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

People

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.
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
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
Joe Boerio

Joe Boerio

EvoNexus Officer, Franklin Templeton
Brittany Gill

Brittany Gill

Program Manager & Executive Assistant to CEO
Eugenia Wilson

Eugenia Wilson

EvoNexus Program & Marketing Manager
Kelly Kwan

Kelly Kwan

EvoNexus Accounting & Facilities Manager
Behrooz Abdi

Behrooz Abdi

TDK InvenSense
Derek Aberle

Derek Aberle

XCOM
Alex Arrow, M.D.

Alex Arrow, M.D.

Carlsmed
Ziad Asghar

Ziad Asghar

Qualcomm
Andy Ballester

Andy Ballester

GoFundMe
Jordan Becker

Jordan Becker

Bae Systems
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
Rich Christiansen

Rich Christiansen

Kilpatrick Townsend
Mike Cordonnier

Mike Cordonnier

Carlsmed
Frank Creede

Frank Creede

Mentor, Fmr. Anterix
James Cross

James Cross

Franklin Templeton
Scott Dennis

Scott Dennis

D&K
Suzie Dergham

Suzie Dergham

Guru
John DeNuzzio Ph.D.

John DeNuzzio Ph.D.

Becton Dickenson
Mark Drucker

Mark Drucker

Silanna Semiconductor North America, Inc.
Linda Duncombe

Linda Duncombe

City National Bank
William Eigner

William Eigner

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP
Dr. Moudy Elbayadi

Dr. Moudy Elbayadi

Shutterfly, Inc.
Todd Friedman

Todd Friedman

ResMed
Dr. Rakhi Garg

Dr. Rakhi Garg

Philips Healthcare
Burton Goldfield

Burton Goldfield

TriNet
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
Dave Hickey

Dave Hickey

Verizon
Kristi Jaska

Kristi Jaska

ViaSat
Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins

Innovations Realized LLC
Stephen Joseph

Stephen Joseph

Brex
John Kaewall

John Kaewall

InterDigital, Inc.
Srini Kalapala

Srini Kalapala

Verizon
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
Margaret King

Margaret King

Franklin Templeton
Jason Knapp

Jason Knapp

ViaSat
Tolga Kurtoglu

Tolga Kurtoglu

HP Inc.
Dr. Richard Kurtz

Dr. Richard Kurtz

Bio-Rad Laboratories
Ryan Lakin

Ryan Lakin

Abbott
Gregg Landis, M.D.

Gregg Landis, M.D.

Northwell Health
Dr. Quinn Li

Dr. Quinn Li

Qualcomm Ventures
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
Ziad Mansour

Ziad Mansour

Mentor, Fmr. Qualcomm
David Marino

David Marino

Hughes Marino
Massimo Mascaro, Ph.D.

Massimo Mascaro, Ph.D.

Google
Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

EMD Performance Materials
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
Takaki Morihara

Takaki Morihara

Artron Ventures, Inc.
Malek Moubasher

Malek Moubasher

Agora Neos, Inc.
Zachary Myers

Zachary Myers

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Nandhu Nandhakumar

Nandhu Nandhakumar

LG Electronics
Meenu Natarajan

Meenu Natarajan

Mercer
Rodd Novak

Rodd Novak

pSemi
Carlos Nunez, M.D.

Carlos Nunez, M.D.

ResMed
Peter Oneppo

Peter Oneppo

SerenityEHS
Eddy Ortiz

Eddy Ortiz

Royal Bank of Canada
Ernie Ozaki

Ernie Ozaki

Qualcomm
Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

Qualcomm
Amir Panush

Amir Panush

TDK InvenSense
Tyler Robinson

Tyler Robinson

Brex
Kenneth Rollins

Kenneth Rollins

Cooley LLP
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

Hewlett Packard
Hem Suri

Hem Suri

EvoNexus Fintech Executive In Residence
Andy Taylor

Andy Taylor

Credit Karma
Michael Thiemann

Michael Thiemann

Zebit
Dr. Henry Tirri

Dr. Henry Tirri

InterDigital, Inc.
Sumit Tomar

Sumit Tomar

EvoNexus Executive in Residence
Mehul Udani

Mehul Udani

MuRata Americas
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

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
Brittany Gill

Brittany Gill

Program Manager & Executive Assistant to CEO
Eugenia Wilson

Eugenia Wilson

EvoNexus Program & Marketing Manager
Kelly Kwan

Kelly Kwan

EvoNexus Accounting & Facilities Manager
Hem Suri

Hem Suri

EvoNexus Fintech Executive In Residence
Sumit Tomar

Sumit Tomar

EvoNexus Executive in Residence

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.

