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

People

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

Rory Moore

Rory Moore

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder
Vice Admiral Walter Davis

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.
Richard Baldridge

Richard Baldridge

EvoNexus Chairman, ViaSat
Rob Douglas

Rob Douglas

EvoNexus Vice-Chairman, ResMed Inc.
Steve Rowles

Steve Rowles

EvoNexus Secretary, Morrison Foerster
Tim Holl

Tim Holl

EvoNexus Treasurer, Ernst & Young
John Major

John Major

EvoNexus Chairman Emeritus, Broadcom
Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA

Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA

EvoNexus President & COO
Rich Stewart

Rich Stewart

EvoNexus Chief Product Officer & 5G Portfolio Director
Ron Melanson

Ron Melanson

EvoNexus Silicon Valley Chief Engineer & Operations
Marco Thompson

Marco Thompson

Express Ventures
Mike Twyman

Mike Twyman

EvoNexus Director of Dual-Use Technology & Applications
Joe Boerio

Joe Boerio

EvoNexus Officer, Franklin Templeton
Victoria Angulo

Victoria Angulo

EvoNexus Executive Assistant to CEO
Behrooz Abdi

Behrooz Abdi

TDK InvenSense
Derek Aberle

Derek Aberle

XCOM
David Biven

David Biven

Cirrus Logic
Alex Arrow, M.D.

Alex Arrow, M.D.

Carlsmed
Ziad Asghar

Ziad Asghar

Qualcomm
Andy Ballester

Andy Ballester

GoFundMe
Jordan Becker

Jordan Becker

Bae Systems
Charles Bergan

Charles Bergan

Qualcomm
Dr. Ivo Bolsens

Dr. Ivo Bolsens

AMD
Matt Borer

Matt Borer

BD Biosciences
John Buhler

John Buhler

OmniGuide Holdings
Ross Bundy

Ross Bundy

Cardea Bio
Rich Christiansen

Rich Christiansen

Kilpatrick Townsend
Mike Cordonnier

Mike Cordonnier

Carlsmed
Frank Creede

Frank Creede

Mentor, Fmr. Anterix
Suzie Dergham

Suzie Dergham

Guru
John DeNuzzio Ph.D.

John DeNuzzio Ph.D.

Becton Dickenson
William Eigner

William Eigner

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

Dr. Moudy Elbayadi

Shutterfly, Inc.
Todd Friedman

Todd Friedman

ResMed
Dr. Rakhi Garg

Dr. Rakhi Garg

Philips Healthcare
Burton Goldfield

Burton Goldfield

TriNet
Adam Gould

Adam Gould

Lynq Technologies
Matt Grob

Matt Grob

XCOM
Jason Halac

Jason Halac

Dexcom Ventures
Gary Hayslip

Gary Hayslip

SoftBank Investment Advisors
Mark Hellinger

Mark Hellinger

Mentor, Fmr. Xyleme
Kristi Jaska

Kristi Jaska

ViaSat
Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins

Innovations Realized LLC
Stephen Joseph

Stephen Joseph

Brex
John Kaewall

John Kaewall

InterDigital, Inc.
Prashant Kantak

Prashant Kantak

Mentor, Fmr. Qualcomm Ventures
Pankaj Kedia

Pankaj Kedia

Qualcomm
Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

LG Technology Ventures
Bridget Kimball

Bridget Kimball

Intuit
John D. King

John D. King

Hyperlight Energy
Kim Davis King

Kim Davis King

StartR & mstartupx, UCSD
Jason Knapp

Jason Knapp

ViaSat
Tolga Kurtoglu

Tolga Kurtoglu

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

Dr. Richard Kurtz

Bio-Rad Laboratories
Ryan Lakin

Ryan Lakin

Abbott
Gregg Landis, M.D.

Gregg Landis, M.D.

Northwell Health
Dr. Quinn Li

Dr. Quinn Li

Qualcomm Ventures
Charlie Liu

Charlie Liu

Strike
Rich Longo

Rich Longo

Mambu
Jeff Lorbeck, Ph.D.

Jeff Lorbeck, Ph.D.

Qualcomm
Giovanni Magni

Giovanni Magni

Mentor, Fmr. Bio-Rad Laboratories
Jeremy Malecha

Jeremy Malecha

Biocanic
Ziad Mansour

Ziad Mansour

Mentor, Fmr. Qualcomm
David Marino

David Marino

Hughes Marino
Massimo Mascaro, Ph.D.

