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

CEO & Co-Founder
Vice Admiral Walter Davis

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.
Jeffrey Axelrod

Jeffrey Axelrod

Executive Director FinTech Incubator
Rich Stewart

Rich Stewart

Chief Product Officer & 5G Portfolio Director
Ron Melanson

Ron Melanson

Silicon Valley Chief Engineer & Operations
Tom Hartman

Tom Hartman

MarketLink Program Director
Dr. Gene Dantsker

Dr. Gene Dantsker

Chief MedTech Officer
Mike Twyman

Mike Twyman

Director of Dual-Use Technology & Applications
Brittany Gill

Brittany Gill

5G Program Manager
Eugenia Wilson

Eugenia Wilson

Program & Marketing Manager
Kelly Kwan

Kelly Kwan

Accounting & Facilities Manager
Neha Chauhan

Neha Chauhan

Corporate Partnership Development & Marketing

Rory Moore

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), one of the world’s leading providers of radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for the wireless communications and aerospace markets. Peregrine ships millions of chips every week to cell phone manufacturers around the globe. 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. Bluetooth chips are now in billions of devices from cell phones to automobiles. Rory was a co-founder of e-Fire.com, Georg!a Now and Optical River. In 2009 Rory founded a technology incubator called EvoNexus with Vice Admiral Walter Davis, a board member of CommNexus (now EvoNexus). In 2018, for all that he has done with EvoNexus, building a community to help give entrepreneurs a much better shot at success, Ernst & Young awarded Rory the Supporter of Entrepreneurship award. 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

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. 

Jeffrey Axelrod

Executive Director FinTech Incubator

EvoNexus Silicon Valley Executive Director / Fmr. Founder & CEO, Cogency Software / Fmr. CTO, Backstop Solutions Group

Jeffrey Axelrod is the Executive Director of the EvoNexus Fintech Incubator. He has over 25 years of experience in fintech and enterprise software, with an extensive background in technology, product, business development, and people-leadership. He has served in senior management and founder roles with a successful track record of facilitating company acquisitions.

He was a founder and CEO of Cogency Software, which he started, grew, and exited via an acquisition by Backstop Solutions Group. Cogency developed an industry-leading product suite for asset allocators that included portfolio management, partnership, and fund accounting, investor relations, and research management. After leading the company through growth and acquisition, he became the CTO at Backstop where he oversaw a 100+ person development and product team across multiple cities and counties, delivering SaaS products via the web, mobile, and desktop add-ins. Earlier in his career, Jeffrey held CTO, Head of Product, and various engineering leadership roles building application development platforms, rules-based engines, and portfolio accounting products.Jeffrey was on the faculty of Columbia University’s Computer Technology and Applications program for six years, where he taught courses in database and application design. He has presented often at finance and mortgage industry conferences on both domain and technology topics.

Rich Stewart

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

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.

Tom Hartman

MarketLink Program Director

EvoNexus MarketLink Program Manager; President, Leaders/Boards Associate, NovaComm

Tom Hartman is the EvoNexus MarketLink Program Manager. Prior to joining EvoNexus, Tom was EVP/CFO of CourseKey, LLC., an EvoNexus incubated company which secured its first round of venture capital in June of 2019.

Before joining CourseKey, Tom was founder and CEO of LB&A Consulting Group, LLC, a general management consultancy specializing in strategy, sales, and both corporate and organization development serving multi-national corporations in energy and manufacturing sectors as well as numerous emerging technology companies in eCommerce, wireless technologies, healthcare and digital media.

Previously, Tom was Entrepreneur-In-Residence and a Director for Ventana Capital Management, a California-based venture capital fund investing in information technology, biotechnology, and renewable energy. His prior operating experiences include senior and executive management positions in both high-growth companies and multinational corporations.

From 2006 to 2013, he served on the board of directors of International Education Corporation and as chair of the audit committee. From 2012 to 2018 Tom was an appointee to the Industrial & Professional Advisory Council of the Penn State College of Engineering (EECS). He is currently director/treasurer of NovaComm, a 501(c3) related entity to EvoNexus.

Tom received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and holds an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gene Dantsker

Chief MedTech Officer

EvoNexus Chief MedTech Officer, FMR Senior Director of Business Development, Qualcomm Life

Gene Dantsker is former Senior Director of Business Development & Licensing at Qualcomm Life. Prior to this role, Dr. Dantsker worked across the spectrum of sensor, therapy and diagnostic technology solutions with broad experience in semiconductor, medical and biotech businesses. Dr. Dantsker was Senior Technical Staff Member at TRW, Inc., Space and Electronics Division where he was responsible for design, fabrication, and integration of microelectronics for space/satellite applications. Subsequently he co-founded Nanostream, Inc., a biotech company and provider of high-throughput bio-analytical instruments to companies involved in drug discovery and development. As VP of Technology, Gene 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 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, general and IP strategy, growth strategy and operational infrastructure. Gene subsequently provided business development support for the US branch of Nitto Denko, a leading supplier of diversified polymer-film products based in Osaka, Japan. He 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 50 patents.

Mike Twyman

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.

Brittany Gill

5G Program Manager

EvoNexus 5G Program Manager

Brittany Gill is the Executive Assistant to 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 Gill’s previous roles at EvoNexus include Program Manager and Program & Office-Coordinator. She continues to be 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 snow sports, off-roading and travel. She recently obtained her sailing certification in late 2019 and is she is working towards her private pilot’s license, regularly flying single-engine propeller aircraft and a flight simulator in her home.

Eugenia Wilson

Program & Marketing Manager

EvoNexus Silicon Valley Program & Marketing Coordinator

Eugenia Wilson is currently the Program & Marketing Coordinator 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

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.

Neha Chauhan

Corporate Partnership Development & Marketing

EvoNexus Corporate Partnership Development & Marketing

Neha Chauhan is responsible for Corporate Partnership Development & Marketing. Her role includes identifying, expanding, and maintaining EvoNexus relationships with Strategic and Corporate Partners to support the EvoNexus startup companies. In addition, Neha also focuses on building and growing the EvoNexus brand through social media marketing.

Neha co-founded STCG, LLC., a global search firm specializing in the placement of Software Development Engineers, QA Engineers, Business Analyst, Data Analyst and Hardware Engineers for Fortune 500 companies in the sectors of Banking, Insurance, Entertainment, Wireless, and Semiconductor. She also has experience working with and managing off-shore teams.

Neha also co-founded C-RAN Inc. and boot-strapped a working prototype of 5G RF system solution. Other than putting seed investment, helped to bring together the founding team and coordinated general day-to-day business logistics including HR, Immigration, Business Development, Legal, and other administrative work.

Neha earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management. She grew up in New Delhi, India. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, traveling, and cooking.

