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Paul Russo

Dr. Russo has served as Founder & Chairman of GEO Semiconductor Inc. since 2014, and served as Chairman & CEO from its founding in 2008 to 2014. GEO is a company rich with IP and technology. Its innovative approach of building software and system solutions based upon highly efficient ICs embodies the new successful business model for a technology startup in Silicon Valley. He also serves as a Director of SnapDNA (www.snapdna.com), Teslonix (www.teslonix.com), WOO Sports (www.woosports.com) and several other start-ups (Peekaboo, Dynamount). Prior to founding GEO, Dr. Russo Founded Silicon Optix in 2000, a privately held fabless semiconductor company, serving as Chairman & CEO through 2008. GEO acquired certain assets from Silicon Optix in early 2009. Prior to Silicon Optix, Dr. Russo was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Genesis Microchip (acquired by ST Micro in 2007) through 2000, including its successful NASDAQ IPO in 1998, and on its board until 2001. Prior to founding Genesis, he was General Manager of GE’s Microelectronics Center, Senior Manager in GE’s Industrial Electronics Group and Head, Microsystems Research at RCA’s David Sarnoff Research Center. While at RCA he worked on the world’s 1st CMOS microprocessor, and pioneered the first use of these devices in global communications (format conversion), programmable video games (RCA Studio II) and automotive engine control (Chrysler). Dr. Russo received his B. Eng. from McGill University and his MSc and PhD in EECS from UC Berkeley. He holds eight U.S. patents, is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received numerous RCA and industry awards, including the IEEE Centennial Medal and the 2006 Tech Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum. He served as an outside director of ATI Technologies from 2001 through its acquisition by AMD in late 2006, and MoSys, as well as numerous private venture funded start-ups acquired by public entities (e.g., RocketChips – acquired by Xilinx, Atmos – acquired by MoSys). Dr. Russo is a member of the Band of Angels, a volunteer in DEFY (turning ex-cons into entrepreneurs) and is an advisor to several early stage companies and institutional investment entities.