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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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Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor is a Managing Partner of The Palo Alto Consulting Group. He has over 30 years of marketing, operating and boardroom experience in the computer industry, including five years as a venture capitalist, eight years in marketing and software development, and twenty years as a consultant to high technology companies. In 1989, Mr. Taylor founded The Palo Alto Consulting Group, a high technology consulting firm that advises emerging growth companies in the software, Internet, communications, computer, and semiconductor industries. During the past 20 years, Mr. Taylor has completed over 350 engagements with more than 200 organizations worldwide. He specializes in helping entrepreneurs and senior managers launch new businesses, formulate effective marketing and corporate strategies, market products and services more effectively, and evaluate and consummate acquisitions and divestitures. While Mr. Taylor works primarily with start-ups, his clients also include Amdahl, Apple, Cisco, Fujitsu, Great Plains Software, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Informix, Intel, Intuit, Los Alamos National Labs, Linotype-Hell, Microsoft, Nokia, Palm, Quantum, SDL, Sage Software, SRI International, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Verity, Volterra, and Xerox PARC. Mr. Taylor’s consulting assignments frequently include interim marketing positions at firms such as RivalWatch (online competitive pricing information), dotFX (security software), NewsTin (information services), Intacct (SaaS financial software), Symantec (Internet tools division), State of the Art (financial application software), Verity (search and portal software), InterFax (enhanced fax messaging software), Vertex Design Systems (AutoCAD-based application software), Auspex Systems (storage systems), Informix Software (data warehouse division), and Berkeley Design Automation (EDA software). From 1984 to 1989, Stephen was a partner at Xerox Venture Capital, where he financed and advised private companies such as Sequent Computer Systems, Catalina Marketing, Cymer, Imagen, Read Rite, NetFrame Systems, MicroLinear, Netwise, and ParcPlace Systems. His investments resulted in seven IPOs and two sales or mergers. As a consultant, he has helped spin out PlaceWare from Xerox PARC and Nuance Communications from SRI International and orchestrated the management buyout of Spectra Diode Labs (SDL) by Sprout Group. These three companies subsequently went public. Stephen previously held marketing and technical positions at Sperry- Univac’s minicomputer division where he was responsible for pre- and post-sales technical support for operating system, database, communication, and transaction processing software products. His four years with Sperry-Univac included a 12-month assignment in Zurich, Switzerland. Early in his career, Stephen held marketing and software engineering positions at two start-up companies, DayFlo, a microcomputer software database company, and New World Computer, a microcomputer systems integrator and disk drive developer. Mr. Taylor holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Information & Computer Science from University of California, Irvine, and an MBA from UCLA.

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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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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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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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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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David Urry

David Urry has executive experience at several startups including as VP at eSprockets, rated "Best of the Web" by Forbes, as employees number four at Extensity which has a successful IPO in 2000 and at Painted Word where he personally took on re-development of the product line - eliminating a $1M year cash hemorrhage, converting it to a $6M revenue stream. He was also part of a team that did some of the first commercially viable Java applications at SUN and part of the Core Technology group at Oracle Corporation. For MITRE Corporation (2002-2005), he was responsible for design, product strategy, and management issues for over $1 billion in software development. David emphasizes marketing with an understanding of technical differentiation, market understanding, and timing. In addition to Oracle and SUN, he has participated in ground-breaking innovations including document management, workflow, employee relations management, multi-dimensional data analysis and web servers. David earned his bachelors degree from Northwestern University and a Masters degree from Harvard.

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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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Debra Vernon

Debra Vernon is a corporate and securities attorney who advises technology companies, entrepreneurs, and investors on legal matters faced throughout all stages of company growth. She structures, negotiates, and documents a wide range of transactions, with a focus on equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance issues. Debra began her career with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati, working with public and private technology companies, venture capital firms and investment banks. She helped open the Silicon Valley offices of Perkins Coie LLP, and then joined Shearman & Sterling LLP. She founded her own advisory firm in 2005, and joined Carr McClellan, P.C. in 2013. Debra is an active fundraiser for non-profit organizations, an avid tennis player and art collector, and serves on the Menlo Park-Atherton regional board of the AYSO. She is also a member of Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, with distinction in the major. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School. Prior to Yale, she attended the Juilliard School of Music pre- college division and continues to enjoy playing the piano and the flute.

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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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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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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.

Bernard Xavier

As a founder, CEO and investor in early- and mid- stage companies over the past 18 years, Bernard Xavier has directly managed as a CEO four successful sell side processes and two buy side processes. He is an active investor and is a member of the Silicon Valley Band of Angels. He is a Partner of Mangrove Venture Capital and a general partner in Summit View Capitals (China) private equity fund. Bernard was nominated to the boards of Nasdaq: STEC and Nasdaq: PLX technologies during the proxy battle to take over both companies led by activist investors Balch Hill Partners. In both cases STEC and PLX were acquired at a profit for the shareholders. Bernard was CEO of Modesat until 2013. He sold the Microwave modem business to Xilinx in late 2012. Bernard joined Modesat following the successful M&A transaction of Linear Silicon Solutions to Microchip Technology (NASDAQ: MCHP) in 2011. LSS partnered with a large Chinese state-owned entity and raised only $2M in seed capital prior to its sale to Microchip. Bernard was CEO of one of the most successful cross-border US/China M&A semiconductor transactions in recent history when he sold Quorum Systems to Shanghai-based Spreadtrum (NASDAQ: SPRD) in 2008 Founded in 2001 and backed by Kleiner Perkins, Quorum was a leading supplier of Wi-Fi and GSM chipsets and supplied the first W-Fi/GSM voice handset. Bernard spent three years in China as a result of the Spreadtrum acquisition and speaks conversational Mandarin. Prior to Quorum, Bernard was the founder and CEO of Innocom Wireless, a leading supplier of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chipsets. Bernard sold Innocom to National Semiconductor (NYSE: TI) in 2000. Bernard holds a PhD from Brunel university and is a winner of an IEE National Prize, he has taught courses at UCSD and has chaired several IEEE conferences and published 20+ papers. He obtained the Charterd Financial Analyst charter in 2011 after three years of study.

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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.