Massimo Mascaro, Ph.D.

Google
Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

Fabric8 Labs
Geoffrey Mayne

Geoffrey Mayne

HP Inc.
Marques McCammon

Marques McCammon

Ricardo North America
Elan Mevasse

Elan Mevasse

City National Bank
Howard Mirowitz

Howard Mirowitz

Cove Fund II
Oliver Mitchell

Oliver Mitchell

ff Venture Capital
Robert Mittendorff, M.D.

Robert Mittendorff, M.D.

B Capital Group
Dr. Anton Monk

Dr. Anton Monk

ViaSat
Michael Moreno

Michael Moreno

Amazon Web Services
Malek Moubasher

Malek Moubasher

Agora Neos, Inc.
Zachary Myers

Zachary Myers

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Nandhu Nandhakumar

Nandhu Nandhakumar

LG Electronics
Meenu Annamalai

Meenu Annamalai

T Rowe Price Associates
Rodd Novak

Rodd Novak

pSemi
Carlos Nunez, M.D.

Carlos Nunez, M.D.

ResMed
Peter Oneppo

Peter Oneppo

SerenityEHS
Eddy Ortiz

Eddy Ortiz

Royal Bank of Canada
Ernie Ozaki

Ernie Ozaki

Qualcomm
Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

InterDigital
Amir Panush

Amir Panush

TDK InvenSense
Kenneth Rollins

Kenneth Rollins

Cooley LLP
Christopher Rowan

Christopher Rowan

Arscientia
Barry Sandrew

Barry Sandrew

The ARIA Network
Peter Schaffer

Peter Schaffer

Avantax Wealth Management
Ted Schilowitz

Ted Schilowitz

Paramount Pictures
Brad Schoening

Brad Schoening

Privacy Logistics
Dr. Nambi Seshadri

Dr. Nambi Seshadri

Mentor, Fmr. Broadcom
Chris Shimojima

Chris Shimojima

Mentor, Fmr. Provide Commerce
Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan

KeySight Technologies
Hem Suri

Hem Suri

EvoNexus Fintech Executive In Residence
Andy Taylor

Andy Taylor

FRMR Credit Karma
Michael Thiemann

Michael Thiemann

Zebit
Sumit Tomar

Sumit Tomar

EvoNexus Executive in Residence
Mehul Udani

Mehul Udani

MuRata Americas
Paddy Underwood

Paddy Underwood

Clubhouse
Pieter Van Rooyen

Pieter Van Rooyen

Pleno
Dr. Paul Voois

Dr. Paul Voois

Investor, Fmr. ClariPhy
David Whelan

David Whelan

Cubic
Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

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

Jacob Woodruff, Ph.D.

EMD Electronics
Dr. Byung K. Yi

Dr. Byung K. Yi

Mentor, Fmr. InterDigital, Inc.
Jauher Zaidi

Jauher Zaidi

Palmchip Corporation
Ashlyn Haines

Ashlyn Haines

EvoNexus Administrative & Marketing/ Events Intern
Kacey Willers

Kacey Willers

EvoNexus Marketing, Events & Portfolio Coordinator
Andrew Bolwell

Andrew Bolwell

HP, Inc.
Henry Chang

Henry Chang

Becton Dickenson
Jeff Cunningham

Jeff Cunningham

Lockheed Martin Ventures
Albert Wang

Albert Wang

Qualcomm Ventures

Rory Moore

Rory Moore

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder
Vice Admiral Walter Davis

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

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

Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA

EvoNexus President & COO
Rich Stewart

Rich Stewart

EvoNexus Chief Product Officer & 5G Portfolio Director
Ron Melanson

Ron Melanson

EvoNexus Silicon Valley Chief Engineer & Operations
Victoria Angulo

Victoria Angulo

EvoNexus Executive Assistant to CEO
Hem Suri

Hem Suri

EvoNexus Fintech Executive In Residence
Sumit Tomar

Sumit Tomar

EvoNexus Executive in Residence
Ashlyn Haines

Ashlyn Haines

EvoNexus Administrative & Marketing/ Events Intern
Kacey Willers

Kacey Willers

EvoNexus Marketing, Events & Portfolio Coordinator

Rory Moore

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder

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

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

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.