Rory Moore

Rory Moore

CEO & Co-Founder
Vice Admiral Walter Davis

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.
Richard Baldridge

Richard Baldridge

Chairman
Rob Douglas

Rob Douglas

Vice-Chairman
Steve Rowles

Steve Rowles

Secretary
Tim Holl

Tim Holl

Treasurer
John Major

John Major

Chairman Emeritus
Marco Thompson

Marco Thompson

Derek Aberle

Derek Aberle

Jordan Becker

Jordan Becker

Joe Boerio

Joe Boerio

Officer
Dr. Ivo Bolsens

Dr. Ivo Bolsens

Rich Christiansen

Rich Christiansen

Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend
James Cross

James Cross

Scott Dennis

Scott Dennis

Co-founder & CEO, D&K
Mark Drucker

Mark Drucker

Linda Duncomb

Linda Duncomb

VP Marketing & Product Strategies, City National Bank
William Eigner

William Eigner

Board Director Elect
Burton Goldfield

Burton Goldfield

Jason Halac

Jason Halac

Board Director Elect / Senior Director, Dexcom Ventures
Dave Hickey

Dave Hickey

Matt Holcomb

Matt Holcomb

Managing Director, Accenture
Stephen Joseph

Stephen Joseph

Dong-Su Kim

Dong-Su Kim

Board Director Elect
Bridget Kimball

Bridget Kimball

Robert Kornegay

Robert Kornegay

Tolga Kurtoglu

Tolga Kurtoglu

Dr. Richard Kurtz

Dr. Richard Kurtz

Dr. Quinn Li

Dr. Quinn Li

David Marino

David Marino

Takaki Morihara

Takaki Morihara

Brian Mulcahey

Brian Mulcahey

Rodd Novak

Rodd Novak

VP Corporate Planning & Development, pSemi
Eddy Ortiz

Eddy Ortiz

Amir Panush

Amir Panush

Kenneth Rollins

Kenneth Rollins

Ted Schilowitz

Ted Schilowitz

Pedro Suarez

Pedro Suarez

Dr. Henry Tirri

Dr. Henry Tirri

Sumit Tomar

Sumit Tomar

Mehul Udani

Mehul Udani

David Whelan

David Whelan

Jason Zajac

Jason Zajac

Rory Moore

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), one of the world’s leading providers of radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for the wireless communications and aerospace markets. Peregrine ships millions of chips every week to cell phone manufacturers around the globe. 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. Bluetooth chips are now in billions of devices from cell phones to automobiles. Rory was a co-founder of e-Fire.com, Georg!a Now and Optical River. In 2009 Rory founded a technology incubator called EvoNexus with Vice Admiral Walter Davis, a board member of CommNexus (now EvoNexus). In 2018, for all that he has done with EvoNexus, building a community to help give entrepreneurs a much better shot at success, Ernst & Young awarded Rory the Supporter of Entrepreneurship award. 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

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

Chairman

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

Vice-Chairman

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

Secretary

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

Treasurer

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

Chairman Emeritus

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.

Marco Thompson

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

Derek Aberle

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

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.

Joe Boerio

Officer

EvoNexus Officer / EVP, Chief Risk & Transformation Officer, Franklin Templeton Investments (BEN)

Joe Boerio is Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Investment Management Data Science, Fintech and Rapid Development 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.

Dr. Ivo Bolsens

SVP & CTO, Xilinx

Ivo Bolsens is 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

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

VP, Research Analyst & Portfolio Manager, Franklin Equity Group, Franklin Templeton Investments (BEN)

James Cross is a vice president, research analyst and portfolio manager 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

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

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 Duncomb

VP Marketing & Product Strategies, City National Bank

Linda Duncombe is executive vice president of Marketing and Product Strategies, 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

Board Director Elect

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.About ProcopioMore about William Eigner

Burton Goldfield

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

Board Director Elect / 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

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.

Matt Holcomb

Managing Director, Accenture

Matt is senior management consulting director with Accenture’s Communication, Media, and Technology practice and the i-Platform lead for Southern California.  As the Southern California i-Platform lead, Matt is responsible to build and lead teams to partner with high-growth platform companies from Silicon Beach to San Diego, helping them to scale quickly and accelerate through their growth phase.Matt joined Accenture in October 1999 and has over 20-years of experience developing strategies for fortune 100 companies. Matt specialize in leading teams that are driving cutting edge marketing analytics, developing responses to shifting competitive landscapes, and re-envisioning complex operating models. Matt helps clients envision completely new business models that move the needle on shareholder value. By combining strategy with deep knowledge of operating model design and an understanding that people, process, and technology are all assets that can be optimized to create value, Matt helps clients to grow their business impact.Prior to Accenture, Matt was an executive at Kyocera America for ten years where he held several positions from production management to marketing to acquisitions.Matt holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Chemistry from Boston University as well as a Master of Engineering Management from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management.

Stephen Joseph

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 currently leads 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.

Dong-Su Kim

Board Director Elect

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

VP & Chief Architect, Consumer Group, Intuit

Bridget is VP 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.

Robert Kornegay

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Rob Kornegay is a corporate and securities partner resident in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s San Diego and Palo Alto offices. Rob joined the firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2001. His practice focuses primarily on the representation of technology, life science, and other emerging growth companies throughout the United States and internationally. These companies range from start-ups to large public companies as well as sources of capital for such companies. Specifically, Rob represents:

  • Public and private companies in merger and acquisition transactions;
  • Issuers, investors, and underwriters in public and private financings; and
  • Public and private companies with respect to corporate governance matters related to strategic transactions and special situations, as well as in ongoing corporate and securities law matters.


  • Representative recent clients and engagements include:

  • Corporate, securities, and governance representation of numerous public and private issuers, including Occam Networks, MaxLinear, Mindspeed, Fluidigm, Copart, 3Par, DisplayLink, ClairMail, and Real Networks
  • Issuer-side public offerings by various issuers, including MaxLinear, 3Par, Occam Networks, Copart, Turnstone Systems, Inktomi, and Oncothyreon
  • Financing transactions on behalf of numerous venture-capital-backed issuers, including Fluidigm, MaxLinear, Occam Networks, Silicon Optix, DisplayLink, ClairMail, and Bloom Energy
  • Acquisitions, dispositions, and other strategic transactions by numerous public and private companies, including Mindspeed, Transcept Pharmaceuticals, PC-Tel, Copart, Occam Networks, and Silicon Optix


  • EDUCATION:

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1993Comment Editor, UCLA Law Review
  • M.B.A., (Specialization in Finance), University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, 1989
  • A.B., Georgetown University, 1987


  • SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • Lecturer in Law, Venture Capital Finance
  • University of California, Hastings College of Law
  • Santa Clara University School of Law


  • ADMISSIONS:

  • State Bar of California


  • Tolga Kurtoglu

    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

    Director, Corporate Strategy, Bio-Rad LaboratoriesRichard Kurtz, Ph.D. is a Director of Corporate Strategy 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

    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

    Principal & 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

    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.

    Brian Mulcahey

    Managing Director, Bose Ventures & Head of Corporate Development & New Business Incubation, Bose Corp.

    Brian Mulcahey is an entrepreneurial leader and general manager with proven ability to envision, start, grow and lead new-to-the-world businesses and new-to-the-company capabilities; strategize and plan in the midst of uncertainty; and recruit, coach, motivate and retain world-class teams. He has a 30-year track record of growth and achievement in global technology-based companies, from pre-IPO start-up through Fortune 100 firms.

