF to F5 Networks, and the lease of 51,505 SF to TriQuint Semiconductor. In addition, he has leased over 4,000,000 SF since 2004 and sold 200 acres of industrial land. In 2010, Tom was the top broker in the Silicon Valley office, and among the Top 100 nationwide within the company. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, Tom was ranked #3 in all brokerage houses throughout Silicon Valley and was elected to the ASVB Broker Hall of Fame. Tom has been a top producer throughout his career, which began at Bishop Hawk, Inc. in 1986 and continued at Grubb & Ellis (which acquired Bishop Hawk in 1998.) In addition Tom is a partner in La Mar Cebicheria – A highly regarded San Francisco restaurant located at Pier 1.5

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Ali Tehranchi

Ali Tehranchi is an angel investor focused on software, mobile, and cloud technologies. He has over 25 years of experience in B2B client-server enterprise software technology. In 1995, Ali co-founded and served as President & COO of Notable Solutions Inc (NSi) an intelligent workflow-based middleware technology focusing on network and mobile device integration into business applications such as SAP, Oracle, Allscripts, Salesforce, and many others. In 2011, Edison Partners invested $5M in series A investment into NSi, and three years later in 2014 NSi was acquired by Nuance Communications (NASD: NUAN) with its annual revenue of $44M with 277 employees and operations around the world. Edison Partners was able to gain a 7.5x return in their series A investment upon exit.  

Ali moved to the Bay Area in September 2017 and currently resides in San Jose. Ali enjoys hiking and bicycling, he loves his orchard of over 200 fruit trees, and is an amateur beekeeper. He holds BS degree in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

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Joerg Tewes

Joerg Tewes is a technology industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience bringing world-class consumer products to market. Proven, dynamic leader with a track record of managing, motivating and inspiring global teams, leading the development and commercialization of breakthrough hardware and software solutions. Managed P&L of over $200M annual revenue. As CEO of Avegant, Tewes has raised $50M in venture capital funding. A recognized business and thought leader in video and augmented reality, Tewes was in charge of the development, commercialization and marketing of Avegant’s Mixed Reality Light Field Technology and the development and launch of its award-winning product, the Glyph. Before Avegant, Tewes was a member of Logitech's worldwide leadership team, successfully managing several business units with full P&L responsibility of over $250M. As General Manager of Logitech Webcams, he launched Logitech's full lineup of HD Webcams, such as the award-winning C910. He also managed Logitech’s Digital Home unit, which he transformed into a leading home control platform. He holds a Diploma in Computer Science from the Technical University of Berlin.

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Ravi Thummarukudy

Ravi Thummarukudy, CEO of Mobiveil, lnc. has over 29 years of experience in Semiconductor/lP/EDA industry. Before Mobiveil, he was a co-founder of GDA Technologies" lnc which was later acquired by L&T lnfotech. At L&T lnfotech he was the VP & GM for lP Licensing and HWISOC services. Prior to this, he held various Global Business and Technology Management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). He nurtured an open work culture based on continuous learning and innovation. The designs his team so developed are currently deployed in millions of units of silicon embedded throughout the communications and consumer products worldwide. As a firm believer of strong ecosystem partnerships, Ravi has several years of experience in developing partnerships in U5, Europe. Japan and China. He participated in several industry initiatives and has been a spoke person in many forums held worldwide. Previously he was the Chair of the Hyper Transport Business Task force that pioneered the low latency high speed serial interconnects. He has taught classes at the University of Santa Cruz extension in the Silicon Valley as well as contributed several articles to Chip Design Magazine, Electronic Design, ISD Magazine and Silicon lndia. He holds a BSEE from Mar Athanasius (MA) College of Engineering and MTech from llT Madras and MBA from Santa Clara University.