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

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

Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA

EvoNexus President & COO

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

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

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

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

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

Rich Stewart

EvoNexus Chief Product Officer & 5G Portfolio Director

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

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

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

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

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

Ron Melanson

EvoNexus Silicon Valley Chief Engineer & Operations

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

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

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

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

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

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

Victoria Angulo

EvoNexus Executive Assistant to CEO

EvoNexus Executive Assistant to CEOVictoria Angulo is the Executive Assistant to the EvoNexus CEO and Co-Founder, Rory Moore. Based in San Diego, 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. Victoria also assists in the portfolio company incubation process from application to graduation and everything in between.Victoria graduated with a JD from the University of San Diego, School of Law. She completed her B.A. with a double major in Political Science and International Studies at UC Irvine.

Hem Suri

EvoNexus Fintech Executive In Residence

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

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

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

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

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

Sumit Tomar

EvoNexus Executive in Residence

EvoNexus Executive in Residence / Fmr. CEO, pSemi 

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

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

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

Ashlyn Haines

EvoNexus Administrative & Marketing/ Events Intern

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

Kacey Willers

EvoNexus Marketing, Events & Portfolio Coordinator

Marketing, Events & Portfolio Coordinator

Kacey Willers is the Marketing and Events Coordinator at EvoNexus. She works closely with the entire EvoNexus team to develop, strategize, coordinate, create, and deliver all EvoNexus events and marketing materials. Kacey also holds the position of Portfolio Coordinator, where she supports all EvoNexus portfolio companies from application to graduation and everything in between.

Kacey was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management from Victoria University of Wellington. Since completing her marketing internship while studying, Kacey has worked in Marketing and Coordinator roles in Wellington, New York, Vancouver, and now San Diego.

Outside of EvoNexus, Kacey enjoys learning Spanish, being creative, hiking, and traveling. She has her own woman’s accessories business which keeps her busy in her spare time.

Rory Moore

Rory Moore

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder
Vice Admiral Walter Davis

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.
Richard Baldridge

Richard Baldridge

EvoNexus Chairman, ViaSat
Rob Douglas

Rob Douglas

EvoNexus Vice-Chairman, ResMed Inc.
Steve Rowles

Steve Rowles

EvoNexus Secretary, Morrison Foerster
Tim Holl

Tim Holl

EvoNexus Treasurer, Ernst & Young
John Major

John Major

EvoNexus Chairman Emeritus, Broadcom
Joe Boerio

Joe Boerio

EvoNexus Officer, Franklin Templeton
Derek Aberle

Derek Aberle

XCOM
David Biven

David Biven

Cirrus Logic
Ziad Asghar

Ziad Asghar

Qualcomm
Jordan Becker

Jordan Becker

Bae Systems
Dr. Ivo Bolsens

Dr. Ivo Bolsens

AMD
Rich Christiansen

Rich Christiansen

Kilpatrick Townsend
William Eigner

William Eigner

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP
Burton Goldfield

Burton Goldfield

TriNet
Jason Halac

Jason Halac

Dexcom Ventures
Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

LG Technology Ventures
Bridget Kimball

Bridget Kimball

Intuit
Dr. Richard Kurtz

Dr. Richard Kurtz

Bio-Rad Laboratories
Dr. Quinn Li

Dr. Quinn Li

Qualcomm Ventures
David Marino

David Marino

Hughes Marino
Zachary Myers

Zachary Myers

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Rodd Novak

Rodd Novak

pSemi
Eddy Ortiz

Eddy Ortiz

Royal Bank of Canada
Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

InterDigital
Amir Panush

Amir Panush

TDK InvenSense
Kenneth Rollins

Kenneth Rollins

Cooley LLP
Ted Schilowitz

Ted Schilowitz

Paramount Pictures
Mehul Udani

Mehul Udani

MuRata Americas
Andrew Bolwell

Andrew Bolwell

HP, Inc.
Henry Chang

Henry Chang

Becton Dickenson

Rory Moore

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder

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

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

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.