    He’s worked at Bose Corporation for the past 18 years, where he’s Managing Director, Bose Ventures and Head of Corporate Development and New Business Incubation. Prior to that, he was a founding member of Bose’s new healthcare division as employee #1 in the sleep category – responsible for the strategy, launch, growth, roadmap and P&L. That new business was accelerated by an acquisition he sponsored of San Diego-based startup Hush, which was incubated at EvoNexus. Previous Bose roles focused on strategy, product planning, market development and customer insight. Before Bose, Brian worked for several start-ups, automotive and semiconductor manufacturers, and in management consulting.

    Brian has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT, and an MBA with a specialization in high-tech marketing from the University of Chicago. He is a US patent holder (multiple); and an active board member, entrepreneurship mentor, judge and guest lecturer.

    Rodd Novak

    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

    VP of Innovation & Solutions Acceleration, Royal Bank of Canada

     Eddy is the Vice President of Solution Acceleration & Innovation 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

    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

    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

    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.

    Pedro Suarez

    Partner & Patent Attorney, Mintz Levin

    Pedro focuses on all aspects of patent law, including the strategic planning and development of IP portfolios, the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, the rendering of opinions on infringement and validity, patent monetization, IP due diligence investigations in M&A transactions, litigation, and client counseling, with an emphasis on software, wireless communications, medical devices, wireless medical devices, and consumer products.

    He has extensive experience in handling patent matters for emerging and global high-technology companies as well as Universities, and draws on his litigation experience to prepare and prosecute strategic, high-value patents. Pedro also draws on his technical and legal experience to assist venture funds and high-tech companies conduct IP due diligence investigations in connection with the acquisition and/or monetization of IP assets. Pedro has also litigated patent infringement and validity disputes before several US district courts, in matters involving multiple patents and complex technologies.

    Representative technologies include all aspects of wireless networks; communications protocols, including GSM, CDMA2000, 3GPP, Wi-Fi, WiMax, LTE, and 5G; artificial intelligence including machine learning, data mining, face recognition, and neural networks; spread spectrum; millimeter wave; database platforms; cloud computing; optics including optical devices and networking; network security including encryption and virus protection; data compression; search tools; pattern recognition; web-based advertising; GPS based systems; and laser-based surgical devices.

    Before joining Mintz Levin, Pedro worked for an international intellectual property law firm in Washington, DC. Before beginning his legal career, Pedro gained over 12 years of technical experience in engineering positions with the US Air Force, National Security Agency (NSA), and technology companies. As an Air Force engineer, Pedro developed and tested a variety of advanced spread spectrum and millimeter wave communication systems as well as advanced image processing systems. He also gained experience in the semiconductor field while working at KLA Instruments. Next, Pedro was employed as a principal member of the technical staff at Litton/TASC in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. In this position, he consulted on a variety of wired and wireless communication systems, and his engineering career culminated in his serving as the lead designer of a major network development.

    Pedro has also lectured on intellectual property, including a presentation on “De-Mystifying Intellectual Property” to technology entrepreneurs at the University of New Mexico. More recently, he moderated a panel on “Effectively Leveraging Your IP to Finance Your Start-Up” at the University of California, San Diego, participated as a panelist at the San Diego Daily Transcript’s IP Roundtable on Patent Quality, and lectured on “Entrepreneurial Best Practices” at the UC Berkley Haas School of Business.

    Pedro is a Lieutenant Colonel (retired) in the US Air Force Reserves.

    Dr. Henry Tirri

    CTO & EVP, InterDigital (IDCC)

    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.

    Sumit Tomar

    CEO, pSemi

    Sumit Tomar serves 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.

    Mehul Udani

    Senior Director Strategic Marketing, 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

    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.

    Jason Zajac

    EVP & CSO, Arm

    Jason Zajac joined ARM as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer in 2017. As CSO, Jason serves on the company’s Executive Committee and is responsible for long term strategic planning across the enterprise as well as corporate development and M&A.

    Prior to joining ARM, Jason was most recently EVP of Strategy at NBCUniversal where he focused on growth opportunities throughout the company’s portfolio of media and entertainment businesses. Jason was previously a Partner and Managing Director with the Boston Consulting Group in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications practice, and he has held multiple senior management roles at leading technology companies in Silicon Valley, including Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo!, and Palm.

    Jason received his BA in International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