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Papken S. Der Torossian 

Papken S. Der Torossian is a humanitarian and statesman in the semiconductor industry. Presently, Mr. Der Torossian is CEO of Crest Enterprises LLC, an investment and advisory firm. He is also an Executive Chairman of Golden Gate Capital for the technology portfolio, Board member and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Parker Vision, Inc., and Chairman of the Board of Therma-Wave, Inc. Previously, he was CEO of Silicon Valley Group, Inc. (SVG), which was acquired by ASML. He was President of the Silicon Valley Art Council for 10 years. Mr. Der Torossian has served on the board of numerous public and private companies, which he has helped sell or joint venture. Formerly, Mr. Der Torossian was President at ECS Microsystems and President of the Santa Cruz Division of Plantronics, where he also served as Vice President of its Telephone Products Group. Prior to that, he spent four years at Spectra-Physics and twelve years with Hewlett-Packard in a variety of management positions. Mr. Der Torossian was presented the 1999 EHS Leadership Award from PIBA (Pacific Industrial & Business Association) and SVMG (Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group). He received the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” on May 21, 1996, an award honoring individuals who immigrated to the United States and demonstrated outstanding humanitarian excellence as a U.S. citizen. He holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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Brent Townshend

Brent Townshend is currently doing Synthetic Biology research in Stanford's Bioengineering department. He was formerly CEO of Ordinate Corporation & President of Townshend Intellectual Property. At TIP, Brent was the inventor of the 56k modem, which was subsequently licensed to 3Com, Conexant, IBM & others. Brent has held appointments as a Consulting Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University & McGill university. Primary technical interests are biotech, signal processing, software engineering, & intellectual property issues.

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Tram Tran

Tram Tran is a Managing Director of TNT Capital, an angel investment firm located in Palo Alto, California.  Ms. Tran invests in value stocks, real estate, and early stage startups. One of Ms. Tran’s early clean energy investments had a recent successful exit in April 2016. Ms. Tran is also the founder and Principal of RoR Power, a boutique staffing and recruiting firm for startup and fortune 500 companies including Bloomberg, LivingSocial, Ziplist acquired by Conde Nest, and Gilt Groupe. With over a decade of experience in talent acquisition and angel investment, Ms. Tran has been privileged to work alongside dynamic and emerging startups from coast to coast. Ms. Tran’s hands-on approach to team building, entrepreneurship, marketing, and finance are the key cornerstones of her success. Ms. Tran earned double bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Accounting from the University of San Diego. Tram is married to her best friend and soul-mate of 20 years with two teenagers ages 12 and 14. In her spare time, Tram enjoys running, biking, hiking, reading, and traveling with her family. Tram has trekked on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, ziplined through the forest of Costa Rica, hiked to Wayna Picchu overlooking Machu Picchu in Peru, hiked to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, ran multiple half marathons, paraglided over the Alps in Zermatt, Switzerland, and scuba dived around the world including Fiji and Palau, Micronesia. Tram grew up in the gang- and drug-infested neighborhood of East San Diego with 7 family members in a dilapidated studio apartment. At the age of 10, Tram started her first job placing promotional flyers on car windshields in parking lots for $20 a day, in order to subsidize the family's income and whose parents were already working 3 jobs a day. Tram's story, from Vietnamese boat immigrant to successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur, is a classic rags to riches

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Simon Turkalj

Simon Turkalj is principal of Lumen Labs, a Bay Area-based strategy firm. He works shoulder-to-shoulder with some of America's most innovative executives in space, technology, medicine, and the media. Salesforce, a stealth rocket company, Google, Wikipedia, Twitter, and Medium are some of the organizations that Simon advises and supports. Simon is an award-winning father to three beautiful children and a devoted husband to his sweetheart of thirty years. They live on Wild Plum Farm, a former chicken hennery, in the North Bay. When not working on a house remodel, Simon is on ladders catching bee swarms from their biodynamic hives. Simon received his engineering degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Duke University.

Michael E. Turner

Michael E. Turner is a senior executive, entrepreneur, and attorney with a history of success in founding, development, and leadership of early stage companies. Michael founded startup companies in Cable Television (Televista Communications, Inc, Founder/CEO, 1986 - 1998; sold to Comcast), Internet Data Centers and Managed Services (Viawest Internet Services, Inc., Founding Investor, Board Member, Advisor, 1998 - 2010; sold to Oakhill Capital Partners), and Medical Device Development (T4Analytics LLC, Managing Director, 2011 - 2016; sold to Senzime AB, Sweden, (public, SEZI, NASDAQ-Nordic)). Previous to those pursuits, Michael had a strong record in government administration and policy development in senior positions with the City of Detroit, Michigan. He was Executive Director of the Detroit Cable Communications Commission, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, City of Detroit, and the Director of the Division of Research and Analysis, Detroit City Council. Michael earned his Juris Doctorate at the Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, and was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from that School in 1985. He received a BBA in Management and Marketing from Western Michigan University, Haworth College of Business, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Michael moved from Michigan to San Francisco in 2016. 