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

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

Richard Baldridge

EvoNexus Chairman, ViaSat

EvoNexus Chairman / Vice Chairman, ViaSat

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

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

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

Rob Douglas

EvoNexus Vice-Chairman, ResMed Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Rowles

EvoNexus Secretary, Morrison Foerster

EvoNexus Secretary / Managing Partner, Morrison Foerster

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

Tim Holl

EvoNexus Treasurer, Ernst & Young

EvoNexus Treasurer / Partner, Ernst & Young

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

John Major

EvoNexus Chairman Emeritus, Broadcom

EvoNexus Chairman Emeritus / Fmr. Chairman, Broadcom

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

Joe Boerio

EvoNexus Officer, Franklin Templeton

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

Derek Aberle

XCOM

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Biven

Cirrus Logic

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

Ziad Asghar

Qualcomm

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

Jordan Becker

Bae Systems

VP & GM Geospatial Intelligence & C4ISR, Bae Systems

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Ivo Bolsens

AMD

Senior Vice President, AMD

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

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

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

Rich Christiansen

Kilpatrick Townsend

Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend

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

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

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

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William Eigner

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP

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

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

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Burton Goldfield

TriNet

President & CEO, TriNet

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

Jason Halac

Dexcom Ventures

Senior Director, Dexcom Ventures

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

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

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

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

Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

LG Technology Ventures

CEO & Board Member, LG Technology Ventures

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bridget Kimball

Intuit

VP Engineering & Chief Architect, Consumer Group, Intuit

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

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

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

Dr. Richard Kurtz

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Senior Director, Corporate Business Development, Bio-Rad Laboratories

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

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

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

Dr. Quinn Li

Qualcomm Ventures

SVP & Global Head, Qualcomm Ventures

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

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

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

David Marino

Hughes Marino

Co-Founder & EVP, Hughes Marino

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

Zachary Myers

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

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

Rodd Novak

pSemi

VP Corporate Planning & Development, pSemi

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

Eddy Ortiz

Royal Bank of Canada

VP of Innovation & Solution Acceleration, Royal Bank of Canada

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

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

Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

InterDigital

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

Amir Panush

TDK InvenSense

President & CEO, TDK InvenSense

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

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

Kenneth Rollins

Cooley LLP

Partner, Cooley LLP

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

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

Ted Schilowitz

Paramount Pictures

Futurist, Paramount Pictures

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

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

Mehul Udani

MuRata Americas

Vice President, Corporate Technology & Innovation, MuRata Americas

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

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

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

Andrew Bolwell

HP, Inc.

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

Henry Chang

Becton Dickenson

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

Rory Moore

Rory Moore

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder
Vice Admiral Walter Davis

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

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

Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA

EvoNexus President & COO
Rich Stewart

Rich Stewart

EvoNexus Chief Product Officer & 5G Portfolio Director
Ron Melanson

Ron Melanson

EvoNexus Silicon Valley Chief Engineer & Operations
Marco Thompson

Marco Thompson

Express Ventures
Mike Twyman

Mike Twyman

EvoNexus Director of Dual-Use Technology & Applications
Behrooz Abdi

Behrooz Abdi

TDK InvenSense
Alex Arrow, M.D.

Alex Arrow, M.D.

Carlsmed
Ziad Asghar

Ziad Asghar

Qualcomm
Andy Ballester

Andy Ballester

GoFundMe
Charles Bergan

Charles Bergan

Qualcomm
Dr. Ivo Bolsens

Dr. Ivo Bolsens

AMD
Matt Borer

Matt Borer

BD Biosciences
John Buhler

John Buhler

OmniGuide Holdings
Ross Bundy

Ross Bundy

Cardea Bio
Mike Cordonnier

Mike Cordonnier

Carlsmed
Frank Creede

Frank Creede

Mentor, Fmr. Anterix
Suzie Dergham

Suzie Dergham

Guru
John DeNuzzio Ph.D.

John DeNuzzio Ph.D.

Becton Dickenson
Dr. Moudy Elbayadi

Dr. Moudy Elbayadi

Shutterfly, Inc.
Todd Friedman

Todd Friedman

ResMed
Dr. Rakhi Garg

Dr. Rakhi Garg

Philips Healthcare
Adam Gould

Adam Gould

Lynq Technologies
Matt Grob

Matt Grob

XCOM
Jason Halac

Jason Halac

Dexcom Ventures
Gary Hayslip

Gary Hayslip

SoftBank Investment Advisors
Mark Hellinger

Mark Hellinger

Mentor, Fmr. Xyleme
Kristi Jaska

Kristi Jaska

ViaSat
Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins

Innovations Realized LLC
Stephen Joseph

Stephen Joseph

Brex
John Kaewall

John Kaewall

InterDigital, Inc.
Prashant Kantak

Prashant Kantak

Mentor, Fmr. Qualcomm Ventures
Pankaj Kedia

Pankaj Kedia

Qualcomm
Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D.