    Rory Moore

    Rory Moore

    CEO & Co-Founder
    Vice Admiral Walter Davis

    Vice Admiral Walter Davis

    Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.
    Jeffrey Axelrod

    Jeffrey Axelrod

    Executive Director FinTech Incubator
    Rich Stewart

    Rich Stewart

    Chief Product Officer & 5G Portfolio Director
    Ron Melanson

    Ron Melanson

    Silicon Valley Chief Engineer & Operations
    Tom Hartman

    Tom Hartman

    MarketLink Program Director
    Dr. Gene Dantsker

    Dr. Gene Dantsker

    Chief MedTech Officer
    Mike Twyman

    Mike Twyman

    Director of Dual-Use Technology & Applications
    Behrooz Abdi

    Behrooz Abdi

    Ashok K. Babbar

    Ashok K. Babbar

    Andy Ballester

    Andy Ballester

    Ranjeet Banerjee

    Ranjeet Banerjee

    CEO, Cold Chain Technologies
    John Barr

    John Barr

    Charles Bergan

    Charles Bergan

    Joe Boerio

    Joe Boerio

    Officer
    Dr. Ivo Bolsens

    Dr. Ivo Bolsens

    Matt Borer

    Matt Borer

    John Buhler

    John Buhler

    Martin Colombatto

    Martin Colombatto

    Frank Creede

    Frank Creede

    James Cross

    James Cross

    Francis Duhay

    Francis Duhay

    Dr. Moudy Elbayadi

    Dr. Moudy Elbayadi

    Craig Ensley

    Craig Ensley

    Todd Friedman

    Todd Friedman

    Dr. Rakhi Garg

    Dr. Rakhi Garg

    Adam Gould

    Adam Gould

    Matt Grob

    Matt Grob

    Greg Haller

    Greg Haller

    Gary Hayslip

    Gary Hayslip

    Mark Hellinger

    Mark Hellinger

    Kristi Jaska

    Kristi Jaska

    Ben Jenkins

    Ben Jenkins

    Parag Jhaveri

    Parag Jhaveri

    John Kaewall

    John Kaewall

    Prashant Kantak

    Prashant Kantak

    Ashok Kaul

    Ashok Kaul

    Bridget Kimball

    Bridget Kimball

    John D. King

    John D. King

    Kim Davis King

    Kim Davis King

    Jason Knapp

    Jason Knapp

    Tolga Kurtoglu

    Tolga Kurtoglu

    Dr. Richard Kurtz

    Dr. Richard Kurtz

    GP Li

    GP Li

    Charlie Liu

    Charlie Liu

    Randy Lunn

    Randy Lunn

    Jim Mains

    Jim Mains

    Ziad Mansour

    Ziad Mansour

    Chief Engineer
    Kalle Marsal

    Kalle Marsal

    Massimo Mascaro

    Massimo Mascaro

    Michael Matthews

    Michael Matthews

    Geoffrey Mayne

    Geoffrey Mayne

    Marques McCammon

    Marques McCammon

    Howard Mirowitz

    Howard Mirowitz

    Oliver Mitchell

    Oliver Mitchell

    Dr. Anton Monk

    Dr. Anton Monk

    Michael Moreno

    Michael Moreno

    Malek Moubasher

    Malek Moubasher

    Nandhu Nandhakumar

    Nandhu Nandhakumar

    Meenu Natarajan

    Meenu Natarajan

    Peter Oneppo

    Peter Oneppo

    Ernie Ozaki

    Ernie Ozaki

    Amir Panush

    Amir Panush

    Christopher Rowan

    Christopher Rowan

    Barry Sandrew

    Barry Sandrew

    Ted Schilowitz

    Ted Schilowitz

    Dave Schlotterbeck

    Dave Schlotterbeck

    Dr. Nambi Seshadri

    Dr. Nambi Seshadri

    Chris Shimojima

    Chris Shimojima

    Michael Thiemann

    Michael Thiemann

    Sumit Tomar

    Sumit Tomar

    Paddy Underwood

    Paddy Underwood

    Stephan Van Der Merwe

    Stephan Van Der Merwe

    Pieter Van Rooyen

    Pieter Van Rooyen

    Dr. Paul Voois

    Dr. Paul Voois

    Dr. Byung K. Yi

    Dr. Byung K. Yi

    Rory Moore

    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), one of the world’s leading providers of radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for the wireless communications and aerospace markets. Peregrine ships millions of chips every week to cell phone manufacturers around the globe. 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. Bluetooth chips are now in billions of devices from cell phones to automobiles. Rory was a co-founder of e-Fire.com, Georg!a Now and Optical River. In 2009 Rory founded a technology incubator called EvoNexus with Vice Admiral Walter Davis, a board member of CommNexus (now EvoNexus). In 2018, for all that he has done with EvoNexus, building a community to help give entrepreneurs a much better shot at success, Ernst & Young awarded Rory the Supporter of Entrepreneurship award. 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

    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. 

    Jeffrey Axelrod

    Executive Director FinTech Incubator

    EvoNexus Silicon Valley Executive Director / Fmr. Founder & CEO, Cogency Software / Fmr. CTO, Backstop Solutions Group

    Jeffrey Axelrod is the Executive Director of the EvoNexus Fintech Incubator. He has over 25 years of experience in fintech and enterprise software, with an extensive background in technology, product, business development, and people-leadership. He has served in senior management and founder roles with a successful track record of facilitating company acquisitions.

    He was a founder and CEO of Cogency Software, which he started, grew, and exited via an acquisition by Backstop Solutions Group. Cogency developed an industry-leading product suite for asset allocators that included portfolio management, partnership, and fund accounting, investor relations, and research management. After leading the company through growth and acquisition, he became the CTO at Backstop where he oversaw a 100+ person development and product team across multiple cities and counties, delivering SaaS products via the web, mobile, and desktop add-ins. Earlier in his career, Jeffrey held CTO, Head of Product, and various engineering leadership roles building application development platforms, rules-based engines, and portfolio accounting products.Jeffrey was on the faculty of Columbia University’s Computer Technology and Applications program for six years, where he taught courses in database and application design. He has presented often at finance and mortgage industry conferences on both domain and technology topics.

    Rich Stewart

    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

    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.

    Tom Hartman

    MarketLink Program Director

    EvoNexus MarketLink Program Manager; President, Leaders/Boards Associate, NovaComm

    Tom Hartman is the EvoNexus MarketLink Program Manager. Prior to joining EvoNexus, Tom was EVP/CFO of CourseKey, LLC., an EvoNexus incubated company which secured its first round of venture capital in June of 2019.

    Before joining CourseKey, Tom was founder and CEO of LB&A Consulting Group, LLC, a general management consultancy specializing in strategy, sales, and both corporate and organization development serving multi-national corporations in energy and manufacturing sectors as well as numerous emerging technology companies in eCommerce, wireless technologies, healthcare and digital media.

    Previously, Tom was Entrepreneur-In-Residence and a Director for Ventana Capital Management, a California-based venture capital fund investing in information technology, biotechnology, and renewable energy. His prior operating experiences include senior and executive management positions in both high-growth companies and multinational corporations.

    From 2006 to 2013, he served on the board of directors of International Education Corporation and as chair of the audit committee. From 2012 to 2018 Tom was an appointee to the Industrial & Professional Advisory Council of the Penn State College of Engineering (EECS). He is currently director/treasurer of NovaComm, a 501(c3) related entity to EvoNexus.

    Tom received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and holds an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Gene Dantsker

    Chief MedTech Officer

    EvoNexus Chief MedTech Officer, FMR Senior Director of Business Development, Qualcomm Life

    Gene Dantsker is former Senior Director of Business Development & Licensing at Qualcomm Life. Prior to this role, Dr. Dantsker worked across the spectrum of sensor, therapy and diagnostic technology solutions with broad experience in semiconductor, medical and biotech businesses. Dr. Dantsker was Senior Technical Staff Member at TRW, Inc., Space and Electronics Division where he was responsible for design, fabrication, and integration of microelectronics for space/satellite applications. Subsequently he co-founded Nanostream, Inc., a biotech company and provider of high-throughput bio-analytical instruments to companies involved in drug discovery and development. As VP of Technology, Gene 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 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, general and IP strategy, growth strategy and operational infrastructure. Gene subsequently provided business development support for the US branch of Nitto Denko, a leading supplier of diversified polymer-film products based in Osaka, Japan. He 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 50 patents.

    Mike Twyman

    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

    General Manager MEMS Sensors Business Group, TDK InvenSense

    Ashok K. Babbar

    EvoNexus Selection Committee Member

    Ashok K. Babbar advises CEOs and Boards on various strategies to rethink and transform their business with respect to their product/service strategy, business model, competitive landscape, and other factors to accelerate growth, raise company value, and help facilitate a profitable exit.

    Most recently Babbar was a Chief Executive Officer of Axiado Corporation, a San José, California-based cybersecurity company, developing a security processor. After the first $11 million investment in 2018, Babbar raised the company value to $280 million in 16 months and positioned a complete suite of security products for the cloud infrastructure.

    Babbar has more than 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley providing fiscal, strategic, product design/development and operations leadership across various industries with a track record of transforming ideas into viable businesses and successful exits (e.g., Sentica Corporation, 2002; SphereLink Communication, 1998). Under his direction as Vice President of Programs at Eagle Technology, the company generated $2.7M revenue per employee in 1994, and was acquired in 1995. He also directed development of a coprocessor, and the first in the industry, standard cells design with auto-place & route software for IC development, known today as Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry.

