People

A driven team dedicated to providing support and opportunities needed for startups to prosper and pioneer the future of technology

The EvoNexus Team, Board of Directors, Mentors and Selection Committee are comprised of deeply experienced, industry-expert volunteers representing the most influential technology companies in the world, such as Qualcomm, Verizon, ViaSat, and more.

Rory Moore

Rory Moore

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder
Vice Admiral Walter Davis

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.
Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA

Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA

EvoNexus President & COO
Rich Stewart

Rich Stewart

EvoNexus Chief Product Officer & 5G Portfolio Director
Ron Melanson

Ron Melanson

EvoNexus Silicon Valley Chief Engineer & Operations
Hem Suri

Hem Suri

EvoNexus Fintech Executive In Residence
Sumit Tomar

Sumit Tomar

EvoNexus Executive in Residence
Ashlyn Haines

Ashlyn Haines

EvoNexus Marketing/Events Assistant and Office Coordinator
Kacey Willers

Kacey Willers

EvoNexus Marketing & Portfolio Management

Rory Moore

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder / Founder, Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. & Silicon Wave, Inc.

Rory Moore was the seed round investor, co-founder of Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: PSMI), now a Murata Company, one of the world’s leading providers of radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for the wireless communications and aerospace markets. Rory was also the seed round investor and founding CEO of Silicon Wave, Inc., now owned by Qualcomm. Silicon Wave produced the world’s first Bluetooth chips. In 2009 Rory founded a technology incubator called EvoNexus with Vice Admiral Walter Davis, a board member of EvoNexus. A University of Michigan graduate, Rory continues to make angel investments in technology firms throughout the region. His other passions include Unlimited Aerobatic Competition flying, scuba diving and surfing.

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev. / Fmr. Navy N6, Dir. Space Systems, Information Warfare Systems, Command and Control Systems

Vice Admiral Walter J. Davis, USN (Ret) was Navy N6, Director Space systems, Information Warfare systems, Command and Control Systems, and Modeling and Simulation where he directed Navy’s $3.5B IT budget. He is former VP for Business Development at GDE Systems (BAE). He was a Navy fighter pilot, Aircraft Carrier CO, and Battle Group Commander. He served in numerous Navy engineering positions including Navy Engineer for the F-14 and Naval Warfare IT Architect (SPAWAR), He was a co-founder of E-fire. He is an Ohio State University Electrical Engineering graduate. 

Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA

EvoNexus President & COO

Dr. Gene Dantsker is President and Chief Operating Officer of EvoNexus. He has been involved with EvoNexus since its founding as selection committee member, mentor to numerous portfolio companies, Executive-in-Residence and most recently Chief MedTech Officer. Gene is a seasoned entrepreneur, board member, advisor, operational executive and angel investor.

Prior to the EvoNexus role, Gene worked across the spectrum of technology solutions in semiconductor, IT, medical and biotech businesses. His career path brought together engineering, science, business and entrepreneurship.

Following graduate school, Gene was Senior Technical Staff Member at TRW, Inc., Space and Electronics Division (now part of Northrop Grumman) where he was responsible for design, fabrication, and integration of microelectronics for space/satellite applications. Subsequently he co-founded Nanostream, Inc., a biotechnology company and provider of high-throughput bio-analytical instruments to companies involved in drug discovery and development. As VP of Technology, Dr. Dantsker was co-inventor and developer of Nanostream’s core technologies based on polymer MEMS microfluidics and converted them into commercial products purchased by leading pharmaceutical companies. Gene then served as CEO and CTO of aDNAvance Technologies, Inc., a provider of ultra-sensitive medical molecular diagnostic products, operating out of the US and Canada. Gene also served on the Board of Directors of D-Wave Systems, a pioneer in Quantum Computing, with leading Silicon Valley VCs, as well as heavily consulted the company in business development, IP strategy, growth strategy and operational infrastructure. Gene subsequently headed business development for the US branch of Nitto Denko, a leading supplier of diversified polymer-film products for medical, electronic and optronic applications, based in Osaka, Japan.

Gene then joined Qualcomm Life as Sr. Director of Business Development & Licensing, where his responsibilities included enabling intelligent integrated care models through the Internet of Things (IoT) in the pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics and payer industries. In 2020, he helped sell the original Qualcomm Life business, to Philips before moving on. Following the sale, Gene joined Amazon Web Services as Global Lead for Medical Devices.

Gene holds B.S. degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Maryland, M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from San Diego State University, where he was class valedictorian. He is an inventor on over 60 issued patents.

Rich Stewart

EvoNexus Chief Product Officer & 5G Portfolio Director

EvoNexus Chief Product Officer & 5G Portfolio Director / Fmr. Sr. Dir. Qualcomm

Rich Stewart is a System on a Chip (SoC) engineering subject matter expert with extensive experience in technical management, innovation, and product commercialization. Rich possesses a strong track record developing efficient, practical and cost-effective processes, in addition to a strong track record of on time product delivery. He successfully builds and integrates high-performance R&D teams, and effectively collaborates with multi-disciplinary, global, project teams to efficiently advance development programs.

Rich is a co-founder of Prometheus Technology Solutions, LLC, a firm dedicated to providing scalable product delivery processes for HW/SW/SOC and IoT products. Rich held multiple engineering leadership positions at Qualcomm, beginning in 1994, covering a broad cross section of technologies including embedded mobile device software, wireless protocols, image compression systems, MEMs driver technology, systems engineering and memory solutions. While at Qualcomm Rich also managed the Qualcomm Innovation Network, and was an engineering patent mentor. Prior to joining Qualcomm Rich developed driver level engineering solutions in imaging, 3d rendering and image scanning technologies at multiple start-ups.

Rich has over 25 issued and pending US patent applications, along with a multitude of international filings.

Rich has a B.S. in Mathematics-Computer Science, from the University of California, San Diego

Ron Melanson

EvoNexus Silicon Valley Chief Engineer & Operations

EvoNexus Silicon Valley Chief Engineer & Operations / Fmr. VP Hardware Engineering, Sun Microsystems & Oracle

Ron Melanson serves as Chief Engineer & Operations for EvoNexus Silicon Valley. He previously served as Vice President of Engineering and managed the Hardware Quality Office at Oracle Corp.

As VP of Engineering, he was responsible for Hardware Central Engineering, hardware quality, and customer advocacy. To this capacity, his organization provided customer solutions and best practice guides, competitive benchmarking, application tuning, and advanced compiles. His team also supported compliance, safety and RoHS testing, and certification.

Prior to Oracle, Ron served a dual role at Sun MicroSystems as Distinguished Engineer and Vice President of Engineering. To that capacity, he managed the development of several SRARC CPU programs and lead the development of advanced semiconductor technologies with strategic FAB partners.

Ron’s engineering career before Sun Microsystems was rooted at Digital Equipment Corporation, where Ron served as a consulting engineer developing process technologies, custom chips and EDA tools for the development of VAX and high end systems.

Ron took his B.S. and M.S degrees in E.E. at Northeastern University.

Hem Suri

EvoNexus Fintech Executive In Residence

Founder & Managing Partner, Spark Growth Ventures / EvoNexus Fintech Executive in Residence

Hem is an accomplished investment, board and executive management leader with two decades of experience as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, board professional, investment banker, general management executive as well as a researcher.

Hem currently serves as the Founder & Managing Partner of Spark Growth Ventures, an early-stage technology venture capital firm with a Pan American focus. Previously, he was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ClearVision Equity, a 2x Interim CEO of emerging healthcare companies, an executive of a KKR Private Equity portfolio company, an investment banker on Wall Street as well as a functional leader in multiple Fortune 500 companies in the US.

Hem has also served on over 20 startup and social enterprise boards across US and is heavily involved with several prominent incubators and accelerators in SoCal supporting budding entrepreneurs. He has executed 40+ venture, private equity and M&A transactions with over $2B in total capital spanning over 12 years at Spark Growth Ventures, ClearVision Equity Partners, Deutsche Bank, and a KKR private equity portfolio company.

Hem has an M.B.A. from Harvard, an M.S. from University of Illinois and a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He is passionate about the environment, equality and education for under-privileged children, and loves reading, traveling and active pursuits.

Sumit Tomar

EvoNexus Executive in Residence

EvoNexus Executive in Residence / Fmr. CEO, pSemi 

Sumit Tomar most recently served as the CEO of pSemi Corporation, a Murata subsidiary focused on RF, analog and mixed-signal ICs. Formerly Peregrine Semiconductor, pSemi has over 600 employees and eight offices worldwide.

Prior to joining pSemi in 2017, he held product line management positions at several prominent technology companies, including Qorvo, Texas Instruments and Skyworks Solutions Inc. He has a proven track record of managing design win strategies and driving rapid revenue growth at Tier-1 OEMs in smartphones, telecom infrastructure, industrial and automotive markets.

He received a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee and completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University.

Ashlyn Haines

EvoNexus Marketing/Events Assistant and Office Coordinator

Marketing/Events Assistant and Office Coordinator Ashlyn Haines is a recent California State University, San Marcos graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She continues to be passionate about the field of psychology and social sciences, and how these sciences are applicable to the real world. During her time at California State University, San Marcos she learned about the importance of psychology and understanding the human mind in the field of marketing and events planning. She has also been active in her community as a San Diego local and has worked closely with her local church as the lead coordinator of a leadership team. This as well as her education in psychology has ignited the passion for marketing and events planning as a career path. She is happy to be working as the administrative and marketing/ events intern for EvoNexus.

Kacey Willers

EvoNexus Marketing & Portfolio Management

Marketing & Portfolio Manager Kacey Willers is the Marketing and Events Coordinator at EvoNexus. She works closely with the entire EvoNexus team to develop, strategize, coordinate, create, and deliver all EvoNexus events and marketing materials. Kacey also holds the position of Portfolio Coordinator, where she supports all EvoNexus portfolio companies from application to graduation and everything in between.Kacey was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management from Victoria University of Wellington. Since completing her marketing internship while studying, Kacey has worked in Marketing and Coordinator roles in Wellington, New York, Vancouver, and now San Diego.Outside of EvoNexus, Kacey enjoys learning Spanish, being creative, hiking, and traveling. She has her own woman’s accessories business which keeps her busy in her spare time.

Rory Moore

Rory Moore

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder
Vice Admiral Walter Davis

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.
Richard Baldridge

Richard Baldridge

EvoNexus Chairman, ViaSat
Rob Douglas

Rob Douglas

EvoNexus Vice-Chairman, ResMed Inc.
Steve Rowles

Steve Rowles

EvoNexus Secretary, Morrison Foerster
Tim Holl

Tim Holl

EvoNexus Treasurer, Ernst & Young
John Major

John Major

EvoNexus Chairman Emeritus, Broadcom
Joe Boerio

Joe Boerio

EvoNexus Officer, Franklin Templeton
Derek Aberle

Derek Aberle

XCOM
David Biven

David Biven

Cirrus Logic
Ziad Asghar

Ziad Asghar

Qualcomm
Jordan Becker

Jordan Becker

Bae Systems
Dr. Ivo Bolsens

Dr. Ivo Bolsens

AMD
Rich Christiansen

Rich Christiansen

Kilpatrick Townsend
William Eigner

William Eigner

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP
Burton Goldfield

Burton Goldfield

TriNet
Jason Halac

Jason Halac

Dexcom Ventures
Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

LG Technology Ventures
Bridget Kimball

Bridget Kimball

Intuit
Dr. Richard Kurtz

Dr. Richard Kurtz

Bio-Rad Laboratories
Dr. Quinn Li

Dr. Quinn Li

Qualcomm Ventures
David Marino

David Marino

Hughes Marino
Zachary Myers

Zachary Myers

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Rodd Novak

Rodd Novak

pSemi
Eddy Ortiz

Eddy Ortiz

Royal Bank of Canada
Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

InterDigital
Amir Panush

Amir Panush

TDK InvenSense
Kenneth Rollins

Kenneth Rollins

Cooley LLP
Ted Schilowitz

Ted Schilowitz

Paramount Pictures
Mehul Udani

Mehul Udani

MuRata Americas
Andrew Bolwell

Andrew Bolwell

HP, Inc.
Henry Chang

Henry Chang

Becton Dickinson

Rory Moore

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder / Founder, Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. & Silicon Wave, Inc.

Rory Moore was the seed round investor, co-founder of Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: PSMI), now a Murata Company, one of the world’s leading providers of radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for the wireless communications and aerospace markets. Rory was also the seed round investor and founding CEO of Silicon Wave, Inc., now owned by Qualcomm. Silicon Wave produced the world’s first Bluetooth chips. In 2009 Rory founded a technology incubator called EvoNexus with Vice Admiral Walter Davis, a board member of EvoNexus. A University of Michigan graduate, Rory continues to make angel investments in technology firms throughout the region. His other passions include Unlimited Aerobatic Competition flying, scuba diving and surfing.

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev. / Fmr. Navy N6, Dir. Space Systems, Information Warfare Systems, Command and Control Systems

Vice Admiral Walter J. Davis, USN (Ret) was Navy N6, Director Space systems, Information Warfare systems, Command and Control Systems, and Modeling and Simulation where he directed Navy’s $3.5B IT budget. He is former VP for Business Development at GDE Systems (BAE). He was a Navy fighter pilot, Aircraft Carrier CO, and Battle Group Commander. He served in numerous Navy engineering positions including Navy Engineer for the F-14 and Naval Warfare IT Architect (SPAWAR), He was a co-founder of E-fire. He is an Ohio State University Electrical Engineering graduate. 

Richard Baldridge

EvoNexus Chairman, ViaSat

EvoNexus Chairman / Vice Chairman, ViaSat

Rick Baldridge is the Vice Chairman of Viasat, Inc. and has been a director since 2016. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in November 2020 and assumed the role of Vice Chairman in July 2022. Mr. Baldridge is focused on the remaining steps to closing the Inmarsat acquisition, and the organizational integration planning and execution strategy to position the combined companies to achieve the financial and operational objectives underpinning the transaction – including cost, capital, and revenue synergies already identified. Mr. Baldridge joined ViaSat in April 1999 as vice president and chief financial officer, added the positions of executive vice president and COO in July 2000, and was appointed president in November 2003. During his tenure, ViaSat has grown organically and through acquisitions by more than a factor of 10, to a multi-billion dollar enterprise. His leadership has helped build the organization from a small business to a major prime contractor and technology partner to companies worldwide, including a transition from a product manufacturer to a global service provider.

Mr. Baldridge came to ViaSat from Raytheon Corporation where he was vice president and general manager of its Raytheon Training Systems division. With over 4,000 employees in the division, his responsibilities included day-to-day management including marketing, legal, finance, and overall management. Other experience includes roles as chief operating officer, CFO, and VP of finance and administration for Hughes Information Systems and Hughes Training Inc., before the divisions were acquired by Raytheon in 1997. Mr. Baldridge also held various senior management roles within General Dynamics Corporation.

Mr. Baldridge graduated with a B.S. degree in business administration, and an emphasis in information systems from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, where he is a member of the NMSU School of Business Hall of Fame. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of EvoNexus.

Rob Douglas

EvoNexus Vice-Chairman, ResMed Inc.

EvoNexus Vice-Chairman / President & COO, ResMed Inc.

Rob Douglas, President and Chief Operating Officer of ResMed Inc., in San Diego, California has over 25 years experience in operations and marketing for high-tech medical device and E-commerce solution sector leaders. ResMed Inc. is a global medical device company in the treatment of Sleep Disorder Breathing listed on the NYSE and the Australian Stock Exchange, with a market cap of ≈ U.S. $10B. Earlier, he was Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific & Global Supply Chain leading Asia Pacific sales and sales operations in Japan, Australia, China, India, Middle East, North Africa and ASEAN countries. Mr. Douglas joined ResMed Inc. as Vice President of Corporate Marketing becoming Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer Sydney.

Previously, he was General Manager of Strategy and New Business and a member of the Executive Management Team at Keycorp Ltd., an electronic commerce company developing and marketing a range of products for secure electronic financial transactions, based in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Douglas began his career with Telectronics Pty. Ltd. an Australian medical electronics company that designed, manufactured, and globally marketed implantable cardiac pacemakers and implantable defibrillators based in Sydney.

Formerly, Mr. Douglas was a member of the Board of Directors of Continence Control Systems International and its predecessor company Colocare Ltd. Currently, he serves as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of EvoNexus. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and is a member of its Executive Committee. He is a past Director of the Australian Science Media Center and former member of the Business Council of Australia.

Mr. Douglas earned an MBA from Macquarie University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with first-class honors and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences from the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Steve Rowles

EvoNexus Secretary, Morrison Foerster

EvoNexus Secretary / Managing Partner, Morrison Foerster

Mr. Rowles has over 20 years experience as corporate counsel to public and private companies and the venture funds that invest in those companies. Mr. Rowles has extensive industry experience in both the technology and life sciences arenas. Mr. Rowles’ practice includes venture capital financings, venture fund formation, public securities offerings and corporate governance counseling, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing and corporate partnering transactions. He has served as lead counsel on myriad mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions, including public offerings aggregating in excess of $1 billion dollars in proceeds and over 100 acquisition transactions.