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Paul Twombly

Paul Twombly has over 38 years of diversified global experience in executive management, M & A, business development, partner development, product management, customer service, manufacturing and operations. Most recently Paul was with Foundry Networks/Brocade Communications where he was CIO from 2001-2005 and established field operations, service and support locations in the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions. Foundry Networks was a venture backed worldwide provider of networking systems and solutions which was acquired by Brocade Communications in December 2008 for $2.6B. Prior to Foundry, Paul was Sr. Vice President of Global Client Services for NICE Systems, a worldwide leader of multimedia digital recording solutions, applications and related professional services for business interaction management. During his tenure with NICE, Paul managed the acquisition and integration of the largest independent North American distributor and served as an active board member on two technology companies acquired by NICE Systems. Earlier executive roles included his time as VP of Operations for WarpSpeed Communications (acquired by Enron in 2001), a venture backed company that provided on-demand high speed and high QoS, broadband network connections and VP at Voysys Corporation, a venture backed OEM provider of voice processing technology to major telecommunications corporations. Paul began his career as founder and partner in a telecommunication engineering company before spending several years with IBM in various capacities, leading up to his role as Director of Technical Assistance Centers where he received the company’s highest award for services and support excellence 4 years in a row.

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Suvas Vajracharya

Suvas Vajracharya, Ph.D., is founder and CEO of Lightning Bolt Solutions, a company that he founded in 2002 without any outside investment and he recently exited to PerfectServe, a leading provider of cloud-based clinical communication and collaboration solutions. Lightning Bolt has developed deep domain expertise in the areas of physician workflow, hospital operations, artificial intelligence, and professional balance. Currently, Lightning Bolt has over 400 healthcare enterprise customers such as Kaiser, UCSF, and Johns Hopkins Medicine, and manages over 3 million shift hours each month, scheduling 20,000 clinicians at 350 healthcare organizations across the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Australia. Prior to founding Lightning Bolt, Suvas was a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he worked with physicists and mathematicians to solve so called Grand Challenge Applications (fluid dynamics, weather prediction) through computational science. He received PhD from University of Colorado at Boulder in Parallel Processing, a branch of Computer Science that aims to solve large and complex computational applications by using supercomputers with thousands of processors.

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Jacques Vallee

Jacques Vallee is a General Partner with Euro-America Partners, a venture capital fund family. He received his Ph.D. in CS in 1967 from Northwestern University. In the early 70’s Jacques directed the project that built the first computer conferencing system on ARPANET. Under Jacques’ management the three Euro-America funds have invested in over 60 high-technology and medical startups in the U.S., Europe and Israel, with one third of the portfolio companies reaching the public markets through IPOs or acquisitions. Jacques is the author of 50 articles and five books about high technology and finance. He received the Jules Verne award for a science-fiction novel. His latest book, The Heart of the Internet is now available on Google Books.

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Dalia Vernikovsky

Dalia Vernikovsky is an accomplished senior executive with more than 30 years of business development, product development, and sales experience in semiconductor manufacturing and related industries. Currently, Dalia serves as CEO of Applied Seals North America, Inc. (ASNA) in Newark, CA where she successfully developed a $90-million market share for high-performance o-rings with major OEMs and end users, including Intel, Global Foundries, Samsung, and TSMC. Previously, she was Vice President at Brooks Automation, where she headed up global operations. In addition to her executive career, Dalia serves as Head of the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) Standards Committee and chairs the Leadership Forum for all Sub-components. She wrote SEMI standard #3205 addressing elastomeric product challenges, which is now becoming SEMI Standards #5080.

Dalia graduated from Colorado Technical University with BS degree in Business. She holds a Black Belt in martial arts and served in the Israeli Army. Dalia has language capabilities in German, French, Hebrew, and Yiddish. She is an active volunteer for the rehousing of homeless and aged animals and she has been recognized for her contributions through a humanitarian award. 