    Babbar holds B.Sc. with honors in Electronics and Telecommunications from Portsmouth University, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

    RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Advisor | CEOs & Boards | 2020–PresentFounder, CEO, Chairman | Axiado Corporation | 2017–2019Chief Financial Officer | Pharmozyme | 2015–2016Founder, CEO | Business M&A | 2003–2014Founder, CEO, Board Member | Sentica Corporation | 1999–2002 Founder, CEO, Board Member | SphereLink Communication | 1995–1998

    Andy Ballester

    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.

    Ranjeet Banerjee

    CEO, Cold Chain Technologies

    CEO, Cold Chain Technologies / Fmr. EVP & President US & Canada Region, Becton Dickinson (BD)
    Ranjeet Banerjee is an accomplished CEO and versatile business leader with a 30+ year track record and is passionate about finding innovative solutions to challenges that impact healthcare.He is currently the CEO of Cold Chain Technologies (CCT), a leading global provider of comprehensive thermal assurance solutions for temperature sensitive drugs, vaccines and biologics. Under his leadership, CCT is playing a key role in COVID-19 pandemic response with both Moderna and J&J vaccines exclusively using CCT’s thermal assurance packaging solutions across the US, as well as supporting in-transit cold chain needs for vaccine distribution in Canada, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific.Prior to CCT, Ranjeet spent 25 years with Becton Dickinson (“BD”), a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics, and the delivery of care. In his last role at BD, he was Corporate Executive Vice President as well as President of the US and Canada regions with responsibility for $6+billion in revenue. Before that, he was accountable for the integration of CareFusion into BD (post a $12B acquisition in 2015) and led that business with ~ $3B in annual revenue as the Worldwide President, successfully accelerating growth and innovation. Over his career at BD, Ranjeet has been responsible for growing businesses in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, pioneering new business models, and developing innovative product and service offerings to deliver a differentiated experience to customers.Ranjeet brings a wealth of experience in growing branded, healthcare-oriented, high- technology businesses both organically and through acquisitions. He is experienced in leading global businesses and cross-functional teams, developing and executing integrated strategies / operational plans to accelerate innovation, driving commercial excellence and delivering above-market revenue growth and profitability. He is recognized for creating and commercializing new categories of outcome-focused services combined with data platforms and digital solutions to improve the customer experience.Ranjeet earned a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He serves on the Advisory Board for the CEO Leadership Alliance, California.

    John Barr

    Senior Manager & Digital Innovation Strategy, Royal Bank of Canada

    John is a Senior Manager of Digital Innovation Strategy at the Royal Bank of Canada where his role encompasses contractual negotiations of emerging technology as well the establishment of academic and corporate partnerships .Royal Bank is a leading Canadian financial institution with 85,000 employees and 2019 revenue in excess of $45B. A lawyer by trade, John joined the RBC in 2016 where he became part of their Solution Acceleration and Innovation Team. He has significant experience with bringing companies from early-stage Proof of Concepts to production implementation within bank from an onboarding and legal perspective, as well as navigating the complexities of joint initiatives with other multinational companies.

    Prior to joining the bank, John has experience working both in litigation and for technology start-ups. John holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University as well as a Juris Doctor from University of Windsor. He was called to the Bar in 2015 and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

    A Torontonian for most of his professional career, John has recently moved to San Diego to ensure close collaboration between EvoNexus and RBC as a Founding Sponsor of the EvoNexus Fintech Incubators in San Diego and San Mateo.

    Charles Bergan

    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.

    Joe Boerio

    Officer

    EvoNexus Officer / EVP, Chief Risk & Transformation Officer, Franklin Templeton Investments (BEN)

    Joe Boerio is Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Investment Management Data Science, Fintech and Rapid Development 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.

    Dr. Ivo Bolsens

    SVP & CTO, Xilinx

    Ivo Bolsens is 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

    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

    President & CEO, 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 CEO of OmniGuide Holdings: advanced surgical technology engineered to deliver an optimized surgical experience and superior patient outcomes.

    Martin Colombatto

    Semiconductor Industry Executive

    Mr. Martin J. Colombatto, also known as Marty, serves as a Venture and Industry Partner of Seven Peaks Ventures LLP.

    Martin Colombatto is an experienced Semiconductor Industry Executive and former CEO and President of Staccato Communications (now Veebeam Limited), a leading supplier of Ultra Wideband (UWB) silicon and software solutions.

    With over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor and electronics industry, it is no surprise that he’s held management positions with some of the nation’s top organizations. Over Mr. Colombatto’s career, he amassed expertise in engineering, product development, sales & marketing, general management, and mergers & acquisitions.

    Prior to working at Staccato, Mr. Colombatto was the Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Networking Business Unit. During his tenure, he established and managed a business that generated more than $400 million in revenue over a four-year period. As a corporate officer and member of the executive staff, he led the acquisition of five companies that were integrated into his business unit and formed the technology and product foundation for what became a multi-billion dollar business.

    Prior to Broadcom, Colombatto held various management positions at LSI Logic Corporation, Texas Instruments and Reliance Electric.

    He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Luxtera Corporation and Clariphy Communications. In 1982, Colombatto earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Cal Poly Pomona, where he currently serves as a member of the Dean of Engineering’s Leadership Board.

    Frank Creede

    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.

    James Cross

    VP, Research Analyst & Portfolio Manager, Franklin Equity Group, Franklin Templeton Investments (BEN)

    James Cross is a vice president, research analyst and portfolio manager 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.

    Francis Duhay

    President & COO, Aegis Surgical, Inc. & Atrius, Inc.

    Francis G Duhay, MD, MBA , is an accomplished clinical surgeon, scientist, medical innovator, and senior business executive, with expertise in general business management, clinical and regulatory affairs, medical affairs, healthcare economics and reimbursement, new business development and corporate strategy.

    Double board-certified in general and cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Duhay served on senior faculty at Duke University School of Medicine. With 32 US and International medical device patents, he has invented and developed devices used in thousands of heart operations annually. His first company, Corvascular, a joint venture with Duke, focused on the nascent field of minimally invasive cardiac surgery and was later acquired by Medtronic.

    After completing his MBA, Dr. Duhay joined Edwards Lifesciences (EW; market cap, $20B) as General Manager in Transcatheter Heart Valve Therapy, which currently is a $2B business. Promoted to Chief Medical Director, his role was expanded to include Global Medical Affairs, Clinical Affairs and Operations for Heart Valve Therapy.

    Currently, Francis is a Partner at K5 Ventures where he manages the life science portfolio of companies for K5 Ventures, an early stage venture fund that partners with and invests in technology-driven businesses led by visionary founders.

    Francis is also the President and Chief Opoerating Officer at Aegis Surgical & Atrius, Inc., where he leads an intermediate stage startup company through product development, regulatory 510(k) clearance and CE mark, manufacture, and commercialization of the Aegis Transit System®, an accessory device designed to facilitate alternative access suprasternal transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Atrius and Aegis are Synecor portfolio companies.

    Dr. Moudy Elbayadi

    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.

    Craig Ensley

    Board Member & CEO, Innovative Micro Technology (IMT)

    Craig Ensley is a Board Member & CEO who brings expertise in Strategy, Finance, Product Management, & Operational Excellence to technology companies. His experience spans MEMS & Sensors, Semiconductors, Communications Networking (Optical, RF/Wireless, Wired), and Consumer Electronics.