Tim Holl

EvoNexus Treasurer, Ernst & Young

EvoNexus Treasurer / Partner, Ernst & Young

Tim Holl is currently a Partner in the San Diego office of Ernst & Young after transferring from the San Francisco office. Tim is focused on serving companies in the semiconductor, software and tele- communication industries. Tim is a leader in Ernst & Young’s education and audit methodology efforts as well. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the AICPA. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a B.S. in business economics.

John Major

EvoNexus Chairman Emeritus, Broadcom

EvoNexus Chairman Emeritus / Fmr. Chairman, Broadcom

John Major is the Founder and President of MTSG, a strategic consulting business specializing in emerging opportunities. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of Apacheta, a wireless applications company, and he was Chairman and CEO of Novatel Wireless, a provider of wireless data access solutions for PDA’s and laptops, where he led the company’s successful IPO in the fall of 2000. Before Novatel Wireless, Mr. Major was Chairman and CEO of Wireless Knowledge, a joint venture of QUALCOMM Incorporated and Microsoft Corporation, and held various positions at Motorola, Inc. including Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. At Motorola, his team launched iDEN, the first technology to offer dispatch on cellular and the protocol used by Nextel Communications. Mr. Major currently serves as a director of three public companies: Orbcomm, Lennox International, Inc. and Littelfuse. He Chairs the La Jolla Institute and the University of Illinois Chicago Engineering School Advisory Board. He is Chairman of Pulse Electronics. He was formerly Chairman and Lead Director at Broadcom. Major received a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Rochester, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Loyola University. He has twelve US patents.

Joe Boerio

EvoNexus Officer, Franklin Templeton

EvoNexus Officer / EVP, Chief Risk & Transformation Officer, Franklin Templeton Investments (BEN)Joe Boerio is the Executive Vice President, Chief Risk & Transformation Officer for Franklin Templeton Investments. As CTO, he has the responsibility for setting and executing the firm’s strategic technology direction for Investment Management, Data Science and Cyber Security. These areas include, investment management DevOps & applications development, data science & analytics, market & alternative data services, FT’s internal FinTech venture, cyber security, enterprise vendor management, rapid development and incubation. Mr. Boerio is a strong visionary global leader passionate about business value and innovative transformations with 30+ years of proven execution results in enterprise information technology, operational excellence and global business enablement. Mr. Boerio is also the Chair of the Investment Company Institute Technology Committee based out of Washington DC and serves on the Board of the FinTech Sandbox in Boston.Prior to joining Franklin Templeton Investments, Mr. Boerio worked for Mariners Systems, a software development firm that specialized in developing software applications and communication systems focused on infrastructure delivery for worldwide transportation customers.Mr. Boerio earned his bachelor’s degree in information systems management from the University of San Francisco.

Derek Aberle

XCOM

Co-Founder, President & COO, XCOM / Fmr. President, Qualcomm

Derek K. Aberle is co-founder, president and chief operating officer of XCOM, oversees XCOM’s strategy, business development, investment activity and operations.. XCOM is inventing and investing in wireless technologies to propel the next mobile revolution.

Aberle was formerly the president of Qualcomm Incorporated and was responsible for the oversight for all business divisions across the organization, as well as the company’s global market development and marketing groups. Aberle was also responsible for formulating and driving key strategies for diversifying and growing the company in both Qualcomm’s core businesses, as well as new business opportunities such as data center and mobile healthcare solutions. He served as a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee since 2008, helping to drive Qualcomm’s overall global strategy. In recent years Aberle also has been instrumental to evolving and expanding Qualcomm’s business in China, including leading negotiations with the Chinese Government and establishing important new business ventures in China.

Prior to his role as President, Aberle served as executive vice president of Qualcomm Incorporated, and group president, as well as president of Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL). He was responsible for overseeing Qualcomm’s technology and IP licensing business as well as Qualcomm’s earlier stage businesses such as its mobile health, platform, display and wireless charging businesses.

Starting in 2008, Aberle led the QTL division and held several roles within this division, including executive vice president and president, and senior vice president and general manager. He has been instrumental to the success and growth of this division, and, under his leadership, QTL has significantly grown both revenues and profits and established its 4G licensing program. For well over a decade, he has played a leading role in structuring and negotiating key license agreements with Qualcomm’s licensees. He has also contributed heavily to the creation and implementation of the legal and business strategies that led to the resolution of several of the company’s licensing-related disputes.

Aberle joined Qualcomm in 2000 after representing the company as outside counsel for several years at the law firms of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro and Heller Ehrman. Aberle holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude.

David Biven

Cirrus Logic

Director of Corporate Development, Cirrus Logic
David Biven is the Director of Corporate Development at Cirrus Logic. Cirrus Logic is a leading supplier of low-power, high- precision mixed-signal processing solutions for mobile and consumer applications.
David has more 13 years of experience with Cirrus Logic where he has led their team in several positions including, business development, product marketing, and corporate development. David holds a B.S. in electrical and electronics engineering from Christian Brothers University.Cirrus Logic has a robust portfolio of sophisticated low-power products including boosted amplifiers, smart codecs, camera controllers, haptic driver and sensing solutions, power conversion and control ICs, and fast-charging ICs. These solutions have innovative technology, software and associated algorithms incorporated. With a strong intellectual property portfolio and extensive mixed- signal expertise, Cirrus Logic is well-positioned to drive innovation and growth in the evolving markets for audio and high-performance mixed-signal processing technologies.

Ziad Asghar

Qualcomm

Vice President, Product Management - Snapdragon Technologies & Roadmap, QualcommZiad Asghar is vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies Inc. (QTI). He leads Snapdragon roadmap planning and application processor technologies, covering all smartphone platform products. Ziad drives the definition of products, ensuring that our products lead in technology and enable best-in-class user experiences while making tradeoffs between features, power, performance and cost. He leads application processor technologies including artificial intelligence, camera, graphics, CPU, audio, video and security. He has more than 20 years of experience in the wireless semiconductor industry where he has held a broad set of leadership positions from R&D to product management. Ziad holds an MBA from UCSD and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University and Southern Methodist University

Jordan Becker

Bae Systems

VP & GM Geospatial Intelligence & C4ISR, Bae Systems

Jordan Becker was formerly Vice President and General Manager for the Geospatial Intelligence and C4ISR (GeoINT-ISR) business area within the Intelligence and Security Sector at BAE Systems, Inc. This business supports solutions for US Government customers within the intelligence and defense communities. GeoINT-ISR is a leader in the development of geospatial intelligence storage and management, and systems for geo-positioning that employ photogrammetry, data analytics and meta-data management for full motion video geo-registration, human geography, airborne vehicle routing, and targeting.

Prior to joining BAE Systems, Inc., Jordan Becker was Senior Vice President at Science Applications International (SAIC) and the Chief Technical Officer for SAIC’s Information Technology and Network Services business. Mr. Becker was responsible for strategic planning, and research & development. Mr. Becker’s Group supported SAIC’s commercial, federal and civil government markets. Mr. Becker was also a senior advisor to BP Corp. Mr. Becker joined SAIC in January 2000 reporting to the CEO and Chairman.Prior to joining SAIC in March 2000, Mr. Becker was Vice President with UUNET Technologies, a global Internet company. Mr. Becker joined UUNET as part of the acquisition of ANS Communications Inc. in 1998. At UUNET, Mr. Becker had responsibility for a 500 person business unit that generated ~$1.2B representing 30% of UUNET revenues at the time. In addition to running the AOL business for UUNET, Mr. Becker managed supplier relationships, Internet technology development, engineering, operations, and planning for services for AOL.

Prior to UUNET, Mr. Becker was one of the founding executives at ANS Communications Inc. in 1990 where he helped grow the company prior to the sale of the company to America Online in February 1995. At ANS Mr. Becker was responsible for service development, engineering, operations, market support, and strategic planning. Mr. Becker assisted AOL with the sale of ANS (a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL) to UUNET Technologies in February 1998. Following the sale of ANS to UUNET, Mr. Becker was the acting ANS CEO overseeing the integration of the company within UUNET.

Prior to the formation of ANS in 1990, Mr. Becker was an Internet pioneer and technologist at IBM Research from 1982-1990 where he received several technology awards and held numerous management positions. Mr. Becker’s responsibilities at IBM Research included engineering and project management for the National Science Foundation Internet backbone (NSFNET), supercomputing systems development, and other information technology projects.

Mr. Becker holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Director of CommNexus San Diego, and a pioneer member of the Internet Society. Mr. Becker is married with 3 children, and lives in San Diego California.

Dr. Ivo Bolsens

AMD

Senior Vice President, AMD

Ivo Bolsens is now the Senior Vice President of AMD, which acquired Xilinx in 2022. Prior to the acquisition, he held the title of Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), with responsibility for advanced technology development, Xilinx research laboratories (XRL) and Xilinx university program (XUP).

Bolsens came to Xilinx in June 2001 from the Belgium-based research center IMEC, where he was vice president of information and communication systems. His research included the development of knowledge-based verification for VLSI circuits, design of digital signal processing applications, and wireless communication terminals. He also headed the research on design technology for high-level synthesis of DSP hardware, HW/SW co-design and system-on-chip design.

Bolsens holds a PhD in applied science and an MSEE from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

Rich Christiansen

Kilpatrick Townsend

Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend

Rich Christiansen is a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, a multi-practice international law firm. Rich’s clients range from multinationals to early-stage startups. Rich focuses his practice on patent prosecution and transactional intellectual property for a broad range of technologies in the software, mechanical, and electrical spaces. With Rich’s help, clients have received patents for medical devices, artificial intelligence, electro-mechanical systems, online security and content delivery, heavy equipment, fintech, and clean technology. Rich’s transactional practice focuses on helping his clients buy/sell companies and assets, complete investment rounds, and negotiate license agreements. In addition to this, Rich helps his clients bring products to the market by identifying and mitigating risks arising from competitor patents.

Before launching his legal career, Rich was a design engineer at Raytheon Missile System where he participated in the development and testing of a new weapon system and was involved in the development of diesel injection systems at Siemens VDO. Rich has been involved with many startups and new companies, including as a founder, and as a mentor.

Rich is fluent in German. He obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

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William Eigner

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP

Partner, Business/Technology Team at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

William Eigner has been called “the go-to guy for M&A and emerging companies” and has often been recognized as a Top Attorney in San Diego.  A partner at Procopio, San Diego’s largest law firm, with offices in Menlo Park, Austin and clients around the world, Eigner’s practice emphasizes venture capital, angel financing, seed capital and the financing, governing, operating, buying, selling and merging of growing and established technology and other businesses. Eigner serves as a director of San Diego Venture Group and of FHOOSH, Inc., an award winning cybersecurity company that protects and powers data for business, government and consumers. He also serves on the board of advisers of Encore Semi, NewBlue Inc. and other companies.  A former U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Intern, Eigner graduated from Stanford and the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Burton Goldfield

TriNet

President & CEO, TriNet

Since 2008, Burton M. Goldfield has served as president and CEO of TriNet, a strategic partner to small businesses for payroll, HR, benefits, employment law compliance and risk reduction. Burton has more than 25 years of experience in sales, operational, and technology leadership positions and is known for driving product innovation and business growth. Since joining TriNet, Burton has transformed the company into the largest independent cloud-based HR provider and Professional Employer Organization (PEO). With offices throughout America, TriNet serves more than 8,000 customers and over 210,000 employees. Its services allow small businesses to regain focus on executing their visions and growing their businesses while TriNet manages their payroll taxes, day-to-day HR, employment law compliance, and conformity with the Affordable Care Act. TriNet’s revenue exceeded $250M in 2012 and has more than tripled during Burton’s tenure. To expand TriNet’s market reach and strengthen the company’s ability to serve more clients than ever before, he led the company to acquire LMC, Gevity, AccordHR, SOI and ExpenseCloud. In addition, Burton invested heavily in the company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technology platform, leveraging his background from Hyperion, IBM, and Rational Software. Prior to TriNet, Burton was CEO at Ketera Technologies, a Santa Clara-based SaaS provider to FORTUNE 2000 companies. Before that, Burton served as senior vice president, worldwide field operations at Hyperion Solutions Corporation and vice president of worldwide sales for IBM Corporation’s Rational Software division. Burton received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from Villanova University. In 2010, the San Francisco Business Times named him a Most Admired CEO.

Jason Halac

Dexcom Ventures

Senior Director, Dexcom Ventures

Jason is the co-founder of Dexcom Ventures where he leads technology scouting and strategic pipeline development.  He is a seasoned innovator in the medical device field and a key contributor in Dexcom product development over the past decade.

Committed to Dexcom’s mission of ”Empowering people to take control of diabetes" he has advanced the simplicity, reliability, and comfort of Dexcom’s continuous glucose monitoring systems.  Jason has been a prolific inventor and is named on well over 100 worldwide patents and patent applications.

With Dexcom Ventures, Jason is chartered with building a portfolio as value-added strategic investors by leveraging access to Dexcom’s unique industry expertise and technology leadership.

Prior to Dexcom, Jason held a variety of engineering and leadership roles as a consultant and with Black and Decker.  He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from San Diego State University.

Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

LG Technology Ventures

CEO & Board Member, LG Technology Ventures

Dong-Su Kim is the CEO and board member of LG Technology Ventures. He has over twenty-five years of investment, strategy, planning, and technology experience. As the founding CEO, Dong-Su established the fund structure, hired key people, and initiated investment operations. Under his guidance, LG Technology Ventures manages over $400 million of fund assets and invests in early-stage information technology, automotive, manufacturing, life-sciences, energy, and advanced materials companies. Portfolio companies include AmazeVR, Lygos, May Mobility, and Ridecell.

Previously, Dong-Su was Vice President and GM of Samsung Ventures America where he managed offices in Menlo Park, Boston, London, and Tel Aviv. He has led the investment of over thirty companies in diverse sectors including semiconductors (Soft Machines, Verisilicon, Wave Computing), equipment (DCG Systems, IMS, Reno Subsystems), materials (Nanosys, NexPlanar, Voltaix), and storage systems (Pure Storage).

Prior to joining Samsung Ventures, he was a Director at Asia Evolution, an investment bank in Korea covering mid-market financing, private placement, and M&As.

Before that, he was a Director at the Technology Strategy Office of Samsung Electronics. As the CTO’s staff, he was responsible for strategic venture investments and technology alliances. He also worked in technology planning for Samsung’s Telecom R&D center, responsible for discovering new research topics. Dong-Su started his professional career as a Technical Leader at Samsung Fiber Optics Business Unit in development of fiber optic components.

His past Board Director appointments include Datera, Digital Specialty Chemicals, Femtometrix, Inpria, Reno Subsystems, SBA Materials, SVXR, D2S, DCG Systems (acquired by FEI), NexPlanar (acquired by Cabot), Voltaix (acquired by Air Liquide), Panasas, and Pixtronix (acquired by Qualcomm). Dong-Su also served on the Investment Advisory Committee for Sierra Ventures.

Dong-Su has earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, and a B.S. with Honors in Applied Physics from California Institute of Technology.

Bridget Kimball

Intuit

VP Engineering & Chief Architect, Consumer Group, Intuit

Bridget is VP Engineering, Fellow, and Chief Architect at Intuit’s Consumer Group, focusing on products for personal tax and finance management. Previous to Intuit, she was at Comcast and served as President of a joint venture developing next generation conditional access and security products for the cable industry. She has also held senior engineering roles at Motorola, Copper Mountain Networks, General Instrument and Hughes Space and Communications Group.

She has received numerous industry awards and recognition, including 2016 CableFax Most Powerful Women in Cable (Technology Award) in 2016, and has a strong commitment to mentoring the next generation of women in technology. She also has served on the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, was a past mentor for Athena, and volunteered as a troop leader and mentor for the Girl Scouts of America.

Bridget has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC) and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California State Polytechnic University. She has also completed the Executive Program for Scientists and Engineers (EPSE) at the University of California, San Diego, and an executive leadership program through the Center for Creative Leadership. She holds 5 US patents.

Dr. Richard Kurtz

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Senior Director, Corporate Business Development, Bio-Rad Laboratories

Richard Kurtz, Ph.D. is a Senior Director of Corporate Business Development for Bio-Rad Laboratories, a life science research and clinical diagnostics company that has been serving customers worldwide since 1952. In his current role, Richard reports to the company’s Chief Strategy officer and executes corporate strategies to deliver long-term company growth, focusing on acquisitions, partnerships and technology licensing in both Life Science and Clinical Diagnostics. Richard also coordinates Bio-Rad Corporate Venture Fund investments in start-up companies with innovative products and technologies focusing on research, diagnostics and health care.

Richard has 15 years of industry experience. Previously, Richard was the Marketing Director for the Life Science Gene Expression Division, a role in which he managed long-term product-line strategies, product development and global commercialization activities for one of Bio-Rad’s largest Life Science product portfolios. He has extensive experience in strategic business planning, technology assessment, product development and commercialization. Richard received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Northwestern University prior to transitioning into industry.

BIO : (NYSE) Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets a broad range of products for the life science research and clinical diagnostics markets.