Brittany Gill

Program Manager & Executive Assistant to CEO

EvoNexus Program Manager & Executive Assistant to CEO

Brittany Gill is a Program Manager and Executive Assistant to the EvoNexus CEO and Co-Founder, Rory Moore. Based in La Jolla, she works closely with Rory to continue the EvoNexus legacy of building a community that motivates entrepreneurs to turn their transformative ideas into fundable, commercially-viable companies. Brittany also remains heavily involved in the portfolio company incubation process from application to graduation and everything in between. Frequently corresponding with key figures in the media, she ensures EvoNexus receives sufficient exposure to attract the best and brightest minds in the industry. Brittany has extensive experience in customer service and facilities operations, having worked her way to a managerial role in her last position.

Outside of EvoNexus, Brittany enjoys endless hobbies including learning Spanish and French, snow sports, off-roading, and travel. She obtained her sailing certification in late 2019 and is she is working towards her private pilot’s license, regularly flying single-engine fixed-wing aircraft and a flight simulator in her home.

Eugenia Wilson

EvoNexus Program & Marketing Manager

EvoNexus Silicon Valley Program & Marketing Manager

Eugenia Wilson is currently the Program & Marketing Manager for the Silicon Valley FinTech Incubator. Eugenia recently graduated with an MBA from UC Davis, where she was a New Ventures Fellow with Venture Catalyst. At Venture Catalyst, Eugenia worked closely with early-stage entrepreneurs to help develop their business plans and commercialize their research. Eugenia also held an internship with CalPERS Private Equity.

Prior to her MBA, Eugenia worked in business development, including at the Canadian FinTech startup, Planswell. She completed her BSc in Psychology at McGill University.

Kelly Kwan

EvoNexus Accounting & Facilities Manager

EvoNexus Accounting & Facilities Manager

A dedicated and detail-oriented accounting professional, Kelly Kwan has fifteen years of experience in the accounting field. She is the current EvoNexus accounting and facilities manager. She specializes in asset, liability, and capital account management. Kelly is responsible for managing the general accounting for both EvoNexus and NovaComm, a 501(c3) related entity to EvoNexus, preparing financial statements and management reporting, managing the organization’s fiscal assets, and assisting in the budgets and forecasts.

Coming from a hard-working family in China, Kelly arrived in the U.S. with a dream to start her accounting practice. She earned an associate degree in accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree in public health. In her leisure time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, travel, and spending time with family.

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.

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
Jordan Becker

Jordan Becker

Bae Systems
Dr. Ivo Bolsens

Dr. Ivo Bolsens

AMD
Rich Christiansen

Rich Christiansen

Kilpatrick Townsend
James Cross

James Cross

Franklin Templeton
Scott Dennis

Scott Dennis

D&K
Mark Drucker

Mark Drucker

Silanna Semiconductor North America, Inc.
Linda Duncombe

Linda Duncombe

City National Bank
William Eigner

William Eigner

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP
Burton Goldfield

Burton Goldfield

TriNet
Jason Halac

Jason Halac

Dexcom Ventures
Dave Hickey

Dave Hickey

Verizon
Srini Kalapala

Srini Kalapala

Verizon
Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

LG Technology Ventures
Bridget Kimball

Bridget Kimball

Intuit
Tolga Kurtoglu

Tolga Kurtoglu

HP Inc.
Dr. Richard Kurtz

Dr. Richard Kurtz

Bio-Rad Laboratories
Dr. Quinn Li

Dr. Quinn Li

Qualcomm Ventures
David Marino

David Marino

Hughes Marino
Takaki Morihara

Takaki Morihara

Artron Ventures, Inc.
Zachary Myers

Zachary Myers

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Rodd Novak

Rodd Novak

pSemi
Eddy Ortiz

Eddy Ortiz

Royal Bank of Canada
Amir Panush

Amir Panush

TDK InvenSense
Tyler Robinson

Tyler Robinson

Brex
Kenneth Rollins

Kenneth Rollins

Cooley LLP
Ted Schilowitz

Ted Schilowitz

Paramount Pictures
Dr. Henry Tirri

Dr. Henry Tirri

InterDigital, Inc.
Mehul Udani

Mehul Udani

MuRata Americas
David Whelan

David Whelan

Cubic

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 / President & CEO, ViaSat

Mr. Baldridge is responsible for leading corporate strategy and operations for the ViaSat organization as a whole, guiding and evaluating the company’s three operating segments (Services, Commercial, and Government), and cultivating and maintaining relations with the investor community. 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.

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.

About Kilpatrick Townsend

James Cross

Franklin Templeton

Co-Head of Private Investing, Franklin Equity Group, Franklin Templeton Investments (BEN)

James Cross is a Co-Head of Private Investing with Franklin Equity Group. He currently covers the aerospace and defense industries while leading the Industrials sector team. He also is a portfolio manager on the Franklin Technology Fund. Mr. Cross also coordinates the Franklin Equity Group’s venture investment activities where he is a director on the Franklin Blackhorse and Talos venture funds.