    Craig is a transformative executive who has led companies at every scale and phase of growth. He built two businesses from pre-revenue to $300-400M sales. He served as a top executive of a billion-dollar public company where he helped lead one of the largest turnarounds in semiconductor history. Most recently he has been the CEO or President of three venture- backed companies, which he successfully repositioned and drove significant revenue growth and created first profitability, and in each case delivered superior shareholder returns.

    Craig helped lead M&A and integration of 5 acquisitions and has negotiated 5 divestitures. At least 10 leaders he hired and mentored have grown to become CEOs. Craig has raised ~$150M venture capital and >$600M from public equity markets. He served as the primary representative to shareholders, both buy-side and sell-side equity analysts, and investment bankers for a large public company.

    From 2012-2019 as Board Member & CEO, Craig led IMT (Innovative Micro Technology). He repositioned a declining MEMS R&D/Prototyping services company to be a high-volume manufacturing firm growing ~20% annually. IMT became the largest MEMS & Sensor foundry in the U.S., and having 65%-70% of sales to global Tier-1 customers. He exited early investors by a sale to a private equity syndicate.

    From 2009-2011 Mr. Ensley was Board Chairman & CEO of DisplayLink. He established a new vison to become a video enterprise networking firm and built a global company with sustained high growth, high margins, & profitability. He secured growth-equity financing from new & existing investors.

    From 2006-2009 Craig was Board Member & President of Peregrine [NASDAQ: PSMI]. He repositioned the 15-year old niche satellite communications RF firm into a high-volume product company with renowned global brand leading the world’s transitions in 3G & 4G wireless. He grew the business from ~$6 million annual sales to profitability and an annualized revenue run-rate of ~$90 million. Peregrine IPO’ed in 2012.

    From 1999-2005 as SVP he helped lead turnaround & restructuring of a public firm Cirrus Logic [NASDAQ: CRUS] from massive losses to profitability and growth. Cirrus previously lost >$430 million in 1998-99 with $1.5 billion debt. The team delivered 15% operating income and was debt-free with $225 million cash in 4 years. Craig was responsible for strategy, public company investor interface, engineering, marketing, and subsequently was GM with full P&L.

    Todd Friedman

    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

    Trilogy Ventilation Platform Lead, 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

    SVP Product Management, Inseego

    Adam Gould is Senior Vice President of Product Management at Inseego, one of the leading product companies in 5G, and has more than 30 years of wireless industry experience. Before coming to Inseego, Adam was the Chief Executive Officer at QuantalRF, where they are developing the next generation of RF architecture for IoT. Prior to this, Adam was Vice President of IoT strategy at ARM. Before its acquisition by ARM, Adam was CEO of Sensinode, a leading provider of software for the Internet of Things. Previously, Adam joined NextWave in 2005 as GM of the consumer products business unit and SVP for semiconductor Sales and Marketing. Before NextWave, Adam was 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

    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.

    Greg Haller

    COO, Alorica

    Haller served as market president of the Pacific for Verizon Wireless, responsible for the company’s operations in 7 western states. He previously served as president of Enterprise and Government for Verizon Wireless, responsible for all sales and service to multi-national corporations and federal government accounts. Haller has more than 27 years’ experience in the wireless industry, having joined one of Verizon Wireless’ legacy companies in Dayton, Ohio, in 1989.

    Previously, Haller served as vice president of Consumer Products, responsible for the company’s consumer product portfolio, voice and data product sets, pricing and promotion, pre-paid products and global services. He also served as president of the company’s Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, where he was responsible for sales, marketing, service and overall operations across the three states.

    He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

    Gary Hayslip

    CISO, SoftBank

    Gary is 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

    Fmr. CEO, Xyleme

    EXCELLENT BUSINESS PROBLEM SOLVER AND OUTSTANDING MENTORBringing 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

    VP Engineering, 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

    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.

    Parag Jhaveri

    Senior Manager, Strategy & Consulting, Accenture

    Parag is a Senior Manager in Accenture’s Strategy and Consulting business focused on Life Sciences and Medtech companies. He brings 14+ years of growth strategy, M&A (buy-side/sell-side), scouting/venture investing/fundraising, commercialization, business development, and management consulting experience from Accenture, McKesson, KPMG, Thermo Fisher, and Becton, Dickinson, and Company.

    He earned his MBA from the Haas School of Business, after an MS in Industrial Engineering and BE in Mechanical Engineering. He angel invests in seed to growth-stage digital health, medtech, and fintech companies.

    John Kaewall

    Fellow, InterDigital Communications

    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

    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.

    Ashok Kaul

    Ashok Kaul is a transformative, global health care executive with 28+ years of experience launching, transforming, and evolving world-class businesses and product portfolios for profitability and market growth. He is an expert in identifying and creating globally relevant technology solutions across healthcare platforms by leveraging the transformative power of wireless and information technologies. He has held senior management positions in multiple industry-leading companies, as well as in the U.S. State Department (where he holds a Top Secret clearance). From developing scalable product strategies, to successful tactical implementation plans, his “Voice of the Customer” approach has garnered praise from stakeholders, customers, and organizations across the globe.He has served as a senior U.S. diplomat in representing U.S. interests internationally, and can provide strategic insight, market development, advocacy, and counseling to help U.S. firms successfully navigate the rapidly changing trade dynamics between the United States and the global markets.
    Equally at ease in the U.S. or abroad, Ashok is highly respected for his deep understanding of the complexities brought on by the increasing regulatory oversight and the ever changing reimbursement maze. He is highly experienced in building bridges between different worlds to launch and grow market adoption using advanced solutions in increasingly connected eco-systems.
    Ashok honed his product development skills with market leading companies such as G.E. Healthcare, Abbott Labs, St. Jude Medical, Medtronic and Bacchus Vascular. His global responsibilities included key products like drug delivery infusion systems, insulin delivery systems, pacemakers, defibrillators, and medication management systems. He has also held executive level positions in emerging healthcare companies. His strategic experience has encompassed disease states like diabetes, cardiology, oncology, DVT, nephrology and breast cancer imaging.Ashok’s business acumen has been another driving force in many of his successes in strategic M&A, product development and launches. As Vice President of the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA), the first industry association in digital health (now merged with HIMSS), he met and positively influenced representatives from many enterprises and organizations at the global meetings that he organized.
    Ashok has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. He has been issued four design patents for medical devices.Ashok is excited to mentor and actively assist emerging companies looking to enter the global markets.

    Bridget Kimball

    VP & Chief Architect, Consumer Group, Intuit

    Bridget is VP 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

    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

    Co-Director, StartR & mystartupxx & 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

    VP, ViaSat

    Jason is currently Vice President at ViaSat, specializing 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 signifiant 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

    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

    Director, Corporate Strategy, Bio-Rad LaboratoriesRichard Kurtz, Ph.D. is a Director of Corporate Strategy 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.