Dr. Quinn Li

Qualcomm Ventures

SVP & Global Head, Qualcomm Ventures

Quinn oversees Qualcomm’s $1B global venture investment portfolio of 150+ companies across seven global regions. Quinn and his team invest in key areas such as 5G, AI, Automotive, IoT and Networking to help expand Qualcomm’s ecosystem of customers and partners. He currently serves as a board member or observer in Airspan, ClearMotion, Cohesity, Innovium, Pensando and RetailNext. Quinn has led over a dozen investments with successful exits in A123 Systems, Eero, InvenSense, Powercloud Systems and Zoom.

Quinn started his career as an engineer working on 3G wireless technology and standards development at Lucent Technologies. Prior to joining Qualcomm Ventures, he worked in product management and business development in IBM Systems and Technology Group. Earlier, he worked on wireless technology development at Broadcom.

Quinn received his MBA from Cornell University, and his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

David Marino

Hughes Marino

Co-Founder & EVP, Hughes Marino

David Marino is a principal and executive vice president of Hughes Marino, the largest tenant representation company in San Diego. David specializes in high-value, time-critical and complex transactions for technology, life science and business service companies. He is an expert in the strategic planning, market assessment, financial analysis, business terms structuring and negotiations aspects of commercial real estate. David is a licensed California Real Estate Broker and has been exclusively representing tenants since 1991, completing over 11,000,000 square feet, comprised of over 1,000 transactions. Between 1989 and 1991, David worked at Trammell Crow Company, then the largest commercial real estate owner in the U.S. where he learned the business from the landlord side of the table. David has a broad business background as an early stage angel investor in over twenty companies and is a LP in venture capital funds including Mission Ventures, Windward Ventures, Hamilton Bioventures and Avalon Ventures.

Zachary Myers

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & RosatiZach Myers is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he specializes in corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and general corporate representation. He represents private and public companies in the technology and life sciences sectors—especially biotechnology and medical device companies—in complex, high-value transactions.  He has represented a number of leading companies in venture capital financings, helping them raise millions of dollars needed to fund, grow, and expand their businesses. He has also assisted numerous clients that have gone public, listing on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ markets.

Rodd Novak

pSemi

VP Corporate Planning & Development, pSemi

Rodd Novak is the VP of Corporate Planning and Development for pSemi Corporation with more than 20 years of executive-level experience.  A well-rounded corporate strategist, he has successfully built and led international business divisions from inception to profitability.  Rodd originally joined pSemi in 2002 and held multiple positions including Chief Marketing Officer, VP of Marketing, Sales and Business Development.  Under his leadership, pSemi increased revenue at a 30% CAGR for 10yrs, created three business units and expanded its global sales network. Before that, Rodd held positions with CTS Corporation, Northrop Grumman/Xetron and interned at Comsat Laboratories. Rodd received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and his MBA from Xavier University.

Eddy Ortiz

Royal Bank of Canada

VP of Innovation & Solution Acceleration, Royal Bank of Canada

 Eddy, the Vice President of Solution Acceleration & Innovation at RBC, is responsible for driving disruptive digital innovation. With labs in Toronto, San Francisco, London, Luxembourg, New York & Orlando, RBC is partnering with a diverse set of players, including startups & academia, to access & drive emerging trends.

For almost 20 years, Eddy has been key in leading RBC’s digital strategy, including the launch of the first mobile banking application, the invention & patent of Secure Cloud technology, and maintains uniquely strong relationships with Silicon Valley.

Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

InterDigital

EVP, Chief Technology Officer, Interdigital Rajesh Pankaj is InterDigital’s EVP, Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s technology vision and strategy and advancing the company’s technology roadmaps. Dr. Pankaj works closely with other executives to partner with internal R&I efforts, external investments and corporate development in executing the company’s technology vision.Dr. Rajesh Pankaj is an inventor and a technology executive with deep expertise in wireless research in 3G, 4G and 5G and in emerging areas like deep learning. He joined InterDigital in July 2022 from Qualcomm where he oversaw research in 5G, 4G LTE, augmented reality and other technologies, contributing to an industry-leading wireless and mobile computing patent portfolio. During his 25-year tenure, Dr. Pankaj most recently served as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Head of Corporate R&D, managing a global team of engineers focused on Artificial Intelligence, Edge Computing and new technologies.A prolific innovator, Dr. Pankaj is an inventor or co-inventor on 230 patents worldwide.Dr. Pankaj holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree of technology in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Amir Panush

TDK InvenSense

President & CEO, TDK InvenSense

Amir Panush joined InvenSense in April 2015 to head the company’s Strategy & Corporate Development where he drove strategic expansion and diversification, ultimately leading to successful acquisition by TDK. Since the merger completion in 2017 and until 2019 he served as VP & General Manager of the Motion and Pressure Business Unit, from 2019 to February 2020 as Deputy GM & Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the MEMS Business Group, and now serves as President and CEO of TDK-InvenSense. Prior to joining InvenSense, Amir served as Senior Director Product Management and Business development of IoE/IoT Client business at Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM). Prior to that, he was Director of Automotive Product Management of Qualcomm Atheros division where he grew the business from inception to widespread adoption by tier 1 automotive customers. Prior to Qualcomm, Amir led strategic marketing and partnerships at Atheros Communications (acquired by Qualcomm). His earlier industry roles spanned software engineering and project management leadership at Texas Instruments and Comsys Mobile (acquired by Intel).

Amir holds a Master of Business Administration from Haas Business School, University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree, Cum Laude, in Computer Science from Technion Institute of Technology in Israel.

Kenneth Rollins

Cooley LLP

Partner, Cooley LLP

Mr. Rollins has a general corporate transactional practice, representing emerging and late stage private companies and public companies in a wide range of corporate and securities matters, including private financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, strategic collaborations, commercial agreements, corporate governance matters, and employment and compensation arrangements. He also advises venture capital firms in connection with financings and other transactions.

Mr. Rollins is counsel to companies in diverse industries, including information technology, biotechnology, medical device, retail, semiconductor, software and cleantech. His clients range from start-ups to public companies with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues.

Ted Schilowitz

Paramount Pictures

Futurist, Paramount Pictures

Ted spends his time in a unique role in the motion picture entertainment industry. As the Futurist at Paramount pictures, Ted works with studio leadership and the technology teams at Paramount / Viacom, exploring forms of new and emerging technologies, with an emphasis on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Prior to joining Paramount, Ted was the Futurist at 20th Century Fox, where he worked on the evolving art, science, and technology of advanced interactive visual storytelling. He was part of the creation team for the Martian VR and Wild VR experiences, which premiered at CES and Sundance as groundbreaking projects that pushed the envelope of Virtual Reality storytelling. Ted was an integral part of the product development team at RED Digital Cinema as a founding member and the company’s first employee. The Red One and Epic cameras have made a significant impact on the Motion Picture Industry, with many of the world’s biggest movies now being shot with these ultra-high-resolution digital movie cameras. Ted is one of the founders and creators of the G-Tech product line of advanced hard drive storage products.

PARAMOUNT PICTURESParamount Pictures Corporation (also known simply as Paramount) is an American film studio that is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS. It is the fifth oldest surviving film studio in the world, the second oldest in the United States, and the sole member of the “Big Five” film studios still located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood.

Mehul Udani

MuRata Americas

Vice President, Corporate Technology & Innovation, MuRata Americas

Mehul is focused on leveraging the innovation continuum to drive Murata’s growth in North America. From ideation to implementation, this includes new business creation, incubation, investment opportunities, and strategic partnerships. His market areas of expertise intersect numerous industries: healthcare, energy, mobility, connectivity, and wireless.

Mehul has 25 years of Semiconductor, Wireless, Sales, Technical Marketing and Business Development experience. He has a proven track record for cultivating business in new segments, launching new product strategies, creating successful business partnerships, and growing revenue.

He received his BS in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and MS from Johns Hopkins University.

Andrew Bolwell

HP, Inc.

Chief Disrupter and Global Head of Tech Ventures and Incubation, HP, Inc.  Andrew Bolwell is Chief Disrupter and Global Head of Tech Ventures and Incubation at HP where he drives new business creation for HP's Strategy and Incubation Office, and is Managing Partner of HP Tech Ventures, the corporate VC arm of Silicon Valley’s original startup.  In this role Andrew and his team drive new business creation activities for HP to identify and launch new market segments, products and business models that will help shape HP’s future growth.As Managing Partner for HP Tech Ventures, Andrew is responsible for HP’s partnership and investment activities with start-ups.  With teams in Palo Alto and Israel, HP Tech Ventures makes early-stage investments in the world’s leading start-ups in industry shifting technology areas including Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Manufacturing, Security, Digital Health, VR/AR, Gaming & eSports, and 3D Printing.As one of HP’s lead futurists, Andrew is also responsible for HP thought leadership and industry evangelism. In this role Andrew is a sought-after keynote speaker, recognized futurist, blogger and HP spokesperson for global megatrends, new business creation, innovation, emerging technology trends and new, disruptive technologies.  He has been widely quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, The Financial Times, The Economist, Reuters, CNET, Information Week and Le Monde, among others. He has also appeared as a spokesperson and industry expert on ABC News with Charles Gibson and ABC News Now, and featured on BBC’s Tech Tent.Prior to this role, Andrew was General Manager of a number of successful HP businesses, including co-founder and CEO of MagCloud, an online self-publishing service that Andrew helped incubate and grow from concept to a high-growth, multimillion-dollar business.Andrew is a graduate of the Venture Capital Executive Program at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and the Accelerated Leadership Executive Program at Harvard Business School. He graduated magna cum laude from Monash University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with first class honors. A native Australian, Andrew has lived and worked in the US, Australia, and Japan. He currently resides in Santa Cruz, California with his wife and two daughters.

Henry Chang

Becton Dickinson

Worldwide Vice President, Strategy, and Business Development of Medication Management Solutions (MMS), BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) Henry is Worldwide Vice President, Strategy and Business Development of Medication Management Solutions (MMS), a global leader in medication management with market-leading product lines such as BD PyxisTM, BD RowaTM, BD AlarisTM Infusion Solutions, and the BD HealthSightTM platform for enterprise medication management.He is responsible for driving thought leadership around strategic innovation, strategy development, business development and strategic execution. He is a global business executive who leads with inspiration and energizes teams through critical periods of growth. Most recently, his team successful led the acquisitions and integrations of MedBank, GSL, MedKeeper, and Parata Systems, deploying roughly $1.8B of investment capital.Prior to BD, Henry was Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at 3M Company where he was responsible for the creation and leadership of 3M Connect, 3M’s venture capital and innovation hub that closed 15 venture deals and enhanced 3M’s digital footprint. Additionally, Henry directed 3M’s Integration Management Office, leading 3M’s largest and 3rd largest acquisitions. He also VP Strategy and Business Development for 3M Healthcare. Prior to joining 3M, he worked in private equity, investment banking and consulting as well as held operational roles in the consumer products and technology industries.Henry holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He served as Vice Chairman and board member of Children’s Minnesota Hospitals & Foundation.

Rory Moore

Rory Moore

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder
Vice Admiral Walter Davis

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.
Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA

Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA

EvoNexus President & COO
Rich Stewart

Rich Stewart

EvoNexus Chief Product Officer & 5G Portfolio Director
Ron Melanson

Ron Melanson

EvoNexus Silicon Valley Chief Engineer & Operations
Marco Thompson

Marco Thompson

Express Ventures
Mike Twyman

Mike Twyman

EvoNexus Director of Dual-Use Technology & Applications
Behrooz Abdi

Behrooz Abdi

TDK InvenSense
Alex Arrow, M.D.

Alex Arrow, M.D.

Carlsmed
Ziad Asghar

Ziad Asghar

Qualcomm
Andy Ballester

Andy Ballester

GoFundMe
Charles Bergan

Charles Bergan

Qualcomm
Dr. Ivo Bolsens

Dr. Ivo Bolsens

AMD
Matt Borer

Matt Borer

BD Biosciences
John Buhler

John Buhler

OmniGuide Holdings
Ross Bundy

Ross Bundy

Cardea Bio
Mike Cordonnier

Mike Cordonnier

Carlsmed
Frank Creede

Frank Creede

Mentor, Fmr. Anterix
Suzie Dergham

Suzie Dergham

Guru
John DeNuzzio Ph.D.

John DeNuzzio Ph.D.

Becton Dickenson
Dr. Moudy Elbayadi

Dr. Moudy Elbayadi

Shutterfly, Inc.
Todd Friedman

Todd Friedman

ResMed
Dr. Rakhi Garg

Dr. Rakhi Garg

Philips Healthcare
Adam Gould

Adam Gould

Lynq Technologies
Matt Grob

Matt Grob

XCOM
Jason Halac

Jason Halac

Dexcom Ventures
Gary Hayslip

Gary Hayslip

SoftBank Investment Advisors
Mark Hellinger

Mark Hellinger

Mentor, Fmr. Xyleme
Kristi Jaska

Kristi Jaska

ViaSat
Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins

Innovations Realized LLC
Stephen Joseph

Stephen Joseph

Brex
John Kaewall

John Kaewall

InterDigital, Inc.
Prashant Kantak

Prashant Kantak

Mentor, Fmr. Qualcomm Ventures
Pankaj Kedia

Pankaj Kedia

Qualcomm
Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

LG Technology Ventures
Bridget Kimball

Bridget Kimball

Intuit
John D. King

John D. King

Hyperlight Energy
Kim Davis King

Kim Davis King

StartR & mstartupx, UCSD
Jason Knapp

Jason Knapp

ViaSat
Tolga Kurtoglu

Tolga Kurtoglu

Frmr. Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of HP Lab
Dr. Richard Kurtz

Dr. Richard Kurtz

Bio-Rad Laboratories
Ryan Lakin

Ryan Lakin

Abbott
Gregg Landis, M.D.

Gregg Landis, M.D.

Northwell Health
Charlie Liu

Charlie Liu

Strike
Rich Longo

Rich Longo

Mambu
Jeff Lorbeck, Ph.D.

Jeff Lorbeck, Ph.D.

Qualcomm
Giovanni Magni

Giovanni Magni

Mentor, Fmr. Bio-Rad Laboratories
Jeremy Malecha

Jeremy Malecha

Biocanic
Ziad Mansour

Ziad Mansour

Mentor, Fmr. Qualcomm
Massimo Mascaro, Ph.D.

Massimo Mascaro, Ph.D.

Google
Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

Fabric8 Labs
Geoffrey Mayne

Geoffrey Mayne

HP Inc.
Marques McCammon

Marques McCammon

Ricardo North America
Elan Mevasse

Elan Mevasse

City National Bank
Howard Mirowitz

Howard Mirowitz

Cove Fund II
Oliver Mitchell

Oliver Mitchell

ff Venture Capital
Robert Mittendorff, M.D.

Robert Mittendorff, M.D.

B Capital Group
Dr. Anton Monk

Dr. Anton Monk

ViaSat
Michael Moreno

Michael Moreno

Amazon Web Services
Malek Moubasher

Malek Moubasher

Agora Neos, Inc.
Nandhu Nandhakumar

Nandhu Nandhakumar

LG Electronics
Meenu Annamalai

Meenu Annamalai

T Rowe Price Associates
Carlos Nunez, M.D.

Carlos Nunez, M.D.

ResMed
Peter Oneppo

Peter Oneppo

SerenityEHS
Ernie Ozaki

Ernie Ozaki

Qualcomm
Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

InterDigital
Amir Panush

Amir Panush

TDK InvenSense
Christopher Rowan

Christopher Rowan

Arscientia
Barry Sandrew

Barry Sandrew

The ARIA Network
Peter Schaffer

Peter Schaffer

Avantax Wealth Management
Ted Schilowitz

Ted Schilowitz

Paramount Pictures
Brad Schoening

Brad Schoening

Privacy Logistics
Dr. Nambi Seshadri

Dr. Nambi Seshadri

Mentor, Fmr. Broadcom
Chris Shimojima

Chris Shimojima

Mentor, Fmr. Provide Commerce
Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan

KeySight Technologies
Hem Suri

Hem Suri

EvoNexus Fintech Executive In Residence
Andy Taylor

Andy Taylor

FRMR Credit Karma
Michael Thiemann

Michael Thiemann

Zebit
Sumit Tomar

Sumit Tomar

EvoNexus Executive in Residence
Paddy Underwood

Paddy Underwood

Clubhouse
Pieter Van Rooyen

Pieter Van Rooyen

Pleno
Dr. Paul Voois

Dr. Paul Voois

Investor, Fmr. ClariPhy
David Whelan

David Whelan

Cubic
Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

Investor, Fmr. LPL Financial
Jacob Woodruff, Ph.D.

Jacob Woodruff, Ph.D.

EMD Electronics
Dr. Byung K. Yi

Dr. Byung K. Yi

Mentor, Fmr. InterDigital, Inc.
Jauher Zaidi

Jauher Zaidi

Palmchip Corporation
Jeff Cunningham

Jeff Cunningham

Lockheed Martin Ventures
Albert Wang

Albert Wang

Qualcomm Ventures

Rory Moore

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder / Founder, Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. & Silicon Wave, Inc.