Before assuming industry coverage in 2000, Mr. Cross focused on quantitative research, risk analysis and performance attribution. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton in 1998, he worked as an economic planner for the State of Texas. Mr. Cross earned a B.B.A. with a major in economics from Baylor University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

Scott Dennis

D&K

Co-founder & CEO, D&K

As a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of D&K Engineering, Scott Dennis provides the strategic direction to this engineering and manufacturing services firm. Scott is also responsible for the day-to-day management of client relationships and oversight of manufacturing operations.

Prior to co-founding D&K Engineering, Scott spent several years at Hewlett Packard in various technical and leadership roles. During his tenure at HP, Scott worked in HP’s inkjet R&D and manufacturing organization and was part of several successful inkjet cartridge and printer commercialization efforts in the office and large format printing space. His technical experience includes; mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, lab automation and quality. He has held various technical and management roles within his career with HP and York International.

A native speaker of Spanish, Scott graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1993 with BS degrees in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering and with an MSME from Stanford University in 1995, with an emphasis in Mechatronics and Smart Product Design.

 About D&K Engineering

Mark Drucker

Silanna Semiconductor North America, Inc.

CEO, Silanna Semiconductor North America, Inc.

Mark Drucker is Chief Executive Officer at Silanna Semiconductor North America, Inc.. Mark was a co-founder and CEO of IO Semiconductor, which was acquired by Silanna Semiconductor in 2012. Mr. Drucker has 28 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, 16 of which have been in executive management.

His management experience encompasses executive roles in Product Development, Marketing, Operations, and Quality. Prior to IO Semiconductor Mr. Drucker held executive management positions at Semtech Corporation (via its acquisition of Edge Semiconductor) and Brooktree Corporation. Mr. Drucker earned a B.S.E.E. from the University of Michigan.

Linda Duncombe

City National Bank

EVP Marketing & Product Strategy, City National Bank

Linda Duncombe is Executive Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy, and leads a team that is responsible for advancing the company’s brand, articulating its value proposition and supporting business development. She oversees marketing, client experience, advertising and communications as well as digital channels, product development, credit cards and multicultural outreach.

Ms. Duncombe is a member of the company’s Executive Committee and reports to Chief Executive Officer Kelly Coffey.

Prior to joining City National, she was the global head of design for Citibank’s Global Consumer Bank and the chief marketing officer and head of growth for Citi FinTech. In this capacity, she managed the Global Consumer Bank’s digital and mobile transformation, and the marketing and communication strategy for Citi FinTech.

Ms. Duncombe was born in Australia. She began her career with National Australia Bank and held a variety of roles in business banking, private banking and consumer banking. She went on to serve as the head of customer franchise with Citi in Australia, where she led digital banking, customer experience and marketing.

Ms. Duncombe earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Sydney University. She also graduated from Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and completed Citi’s Women’s Leadership Development Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Active in community and civic affairs, Ms. Duncombe serves on the board of the Global Retail Management Association, a forum for executives from the world’s leading brands.

About City National Bank

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.

Dave Hickey

Verizon

VP, Verizon Business Group West Area, Verizon Business Group

Dave Hickey is the Vice President of the Verizon Business Group West Area overseeing all SMB, R2B/I2B and Data Sales for the market. He carries twenty years of leadership and sales experience across the west territory of the US. Dave brings his spirited energy to the team around strategic direction, funnel management, high activity levels and developing emerging talent.

Dave joined Verizon in 2000 as a Business Account Executive and has held various roles within the organization including: Major Account Manager, Business Sales Manager, Associate Director and Director of SMB, Retail, Enterprise and Government. David’s passion is established from a framework that is centralized in tactful employee culture and customer engagement, creating relationships that serve all sides of the business.

Srini Kalapala

Verizon

SVP & Chief Product Development Officer, Verizon

Srini Kalapala is the Senior Vice President and Chief Product Development Officer for Verizon. He is responsible for developing next-generation network technologies and strategies, identifying and partnering with suppliers to enable Verizon's technology strategy and driving technology architecture efforts across Verizon. Srini is also responsible for development of Network cloud and Edge platforms and for driving virtualization and automation across the networks.

Prior to his current role, Srini was managing strategy and architecture functions in the Information Technology organization. In that role, Srini led technology transformation efforts in the areas of work force mobility, Wireline network transformation and platform rationalization. Srini’s team also developed world class CRM platforms for technicians and call centers supporting Fios business. Forrester recognized Srini’s team as one of the top five leading architecture organizations in the world for these efforts.