    GP Li

    Director of CaliT2, UC Irvine, Director, California Plug Load Research Center

    GP serves as Calit2 division director and director of the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility on UC Irvine campus. He is also a professor with joint appointments in three department at UC Irvine: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Biomedical Engineering.

    Li holds 18 U.S. patents, has 15 patents pending and has published more than 280 research papers involving microelectronic technologies, microwave circuit design, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) for communication and biomedical instrumentation applications, and bio-nano-IT technology.

    A member of numerous technical committees at professional conferences, Li was chair of the Taiwan VLSI Technology, Circuit, and System Conference in 2006. He also served as chair of the executive committee for electronics manufacturing research and new materials at the University of California.

    Li has been involved in several startup companies as a co-founder or member of the technical advisory board. Currently, he directs TechPortal, a technology business incubator housed at the UCI division of Calit2, which supports and nurtures young companies and university researchers commercializing their technologies. His current research interests focus on developing technologies for efficient energy utilization and consumption, and e-health.

    Charlie Liu

    Business Analytics Manager, Adyen

    Charlie Liu is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and works 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.

    Randy Lunn

    Managing Director, Catalina Ventures

    With over 30 years of early-stage venture capital experience Randy has consistently found, financed and supported creative entrepreneurs who have grown businesses that are leaders in their fields. Randy is currently the Managing Director of Catalina Ventures that focuses on early-stage companies in technology, life sciences and other advanced technologies.

    In 1999 Randy was a founder and Managing Director of Palomar Ventures that invested in early stage IT companies. From 1990 to 1999 he was the Managing Partner of US operations at Techno Venture Management, an international venture capital firm, where he grew and profitably liquidated a legacy portfolio and built a highly successful portfolio of investments in IT and life sciences companies. Prior to TVM, Randy was a founder and general partner of Fairfield Venture Partners. He began his venture career in 1979 as a founder of Harrison Capital, the venture arm of Texaco.

    Randy has sat on numerous boards of both US and European companies, helped establish US subsidiaries (SCM Microsystems, Sequenom, ATecoM, Dalim), taken interim management positions, and helped advise companies as they navigated the IPO process both in the US and Europe.

    The Forum for Corporate Directors honored Randy in 2010 as Director of the Year – Early Stage Companies. He graduated summa cum laude in engineering sciences and has BA, BE, and MBA degrees from Dartmouth College.

    Jim Mains

    CEO, Shoelace Wireless

    At Smith Micro, Jim was responsible for corporate strategy development, planning, and execution initiatives, as well as global business development and strategic alliances to help chart new opportunities for the company. Prior to joining Smith Micro, Jim held executive/management positions at Openwave Systems, EMC Corporation, IBM Management Consulting, and several management positions in the Aerospace Industry. He is a seasoned business and technology executive with extensive experience in Telecom and Media industry segments.

    Jim is now CEO of EvoNexus Irvine company, Shoelace Wireless — the world’s first Android app that speeds up mobile Internet by combining Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

    Ziad Mansour

    Chief Engineer

    EvoNexus Chief Engineer / Fmr. Sr. VP Engineering, QTI Qualcomm Inc.

    Ziad Mansour serves as Chief Engineer of EvoNexus in Southern California. He previously served as 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.

    Kalle Marsal

    VP of Product, HP / Fmr. COO & CMO, Mitek Systems

    Kalle Marsal is a seasoned senior executive with an extensive background in building and leading global, high-performance teams across B2B, B2C, enterprise software, hardware, technology systems and services markets. He has a proven track record of rapid, high-impact success in startup, growth companies and turnaround situations.

    Kalle is a board member, investor, and advisor to several successful growth ventures across many technology sectors. Previously, Kalle was the COO and CMO of Mitek (NASDAQ: MITK), a global regulatory technology leader. He also served in numerous executive roles at HP (NYSE: HPQ), including as VP of Product for the inkjet printing division. Kalle was a senior leader within the new ventures group at HP, where he founded and developed a $300+ million business operating in 20 countries. Prior to HP, Kalle was a general manager at an early-stage private equity firm as well as a senior management consultant at Bain & Company.

    Kalle holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science both in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was honored as an Arjay Miller Scholar.

    Massimo Mascaro

    Technical Director, Applied AI

    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

    Head of Commercial Development, EMD Performance Materials

    Michael Matthews is 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

    Sr. Manager, Immersive Computing, 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 the 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

    President, 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.

    Howard Mirowitz

    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

    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.

    Dr. Anton Monk

    VP, Business Development & Strategy, ViaSat

    Dr. Anton Monk is Vice President, Business Development and Strategy 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

    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

    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

    SVP-LGTCA, LG Electronics

    Nandhu Nandhakumar is currently SVP Advanced Technology at LG Electronics, where he influences corporate business and technology strategy related to the access of 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 Natarajan

    Director, Retirement Investments, Global Treasury, HP Inc.

    Ms. Natarajan is based in Palo Alto, CA, where she serves as Director of Retirement Investments, and oversees 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. Natarajan 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.

    Peter Oneppo

    CPO, Stave Apps

    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 joined Stave as their Chief Product Officer to drive their product strategy and help grow the company.

    Ernie Ozaki

    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.

    Amir Panush

    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

    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.

    Your area of FinTech expertise:

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

    Your area of technical expertise:

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

    Barry Sandrew

    Founder, CTO & Chief Creative Officer, Legend3D, Inc.

    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.

    Ted Schilowitz

    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.

    Dave Schlotterbeck

    Fmr. CEO & Chairman, CareFusion

    Mr. Schlotterbeck has been in the healthcare field for the past 25 years with another 20 years’ experience in other markets. He has been the Chairman & CEO of three public and two private companies, completed 2 IPOs, raised $6bb in financing, done $7bb in M&A, was the Vice Chairman of a Fortune 20 company, and most recently created $11bb in shareholder value over a 10 year period. He has successfully completed nine turnarounds, each becoming a highly profitable world leader in its field. Leading more than 10 M&A deals totaling $7bb and raising $6bb in financing, he built the 5th largest medical technology company in the world. He served as its Chairman and CEO and doubled its market valuation in 18 months. He is known for his record of bringing innovative and market moving technologies into the healthcare field. Many have been built into billion dollar businesses. Schlotterbeck is a graduate of the General Motors Institute with a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering. He holds a master’s of science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

    Dr. Nambi Seshadri

    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

    Fmr. CEO, Provide Commerce

    As a CEO and C-level executive, Chris Shimojima has led organizations in a Fortune 100 globalenterprise to PE-backed companies and start-ups. A classically trained consumer packagedgoods brand manager, his career has spanned many industries, including athletic footwear &apparel, beauty, home décor, food & beverage, telecommunication, and specialty retail. Since1999, Chris has been at the forefront of the digital revolution, leading organizations that havepioneered 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 helpingdirect-to-consumer brands harness data to make faster, better decisions. Daasity was acceptedinto EvoNexus in 2019 and was selected by Shopify Plus as its preferred certified technologypartner for data analytics.