Rory Moore was the seed round investor, co-founder of Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: PSMI), now a Murata Company, one of the world’s leading providers of radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for the wireless communications and aerospace markets. Rory was also the seed round investor and founding CEO of Silicon Wave, Inc., now owned by Qualcomm. Silicon Wave produced the world’s first Bluetooth chips. In 2009 Rory founded a technology incubator called EvoNexus with Vice Admiral Walter Davis, a board member of EvoNexus. A University of Michigan graduate, Rory continues to make angel investments in technology firms throughout the region. His other passions include Unlimited Aerobatic Competition flying, scuba diving and surfing.

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev. / Fmr. Navy N6, Dir. Space Systems, Information Warfare Systems, Command and Control Systems

Vice Admiral Walter J. Davis, USN (Ret) was Navy N6, Director Space systems, Information Warfare systems, Command and Control Systems, and Modeling and Simulation where he directed Navy’s $3.5B IT budget. He is former VP for Business Development at GDE Systems (BAE). He was a Navy fighter pilot, Aircraft Carrier CO, and Battle Group Commander. He served in numerous Navy engineering positions including Navy Engineer for the F-14 and Naval Warfare IT Architect (SPAWAR), He was a co-founder of E-fire. He is an Ohio State University Electrical Engineering graduate. 

Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA

EvoNexus President & COO

Dr. Gene Dantsker is President and Chief Operating Officer of EvoNexus. He has been involved with EvoNexus since its founding as selection committee member, mentor to numerous portfolio companies, Executive-in-Residence and most recently Chief MedTech Officer. Gene is a seasoned entrepreneur, board member, advisor, operational executive and angel investor.

Prior to the EvoNexus role, Gene worked across the spectrum of technology solutions in semiconductor, IT, medical and biotech businesses. His career path brought together engineering, science, business and entrepreneurship.

Following graduate school, Gene was Senior Technical Staff Member at TRW, Inc., Space and Electronics Division (now part of Northrop Grumman) where he was responsible for design, fabrication, and integration of microelectronics for space/satellite applications. Subsequently he co-founded Nanostream, Inc., a biotechnology company and provider of high-throughput bio-analytical instruments to companies involved in drug discovery and development. As VP of Technology, Dr. Dantsker was co-inventor and developer of Nanostream’s core technologies based on polymer MEMS microfluidics and converted them into commercial products purchased by leading pharmaceutical companies. Gene then served as CEO and CTO of aDNAvance Technologies, Inc., a provider of ultra-sensitive medical molecular diagnostic products, operating out of the US and Canada. Gene also served on the Board of Directors of D-Wave Systems, a pioneer in Quantum Computing, with leading Silicon Valley VCs, as well as heavily consulted the company in business development, IP strategy, growth strategy and operational infrastructure. Gene subsequently headed business development for the US branch of Nitto Denko, a leading supplier of diversified polymer-film products for medical, electronic and optronic applications, based in Osaka, Japan.

Gene then joined Qualcomm Life as Sr. Director of Business Development & Licensing, where his responsibilities included enabling intelligent integrated care models through the Internet of Things (IoT) in the pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics and payer industries. In 2020, he helped sell the original Qualcomm Life business, to Philips before moving on. Following the sale, Gene joined Amazon Web Services as Global Lead for Medical Devices.

Gene holds B.S. degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Maryland, M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from San Diego State University, where he was class valedictorian. He is an inventor on over 60 issued patents.

Rich Stewart

EvoNexus Chief Product Officer & 5G Portfolio Director

EvoNexus Chief Product Officer & 5G Portfolio Director / Fmr. Sr. Dir. Qualcomm

Rich Stewart is a System on a Chip (SoC) engineering subject matter expert with extensive experience in technical management, innovation, and product commercialization. Rich possesses a strong track record developing efficient, practical and cost-effective processes, in addition to a strong track record of on time product delivery. He successfully builds and integrates high-performance R&D teams, and effectively collaborates with multi-disciplinary, global, project teams to efficiently advance development programs.

Rich is a co-founder of Prometheus Technology Solutions, LLC, a firm dedicated to providing scalable product delivery processes for HW/SW/SOC and IoT products. Rich held multiple engineering leadership positions at Qualcomm, beginning in 1994, covering a broad cross section of technologies including embedded mobile device software, wireless protocols, image compression systems, MEMs driver technology, systems engineering and memory solutions. While at Qualcomm Rich also managed the Qualcomm Innovation Network, and was an engineering patent mentor. Prior to joining Qualcomm Rich developed driver level engineering solutions in imaging, 3d rendering and image scanning technologies at multiple start-ups.

Rich has over 25 issued and pending US patent applications, along with a multitude of international filings.

Rich has a B.S. in Mathematics-Computer Science, from the University of California, San Diego

Ron Melanson

EvoNexus Silicon Valley Chief Engineer & Operations

EvoNexus Silicon Valley Chief Engineer & Operations / Fmr. VP Hardware Engineering, Sun Microsystems & Oracle

Ron Melanson serves as Chief Engineer & Operations for EvoNexus Silicon Valley. He previously served as Vice President of Engineering and managed the Hardware Quality Office at Oracle Corp.

As VP of Engineering, he was responsible for Hardware Central Engineering, hardware quality, and customer advocacy. To this capacity, his organization provided customer solutions and best practice guides, competitive benchmarking, application tuning, and advanced compiles. His team also supported compliance, safety and RoHS testing, and certification.

Prior to Oracle, Ron served a dual role at Sun MicroSystems as Distinguished Engineer and Vice President of Engineering. To that capacity, he managed the development of several SRARC CPU programs and lead the development of advanced semiconductor technologies with strategic FAB partners.

Ron’s engineering career before Sun Microsystems was rooted at Digital Equipment Corporation, where Ron served as a consulting engineer developing process technologies, custom chips and EDA tools for the development of VAX and high end systems.

Ron took his B.S. and M.S degrees in E.E. at Northeastern University.

Marco Thompson

Express Ventures

Partner, Express Ventures / Fmr. CEO & Founder, Doctor Design (acquired by WindRiver/Intel)

Thompson co-founded & ran CommNexus San Diego, (formerly San Diego Telecom Council) a non-profit network of communications, government, and defense industry companies. A familiar face in the boardrooms of a number of innovative San Diego concerns, Thompson will call on over thirty years of engineering services management experience and a vast network of technology contacts and affiliations to direct the technology focus for the Sorrento Valley engineering services company.

Thompson has designed and managed his way to entrepreneurial success. In 1984 he founded Doctor Design, an embedded engineering services firm that contracted for such companies as AMD, Intel, Samsung, Mitsubishi, DIRECTV, Philips, Thomson, Sony, and IBM. Thompson would later sell the $50 million firm to Integrated Systems, which merged with Wind River (WIND) in 2000, and then merged with Intel (INTC) in 2009. Thompson stayed with the firm for 25 years before departing in November of 2009. Although trained only as an engineer, and not a marketer or manager, Thompson credits the exceptional strength of UCSD and the entrepreneurial network of San Diego for the success of his former firm. “We reached 250 people because UCSD taught great basic engineering and thinking skills and because the San Diego community is great at networking and providing mentoring to promising entrepreneurs."

Prior to joining Solekai, Thompson co-founded & ran CommNexus San Diego, (formerly San Diego Telecom Council) a non-profit network of communications, government, and defense industry companies. Thompson is also currently a Managing Partner at Express Ventures, an early stage Venture Capital Firm, which has funded eight San Diego companies. In addition, Marco is the founder & Vice Chairman of San Diego Sport Innovators, and is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Connect, San Diego’s startup assistance organization. Thompson earned his BSEE, in Applied Physics & Information Systems in 1979 from the University of California at San Diego. In 2003, Thompson was named the Alumni of the Year by the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering and further honored by being inducted into the Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology. His interests include heli-skiing, wakesurfing, hockey, and snowboarding.

Mike Twyman

EvoNexus Director of Dual-Use Technology & Applications

EvoNexus Director of Dual-Use Technology & Applications / Fmr. SVP, Cubic Corp. & President, Cubic Mission Solutions

Mike Twyman is former President of Cubic Mission Solutions where he led the acquisition, integration, and growth of multiple companies into a Dual-use technology portfolio to target Defense IoT, communications, space, 5G, digital intelligence, autonomous systems, and adjacent commercial markets. Mr. Twyman’s customer experience includes the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), DoD services & research laboratories, intelligence community, aerospace prime contractors, and commercial 5G/New Space companies. Prior to this role, Mr. Twyman led Northrop Grumman’s Defense Systems Division (> $2B annual sales) providing Tier 1 C4ISR solutions for Joint & Service unique Command & Control systems, airborne networking, and manned/unmanned platforms.

Mike was selected to the 2020 Wash100 list of most influential leaders in the GovCon public and private sector (https://www.wash100.com/). He is currently Chairman of the Executive Leadership group for Executive Mosaic, a professional GovCon networking organization. Mike was honored by the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management as a Fellow of the Architecture-based System Engineering program for contributing to program success as an industry advisor. He was recognized in the highly-praised “The Five Coaching Conversations” as a Best Coach. Previously he served on the board of EvoNexus Southern California’s leading technology incubator program, and on the board for the Washington D.C. United Services Organization (USO). He holds a B.A. degree in Applied Mathematics from California State University at Long Beach, and an MBA from George Mason University, where he was selected as the outstanding class graduate in 2005.

Behrooz Abdi

TDK InvenSense

Strategic Advisor, TDK InvenSense

Chairman & CEO, ACE Convergence Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: ACEV)

Alex Arrow, M.D.

Carlsmed

Chief Financial Officer, Carlsmed

Alex is a MedTech finance executive and former equity analyst. He led equity research for Lazard Capital Markets and Wedbush Morgan, and held operating roles at private and public companies, including Biolase, Circuit Therapeutics, and Arstasis. Alex currently serves as a Board Member at Zelegent, Paragonix Technologies, and 8i Acquisition Corp and previously served on the boards of Medcura, Neumedicines, and Biolase. Alex has an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, a B.A. in Biophysics from Cornell University, and is a CFA charter holder.

Ziad Asghar

Qualcomm

Vice President, Product Management - Snapdragon Technologies & Roadmap, QualcommZiad Asghar is vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies Inc. (QTI). He leads Snapdragon roadmap planning and application processor technologies, covering all smartphone platform products. Ziad drives the definition of products, ensuring that our products lead in technology and enable best-in-class user experiences while making tradeoffs between features, power, performance and cost. He leads application processor technologies including artificial intelligence, camera, graphics, CPU, audio, video and security. He has more than 20 years of experience in the wireless semiconductor industry where he has held a broad set of leadership positions from R&D to product management. Ziad holds an MBA from UCSD and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University and Southern Methodist University

Andy Ballester

GoFundMe

Co-Founder, GoFundMe

Andy Ballester was a co-founder of GoFundMe. We are changing the way the world gives. Every day, members of our giving community come together to support one another and the causes they care about most. Our campaign organizers have raised over $3 billion for medical expenses, education, community projects, sports, emergencies, pets, and more, making us the world’s largest online fundraising platform. Co-founded by Andy Ballester and Brad Damphousse in 2008 in San Diego, GoFundMe raised an undisclosed amount of money from a group of investors led by Accel and Technology Crossover Ventures (also including Iconiq Capital, Greylock, Stripes, and Meritech). As part of that transaction, the investors took a majority stake in the business, buying out the two founders in the process; installing an Accel venture partner, Rob Solomon, as CEO. Andy has a passion for creating products that drive change on a massive scale.

Charles Bergan

Qualcomm

VP Engineering, Qualcomm

Charles leads the software department for Qualcomm Research. He also oversees Qualcomm Research’s robotics program. While at Qualcomm, he has been involved in the research and development of most of the modern cellular radio standards, including CDMA, UMTS, UMB and LTE.

Previously, he led the software development team at Ensemble Communications, a start-up company which pioneered the development of LMDS point-to-multipoint wireless backhaul systems.

Charles has a B.S. in Computer Engineering, and an M.S. in Computer Science, both from the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Ivo Bolsens

AMD

Senior Vice President, AMD

Ivo Bolsens is now the Senior Vice President of AMD, which acquired Xilinx in 2022. Prior to the acquisition, he held the title of Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), with responsibility for advanced technology development, Xilinx research laboratories (XRL) and Xilinx university program (XUP).

Bolsens came to Xilinx in June 2001 from the Belgium-based research center IMEC, where he was vice president of information and communication systems. His research included the development of knowledge-based verification for VLSI circuits, design of digital signal processing applications, and wireless communication terminals. He also headed the research on design technology for high-level synthesis of DSP hardware, HW/SW co-design and system-on-chip design.

Bolsens holds a PhD in applied science and an MSEE from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

Matt Borer

BD Biosciences

Global Strategy Lead, Becton Dickinson (BD) Biosciences

Matt Borer is a global senior strategic marketing leader at BD Biosciences and has more than 20 years of medical technology experience. In his role, Matt is responsible for leading opportunity assessments and commercial due diligence for new technology initiatives. Prior to joining BD Biosciences, Matt was the Senior Director of Marketing at ResMed, a leading provider of respiratory technologies and the global leader in remote monitoring.

Prior to this role, Matt held many positions of increasing responsibility within the medical device industry focusing on identifying and incubating market leading solutions for hospitals, physician offices and home care providers.

Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

John Buhler

OmniGuide Holdings

Chairman Of The Board, OmniGuide Holdings

Mr. Buhler holds extensive healthcare industry and business leadership expertise stemming from a 33-year career with RF Surgical Systems, Inc., Natus Medical Inc., SenoRx Inc., Ultrasonix, GE Healthcare and Diasonics-VingMed Ultrasound. Mr. Buhler has a proven track record of building and leading successful world–class business teams that consistently achieve strong financial performance, operational efficiency and customer loyalty.

Mr. Buhler earned his B.S. degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources at Dominican College, Blauvelt, New York as well a degree in Electrical Technology from the State University of New York at Orange County. Mr. Buhler has also completed the Executive Management Development Program (EMBA equivalent) at General Electric’s Educational Center in Crotonville, New York.

Mr. Buhler’s extensive experience in the healthcare field spans 30+ years. He has been the CEO/COO of three public and two private companies, completed numerous rounds of financing, done ~$1bb in M&A, and recently merged RF Surgical Systems, Inc. with Medtronic. He has successfully completed four turnarounds, each entity becoming a high growth/profitable business in its discipline.

Mr. Buhler has an impressive history generating new revenue streams, building business, and increasing market share for multi-million and multi-billion dollar international high-technology corporations. His businesses have demonstrated the ability to penetrate new markets and strengthen competitive positioning, design and direct high-impact strategic plans, define visions and transform concepts into lucrative workable realities.

Mr. Buhler is now Chairman Of The Board of OmniGuide Holdings: advanced surgical technology engineered to deliver an optimized surgical experience and superior patient outcomes.

Ross Bundy

Cardea Bio

President, CRISPR QC / Co-Founder & Chief Entrepreneur, Cardea Bio Inc.

Ross Bundy, Co-founder of Cardea Bio, brings his vision for directing strategy, operations, and planning to the company’s market-leading technology solutions at CRISPR QC.

Ross is responsible for new expansions and key projects at Cardea including scaling up the chip production for Cardea and help setting up partnerships. With an MBA from San Diego State University, Ross has held positions in supply chain, operations, and finance from companies such as General Dynamics and UBC Financial Services. Ross brings precision execution and implementation to the company.

Mike Cordonnier

Carlsmed

CEO & Co-Founder, Carlsmed

Mike is a seasoned MedTech operator, entrepreneur, and cofounder of Carlsmed. He was named as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year and to the SD500 as one of the most influential people in San Diego. Mike has operating experience at private and public companies, including NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics, Zimmer Biomet, Orchid Orthopedics, X-Spine Systems, and YSI. He is active in the entrepreneur community and servers as an advisor to San Diego based non-profits EvoNexus and SD Connect. Mike has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton.

Frank Creede

Mentor, Fmr. Anterix

Fmr. CTO, Anterix

Frank Creede is an investor and former CTO of Anterix (NASDAQ: ATEX, formerly pdvWireless, Inc.). At Anterix, Frank served as a company officer and member of the senior management team that raised over $240M to purchase 6MHz of Part 90 (two-way radio) 900MHz spectrum from Sprint, repurpose it for broadband (LTE Band 8) and took the company public in February, 2015.

Frank is a member emeritus and former board member of the San Diego Tech Coast Angels and an angel investor in over 12 Southern California emerging high tech companies. Frank was formerly the Chairman, President, & CEO of Logic Innovations, Inc., which provided data broadcasting products and development services, was founded by Frank in 1986 and acquired by the former division of IBM in 1999. Frank also founded Staffing Innovations, LLC, a technical contract outsourcing business in 1997 and which was acquired in 2012. As a mentor at the Chairmen’s Roundtable, Frank mentors growing San Diego area companies. Frank was previously vice chair and board member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of San Diego County and he volunteers at EvoNexus on due diligence and mentoring. Frank holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from UC Davis and he has completed coursework for the MBA program at San Diego State University.

