Our BoardCommNexus is a non-profit organization that is member supported. We rely on the sponsorship of industry companies, along with the participation of individuals from our community, to assist us in helping the San Diego technology community. Our Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from our sponsor companies and industry advisors.
At the heart of EvoNexus is a driven team working tirelessly to ensure EvoNexus provides startups with the support and opportunities needed to prosper and pioneer the future of technology.
Board Advisor, EvoNexus Committee- San Diego
Former Executive Rayspan, Express Ventures, ComStream, Linkabit
Franz Birkner brings to EvoNexus over 25 years of successful experience as a telecommunications entrepreneur and venture capital investor in the wireless, wireline and optical networking sectors. He was CEO and co-founder of Rayspan Corporation, the leading innovator of metamaterial air interface solutions. Previously, he was co-founder and Managing Director of Express Ventures, a venture capital firm dedicated to providing early stage investments in San Diego start-ups. Prior to that, he was an active investor and board member at Dot Wireless, acquired by Texas Instruments, and Cognet Microsystems, acquired by Intel.
Birkner was co-founder and chairman/CEO of ComStream Corporation, a highly successful supplier of digital satellite communications equipment that was acquired by Spar Aerospace. For his accomplishments at ComStream, he was elected San Diego High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year. Prior to founding ComStream, he was Vice President – Strategy Development for the Linkabit and the Digital Communications units of M/A-COM.
Birkner was a founding board member of the San Diego Telecomm Council and launched its University Outreach program. He serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of UCSD’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Previously, Birkner was a manager at the Boston Consulting Group. He began his career as a microwave systems engineer at Watkins-Johnson Corporation. He earned dual B.S. degrees with honors from MIT’s School of Electrical Engineering and from its Sloan School of Management.