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Sophia Viklund 

Sophia Viklund is an entrepreneur, public speaker, advisor, mentor to startups, investor, and an advocate of women and girls in STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Sophia is currently centrally engaged as CEO of New Sun Technologies Inc., a company that produces innovative products designed to connect, empower and excite massive user audiences around the world. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Sophia is also an investor, and is a managing director at Golden Seeds, a network of angel investors that invests in women-owned companies. Sophia is a co-founder of Silicon Valley Deep Learning Group (SVDLG). SVDLG is a professional organization that was founded in 2015, at a time when Deep Learning was just beginning to emerge as one of the defining topics of the modern Silicon Valley Landscape. SVDLG currently has over 3,200 members who are engineers, scientists, developers, entrepreneurs and investors interested in artificial intelligence and deep learning, starting companies in deep learning and investing in the companies in that space. Many times a successful founder, Sophia’s projects and companies are enhanced by her strong interest not only in technology, but education, design and experience of her customers. Prior to Silicon Valley Deep Learning Group, the previous company that Sophia co-founded specialized in serious games development, working with clients such as Gates Foundation, IARPA, and Lockheed Martin, among others, creating immersive educational games and training simulators for high-stakes environments. One award-winning example of such a product was The Missing, a cognitive-bias recognition serious game, developed for the military in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon universities. While students played this game, tools also developed by her company assessed the student’s biases and cognitive processes such that these individuals could be coached to better and more accurate ways of approaching problems. Sophia was also as a co-founder of PyLadies, a world-wide educational initiative for women who program use Python, supported by Python Software Foundation and Google. Sophia was born in Russia and started her first company in college. Immigrating into the US in 1998, she continuing her work in the United States as a technology entrepreneur. She has completed two masters’ degrees, one in computational linguistics (Pedagogical University in Russia, Lipetsk) and the other in design and architecture (University of Los Angeles). Now a naturalized US citizen, Sophia is a speaker for the US State Department on issues of women entrepreneurs and one of her public roles is to inspire more women from Eastern Europe to start technology companies.

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 Armando Viteri

Armando Viteri has more than 25 years of executive management and expertise in the enterprise computing, software, networks, and services market. Currently, he is CEO of Neubloc, an outsource software development, design, and testing firm. He is also founding partner of Teqniksoft which focuses on AI related software development. Previously, he was President and CEO of RF Code, Inc., an emerging growth RFID solutions business where he raised Tier 1 VC financing and delivered RFID hardware and software products to market. He co-founded and was President of Pinpoint Corporation, the industry's first Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) company where he pioneered the use of this technology for mission critical applications. Before Pinpoint, he was EVP of TriTeal Corporation where he was responsible for creating domestic and international sales channels and infrastructure and drove the advanced Java™ development organization resulting in three patents. Following three private financings, he played an instrumental role in TriTeal's successful IPO in 1996 and secondary public offering in 1997. From 1983 to 1993 Mr. Viteri held various sales, marketing, and management roles with Sun Microsystems, Inc. Joining Sun during its start-up phase, during his tenure he created, managed, and executed many initiatives that were important in the company’s early success. Mr. Viteri has served on several technology company boards and variety of industry standards bodies and is an active technology angel investor. He is the Founding Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Phoenix, Regional Chair of the MIT Educational Council and President of the R. Charles Thompson Fund (an MIT scholarship fund). Mr. Viteri earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Hobert Wai

Hobert Wai is a partner at Black Tiger Capital focusing on the life science and healthcare sectors. He co-founded Black Tiger to invest and partner with innovators to vitalize novel ideas into feasible entrepreneurship. He also co-founded J.A.D.E. (Joint Association to Develop Entrepreneurship) to build sustainable entrepreneurship in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia by elevating the region’s startup ecosystem resiliency through intimate cross-pollination with successful entrepreneurs and capitalists. Previously, he was associate director at Becton Dickinson (BD) in which he was instrumental in driving the clinical business to achieve $1B revenue primarily through new oncology and HIV diagnostic product development. Hobert led multiple teams of scientists and business managers to develop and launch novel system solutions to address the infectious disease and oncology unmet medical needs in both developed and developing markets. He is an expert in agile development, business development, design control, FDA and ISO regulations, and technology development. He has hands-on product registration experience in all continents, excluding Antarctica, with regulatory agencies including FDA, CFDA, EU, and others. Before BD, Hobert worked at Bio-Rad on medical device quality systems and at Beckman Coulter on automated clinical assay, specialty chemistry, cellomics, proteomics, genomics, and laboratory automation systems. He launched 5 in vitro diagnostic (IVD) platforms, 10 IVD assay kits, 22 Analyte Specific Reagents, 8 Research Use Only (RUO) platforms, and 15 RUO assay kits. Dr. Wai’s effort in collaborative science advancement has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and patent issuance. He received an A.B. in Molecular Cell Biology from University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from University of California, Irvine, and an MBA from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