Suzie Dergham

Guru

CEO, Guru

As CEO, Suzie oversees the day-to-day operations at Guru.  She honed her skills while working as Senior Account & Operations Manager for Antenna International, where her portfolio included the Smithsonian, Empire State Building, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.  She was at the helm of all on-site staffed operations in the United States, providing Suzie with the knowledge and the skills to deliver exceptional service and the ultimate visitor experience. She is a Jill-of-all-trades and a woodworking expert. She is not a CEO to sit behind a desk - she will absolutely get her hands dirty onsite with clients when duty calls!

John DeNuzzio Ph.D.

Becton Dickenson

Senior Director, R&D, Becton Dickinson and Company (BD)

John DeNuzzio, is a Senior Director at Becton Dickinson, a global medical technology company.   He has held technical leadership positions in diabetes, infectious disease diagnostics, genomics, and infusion systems.   As a hands-on leader with over twenty-five years in the pharmaceutics and medical devices, John has built and led global R&D teams to take a customer-centric, systems-level approach to product development.  In addition, he has engaged third-party developers and worked closely with startups throughout his career.

His experience has centered on integrating diagnostics and therapeutics into wear devices, consumables, and lab-based systems.   He has successfully ushered products from concept through development, registration and launch with applications ranging from transdermal drug delivery, glucose monitoring, molecular diagnostics, and genomics.

John received BSE and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Bioengineering and Materials Science respectively.  Away from work, John enjoys traveling with family and attempting to play tennis and golf.

Dr. Moudy Elbayadi

Shutterfly, Inc.

SVP & CTO, Shutterfly, Inc.

With more than twenty years of experience, Dr. Elbayadi has worked with a number of high-growth companies and across a variety of industries, including mobile and SaaS consumer services, security and financial services. Having held C-Level positions for leading solution providers, Dr. Elbayadi has a uniquely 360-degree view of consumer and enterprise SaaS businesses. He has a consistent track record of defining technology and product strategies that accelerate growth.

As CTO of Shutterfly, Dr. Elbayadi oversees all technology functions including product development, cybersecurity, DevOps and machine learning/AI R&D functions. In this capacity he’s leading the technology platform transformation. Prior to Shutterfly, Dr. Elbayadi held the position of SVP, Product & Technology for Brain Corp, a San Diego-based AI company creating transformative core technology for the robotics industry.

As advisor, Dr. Elbayadi has been engaged by CEOs and senior executives of companies ranging from $10M to $2B in revenues. Representative engagements include public cloud strategy, platform integration and M&A strategy. Also advised numerous VC firms on technology and prospective investments.

Dr. Elbayadi earned a doctorate in leadership and change from Antioch University, a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Chapman University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands.

Todd Friedman

ResMed

CISO, ResMed

Todd Friedman is the CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) for ResMed, a global company that manufactures and distributes medical equipment and solutions for diagnosing, treating and, managing sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory conditions. ResMed employs more than 4,000 employees worldwide, operates in 100 countries and has manufacturing facilities in Australia, France, Singapore and the US.

Todd is a versatile leader with more than twenty years’ experience in information risk and security management. His career has spanned the healthcare, toy, entertainment and insurance industries, during which Todd led numerous functions, including infrastructure planning and management, systems integration, PMO, project management, governance, compliance, strategic planning, and for the past decade, information risk and security management. Prior to joining ResMed in early 2015, Todd was the CISO of Mattel, and prior to that the SVP and CISO of Universal Music Group, the world largest music company. In addition to working with large, complex global organizations Todd has spent over 10 years working pro bono with a small web company providing leadership, functional and strategic support.

A native of Los Angeles, he holds an MBA from UCLA and a B.A. from UCSD.

Dr. Rakhi Garg

Philips Healthcare

Head of Product Management, Hospital Respiratory Care, Philips Healthcare

Rakhi Garg has 10+ years of experience in healthcare/medical technologies industry. She is driven by a vision to provide world-class healthcare services to patients at affordable costs. In her current role at Philips Healthcare, she is leading Trilogy ventilation platform for Hospital Respiratory Care. Prior to joining Philips, Rakhi held various product management roles at Becton Dickinson and GE Healthcare. She has also worked for a digital health startup, Sense4Baby, which was acquired by Airstrip; and a venture fund investing in medical devices and healthcare technologies. Rakhi is a physician from India and earned an MBA from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego.

Adam Gould

Lynq Technologies

CEO, Lynq Technologies

Adam Gould is currently CEO of Lynq Technologies, whose instant-on, scalable, and secure networks are used by first responders, government agencies, and enterprises for whom reliable communications is a strong requirement. Before coming to Lynq Technologies, Adam was Senior Vice President and General Manager of carrier solutions at Inseego, one of the leading product companies in 5G, and has more than 30 years of wireless industry experience.

Prior to Inseego, Adam held the following titles: CEO at QuantalRF, Vice President of IoT strategy at ARM, CEO of Sensinode, GM of Consumer Products BU at NextWave, and CTO of Nokia CDMA, where he worked for 13 years. Early in his career, Adam developed the DSP software for the first GSM phone, at Motorola. Adam has degrees in EE from Drexel and MIT.

Matt Grob

XCOM

CTO, XCOM

Matt Grob, chief technology officer of XCOM, is responsible for XCOM Labs, which develops innovative wireless technologies. Matt previously spent over 26 years at Qualcomm in technology and engineering leadership roles. He served as Qualcomm’s EVP and CTO from 2011 to 2017, overseeing R&D and managing a global team of 2,200 employees across various divisions worldwide, and later as EVP/Technology.

Mr. Grob holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Bradley University and a M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is a trustee of the Fleet Science Center in San Diego, and a volunteer for over a decade at FIRST, the robotics and education organization inspiring future leaders in science and technology.

Jason Halac

Dexcom Ventures

Senior Director, Dexcom Ventures

Jason is the co-founder of Dexcom Ventures where he leads technology scouting and strategic pipeline development.  He is a seasoned innovator in the medical device field and a key contributor in Dexcom product development over the past decade.

Committed to Dexcom’s mission of ”Empowering people to take control of diabetes" he has advanced the simplicity, reliability, and comfort of Dexcom’s continuous glucose monitoring systems.  Jason has been a prolific inventor and is named on well over 100 worldwide patents and patent applications.

With Dexcom Ventures, Jason is chartered with building a portfolio as value-added strategic investors by leveraging access to Dexcom’s unique industry expertise and technology leadership.

Prior to Dexcom, Jason held a variety of engineering and leadership roles as a consultant and with Black and Decker.  He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from San Diego State University.

Gary Hayslip

SoftBank Investment Advisors

CISO, SoftBank Investment Advisors

Gary is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for SoftBank Investment Advisors. He is the former Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Webroot, the largest privately held internet security company, which delivers security products to consumers and business via a suite of software security products including endpoint, SaaS, and threat intelligence.

Previously, Gary served as Deputy Director & Chief Information Security Officer for the City of San Diego. In this role, Gary advised the City of San Diego’s executive leadership consisting of Mayoral, City Council, and 40+ city departments and agencies on protecting city government information resources.

Gary oversaw citywide cyber security strategy and the enterprise cyber security program, cyber operations, compliance and risk assessment services. His mission included creating a “risk aware” culture that places high value on securing city information resources and protecting personal information entrusted to the City of San Diego.

Gary is involved in the cybersecurity and technology start-up community in San Diego where he is the Co-Chairman for Cybertech, the parent organization that houses the Cyber incubator Cyberhive and the Internet of Things incubator iHive. He is an Advisory Board Member for the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence. He also serves on the board of Brier & Thorn International, a cloud based Managed Security Services Company and is Co-Chairman of Securing Our eCity’s Critical Infrastructure Work-group.

Gary is an active member of the professional organizations ISSA, ISACA, OWASP, and is on the Board of Directors for INFRAGARD. Gary holds numerous professional certifications including: CISSP, CISA, and CRISC, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management & Masters in Business Administration. Gary has over 28 years of experience in Information Security, Enterprise Risk Management, and Data Privacy.

Mark Hellinger

Mentor, Fmr. Xyleme

Fmr. Co-Founder & CEO, Xyleme

An excellent business problem solver and outstanding mentor who brings Passion, Expertise and Experience to Startups and Early Stage Companies.

Mark Hellinger brings intense entrepreneurial spirit and real world experience to startups and early stage ventures, with the ability to make connections and see unique go-to-market opportunities. Highly skilled at the intersection of marketing, products and customer success, he has built many successful relationships with employees, customers and partners at multiple technology companies. Mark has recently helped several accelerator and incubator startup companies bring new products to market, generate early sales and set up scalable operations.

He began his career as a software engineer after graduating from the MIT, and has been involved in Enterprise/B2B software sales, operations and product development at both public and venture-backed companies. His experience with SaaS marketing and customer success enables him to deliver highly effective consulting and advisory services in the following areas:

Mark was Chief Executive Officer at Xyleme, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company in the Human Capital Management market. Originally a provider of custom application solutions, he transitioned the business into a software company for the corporate and higher education markets, and led Xyleme to through a transition to a modern SaaS platform reaching $10M in revenue over four years. He built a multi-cultural distributed team, with sales, customer success and development resources located throughout North America and Europe. Mark was the leader in all aspects of the business from product design to sales and customer success during the startup phase, and managed a team of talented professionals as the company matured.

He started his career developing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for manufacturing, distribution and service organizations. Mark became Vice President, Operations and eventually President for Interactive Group as it grew from $3M to $56M in revenue, more than 200 employees, and executed multiple acquisitions and a successful IPO. The company is now part of Epicor, a leader in the mid-market ERP space.

Mark has recently worked with several start-ups as a mentor and advisor, as well as interim roles as COO, CRO and CMO. Recently, he has helped Human Capital Management startup re-evaluate their market opportunity, pivot to a new revenue model, and achieve product market fit. He has worked with another focused on Corporate Social Responsibility, refining the inbound and outbound marketing processes, gathering customer requirements, and coaching the CEO. For another, he identified a new partnership opportunity and made the initial contacts, resulting in a major distribution agreement. Mark brings his extensive

Kristi Jaska

ViaSat

VP Customer Experience, ViaSat

Kristi started her career at Linkabit, the fountainhead of San Diego’s telecom industry, where she worked with the three founders of ViaSat. She then joined ViaSat as the 6th employee just about a year after the company was founded. During her time at ViaSat she has worked to grow the company in many areas including hardware, software, and system design; project and business management; and strategy and marketing. She co-founded ViaSat’s innovation center and holds numerous patents in digital communications.

Kristi has B.S. and M.Eng degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Ben Jenkins

Innovations Realized LLC

Founder & CEO, Innovations Realized, LLC

Ben Jenkins is a software innovator with in-depth, expert knowledge in the fintech & payment industries. Over 20 years, he has developed new business lines for large corporations and new technology start-ups, and he is a start-up founding partner. In the past, his work focused on developing the payment infrastructure (PayFac) now responsible for processing billions of dollars annually in non-profit donations. Ben also drives new technologies in several start-up advisory board roles.

Given his expertise in the payment industry, Ben continues to serve as a software and payment consultant with large enterprise ISVs. He is also setting out on a new venture to change the landscape of how product ideas efficiently and cost effectively reach the market while reducing many of the challenges currently faced by early/mid-stage company leaders.

Stephen Joseph

Brex

Fmr. Life Sciences Business Development, Brex

Steve is an accomplished business development executive with an in-depth understanding of processes, relationships, and vocabularies in the Life Sciences industry that are essential for the business success of industry service providers. He has lengthy track record of identifying market and product opportunities, establishing go-to-market strategies and tactics, and leading initiatives, all resulting in significant company growth.

Steve formerly lead the Life Sciences Business Development focus for Brex where he drives growth in the company’s customer base both directly and through partnerships with numerous life science trade associations, investors, incubators/accelerators, and other industry channels.

Previously Steve served as Vice President of Business Development for 2 other Life Science industry service providers – ShareVault, an industry leader in secure document sharing systems (data rooms/deal rooms), and American Laboratory Trading, the largest supplier of refurbished laboratory equipment in the industry.

Prior to his focus on the Life Sciences industry, Steve was an entrepreneur (twice) and senior executive at a variety of high technology companies, and involved in 2 successful exits. At Rent One Online (vacation rental property management systems – acquired by AIG), he was Vice President of Products. Steve was also a co-founder and CEO of Enable Solutions (online travel search services for small & midsize businesses), was co-founder and CEO of InCharge, (interactive, online support services for individuals and families dealing with life-challenging illness).

Earlier in his career, Steve was the Vice President of Research, Design, and Development at The Learning Company (educational software company – acquired by SoftKey), and Vice President of Product Development for Sierra On-Line (entertainment and educational games).

Steve began his career at Hewlett-Packard where he held various engineering and management positions. Steve holds a B.S. and M.S.E.E. from Cornell University.

John Kaewall

InterDigital, Inc.

Advisor to the CTO & Chief Technology Office Fellow, InterDigital, Inc.

John has over 30 years of wireless technology development, engineering management and team building experience. Led the development of integrated circuits and software for multiple generations of wireless products. Skilled system architect and problem solver with expertise in communications, computer networking, IC design, virtualization and software development. Played key role in multiple business development activities worldwide.

John graduated from Drexel University with a BS and MS degree in Electrical Engineering and completed the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Executive Development Program.

Prashant Kantak

Mentor, Fmr. Qualcomm Ventures

Fmr. Founder, Qualcomm Ventures

Prashant Kantak is an early-stage venture advisor and investor. He plays an active role in helping determine business and product strategy, organization and go-to-market strategy and takes operational roles as needed in early stage companies. He started and led Qualcomm Ventures, a $500M strategic venture capital fund of Qualcomm, and built operations in North America, Europe and Asia including Korea ($60M), Japan ($30M) and China ($100M) for 6 years from 1999 through 2005. He led investments in and actively managed over 24 portfolio companies in the US and several more worldwide, many of which were either acquired or taken public, including Paypal (acquired by EBAY), Air Prime (acquired by SWIR), GTRAN Wireless (acquired by FLEX), PacketVideo, Iridigm (acquired by QCOM), Airvana (IPO), Discera and JAMDAT (IPO). He led the creation of strategic alliances, co-development and business partnerships between startup companies and Qualcomm operating units. This activity resulted in expanding markets for and augmenting Qualcomm’s existing products and services as well as driving innovations through enabling new technologies and business models internally and in the industry. He was on the steering committee to formulate and drive Qualcomm’s internal innovation efforts. He was also responsible for various corporate development efforts including technology and business strategy, strategic alliances, partnerships and mergers and acquisitions.

Prashant has over 20 years of business and technical experience in the field of telecommunications. He was with Qualcomm since early 1990 and held various technical and business management positions within Qualcomm. He participated in the early definition and development of CDMA standards and systems and thereafter developed key ASICs for their implementations both on the infrastructure and mobile side. He also designed and implemented innovative DSP architectures for mobile communications that form the core platform for Qualcomm’s commercial ASICs. Prashant has an MBA from Cornell University. He also has a MS and BS in Electrical Engineering.

He is also actively involved in various initiatives to help foster the entrepreneurial community in the telecom sector. He served on the Board of San Diego Software Industry Council and currently serves on the advisory board of EvoNexus and is on the selection committee of the local incubator, EvoNexus, since its founding.

Pankaj Kedia

Qualcomm

Global Business Head, Smart Wearables and Shareables Segments, Qualcomm

Pankaj is a renowned intrapreneur and innovator in the tech industry where he has had a front row seat in the evolution of the mobile, IOT, and wearables spaces over the last 25+ years. Currently at Qualcomm Technologies, Pankaj leads the wearables, audio, and ecosystem businesses with global P&L responsibility. He incubated the wearables segment for Qualcomm and has grown it to become the leading player in the industry having shipped 250+ products in 100+ countries with 75+ brands over the last 5 years. Previously at Intel, Pankaj led its forays in the laptops, tablets, handhelds, and smartphone segments where he managed strategy, business development, product planning, ecosystem programs, go-to-market, and customer support. While at Intel, Pankaj worked closely with Intel Capital and led business development and due diligence for the wireless portfolio, which was comprised of 30 start-ups with $30M invested capital. Pankaj started his career in the management and technology consulting space and advised multiple Fortune 100 clients on strategic and operational issues.

Pankaj is a prolific angel investor in the mobile/5G, IOT/wearables, consumer Internet, cloud, AI/ML, and medical device sectors and has invested in more than 50 early stage and series A start-ups over the last few years. He brings keen strategic insights, proven track record in scaling businesses, and a robust network of customers and ecosystem partners to his portfolio companies. Pankaj serves as a board member, strategic advisor, and mentor to start-ups and non-profit organizations. He is widely recognized as a thought leader in the tech space, has spoken at multiple industry events, and appeared in a myriad of mainstream publications. Pankaj holds the early defining patent on low power for mobile devices and computers. Pankaj has an MBA from The Wharton School, an MS from the University of Michigan, a BS from the Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee), and has taken multiple management and leadership courses at Stanford and Darden.

Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

LG Technology Ventures

CEO & Board Member, LG Technology Ventures

Dong-Su Kim is the CEO and board member of LG Technology Ventures. He has over twenty-five years of investment, strategy, planning, and technology experience. As the founding CEO, Dong-Su established the fund structure, hired key people, and initiated investment operations. Under his guidance, LG Technology Ventures manages over $400 million of fund assets and invests in early-stage information technology, automotive, manufacturing, life-sciences, energy, and advanced materials companies. Portfolio companies include AmazeVR, Lygos, May Mobility, and Ridecell.

Previously, Dong-Su was Vice President and GM of Samsung Ventures America where he managed offices in Menlo Park, Boston, London, and Tel Aviv. He has led the investment of over thirty companies in diverse sectors including semiconductors (Soft Machines, Verisilicon, Wave Computing), equipment (DCG Systems, IMS, Reno Subsystems), materials (Nanosys, NexPlanar, Voltaix), and storage systems (Pure Storage).

Prior to joining Samsung Ventures, he was a Director at Asia Evolution, an investment bank in Korea covering mid-market financing, private placement, and M&As.

Before that, he was a Director at the Technology Strategy Office of Samsung Electronics. As the CTO’s staff, he was responsible for strategic venture investments and technology alliances. He also worked in technology planning for Samsung’s Telecom R&D center, responsible for discovering new research topics. Dong-Su started his professional career as a Technical Leader at Samsung Fiber Optics Business Unit in development of fiber optic components.

His past Board Director appointments include Datera, Digital Specialty Chemicals, Femtometrix, Inpria, Reno Subsystems, SBA Materials, SVXR, D2S, DCG Systems (acquired by FEI), NexPlanar (acquired by Cabot), Voltaix (acquired by Air Liquide), Panasas, and Pixtronix (acquired by Qualcomm). Dong-Su also served on the Investment Advisory Committee for Sierra Ventures.

Dong-Su has earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, and a B.S. with Honors in Applied Physics from California Institute of Technology.

Bridget Kimball

Intuit

VP Engineering & Chief Architect, Consumer Group, Intuit

Bridget is VP Engineering, Fellow, and Chief Architect at Intuit’s Consumer Group, focusing on products for personal tax and finance management. Previous to Intuit, she was at Comcast and served as President of a joint venture developing next generation conditional access and security products for the cable industry. She has also held senior engineering roles at Motorola, Copper Mountain Networks, General Instrument and Hughes Space and Communications Group.

She has received numerous industry awards and recognition, including 2016 CableFax Most Powerful Women in Cable (Technology Award) in 2016, and has a strong commitment to mentoring the next generation of women in technology. She also has served on the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, was a past mentor for Athena, and volunteered as a troop leader and mentor for the Girl Scouts of America.

Bridget has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC) and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California State Polytechnic University. She has also completed the Executive Program for Scientists and Engineers (EPSE) at the University of California, San Diego, and an executive leadership program through the Center for Creative Leadership. She holds 5 US patents.

John D. King

Hyperlight Energy

Co-Founder & CEO, Hyperlight Energy

Mr. King has won and managed over $7.5 million in contracts and investment from Fortune 500 utility companies, government agencies and private investors. He is lead inventor of Hyperlight Energy’s novel plastic solar concentrator technology. Prior to Hyperlight, Mr. King was an architect of the $3.2 BB California Solar Initiative’s (CSI’s) online rebate system. He authored a seminal paper, now referenced in Wikipedia’s solar power entry, predicting the tectonic shift in business models in solar photovoltaic from a traditional ownership structure to a power purchase agreement structure. Mr. King is honored to serve on the Selection Committee for EvoNexus, San Diego’s premier start-up incubator. He holds 16 issued U.S. and international patents and two pending U.S. patents. He holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, an M.S. from UC Irvine and a B.S. from Caltech.

Kim Davis King

StartR & mstartupx, UCSD

Partner at Launch Factory, Co-Director at StartR & Adjunct Professor, SDSU & UC San Diego

Kimberly Davis King has over 17 years in the venture capital industry. Kim has been focusing on investing and mentoring startups and high growth companies. Kim is also currently the co-Director of StartR and mystartupxx at the UCSD Rady Business School, a lecturer at the Rady UCSD Business School, an Adjunct Professor at SDSU and on the oversight committee for Evonexus a San Diego incubator.

Kim is an advisor to several early-stage and growth companies including Clics, Aria, Trials.ai, PhiloMetron and Verve Wireless. In 2007, Kim relocated to San Diego and opened the office for Hercules Technology Growth Capital. Before joining Hercules, Kim was a General Partner with IDG Ventures from 1997 to 2006. She played an active role in managing and investing over 9 years a $120 million captive fund. She led multiple investments in software and technology infrastructure. Successful IPO investments included F5 Networks (FFIV) and VA Linux (LINUX). Prior to joining IDG Ventures, she was an Associate at BankAmerica Ventures. She has also served as a product manager in the Multimedia Publishing Group at Microsoft and spent four years as a consultant at Andersen Consulting. Kim holds a B.S in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. She sits on various non-profit boards and holds leadership positions including the National Charity League.

Jason Knapp

ViaSat

Fmr. VP Digital Products, ViaSat

Jason is a former Vice President at ViaSat, where he specialized in managing the monetization of their consumer platform. Jason Knapp is a product-centric entrepreneur and C-suite executive with a consistent track record of significant business outcomes and building innovative, industry changing products. He has been a leader and subject matter expert across the fields of digital advertising, consumer data, machine learning, marketing automation, social media, and online music and video, working with major brands including News Corp, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Citibank, Bank of America, and Comcast.

· Co-founded Strategic Data Corp where Jason pioneered big data ad targeting and algorithmic / machine learning based online ad optimization. There he co-invented Real-Time-Bidding and then integrated it with AOL, Yahoo, OpenX and Appnexus ushering in the multi-billion-dollar Wall Street-like programmatic advertising ecosystem

· Negotiated a 9-figure acquisition of that 14-person startup by News Corp. There he helped grow it into the Fox Audience Network which merged with Rubicon Project.

· Acquired Myspace as part of Viant with Justin Timberlake and led Myspace’s product, technology, and operations teams through a substantial comeback to 50 million monthly unique users

· Built the Viant “Ad Cloud” – an industry leading online advertising technology suite driving $100s millions in business. Jason leveraged this success to help achieve Viant’s acquisition by Time Inc

· Led the client services team at Naehas, driving marketing automation innovations that grew multi-million dollar contracts with clients including News Corp, HP, Intel, Citibank, Bank of America, and Comcast

Jason gets most excited about developing new startups, and counts himself lucky to have been directly involved (founder, investor, or advisory board member) in more than fourteen so far; six of which have been successfully acquired to date. Jason also actively volunteers and serves as a committee member at EvoNexus, a technology incubator with over $1.1 billion in outcomes to date.

He also volunteers with and advises Casas de Luz, a charity which builds homes for working poor families in in Tijuana. Lately, Jason has become particularly interested in how to enable everyone to participate economically in the transformation underway as a result of technological advances.

Jason lives in Solana Beach, near San Diego, with his cognitive psychology PhD / UCSD researcher wife, Sara, magician son, Bryan, and accomplished teenage artist daughter Carolyn. He earned his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and went to undergrad at UC

Tolga Kurtoglu

Frmr. Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of HP Lab

Frmr. GTO & Global Head of HP Labs, HP Inc.Tolga Kurtoglu was formerly HP’s Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of HP Labs. In this role, Tolga led HP Labs, one of the world’s most preeminent and seasoned industrial research laboratories, where he drove a renewed commitment to cutting-edge research and innovation. He also led the company’s technology strategy and engagement with the technical and scientific communities.Tolga is a technology executive with a long track record of success spanning research and development, business strategy and technology commercialization. He is the former CEO of Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a renowned scientific research and open innovation company that brings leading scientists, engineers and designers together to explore emerging areas of science and technology. During his tenure at PARC, Kurtoglu led the transformation of PARC from a research organization to a world-class open innovation business.More recently, he was the Head of Global Research at Xerox, where he oversaw the company’s research centers and distributed advanced technology and engineering teams.Prior to this, Tolga was a researcher at NASA Ames Research Center, and a mechanical design engineer and group lead at Dell. Kurtoglu has numerous patents and publications in the fields of automation and machine intelligence, fault tolerant system design, and 3D/digital manufacturing. Originally from Turkey, he earned his doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has a master’s degree in the same field from Carnegie Mellon.Tolga is based in Palo Alto, California.

Dr. Richard Kurtz

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Senior Director, Corporate Business Development, Bio-Rad Laboratories

Richard Kurtz, Ph.D. is a Senior Director of Corporate Business Development for Bio-Rad Laboratories, a life science research and clinical diagnostics company that has been serving customers worldwide since 1952. In his current role, Richard reports to the company’s Chief Strategy officer and executes corporate strategies to deliver long-term company growth, focusing on acquisitions, partnerships and technology licensing in both Life Science and Clinical Diagnostics. Richard also coordinates Bio-Rad Corporate Venture Fund investments in start-up companies with innovative products and technologies focusing on research, diagnostics and health care.

Richard has 15 years of industry experience. Previously, Richard was the Marketing Director for the Life Science Gene Expression Division, a role in which he managed long-term product-line strategies, product development and global commercialization activities for one of Bio-Rad’s largest Life Science product portfolios. He has extensive experience in strategic business planning, technology assessment, product development and commercialization. Richard received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Northwestern University prior to transitioning into industry.

BIO : (NYSE) Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets a broad range of products for the life science research and clinical diagnostics markets.

Ryan Lakin

Abbott

Divisional Vice President, R&D, Abbott

Ryan Lakin is a Med Tech experienced business executive who has effectively led in business units up to $3.4B in revenue. Ryan's 25 years of global impact in Research & Development and Business Leadership has impacted patients through commercialization of technologies across diverse therapy areas including orthopedics, diabetes, neuromodulation, and pediatric care. Ryan effectively leads and delivers business results in large, publicly traded multi-national corporations (Abbott, BD, Zimmer-Biomet) while also successfully partnering with and integrating start-ups. Ryan is a results oriented global business leader with demonstrated track record in market leading innovation, developing a purpose driven culture, M&A, delivering operational efficiencies, transformative change management, and attracting, developing, and retaining top talent.

Gregg Landis, M.D.

Northwell Health

System Chief of Vascular Surgery, Northwell Health / Sugeon-in-Chief, Long Island Jewish Medical Center / Associate Professor of Surgery, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine  

Charlie Liu

Strike

VP of Operations & Strategy, Strike

Charlie Liu is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and works on operations and strategy at Strike. Strike, which is built on the Bitcoin network, allows users to send and receive money anyway, instantly, with no fees. He previously worked on business analytics, intelligence and strategy at Adyen, a global payment technology company headquartered in Amsterdam. As a Fintech influencer, Charlie has advised several Fintech startups in the US and China and published multiple opinion pieces in both Chinese and English media. Before Adyen, Charlie worked at Franklin Templeton Investments as a global macro investor specializing in the Latin American and African markets. Born and raised in China, Charlie graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota with a degree in Maths and Economics. Charlie is also a sommelier with WSET Level 3 certificate and a cofounder of 996 Makers.

Rich Longo

Mambu

General Manager, North America & Head of Strategic Initiatives, Mambu

Rich Longo is General Manager, North America and leads Strategic Initiatives Globally at Mambu, a Global FinTech Platform. He is also an investor and board member in several companies within the Cyber Security and API connectivity space.

Prior to joining Mambu, Rich led and advised high growth companies such as Robinhood through their early to later stages. Rich has had significant success in transforming and growing large traditional on premise global FinTech companies such as EdgeVerve (Infosys) and Temenos into dominant cloud platform leaders.

He is known as a thought leader in the industry through both published articles and television interviews with FinTech Finance, Bloomberg and other relevant media outlets.

Jeff Lorbeck, Ph.D.

Qualcomm

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Connected Smart Systems, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Jeff Lorbeck is a Senior Vice President & General Manager, Connected Smart Systems (CSS) of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Prior to becoming GM of the IoT BU, Lorbeck served as chief operating officer of QCT, a role in which he also managed the worldwide go-to-market teams.

From October 2016 until July 2018, Lorbeck led the integration planning for Qualcomm’s intended acquisition of NXP. Prior to this role, Lorbeck served as chief operating officer of Qualcomm China with responsibility for leading the QCT business in the China region. This was preceded by a role as senior vice president of product management in QCT to provide Qualcomm Reference Designs (QRDs) for use by smartphone OEMs and ODMs.

Lorbeck joined Qualcomm in 1994 as a senior engineer on the Globalstar systems engineering team and advanced to vice president of engineering, where he led the development of Globalstar user terminals — portable phones, fixed phones, car kits, satellite data modems, and provisioning software. In 2000, Lorbeck became vice president of business development for Globalstar, heading its consumer, data, aviation, and infrastructure product lines. After returning from a Qualcomm assignment in Beijing, China from 2002 to 2003, Lorbeck moved into the position of vice president and general manager for Qualcomm Technology and Ventures (QT&V), managing both the technology R&D and venture capital functions of QT&V.

While GM of QT&V, Lorbeck led the formation of the MediaFLO business unit and served as general manager. This business unit was later separated to become MediaFLO Technologies (MFT) and MediaFLO U.S.A. Inc., a mobile content provider. Lorbeck served as senior vice president of engineering in MFT, where he led development of the end-to-end MediaFLO system, including the high-speed, forward link-only (FLO) air interface and MediaFLO client-server solutions.

Following his role on MediaFLO, Lorbeck transitioned to senior vice president of engineering at QCT with responsibility for wireless connectivity groups including Bluetooth, wireless local area network (WLAN/WiFi), FM, and mobile broadcast. Later, he became senior vice president of program management in QCT, with responsibility for division-wide program management.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Lorbeck held the position of post-doctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Lorbeck holds a Doctorate, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  

Giovanni Magni

Mentor, Fmr. Bio-Rad Laboratories

Fmr. EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Bio-Rad Laboratories

Giovanni is a veteran Senior Executive, C-Suite Officer, and Board Member with over 40 years of success in biotech, life sciences, pharma, medical diagnostics, and hospitals. Leveraging extensive experience in strategic leadership, commercialization, and international business, he is a valuable asset for similar-sector companies looking for acumen in R&D challenges, product development, commercialization, market research, growth, and expansion. His broad areas of expertise include product concept, design, development, launch, and management; business strategy and development; sales management; market analysis and development; competitive analysis; global marketing; international sales; and cross-functional team leadership and development.

In his executive career, Giovanni has held leadership positions at Bio-Rad Laboratories (EVP and Chief Strategy Officer. VP International Sales and Marketing); Bio-Rad Laboratories Sr (Southern Europe GM); Baxter Diagnostics; Chemetron Chimica S.p.a.; and Clinica del Lavoro. He has been responsible for the development and execution of a company's long-range global strategic plans and objectives, overseeing the analysis of trends and developments, and formulating strategy for growth and profitability of product lines and geographies. Reporting to the CEO, he has led executive collaboration to identify and prioritize strategic mergers and acquisitions, analyzing and reporting financial and operational metrics due diligence. He has led critical executive decision- making to develop the business case for initiatives and products, determining risk profiles, funding, and resource requirements for successful implementation and return on investment (ROI). He has directed European product strategy, development, and launch, including integrated marketing and sales campaigns across Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. Through his global commercialization leadership, and oversight of both internal growth and acquisitions, he spearheaded company growth from $400M to $2.2B in of all selling and marketing operations outside North America for the company's life sciences and diagnostics groups, including 6 selling regions (Europe, Japan, Asia Pacific, China, Latin America, and Emerging Markets); international operations (finance, IT, service, logistics, RA/QA, PMO, and special projects); and international HR and global talent. As EVP of an international sales organization, he was responsible for ~2500 employees and $1.4B annual sales (70% of total company sales). He is directing an international company's global venture fund, emphasizing innovation, acquisitions, and new markets.

Giovanni earned a Degree in Pharmacy from Università degli Studi di Pavia; and a Master Degree in Pharmacy from State University of Pavia. He has professional working fluency in English, Italian, and Spanish.

Jeremy Malecha

Biocanic

CEO & Co-Founder, Biocanic

Jeremy Malecha is CEO and co-founder of Biocanic with over 20 years of healthcare and software related experience. Prior to Biocanic, he was the Vice President of Strategy in ResMed’s SaaS Business. Across his 10+ year career at ResMed he also held senior leadership roles overseeing global product management across the product portfolio and was the lead person behind the conceptualization and launch of the ResMed digital health ecosystem. Today, Jeremy is a catalyst for building a new integrative medicine marketplace rooted in the power of health intelligence and consumer advocacy so society can take back control of their health and wellness in a post pandemic world. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in addition to multiple patents in signal processing for medical applications.

Ziad Mansour

Mentor, Fmr. Qualcomm

Fmr. Sr. VP Engineering, QTI Qualcomm Inc.

Ziad Mansour has previously served as Chief Engineer of EvoNexus in Southern California. He is also a former Senior Vice President of Engineering leading the Digital Hardware group in Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) division. In this role, Mansour provided technical and management leadership for a cross functional engineering team, spread across the U.S. and India, executing on the Cellular and Computing product (CPG, CCP) roadmap.