Srini also played notable roles in the delivery of long distance, voice unbundling and development of broadband strategies at Verizon. Prior to joining Verizon, Srini worked at British Telecom, IBM and MCI in various technology roles driving workforce and network management transformations.

Srini is a member of the board for the Linux Foundation for Networking and is active across other areas tied to software and networks. Srini is also on the board of trustees for New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). In addition, Srini mentors middle school students in STEM and coaches students competing in Robotics. Srini holds an MBA from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree in Technology from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Engineering from Birla Institute of Science (BITS) in Pilani, India.

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.

Tolga Kurtoglu

HP Inc.

GTO & Global Head of HP Labs, HP Inc.

Tolga Kurtoglu is HP’s Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of HP Labs. In this role, Tolga leads HP Labs, one of the world’s most preeminent and seasoned industrial research laboratories, where he will drive a renewed commitment to cutting-edge research and innovation. He will also lead 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.

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.

Takaki Morihara

Artron Ventures, Inc.

COO, Artron Ventures, Inc.

Takaki Morihara has over 15 years of experience in hardware industry with multiple responsibilities of sales, marketing and engineering for several market (Consumer, Automotive, Semiconductor and Optical Communication).

Mr. Morihara started his career as an acoustic engineer for automotive speakers and performed sales for SONY, Alpine and Samsung at Foster Electric, which is the largest speaker manufacturer in the world. He also has managed to develop new business as a branch manager both in California and Texas while he has worked at TOA Electrical Industrial. Recently he has started a new position as COO at artron ventures to discover new technology and startups.

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.

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.

Tyler Robinson

Brex

Strategic Investor Partnerships, Brex

Tyler currently leads Strategic Investor Partnerships for Brex — a role he has held since 2020. Tyler is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of partnering with top-tier VCs, accelerators, and incubators to enable their portfolio companies. Tyler joined Brex in 2019 in their Salt Lake City office in their sales division before moving over to the Partnerships team.

Before Brex, Tyler worked at EPIC Ventures, where he led a team of analysts sourcing financial, consumer, & healthcare investments. He then moved to Crewe Capital, a boutique investment bank, working as an analyst in their technology group. He finally moved on to Black Cliffs as a private equity analyst working directly with the partners helping run their technology, industrial, and healthcare portfolio companies.

Tyler received his BS in Finance from the University of Utah. He currently lives in Austin, TX.

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.

Dr. Henry Tirri

InterDigital, Inc.

CTO & EVP of Research and Development, InterDigital, Inc.

Henry Tirri is InterDigital’s Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s technology vision and strategy and advancing the company’s technological roadmaps. Dr. Tirri works closely with other executives to partner with internal R&D efforts, external investments and corporate development in executing the company’s technology vision.Dr. Tirri is a technology executive with deep experience in a variety of technology areas, including areas of increasing relevance to mobile such as artifical intelligence, automotive and data analytics, among others. He joined InterDigital in May 2018 from Harman International Industries, Inc., where he had served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Prior to Harmna, Dr. Tirri served as the executive Vice President and Head of Technologies Business at Nokia. During a decade at Nokia, he also served as the Chief Technology Officer and Head of the Nokia Research Center.

Most recently, Dr. Tirri served in an advisory role with multinational banking corporation BBVA. He has held professorships at University of Helsinki, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, and Aalto University, and is a Fellow of the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT).

Dr. Tirri holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki, Finland and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Tampere.

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.

David Whelan

Cubic

Senior VP & Chief Scientist, Cubic

David Whelan is senior vice president and chief scientist. Whelan is responsible for establishing product line technical strategies across Cubic’s two business units to drive our overall growth strategy. He will also collaborate with Cubic’s innovation, strategic, business and technical leaders to produce innovative and cost-effective technical solutions for new and/or improved products to enhance Cubic’s technology portfolio.

Throughout his career, Whelan has successfully led and directed cross-functional portfolios of multi-billion-dollar projects in both the public and private sectors. He has transitioned technologies to enable breakthrough artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Unmanned Submarines, Space-based Surveillance and Robotic Satellite Servicing. He has also contributed to applied research in Quantum technologies for miniature atom-based clocks, computing, gravimetry and inertial sensing, enabling the resilient navigation/positioning/timing of multiple GPS systems.

Prior to Cubic, Whelan served as the vice president of engineering and chief technologist for Boeing where he created growth strategies, oversaw profit and loss (P&L) and guided research and development budgets for new products. He also served as director of the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) as well as acting director for the Sensor Technology Office (STO).

Whelan is currently a Professor of the Practice, Electrical and Computer Engineering at theUniversity of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Additionally, he serves as the chairman of the board for AOSense, Inc, a quantum sensing company and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

He earned his bachelor's degree in Physics from UC San Diego and holds a master's and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2007, a section of the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

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