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Bruce Walicek

Bruce Walicek is Principal of Radian Capital Advisors, a firm engaged in advising and consulting with private and public companies on strategy, financing, strategic business development, and M&A advisory. Previously, from 2008 to 2016, Mr. Walicek was the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Board Director of Pixelworks, Inc. (Nasdaq:PXLW), an innovative provider of video display processing technology. Prior to joining Pixelworks, Bruce was an Executive-in-Residence at Sevin Rosen Funds, a VC firm focused on building leading global technology companies. From 2003 to 2006 Bruce was with Worldview Technology Partners, an IT focused VC firm based in Palo Alto, where he was responsible for sourcing new investments and acting as a board member and advisor for portfolio companies. Before joining Worldview in 2003, he was with Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown’s Global Investment Banking group and led their Semiconductor Investment Banking practice. He joined Alex. Brown in 1996 as the Senior Equity Research Analyst covering the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries.During his career, he has raised over $3B in financing for large multinational public corporations as well as venture backed startups, including IPOs, secondary offerings, private placements, debt offerings, private equity investments and M&A. Some notable firms include Pixelworks, Transmeta, Atmel, Amkor, ChipPac, Cooper and Cyan (acquired by Cadence) Infineon, Intersil, Level One Communications (acquired by Intel), MEMC, and MIPS Technologies. Before entering the financial services industry in the mid 1990s, he held executive management positions in the Semiconductor industry at Texas Instruments, VLSI Technology, and Cirrus Logic. He started his career at Tracor Inc. in Austin, developing signal processing systems for anti-submarine warfare applications. Bruce holds a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Texas State University. He earned the ISS Public Director Certification through the Directors’ College Executive Education Program at Stanford University.

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Ben Wegbreit

Ben Wegbreit was a Professor of Computer Science at Harvard then a member of the technical staff at Xerox Parc. He was the co-founder of Convergent Technologies and at various times served as VP of Sales and Marketing, General Manger, and President. Ben was the Principal at H&Q Ventures in San Francisco for 10 years. He was also the co- founder, CEO, and Chairman of E.piphany; until he retired from E.piphany in 1999. Ben is currently the Chairman and CEO of Strider Labs.

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Ronald Weissman, Ph.D.

Dr. Ronald Weissman has been a member of the Band of Angels since 2007 and serves as Chairman of the Band’s Software SIG. Ron has more than thirty years of experience in technology management and investing. Ron joined global VC and private equity leader Apax Partners as a partner in 2000. At Apax, he focused on early-stage software, and participated in numerous US and cross-border deals. Since Apax’s transition out of venture capital, Ron has continued to consult for Apax and manages key companies in Apax's venture technology portfolio. Through Apax and his own angel activity Ron has invested in or advised more than 60 companies and has served on more than 25 early and mid- stage company Boards. Ron’s current investment focus is on business software and Health IT, with a special focus on analytics and text technologies. His current angel investments include Practice Fusion (electronic medical records), Navera (employee benefits education), Gainsight (customer revenue optimization), Sonim (ruggedized cell phones), Materna (obstetrics medical device) and Taulia (dynamic invoicing and payment management). He is currently a Director of Host Analytics (Chairman, corporate performance management), Transera (call center optimization), Wingtip (men’s club/furnishings) and Navera. Prior to Apax, he was Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Verity, a leader in corporate information retrieval. During his tenure, Verity’s executive team earned the Large Company Turnaround of the Year award (1999) from the Turnaround Management Association; Verity gained dominant market share and saw its market capitalization grow from $50 million to more than $1.5 billion. Before joining Verity, Ron spent more than five years working with Steve Jobs at NeXT, where he managed European and Corporate Marketing. Prior to his work in Silicon Valley, he directed academic computing at Brown University and, prior to that, at the University of Maryland, where he was Associate Professor of History. As an historian, Ron is the author of numerous works about Florence during the Renaissance. A frequent conference speaker on angel and venture capital, Ron has published and lectured extensively on venture finance, entrepreneurship, corporate governance and software trends and was one of three industry leaders profiled in the 2003-2006 Price Waterhouse Coopers Technology Forecast. He was also recently profiled in the San Jose Business Journal (“Angel of the Apocalypse”) for his views on the angel economy. He has been an advisor to many organizations, including Apple, Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM, Microsoft, NeXT, Sun Microsystems. Unisys and several departments of the US Government. Ron has served on government advisory panels, including the future of electronic record keeping for the National Archives and Records Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration, and has recently served on a US State Department task force on the future of e-diplomacy. He has also been a regular guest lecturer on venture capital and angel finance at Berkeley, Stanford and Santa Clara University. Ron is also a partner at Performance Works and works with corporate clients to refine vertical market selection and market entry strategies. Ron is a Fulbright Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his BA, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in History from the University of California at Berkeley. Ron serves on the advisory boards of market research firm BASEX, and the Venture Capital Task Force. From 2001 to 2013 he served as an Overseer of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and as Associate Trustee of Penn and has also served on the Corporate Council of the San Francisco Opera. He is currently on the board of San Francisco Classical Voice, the Bay Area’s leading classical music community website. His interests include music, European history, photography, politics and entrepreneurship. Ron blogs on venture capital and angel investing at www.perworks.com