    Chris presently serves on the board of 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 builtit to reach $900 million in sales, making it as one of the five largest e-commerce businesses inthe 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, PersonalCreations, 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 hiswife, Shirley, and Alfie, who is 60% Poodle, 40% Pug+Cocker+Chihuahua.

    Michael Thiemann

    Co-Founder, Zebit

    Michael Thiemann founded or co-founded nearly a dozen technology companies focused around data science. Most recently he co-founded Zebit, where he served as chief executive officer and executive chairman until 2018. Zebit is a retail online marketplace that offers no-interest financing to cash-strapped consumers. Zebit is one of the fastest-growing tech startups in San Diego with projected revenues of over $100 million in 2019.

    Prior to Zebit, Thiemann served as CEO of Global Analytics (now Gain Credit), Investment Science, HNC Financial Solutions and Aptex. At these companies, he was responsible for a string of innovative products, including

  • Falcon (now FICO Falcon), a payment-systems fraud solution that protects over two billion credit card accounts worldwide,
  • Retek skuPlan, now part of Oracle and the leading retail logistics software package
  • Aptex SelectCast, voted the top internet personalization software by Forrester Research.


  • At Zebit, Thiemann combined technologies for credit review, fraud prevention, and internet transaction analysis to create a unique product offering for consumers who have limited access to product financing. Teams managed by Thiemann have received five San Diego Connect Most Innovative Product Awards and seven finalist nominations.

    Thiemann received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and Century Club member. He also holds an AB in studio art and MS/BS degrees in electrical engineering with distinction from Stanford University, where he received the Senior Achievement Award (the top engineering undergraduate honor). Thiemann has served on more than two dozen commercial and non-profit boards. He has been featured in Wine Spectator for a top US wine cellar, in Bloomberg Markets for artificial intelligence software, and has made numerous media appearances including on PBS television and National Public Radio. Since 2000, Thiemann has coached the San Diego State Waterski Team to nearly a dozen regional and national championships. He received a Smithsonian Medal for achievements in education software and co-founded the San Diego Summer Jazz Workshop.

    Sumit Tomar

    CEO, pSemi

    Sumit Tomar serves 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.

    Paddy Underwood

    Product, Calibra (Blockchain at Facebook)

    Paddy Underwood is a San Francisco-based software product leader. He is currently building Novi at Facebook Financial, a new digital wallet from Facebook, which aims to provide people everywhere access to safe and affordable financial services through Libra (a new global payment system powered by blockchain technology).

    During his 11 years at Facebook, Paddy has led teams at News Feed, Sharing, and Privacy. Previously, Paddy was a lawyer at Facebook focused on privacy and product. Prior to Facebook, Paddy worked part-time at startups during high school and college in software development. Paddy is a graduate of Arizona State University, the University of San Francisco School of Law, and is a member of the State Bar of California. Paddy enjoys playing music, cooking, golf, surfing, and software coding as time permits. Learn more about Paddy at Facebook & see Novi http://www.paddy.to/projects].

    Stephan Van Der Merwe

    Director, Business Development, Extel Technologies

    Stephan van der Merwe is the USA Director of Business Development of Extel Technologies, an end-to-end product life cycle services firm to high technology OEM firms. Extel provides a broad spectrum of services helping firms accelerate their innovation and get to market faster with emphasis on high complexity, high quality, high compliance type products.

    With 15+ years working across a diverse range of technology industries and experience ranging from hands-on product development to market forecasting, Stephan has extensive knowledge to help launch electronics based products. He has specific interests in development and execution of agile product-innovation strategies that help businesses ensure the best chance of delivering results.

    Pieter Van Rooyen

    Fmr. CEO, Edico Genome

    Pieter is a serial entrepreneur with a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience inventing and successfully commercializing breakthrough technologies. He’s held multiple senior management positions including the CEO and co-founder of three high tech, venture back start-ups across a broad range of industries including semiconductors, wireless, healthcare, life sciences, image processing and retail automation. Pieter’s passion for bringing innovative technologies to market led to raising over $100MM in equity financing and $550MM in M&A transactions.

    Initially launching his career as an academic in the field of electrical engineering, he made a successful transition to the world of entrepreneurialism. Over the last 18 years, Pieter impacted multiple markets, building a portfolio of over 150 issued patents, 50 technical papers, and authoring two academic books. Most recently, he was the co-founder, President and CEO of Edico Genome, a leading secondary analysis solution provider for Next-Generation DNA Sequencing and a recent acquisition by Illumina in May 2018.

    Pieter has a talent for inventing complex and technical products, building synergistic leadership teams, and creating significant shareholder value across a broad range of industries. Hi passion for taking numerous ideas from concept to a commercialized product has made a significant impact on the field of technology.

    His areas of expertise include: Technology Commercialization, Product Development, High Tech Inventions, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Revenue and Sales Growth, Executive Team Leadership, Equity Financing, Start-ups, Genomics, Wireless Communications, Mergers and Acquistions, Patent Portfolios.

    Dr. Paul Voois

    Fmr. CEO, ClariPhy

    Dr. Paul Voois is an entrepreneur and early stage investor with a track record of building valuable companies with unique, defensible technology in the networking, communications and software industries. In 2002 he co-founded ClariPhy Communications, a venture-backed supplier of optical networking semiconductors that was acquired by Inphi (NYSE:IPHI) in 2016. He served as ClariPhy’s CEO until 2011 and as Chief Strategy Officer until its acquisition. Prior to founding ClariPhy, he served as CEO of 8×8 (NASDAQ:EGHT), a market leader in voice and video over IP technology. Dr. Voois received an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford and a B.S. (summa cum laude) from Penn State, all in electrical engineering. He is an inventor on 24 issued United States patents.

    Dr. Voois is an active early stage investor. He resides in Orange County, CA and is a member of Tech Coast Angels and a manager of the Cove II Fund.

    Dr. Byung K. Yi

    Fmr. EVP & CTO, InterDigital Communications

    Byung K. Yi is former Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at InterDigital. As CTO, he was responsible for advising on the company’s technology direction, maintaining the company’s technology roadmaps, managing Innovation Partners, an external technology sourcing model based around partnerships with leading innovators and research organizations as well as strategic acquisitions of technology, and managing the company’s Technical Advisory Council.

    Dr. Yi joined InterDigital in April 2014 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where he had served as assistant division chief of engineering since 2012. Prior to his appointment at the FCC, Dr. Yi was at LG Electronics from 2000 to 2012, where as Senior Executive Vice President he headed the company’s North American R&D center. A former member of InterDigital’s Technology Advisory Council, Dr. Yi contributes more than 30 years of advanced wireless development experience.

    Dr. Yi also contributes a strong history of industry leadership. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Telecommunications Industry Association and has served on the board of directors or steering committees of a number of professional organizations, including the Center for Wireless Communications, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 Technical Specification Group, and a number of others. He was awarded the prestigious CDG (CDMA Development Group) Industry Leadership award, been recognized by the National Engineer Week (NEW) Foundation, and inducted to the Hall of Fame by the School of Engineering and Applied Science of George Washington University.

    Dr. Yi received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Yonsei University (Korea), a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, and his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University.