Under Mansour’s leadership, the team has strengthened its expertise and scaled to the size and output levels required to support QCT’s business, which has shipped more than 15 billion cumulative chips (ASICs) and 861M MSMs in CY14.

Prior to his most recent position, Mansour held various leadership roles at Qualcomm. He joined the company in 1995 as a staff engineer leading the GUM ASIC on the Globalstar project. Quickly advancing within the organization, Mansour moved to QCT’s VLSI group in 1997. He was promoted to vice president in 2002, assuming responsibility for the MSM chip development team.

Prior to Qualcomm, Mansour held chip, board and system design/project lead positions at General Dynamics, TRW and Titan Linkabit all in support of communication systems. Mansour holds patents in modem and low power implementation. Mansour holds a MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.

Massimo Mascaro, Ph.D.

Google

Distinguished Technical Director of Applied AI, Google

Massimo is part of the Office of the CTO for Google Cloud and, in this role, he helps Google Cloud customers reimagine their businesses by leveraging the power of AI and the products from Google that enable it.

Prior to Google he worked at Intuit where he founded and led the data science group as chief data scientist and director of data engineering for the consumer group. Massimo also worked at Intellisis, a San Diego startup that builds advanced speech processing software for various US government and defense entities, as lead of the R&D group and at Microsoft, both in the Core Ranking for Bing and in the Technical Computing Team.

Massimo started in theoretical physics and has a PhD in Neuroscience. In his research work he studied the dynamics of large recurrent neural networks, their connections with attention and the ability of networks to mesh signals from different modalities.

Michael Matthews

Fabric8 Labs

Vice President, Commercialization, Fabric8 LabsMichael Matthews is the Vice President of Commercialization at Fabric8 Labs. In addition to this he is also an Advisory Board Member for Stealth Mode. He is also the former Head of Commercial Development at EMD Performance Materials. Michael Matthews was previously Director of Partnerships at EMD Performance Materials, focused on identifying and accelerating the commercialization of technologies in areas of strategic interest to EMD. He has over twenty years of experience in the electronic materials industry where he led the development and commercialization of new materials and technologies for the semiconductor packaging industry. Prior to joining EMD, Michael was the CEO of Ormet Circuits Inc, an electronic materials company in San Diego, CA that developed environmentally-friendly interconnect materials for the electronics industry. Ormet was purchased by EMD Performance Materials in 2015. Michael holds a BS in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY and an MBA from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

Geoffrey Mayne

HP Inc.

Senior R&D Manager, 3D Scanning, HP Inc.

Geoffrey Mayne is the Sr. Manager responsible for the delivery of products for 3D on-ramps within HP, Inc., including scanning technologies for commercial and consumer applications. Having launched Sprout by HP, the first product from Immersive Computing, he continues to lead design and development efforts, as well as partnering with very large and very small companies around the world.

Geoffrey has focused on the intrapreneurial space within HP for the past ten years. He was the technical lead for investigating and incubating projects within the printing business unit. He has worked on business and financial plans for new concepts, as well as develop prototype hardware and the occasional software. Prior to that, he spent time at a small startup wearing many hats, as is the norm.

Geoffrey lives in San Diego. He received his BS Mechanical Engineering from MIT, his MS Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and tries to learn something new every day.

Marques McCammon

Ricardo North America

President & Global Managing Director Automotive & Industrial, Ricardo North America

Marques McCammon combines nearly 25 years of auto industry product development, manufacturing, brand leadership and marketing experience with intimate knowledge of software-based automotive product advancement.

He gained early recognition from Crain’s Detroit Business as one of 40 young executives making an impact in the Motor City. Other highlights include:

  • General Manager/Vice President for Wind River Systems (Division of Intel Corp)
  • Chief Marketing Officer for EV start-up Aptera Motors
  • General Manager of the Car & Truck Division for Saleen Performance Vehicles
  • General Manager of West Coast Operations for American Specialty Cars
  • Various roles at Chrysler including business architect of Dodge SRT-4, and the original SRT brand moniker


  • At Intel subsidiary Wind River, McCammon was responsible for automotive software products and services, directing a global team focused on software development, product management, engineering, development operations and marketing.

    McCammon was named President of Ricardo North America in October 2019, where he is guiding the 100-year-old global transportation company’s growth in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

    Elan Mevasse

    City National Bank

    Lead - Credit Card Product Management, City National Bank

    Elan Mevasse is an innovator in the financial technology (fintech) space. Elan has worked for a variety of firms in the financial services sector including Wells Fargo and Intuit. He has worked on the both bank and credit union side of traditional financial institutions. He has been CEO of a fintech startup that participated in both the EvoNexus and Plug and Play fintech accelerators. He currently sits on the selection committee for the EvoNexus fintech accelerator in Silicon Valley.

    He has managed the full profitability for debit and credit card portfolios. In addition, he has focused much of his career on bank facing innovation where he launched digital wallets and piloted various projects including card free ATM, mobile loyalty programs and blockchain initiatives.

    Elan continues to work in the fintech sector and he believes that existing banking technology can be greatly improved by integrating the best elements of the most promising fintech firms.Elan holds a BA from UCLA and an MBA from the Middlebury Institute.

    Howard Mirowitz

    Cove Fund II

    Manager, Cove Fund II

    Howard Mirowitz has over 30 years of experience in formulating and executing growth strategies and leading new product development. During his career, Howard co-managed Mitsubishi Electric’s U.S. high-tech business incubator, which created the first Web-capable smart phone, PocketNet, which AT&T Wireless launched at the Super Bowl. The incubator also seed-funded OpenWave, which had a successful IPO, and made profitable investments in other key smart phone-related technologies. Prior to this, Howard led advanced product planning and product marketing in Mitsubishi’s U.S. Computer Division, where he launched several new products that achieved leading U.S. market shares and started a U.S. personal computer factory. At Western Digital, Howard engineered the acquisition of Paradise Systems, which subsequently achieved the #1 share of the worldwide personal computer display controller market. Earlier, Howard headed market research and planning at Microdata Corporation and led Deloitte & Touche’s Philadelphia IT consulting practice.

    Howard is very active in community and charitable causes in Orange County, he was named as Jewish Federation and Family Services’ Mensch of the Year and honored with OneOC’s Volunteer of the Year award. He has served as Co-Chair of the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Measure M Taxpayers’ Oversight Committee and as Co-Chair of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s Measure A Community Oversight Committee; he is past Board Chair of the Mental Health Association of Orange County and he has been a Board Advisor to the Illumination Foundation since its inception.

    Howard received his BA from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught New Product Development at UCI’s Merage Business School and currently teaches occasional courses at UCI Extension’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He is a member of the Advisory Board of UCI’s Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and currently serves as an Expert-in-Residence at UCI Applied Innovation. He is also a partner in the Cove Fund and serves on the Fund’s Investment Committee.

    Oliver Mitchell

    ff Venture Capital

    Venture Partner, ff Venture Capital

    Oliver Mitchell is a Venture Partner at ff Venture Capital, a New York based firm with 90+ portfolio companies and $200 million under management. He is also the founding partner at Autonomy Ventures, a venture syndicate focused on early stage investments in business and industrial automation technologies, including robotics, smart mobility, remote sensing and artificial intelligence. Oliver’s investment portfolio has returned over six exits in the past five years with two IPOs and one unicorn presently valued over $11 billion. Previous transactions have included selling Holmes Protection to ADT/Tyco, Americash to American Express, and launching RobotGalaxy, a national consumer brand. He is a mentor at NYU Stern’s Endless Frontier Labs and holds 14 patents. Oliver speaks often at international trade shows and writes trade periodicals that reach thousands of readers.

    Robert Mittendorff, M.D.

    B Capital Group

    General Partner & Head of Healthcare, B Capital Group

    Dr. Mittendorff is a General Partner and Head of Healthcare who leads investments at B Capital in venture and growth opportunities in the sector. Previously, he was at Norwest Venture Partners for nearly a decade as Partner and Co-Head of Healthcare. He has been involved in investments and associated exits with public equity value or acquisition value that exceed a total of $10B. He is a board certified emergency physician and former public company operating executive with experience that spans investing, complex business development transactions, the leadership of clinical advisory boards, product development, clinical trials, commercial activities, and clinical services management. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (FAAEM).

    At B Capital, he focuses on investing in category defining companies in healthcare led by exceptional leadership teams.

    He has served on the boards of Impel Neuropharma, Avalyn Pharma, Qventus, and VisitPay, TigerConnect, Neocis, and was a board observer at Talkspace, Omada, and Route92. He was a board member at Silk Road Medical (SILK), iCardiac (acq. by eResearch), and Telcare (acq. by BioTelemetry). He was a previous board observer at Intersect ENT (Nasdaq: XENT), and iRhythm Technologies (Nasdaq: IRTC). Dr. Mittendorff was involved with the initial investments in Misfit Wearables (acq. by Fossil) and Health Catalyst (HCAT). He also led seed investments in Myome, Excision Biosciences, and Clerio.

    Dr. Mittendorff was co-chair of the Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit and was a member of the Leadership Fellows at Johns Hopkins.

    Prior to his career in venture capital, Dr. Mittendorff was an executive officer and the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Hansen Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: HNSN, acquired by Auris/JNJ). He launched multiple products including the Magellan & Sensei X robots and led the Company’s partnerships with GE, Siemens, Philips and St. Jude Medical In transactions above $100M. He created the SAB and pitched in a $30M public financing.

    Dr. Mittendorff has also worked in portfolio strategy at Merck and as a management consultant at BCG, and at Kaiser Permanente as an emergency physician. He earned a Harvard M.D., trained at Stanford in Emergency Medicine, and received his M.B.A from Harvard Business School and his B.S. in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins (high hon) where he was a varsity athlete. He has completed fellowships with Howard Hughes, MIT and HBS. He is an avid Premier League fan (Manchester United).

    Dr. Anton Monk

    ViaSat

    VP & CTO of Wireless Initiatives, ViaSat

    Dr. Anton Monk is Vice President and Chief Technology Office of Wireless Initiatives at Viasat. Most recently, Dr. Monk was President of Virtex Strategies, a 5G technology strategy company. Dr. Monk was also VP of technology strategy, business development and partnerships at XCOM Labs, which develops innovative wireless technologies in new 5G verticals such as industrial robotics & automation and multiuser AR/VR. Previously, he was VP of Strategic Alliances and Standards at Cohere Technologies, which developed a groundbreaking wireless modulation technique for next generation 5G cellular communications. He was a co-founder & held the roles of VP & CTO of Entropic Communications, a publicly traded semiconductor company that invented the MoCA home networking solution used by Pay TV service providers for multi-room DVR throughout the U.S. He holds more than 25 granted patents and has been an invited keynote speaker at global technology conferences. Prior to co-founding Entropic he was involved in the development of cable, satellite and wireless integrated circuits at Conexant and ComStream Corporation and was a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He sits on various industry, advisory and academic boards, including the UCSD Jacobs School Dean’s Council of Advisors. Dr. Monk earned a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and B.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

    Michael Moreno

    Amazon Web Services

    VC & Startups at Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    Michael Moreno works on the VC and Startups team at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he helps startups grow and succeed with public sector customers and partners. In previous roles, he has been responsible for developing corporate venture capital strategy while identifying investments and partnerships in disruptive technologies. As a consultant, Moreno has advised companies on international market-entry, as well as foreign companies investing in American tech.

    Moreno served as an Operations Officer in the Central Intelligence Agency and has held positions in the Department of Defense and Department of State. He began his career with a 26-month tour in Iraq as a national security advisor to the Iraqi Government. Following graduate school, Moreno managed a program at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center that taught counterterrorism at the FBI Academy. He completed several more tours in the Middle East before leaving the government in 2016 to co-found a market-entry and defense consultancy in Dubai. He also co-founded Volt.ae, a startup accelerating Electric Vehicle adoption in the Middle East.

    Moreno has an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a BA in Organizational Studies from Pitzer College.

    Malek Moubasher

    Agora Neos, Inc.

    CEO, Agora Neos, Inc. / Management Consultant, Technology & Product Development, Mentor Global Consultants

    Malek has around 25 years of experience as Management Consultant helping companies develop their technology products, go through business and technology transformation, organizational development and change management. In the last two years, Malek was focused on advising around the new business models brought by Blockchain technology such as fractional ownership, crowdfunding, smart contracts, credentials verification, payment settlement, authentication and audit solutions. Malek brings the type of expertise that brings business, people and technology all together under a program ready for execution. During his career he provided consulting services to the United Nations, Local & Federal Governments, Financial Institutions , Oil&Gas Companies, Key Retailers, Automotive Dealerships, Educational Institutes and Non for profits.

    Nandhu Nandhakumar

    LG Electronics

    SVP, Office of the CTO, LG Electronics

    Nandhu Nandhakumar is currently SVP, Office of the CTO, where he leads R&D in next gen media technologies, smart cities and robotics targeting new products and services. Nandhu has an established record of innovation related to entertainment and information content from network-connected CE devices, 3D entertainment in the home, and mobile broadcast television. He is also responsible for identifying and establishing strategic business and technology partnerships in a broad range of areas of interest to LG. He has initiated and led new activities in media/telecom technology standards development groups, and represents the office of the CTO of LGE on technology policy issues in interactions with US regulatory agencies and trade associations. His prior positions at LG include CTO and VP Engineering of Triveni Digital, a subsidiary of LG Electronics. At Triveni Digital, Nandhu led the development of products for media & metadata distribution, monitoring and translation over different types of broadcast networks. These infrastructure products are being used by the world’s largest cable, terrestrial, telco, and satellite systems to extend services and implement new business models. Prior to this, as Director of Engineering at LG Electronics Research Center of America, he led MPEG standards development and prototyping of advanced networked consumer media appliances. He holds numerous patents and has published over a 100 journal and conference papers in these areas of technology. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Nandhu has a PhD in EE from UT Austin, an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.E (Hons) in Electronics & Communications Engineering from University of Madras, India.

    Meenu Annamalai

    T Rowe Price Associates

    Vice President of T Rowe Price AssociatesMs. Annamalai is based in San Francisco, CA where she serves as the Vice President of T Rowe Price Associates. She was previously the Defined Contribution Leader of West Market, Mercer, and before then the Director of Retirement Investments, at HP. At HP she oversaw the investments of HP’s assets in the Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit plans of ~$21B in diverse asset classes including public equity, fixed income, private equity, real estate and hedge funds.Prior to joining HP, Meenu was responsible for the strategy, governance, execution, and communication of the company-sponsored Defined Contribution plans in the Americas for Franklin Templeton Investments.Meenu began her career in financial services and has spent over 15 years constructing comprehensive financial and investment plans for individuals, corporate and institutional clients. She serves on the Retirement Research Centre Steering Committee for Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) and is a Frequent Speaker and Advisory Member at DCIIA, Pension and Investments (P&I), Institutional Investor Forum (IIF) conferences.Ms. Annamalai achieved her undergraduate degree in Information Technology and Economics from York University in Toronto, Canada and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. She also holds the Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) designation.

    Carlos Nunez, M.D.

    ResMed

    Chief Medical Officer, ResMed

    Carlos M. Nunez, M.D., was appointed ResMed’s chief medical officer in January 2017. Prior to joining ResMed, he was senior vice president of Medical Affairs at Becton, Dickinson and Company, leading the Office of Science, Medicine and Technology for its largest division. Before that, he was chief medical officer at CareFusion, where he built and led a global team that provided company-wide medical oversight.

    From 2000 to 2011, Carlos was chief physician executive at Picis, Inc., an industry-leading medical informatics company that became part of the Optum division of UnitedHealth Group. At Picis/Optum, Carlos provided medical leadership and clinical direction for corporate strategy, marketing, product development, sales, implementation and customer relations for global markets.

    Before working in the medtech industry, Carlos was a practicing anesthesiologist, intensivist and hospitalist; director of critical care research, informatics and analytics; and the Duke University educational affiliation at Carolinas Medical Center NorthEast.

    Carlos received his medical doctorate from the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he also completed his postgraduate training in anesthesiology, critical care medicine and clinical research.

    Peter Oneppo

    SerenityEHS

    Founder, SerenityEHS

    For over 20 years, Peter has been striving to simplify technology to make it work better for people. Early in his career, Peter spent his time implementing technology to automate business processes. After getting his MBA at the Rady School of Management (’08) at UC San Diego, Peter began working with ServiceNow partners helping them grow their practices. In 2014, Peter was working for Intréis, which was acquired by ServiceNow. After the acquisition, Peter worked to drive product strategy in the Future Products group. Most recently, Peter has Founded SerenityEHS to focus on environmental, health, and safety applications powered by ServiceNow.

    Ernie Ozaki

    Qualcomm

    Fmr. VP, Hardware Engineering Group, Corporate R&D, Qualcomm

    Ernie Ozaki is an Antenna Systems/RF/Microwave subject matter expert with extensive experience in technical management, design and development engineering, new product innovation, and design to cost engineering. He has nearly 40 years of experience in the design and development of advanced antennas and antenna system electronics for a variety of diverse applications for the aerospace, military, global SATCOM, terrestrial cellular, and automotive industries, and in new areas such as ATG (air to ground) applications for commercial jetliners and drones, vehicular communications, and antennas for biological sensors and wireless power transfer. He has working knowledge of many antenna types and technologies including broadband, multiband, and multi-beam antennas, active and passive phased arrays, dual polarized antennas, miniaturized antennas for mobile devices, and multibeam lens antennas and feed systems.