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David Whiteside

David Whiteside, managing member of Whiteside Management LLC, is head of a consulting firm in San Francisco that acts as Owner’s Representative for high net worth individuals on extremely high end personal residential and commercial construction and estate projects throughout the United States. Having grown-up on the Peninsula, attending Burlingame High School and SF state, Whiteside began his business career as a general contractor, real estate property manager. Early in the business computer software development, he programmed a job cost accounting software to be use in the construction industry. In 1986 he founded a commercial general and engineering construction company in San Francisco that is still very active today, CCI General Contractors. This company specialized in commercial and industrial construction throughout the bay area with a specialty in structural and seismic retrofitting as well as manufacturing facilities ranging from food and packaging to silicon wafer plants. After selling CCI in 2005 Whiteside concentrated on energy and real estate investing as well as building his construction consulting business. He currently has investments in companies that include restaurants (Mission Bay Foods), semi-conductor (Geo Semi, Snap DNA) Software (Slateplan), Technology products, (Woo sports, App Bank, Mo-DV, Teslonix, Construcs).

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Gunther Wobser

Gunther Wobser has been based in Mountain View since July 2017. He has been running Germany based LAUDA for more than 20 years and is the CEO and main shareholder of the group. LAUDA employees 430 people and generates approximately USD 90 million in annual sales and is the global leader in innovative constant temperature equipment and systems for science, application technology and production. Gunther Wobser is driven by entrepreneurship and innovation. He holds several patents and has recently founded a startup promoting his own patented furniture. Ignited by perspective gained from living in Silicon Valley, he is currently focused on transforming his company to the digital age. At the end of 2017, he opened an innovation lab in Sunnyvale where he is establishing a team working on new ideas and partnering with startups. Back in Germany, he also owns a boutique hotel with a fine-dining restaurant and a winery which is managed by his wife. Gunther holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Bamberg, Germany, and a PhD in Economics from the Technical University of Freiberg, Germany.

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Chin Tong (CT) Wong

Chin Tong (CT) Wong serves as Chief Marketing Officer - USA Sales & Marketing at Venture Corp Limited and served as its Chief Marketing Officer until December 2015. Venture Corporation Limited is a high-tech design and manufacturing firm based in Singapore.  Mr. Tong serves as the Chief Marketing Officer of Scinetic Engineering Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Venture Corp Ltd. He is responsible for managing the Venture Group's global marketing activities and provides marketing leadership and direction. Mr. Wong played a key role in the development of Venture's operations and manufacturing sites in the United States. He joined the Venture Group in January 1990. He has extensive exposure and knowledge in the electronics industry and possesses valuable industrial experience in material management and supply chain management. He served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Venture Corp. Ltd. He held key management positions in companies such as the Hewlett-Packard Company, Essex Circuits and AT&T Corporation. He is a Fellow Rotarian. Mr. Tong holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University. 

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David Wu

David Wu is an active investor and entrepreneur, and is currently a Partner at Maveron LLC. He is board member at August Home, Aria Innovations, and Darby Smart and was previously a board member at SeatMe (acquired by YELP), Line2, and Flipora. He has also served as the Internet Committee Chair on the deal screening committee for the Band of Angels and was an Executive-In-Residence at Redpoint Ventures. As an angel investor, he has invested in over 25 startups, including Practice Fusion, Postmates, SeatMe, Beautylish, and Tile, and his investments have gone on to raise over $250M of institutional funding. Previously, David worked at Intuit, where he was a Vice President in their Small Business Group, managing a variety of businesses including QuickBooks Online, Intuit.com, and Intuit Websites. David joined Intuit as part of the company’s acquisition of Homestead Technologies Inc. for $170M, where he was the Chief Product Officer, COO, and CFO since 1997. David has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. degree in Economics from Stanford University, and in a past life, David has also toured the country as a professional bass player, as well as floated down.