LG Technology Ventures
Bridget Kimball

Bridget Kimball

Intuit
John D. King

John D. King

Hyperlight Energy
Kim Davis King

Kim Davis King

StartR & mstartupx, UCSD
Jason Knapp

Jason Knapp

ViaSat
Tolga Kurtoglu

Tolga Kurtoglu

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

Dr. Richard Kurtz

Bio-Rad Laboratories
Ryan Lakin

Ryan Lakin

Abbott
Gregg Landis, M.D.

Gregg Landis, M.D.

Northwell Health
Charlie Liu

Charlie Liu

Strike
Rich Longo

Rich Longo

Mambu
Jeff Lorbeck, Ph.D.

Jeff Lorbeck, Ph.D.

Qualcomm
Giovanni Magni

Giovanni Magni

Mentor, Fmr. Bio-Rad Laboratories
Jeremy Malecha

Jeremy Malecha

Biocanic
Ziad Mansour

Ziad Mansour

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

Massimo Mascaro, Ph.D.

Google
Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

Fabric8 Labs
Geoffrey Mayne

Geoffrey Mayne

HP Inc.
Marques McCammon

Marques McCammon

Ricardo North America
Elan Mevasse

Elan Mevasse

City National Bank
Howard Mirowitz

Howard Mirowitz

Cove Fund II
Oliver Mitchell

Oliver Mitchell

ff Venture Capital
Robert Mittendorff, M.D.

Robert Mittendorff, M.D.

B Capital Group
Dr. Anton Monk

Dr. Anton Monk

ViaSat
Michael Moreno

Michael Moreno

Amazon Web Services
Malek Moubasher

Malek Moubasher

Agora Neos, Inc.
Nandhu Nandhakumar

Nandhu Nandhakumar

LG Electronics
Meenu Annamalai

Meenu Annamalai

T Rowe Price Associates
Carlos Nunez, M.D.

Carlos Nunez, M.D.

ResMed
Peter Oneppo

Peter Oneppo

SerenityEHS
Ernie Ozaki

Ernie Ozaki

Qualcomm
Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

Rajesh Pankaj, Ph.D.

InterDigital
Amir Panush

Amir Panush

TDK InvenSense
Christopher Rowan

Christopher Rowan

Arscientia
Barry Sandrew

Barry Sandrew

The ARIA Network
Peter Schaffer

Peter Schaffer

Avantax Wealth Management
Ted Schilowitz

Ted Schilowitz

Paramount Pictures
Brad Schoening

Brad Schoening

Privacy Logistics
Dr. Nambi Seshadri

Dr. Nambi Seshadri

Mentor, Fmr. Broadcom
Chris Shimojima

Chris Shimojima

Mentor, Fmr. Provide Commerce
Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan

KeySight Technologies
Hem Suri

Hem Suri

EvoNexus Fintech Executive In Residence
Andy Taylor

Andy Taylor

FRMR Credit Karma
Michael Thiemann

Michael Thiemann

Zebit
Sumit Tomar

Sumit Tomar

EvoNexus Executive in Residence
Paddy Underwood

Paddy Underwood

Clubhouse
Pieter Van Rooyen

Pieter Van Rooyen

Pleno
Dr. Paul Voois

Dr. Paul Voois

Investor, Fmr. ClariPhy
David Whelan

David Whelan

Cubic
Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

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

Jacob Woodruff, Ph.D.

EMD Electronics
Dr. Byung K. Yi

Dr. Byung K. Yi

Mentor, Fmr. InterDigital, Inc.
Jauher Zaidi

Jauher Zaidi

Palmchip Corporation
Jeff Cunningham

Jeff Cunningham

Lockheed Martin Ventures
Albert Wang

Albert Wang

Qualcomm Ventures

Rory Moore

EvoNexus CEO & Co-Founder

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

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

Vice Admiral Walter Davis

EvoNexus Co-Founder & VP Organizational Dev.

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

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

Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA

EvoNexus President & COO

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

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

Following graduate school, Gene was Senior Technical Staff Member at TRW, Inc., Space and Electronics Division (now part of Northrop Grumman) where he was responsible for design, fabrication, and integration of microelectronics for space/satellite applications. Subsequently he co-founded Nanostream, Inc., a biotechnology company and provider of high-throughput bio-analytical instrume