    His industry experience started at Hughes Aircraft Company and TRW in the 80s and 90s, where he worked on antennas and beamforming networks for phased array radars, near field probe test facilities for qualifying the radars, adaptive antenna arrays, and decade bandwidth, multi-beam, multi-functional antennas/beamformers. He was then at Qualcomm for the next 22 plus years before retiring in 2017. There, he worked on external and internal antenna solutions for the early mobile handsets, new industry standard test and certification methodologies, and procedures for high volume factory test and phone calibration. As the handset designs morphed towards smaller and ultra-thin form factors, he worked on compact antenna solutions for thin smartphones and smartwatches, and in the development of new features such as tunable antennas and multi-antenna solutions for diversity/MIMO processing. At Qualcomm he also worked on antenna systems for satellite phones, shaped beam antenna concepts for new ATG (air to ground) systems for the commercial airline industry and antennas for wireless power transfer and biological sensors.

    His technical management experience includes his role as assistant antenna department manager at TRW where he was responsible for technical and administrative management of development projects, advanced antenna and lab facilities, project and department budgets, and staffing. At Qualcomm he progressed to the level of Vice President of the Hardware Engineering Group within Qualcomm’s Corporate R&D division (CR&D) where his responsibilities included technical and administrative management of teams of antenna, RF/MW, and digital engineers that developed new HW solutions demonstrating new advanced telecommunication systems (such as 3G, 4G, and 5G), and antenna solutions for form fit accurate mobile phones used to demonstrate key features of the latest Qualcomm chipset designs. His responsibilities also included support of the development of annual R&D plans, identifying new areas for research, and helping to define and execute on collaborative research efforts with universities and small startup companies.

    He has 57 granted US patents (240 worldwide). He holds a MSEE degree from USC.

    Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

    InterDigital

    EVP, Chief Technology Officer, Interdigital Rajesh Pankaj is InterDigital’s EVP, Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s technology vision and strategy and advancing the company’s technology roadmaps. Dr. Pankaj works closely with other executives to partner with internal R&I efforts, external investments and corporate development in executing the company’s technology vision.Dr. Rajesh Pankaj is an inventor and a technology executive with deep expertise in wireless research in 3G, 4G and 5G and in emerging areas like deep learning. He joined InterDigital in July 2022 from Qualcomm where he oversaw research in 5G, 4G LTE, augmented reality and other technologies, contributing to an industry-leading wireless and mobile computing patent portfolio. During his 25-year tenure, Dr. Pankaj most recently served as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Head of Corporate R&D, managing a global team of engineers focused on Artificial Intelligence, Edge Computing and new technologies.A prolific innovator, Dr. Pankaj is an inventor or co-inventor on 230 patents worldwide.Dr. Pankaj holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree of technology in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

    Amir Panush

    TDK InvenSense

    President & CEO, TDK InvenSense

    Amir Panush joined InvenSense in April 2015 to head the company’s Strategy & Corporate Development where he drove strategic expansion and diversification, ultimately leading to successful acquisition by TDK. Since the merger completion in 2017 and until 2019 he served as VP & General Manager of the Motion and Pressure Business Unit, from 2019 to February 2020 as Deputy GM & Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the MEMS Business Group, and now serves as President and CEO of TDK-InvenSense. Prior to joining InvenSense, Amir served as Senior Director Product Management and Business development of IoE/IoT Client business at Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM). Prior to that, he was Director of Automotive Product Management of Qualcomm Atheros division where he grew the business from inception to widespread adoption by tier 1 automotive customers. Prior to Qualcomm, Amir led strategic marketing and partnerships at Atheros Communications (acquired by Qualcomm). His earlier industry roles spanned software engineering and project management leadership at Texas Instruments and Comsys Mobile (acquired by Intel).

    Amir holds a Master of Business Administration from Haas Business School, University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree, Cum Laude, in Computer Science from Technion Institute of Technology in Israel.

    Christopher Rowan

    Arscientia

    Founder & Managing Partner, Arscientia

    Chris is the founder of Arscientia and has 30 years of executive management experience as a GM, in marketing, sales, and business development. He has experience in the semiconductor, software, FinTech, chemical, advanced materials, and photonics industries. His key strengths include strategic planning, new business development, process invention, forecasting, and new product introductions. Chris is the inventor of the Consistency of Purpose (CoP) and Risk to Value (R2V) strategic planning processes. He has successfully launched 5 new product lines. As a GM and responsible for strategic marketing at Cymer, sales increased from $6 million to $203 million in less than 3 years with a market share over 90% and two years later to approximately $0.5 billion. Chris was a SEMATECH ITRS roadmap voting member, obtained a $1.1 SEMATECH contract for optical material testing, won a DOE CRADA for superconductor research and analysis. Chris holds two software patents and has served on 3 boards and 5 advisory boards: a founding board member of the Design Museum of Boston, Strategic Advisor to NewCap Partners, an MIT Enterprise Forum Co-Programing Chair, a mentor at UCSD’s NSF I-corps program, moderator an IEEE panel on IoT, MIT forum on AI in health care, a BlueTech judge, Prism Award judge in 2018 & 2019. He is currently a Cove Fund partner, a patent pending in decision making software. He earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and was awarded the Hurley Calculus Award.

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    Fund of Funds, Hedge funds, risk management, VC, Investment Banking, Decision Making Tools

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    AI, machine learning, insurance tech, predictive behavior analytics, back office & operations software, marketing, two-sided markets, investment committee

    Barry Sandrew

    The ARIA Network

    Founder & CTO, VRM & The ARIA Network

    An internationally recognized serial entrepreneur, digital imaging expert and visual effects (VFX) pioneer with over 33 patents and 30 years of feature film & TV accomplishments including productions for all the major Hollywood studios, TV networks and several cable networks. Dr. Sandrew is founder of 2 production studios that became the gold standard for color VFX. In 2000 he established the first and longest operating VFX studio in India.

    In 1987 Sandrew invented digital colorization. Between 1987-1993, he colorized over 250 films, 180 TV episodes and 70 cartoons. He also produced all color, compositing and VFX for Spielberg’s first digital animated feature, We’re Back, A Dinosaur Story, Gahan Wilson’s animated classic, The Diner, the Fox TV series, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, as well as VFX for the ABC miniseries, War and Remembrance and the John Lennon documentary, Imagine.

    In 2000 Sandrew re-invented colorization, founding Legend Films. There he produced 100 films for Legend Films’ library and colorized an equal number of films for Fox, Sony, Universal and Paramount, Barry also produced VFX for Scorsese’s The Aviator, HBO’s Entourage, the CBS Sports Special, Jim Nantz Remembers Augusta:The 1960 Masters, the CBS Specials, Lucy Goes To Scotland & The Italian Movie and the ESPN Sports Special, The Greatest Game Ever Played.

    In 2007 Sandrew invented a process for converting 2D films to 3D. He subsequently changed the company name to Legend3D and beginning in 2010, Sandrew oversaw creative and technical teams in the 3D conversion of Alice In Wonderland, the Shrek Trilogy, Transformers and many other tent-pole films at the height of the 3D phenomenon. In subsequent years the teams Barry Sandrew led have worked on the 3D conversion and VFX of more than 50 of the highest grossing 3D feature films of the past 5 years.

    Dr. Sandrew is currently focused on emerging new media opportunities including augmented reality and 3D sensor technology.

    Peter Schaffer

    Avantax Wealth Management

    VP Investment Sales, Avantax Wealth Management

    Peter is a senior strategic leader in financial services with diverse experience in directing global product development, operations, risk management, process improvement, client growth and retention functions.  An innovative and adaptable leader, he led corporate initiatives at Fortune 500 companies to restructure operations, build high customer value programs and identify strategic growth opportunities.

    Peter is currently the VP, Investment Sales at Avantax Wealth Management. Prior, Peter directed the risk monitoring, governance and oversight functions for LPL Financial’s $750 billion product platform of traded products, alternative investments, managed accounts and annuities. In this role he launched product, technology and service programs focused on attracting and retaining a client base of over 17,000 financial advisors.

    Prior to LPL, Peter was a Managing Director and the Global Head of Product at Russell Investments. He was responsible for overall global product strategy, development and management for a $250 billion product-line of mutual funds, separate accounts and model portfolios.

    Peter has held a variety of leadership positions in business development, marketing, corporate strategy and product management at Franklin Templeton Investments, Charles Schwab and Wells Fargo Bank. Additionally, he was a mentor to fintech start-ups at an incubator program in Seattle, WA.

    Peter holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a M.B.A from the University of San Francisco. In addition to FINRA licenses 7, 24 and 63, Peter holds the Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional designation from Georgetown University.

    Ted Schilowitz

    Paramount Pictures

    Futurist, Paramount Pictures

    Ted spends his time in a unique role in the motion picture entertainment industry. As the Futurist at Paramount pictures, Ted works with studio leadership and the technology teams at Paramount / Viacom, exploring forms of new and emerging technologies, with an emphasis on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Prior to joining Paramount, Ted was the Futurist at 20th Century Fox, where he worked on the evolving art, science, and technology of advanced interactive visual storytelling. He was part of the creation team for the Martian VR and Wild VR experiences, which premiered at CES and Sundance as groundbreaking projects that pushed the envelope of Virtual Reality storytelling. Ted was an integral part of the product development team at RED Digital Cinema as a founding member and the company’s first employee. The Red One and Epic cameras have made a significant impact on the Motion Picture Industry, with many of the world’s biggest movies now being shot with these ultra-high-resolution digital movie cameras. Ted is one of the founders and creators of the G-Tech product line of advanced hard drive storage products.

    PARAMOUNT PICTURESParamount Pictures Corporation (also known simply as Paramount) is an American film studio that is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS. It is the fifth oldest surviving film studio in the world, the second oldest in the United States, and the sole member of the “Big Five” film studios still located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood.

    Brad Schoening

    Privacy Logistics

    Founder & CTO, Privacy Logistics

    Brad is a senior strategic leader in big data and data privacy. His diverse experience includes working with Wall Street fintech in New York, as well as startup companies in Silicon Valley and London.

    Throughout his career, he has held a variety of leadership positions in engineering management, strategic consulting, sales engineering and professional services at companies such as Morgan Stanley, Cisco Systems, DataStax and Privitar. Brad holds six patents from his work at Cisco.

    He is an open-source author and has created a format-preserving encryption library, Mysto, which makes privacy-enhancing technology more accessible to businesses and users. Mysto enables software developers to de-identify personal information within their database, in compliance with national encryption standards.

    Brad has a B.A. in physics and mathematics from Drew University, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In addition, he is a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP).

    Dr. Nambi Seshadri

    Mentor, Fmr. Broadcom

    Fmr. VP & CTO, Mobile Platforms & Wireless Connectivity Groups, Broadcom

    Nambi Seshadri is the 2018 Winner of IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal

    Nambi Seshadri joined Broadcom in 1999 and was the first employee dedicated to developing the company’s wireless strategy. As VP and CTO of the Mobile Platforms and Wireless Connectivity business groups, he helped drive Broadcom’s entry into 2G,3G and 4G cellular, mobile multimedia, low power Wi-Fi for handsets, combo chips that integrate multiple wireless connectivity technologies, GPS, as well as development of a strong IPR portfolio.

    From 2011 to 2014, he also served as Senior VP and General Manager of the Mobile Platforms Solutions business unit. This group was responsible for developing and marketing cellular baseband, RF and power management products as well as complete smart phone handset reference platforms.

    From 2014 until his recent departure from Broadcom, he served as Senior VP and CTO of the Broadband and Connectivity group. Prior to joining Broadcom, he worked for more than 13 years at AT&T Bell Laboratories as Member of Technical Staff and as Head of Communications Research at AT&T Shannon Labs. His research focused on developing techniques for reliable transmission of data, speech, and audio for mobile communications. He is a Fellow of IEEE, Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, Foreign Member of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Distinguished alumnus of National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, India and holds about 200 patents.

    He received his B.E. degree in Electronics and Communications from Regional Engineering College (now called NIT), Tiruchirapalli, India in 1982, and M.S. and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY in 1986.

    Chris Shimojima

    Mentor, Fmr. Provide Commerce

    Fmr. CEO, Provide Commerce

    As a CEO and C-level executive, Chris Shimojima has led organizations in a Fortune 100 global enterprise to PE-backed companies and start-ups. A classically trained consumer packaged goods brand manager, his career has spanned many industries, including athletic footwear & apparel, beauty, home décor, food & beverage, telecommunication, and specialty retail. Since 1999, Chris has been at the forefront of the digital revolution, leading organizations that have pioneered notable innovations like "buy online, pick up in-store," drop-shipped marketplace, digital mass customization, and global scale e-commerce.

    In 2017, Chris co-founded Daasity, a SaaS-based data-analytics company that focuses on helping direct-to-consumer brands harness data to make faster, better decisions. Daasity was accepted into EvoNexus in 2019 and was selected by Shopify Plus as its preferred certified technology partner for data analytics.

    Chris presently serves on the board of Metagenics, Implus Corporation, Kirkland’s Inc, and Milani Cosmetics; and, advises several start-ups and micro-cap companies. He also serves as an Executive-in-Residence for EvoNexus, a start-up incubator in San Diego. As the founder of C5 Advisory, a management consultancy, Chris helps companies amplify growth.

    After devoting the first half of his career in consumer goods and services with Pepsi-cola, Nestlé, and AT&T, Chris began his career in digital commerce in 1999 as the Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer for kozmo.com. He then led Sears.com from 2001 to 2006 where he built it to reach $900 million in sales, making it as one of the five largest e-commerce businesses in the U.S.

    In 2006, joined Nike as their first global e-commerce leader. At Nike, Chris successfully expanded Nike.com and NikeiD into 24 countries and laid the foundation for becoming a multi-billion dollar business it is today. In 2012, he became the CEO of Provide Commerce, the operator of specialty e-commerce brands – ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries, RedEnvelope, Personal Creations, and Gift.com. Chris successfully engineered the sale of the company in 2015.

    Chris was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, speaks fluent Japanese. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Shirley, and Alfie, who is 60% Poodle, 40% Pug+Cocker+Chihuahua.

    Ed Sullivan

    KeySight Technologies

    National Sales Manager - Geographic Business, Keysight TechnologiesEdward Sullivan has 40 years of experience in sales and marketing in the Test and Measurement field working at Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Keysight Technologies. Ed cut his teeth selling T&M solutions to new start-ups like REMEC Components and Peregrine Semiconductor. He managed the Aerospace Defense Team for Agilent Technologies selling to Northrup Grumman, Boeing and Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ. Ed served as the Global Director managing the Qualcomm business for Keysight and was responsible for growing Keysight's wireless business in the southwest. As the National Sales Manager, Ed developed and implemented a Geographic Sales Team across the US to expand sales into new start-ups and grow the number of customers for Keysight selling hardware, software and services with unique financial offerings.A Cal Poly University graduate with a BSEE, Ed continues his interests in communication technologies in the Automotive market and Quantum Computing. His other passions are woodworking, construction technologies and flipping houses.

    Hem Suri

    EvoNexus Fintech Executive In Residence

    Founder & Managing Partner, Spark Growth Ventures / EvoNexus Fintech Executive in Residence

    Hem is an accomplished investment, board and executive management leader with two decades of experience as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, board professional, investment banker, general management executive as well as a researcher.

    Hem currently serves as the Founder & Managing Partner of Spark Growth Ventures, an early-stage technology venture capital firm with a Pan American focus. Previously, he was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ClearVision Equity, a 2x Interim CEO of emerging healthcare companies, an executive of a KKR Private Equity portfolio company, an investment banker on Wall Street as well as a functional leader in multiple Fortune 500 companies in the US.

    Hem has also served on over 20 startup and social enterprise boards across US and is heavily involved with several prominent incubators and accelerators in SoCal supporting budding entrepreneurs. He has executed 40+ venture, private equity and M&A transactions with over $2B in total capital spanning over 12 years at Spark Growth Ventures, ClearVision Equity Partners, Deutsche Bank, and a KKR private equity portfolio company.

    Hem has an M.B.A. from Harvard, an M.S. from University of Illinois and a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He is passionate about the environment, equality and education for under-privileged children, and loves reading, traveling and active pursuits.

    Andy Taylor

    FRMR Credit Karma

    FRMR VP & GM, Home & New Ventures, Credit KarmaAndy Taylor is the former VP & General Manager of Credit Karma Home & New Ventures, which he joined through the acquisition of Approved, a mortgage technology company he founded in 2015 and incubated at Evo Nexus. Day to day, he’s on a quest to improve the usually frustrating mortgage experience and help consumers get closer to the American Dream of homeownership. Prior to Approved, Andy ran the product team at Redfin, where he really got to know today’s home buyers and sellers. Before that, he worked as a Product Marketing Manager at Apple in Photo Products, and in a former life, he programmed video games as a software engineer at Electronic Arts. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Stanford and got his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.