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 Chao-Tung Marcus Yang

Chao-Tung Marcus Yang is founder and President of Amaryllo, the world’s number 1 auto-tracking camera robot company. Mr. Yang is the first Chinese winning CES Best Innovation Award recipient in the field of Embedded Technologies in the last 50 years. Under his leadership, Amaryllo won 4 consecutive CES Innovation Awards from 2015 to 2018, including 2 CES Best Innovation Awards in 2015 and 2018, respectively. He has met and been honored by Taiwan Presidents for his technology contributions from 2014 to 2018, 5 years in a row. He was the recipient of the 2017 Taiwan’s Most Outstanding Entrepreneur Award. Prior to Amaryllo, he was President and CEO of MStar Semiconductor USA, the top TV, LCD monitor chip provider with a global market share of over 70%. MStar is the most successful semiconductor company in recent decades and grew from a $3 million to a $6 billion valuation in merely 8 years. Prior to his career at MStar, he was founder and CEO of Orion Microelectronics Corp., a WiFi chipset design company, which in 2002 was acquired by Realtek Semiconductor, one of the top 3 WiFi chipset providers today. Mr. Yang went to UCLA for undergraduate and UC Berkeley for graduate school. He enjoys technology innovation and has received and filed over 100 patents worldwide. He has been a professional Engineer (P.E.) licensed by the State of California since 1998.

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Donald (Ta-kuang) Yang

Donald Yang is an entrepreneur and semiconductor technology expert who enabled many major CPU/GPU and wireless communications products on advanced process technologies. His most recent achievements include the acquisition of a leading CPU maker to TSMC’s 40nm process and its design success on the cutting-edge High-K metal gate process. With no game console at home in 2007, Donald managed the Microsoft XBOX 360 GPU full chip implementation service and is credited for its design success on TSMC’s process platform. XBOX 360 turned out to be one of the most successful game consoles in Microsoft’s history. In 2005 and 2006, Donald designed TSMC 65nm and 90nm standard cell libraries that are now put into billions of chips worldwide today that function well in virtually every major category of consumer and industrial electronics products. Before joining TSMC, Donald founded TrustView, an EDA security software company in Taipei. From 2000 to 2005, he drove the TrustView business development from zero to No.1 market share in China and Taiwan with a very well recognized brand name. During this start-up period, Donald acquired many large enterprise customers such as Quanta Computer, Foxconn, HTC, AU Optronics and MediaTek. After driving the TrustView business to generate substantial revenue with strong market recognition, Donald sold this business to Systex, one of the largest software companies in Taiwan. Donald received B.S. degree from National Taiwan University and M.S. degrees from Stanford University and University of Southern California. He is a three time Big Sur Marathon finisher (2007-2009) and a 6K ocean swim finisher (2006) across Peng-Hu Bay.

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David Yang

David Yang is among the world’s leading high-tech and artificial intelligence (AI) entrepreneurs. He is founder and major owner of ABBYY, the world leader in optical character recognition (OCR), natural language processing (NLP), and AI with 1,300 employees in 16 offices across 13 countries, including 100 employees in Silicon Valley. ABBYY sells products in more than 200 countries and more than 40 million users rely on the ABBYY FineReader, ABBYY Compreno, and ABBYY Lingvo solutions. Last year David exclusively focused on building Findo.com, an intelligent AI-based search assistant and bot across emails, contacts, and files. Findo is a personal cross platform search service for Dropbox, Evernote, Gmail, Box, Slack, Outlook, iOS, Mac, Windows, Android, etc. It finds personal information which is not accessible by Google search. Findo understands human-like language and in contrast to Spotlight can find documents by description even if the user has forgotten the keywords. David also founded many other companies, including: Plazius, a mobile payment and loyalty system, and iiko, company that develops integrated software solutions and innovative management systems for the restaurant and hospitality industry. In 1998-1999 David created Cybiko, a hand-held wireless communication computer for American teenagers, “predecessor of WhatsApp, Tinder and Foursquare” (https://youtu.be/rhHn9ptfHgE). In 2000, a quarter million Cybiko computers were sold in the United States during the 4 months after its launch. David holds Ph.D. and M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). He is author of numerous patents and scientific publications. The World Economic Forum in Davos named him as one of 100 World Technology Pioneers in 2002. His other areas of interest include: modern art, architecture, and social communication technologies. He is involved in a number of creative art-based ventures, including: DeFAQto bar (2010), ArteFAQ club-gallery (2007), and FAQ-Café studio (2004). In 2013, David published his book “Now I Eat What I Want!”. He participates in charity and educational projects, including the educational fund Ayb (http://www.ayb.am) and the Ayb School (http://aybschool.am). David lives in Portola Valley, CA. He is married and has three children.

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Songyee Yoon

Dr. Songyee Yoon is the CEO of NCSOFT West and the Global CSO of NCSOFT, responsible for managing the organization and planning the company’s globalization strategy. NCSOFT (KRX 036570) is one of the most successful online game company globally, which started developing and servicing network based multiplayer games 20 years ago. She has been instrumental in the launch of many of NCSOFT’s titles in the US and Europe, and in moving the company toward new initiatives, including the development of the mobile studio in San Mateo and research into new technologies such as AI. A graduate of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and PhD recipient from MIT in Computational Neuroscience based on her research at the MIT Media Lab, Dr. Yoon started her career at McKinsey & Company. From there, she held various roles including Vice President of Communication Intelligence at SK Telecom before joining NCSOFT in 2008, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Science and Technology for the president of Korea, and a board member of MIT Corporation. She serves on the advisory board of Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. As a chairperson of NCSOFT Culture Foundation, she actively engages herself in various philanthropic initiatives including main sponsor for Special Olympics, collaboration with UN Food Program and UNHCR. She has been recognized by various organizations for her leadership throughout the years including being named to the Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum and Wall Street Journal’s 50 Women to Watch in 2004.

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Pierluigi Zappacosta

Pierluigi Zappacosta co-founded Logitech in 1981 where he held various roles including President and CEO. From 2003 to 2012 he was CEO of Sierra Sciences, a biotechnology company whose long-term goal is to develop drugs and therapies that will reverse the effects of human aging. He is currently Chairman of Faro, a private equity fund based in Italy.

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Ron Zielinski

Ron Zielinski is a 30+ year Customer Service Leader in the Laser and Photonics Industry, where he has created customer and business success across diverse customer segments - from Nobel Prize researchers to world class consumer electronics manufacturers leveraging complex global supply chains. Over the past 17 years Ron has led Global Customer Service for a leading Photonics Industry company (mkt cap: $4.9B) overseeing service strategies, operational transformations, steep product and service revenue growth, several acquisition integrations, global CRM implementations and a worldwide team of >500 direct employees across 15 countries. Ron is a regular presenter on topics such as Service growth, leadership, strategy and operations at Service Conferences.  He routinely oversees customer satisfaction rates of >95%, annual service related revenues exceeding $350M, and first time resolution rates >90%. Ron has extensive experience in Asia, having successfully built industrial-level service infrastructure in China, Japan, S. Korea and Taiwan and having traveled to Asia regularly since 1987. Ron views business success through the eyes of customers and seeks to ensure its success is derived through strong focus on alignment of product to customer needs. Since 2014 Ron has volunteered for the Sunnyvale Sister City Organization where he nurtures his emerging Japanese language skills and oversees a novel Adult Exchange Program with the city of Iizuka, Japan.

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Marco Zuniga

Marco Zuniga received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his MS/PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Shortly prior to graduation, he co-founded Volterra Semiconductor with four friends/colleagues from Berkeley. Volterra sought to develop high-performance analog and mixed-signal power management semiconductors for the computing, storage, networking and consumer markets. He held many roles at Volterra, most notably responsible for the semiconductor technology roadmap for the company. In this capacity, successful product execution led to >20X cost-performance improvement in all product lines, enabling cumulative revenue to >$1B by 2013. The company went through an IPO in 2004, with eventual acquisition by Maxim Integrated in 2013. He is currently at Maxim Integrated, developing technologies for the datacenter, automotive, industrial and mobile markets, and holds 60 patents. Also, an avid pianist and composer, he plays yearly in Saratoga, CA with a local symphony orchestra. He is also active in the academic community, advising and providing financial assistance to students in engineering and physics.