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EDV Tech Partners

Creating successful companies is a team effort. To complement our full-time investment team, EDV has assembled a world-class group of Tech Partners, who bring decades of tech industry experience to the table.

Our Tech Partners help EDV portfolio companies recruit executives, build tech industry relationships and solve complex business and technology challenges. They also serve as a key referral source of new investment opportunities for the firm.


  • Michela Abrams Imagine Media
    Computerworld

    Michela Abrams

    Michela O'Connor Abrams is President and Publisher of Dwell magazine. Previously, Michela was President of Imagine Media's Business Division, with responsibility for its flagship publication, Business 2.0. She successfully guided the sale of the magazine to AOL/Time Warner in July 2001. Michela has more than 17 years of experience in publishing, trade show management, Internet strategies, online branding, and strategic business development. She served as President and CEO of Computerworld, COO of Ziff Davis Events and Publisher and Group Vice President at McGraw-Hill. Michela is on the boards of Clickability and Playback Media. She received a BS degree in journalism from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.

  • Elie Antoun Genesis Microchip
    Pixim
    MediaQ/nVidia
    LSI Logic

    Elie Antoun

    Elie Antoun is currently serving as the Interim CEO for Akros Silicon. Elie is the former President and CEO of Genesis Microchip (NASDAQ: GNSS), a leading supplier of display image processors in both the flat-panel TV and LCD monitor markets. Previously, Elie was President and CEO of Pixim and President and CEO of MediaQ, an EDV portfolio company that was acquired by nVidia Corp. in 2003. Prior to MediaQ, Elie spent nine years at LSI Logic Corp. in a variety of executive management roles. His last position was EVP of the Consumer Products Division, with overall responsibility for LSI Logic's PlayStation, DVD, Digital Camera, and Digital Set-Top Box businesses. He also served for six years at LSI Logic KK in Japan, the last three of which he was President of LSI Logic KK, where he increased revenue to $350 million. Earlier in his career, Elie held process engineering and engineering management positions at Xicor and AMI. He received BSEE and MSEE degrees from UCLA and an MBA from Stanford University. 

  • Rod Beckstrom ICANN
    CATS Software

    Rod Beckstrom

     Rod Beckstrom is the President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the international not-for-profit organization responsible for the management and oversight of the coordination of the Internet domain name system.

    Previously, Rod was the Director of the National Cyber Security Center of the U.S. Government. He was previously active as a high technology and social entrepreneur, author, activist and transformative speaker. He grew up in Oklahoma and moved to California to attend Stanford where he received his BA and MBA. He was a Fulbright Scholar and then a derivatives trader for Morgan Stanley in London. He co-founded his first company, CATS Software, while in graduate school and led it as Chairman and CEO to become an international public company. He was also a co-founder of Mergent Systems, emotion Inc., Privada Inc., and American Legal Net. He serves on the board of Environmental Defense Fund; is a co-founder of the SV2 philanthropy network; is Chairman of Global Peace Networks and serves on the board of Jamii Bora Trust, a micro-lending network with 180,000 members. He is co-author of four books including: The Starfish and The Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations.

  • Gordon Bell Microsoft
    Digital Equipment Corp.

    Gordon Bell

    Gordon Bell is a principal researcher in Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Research group where he has a project to record everything in one’s life. Previously, he spent 23 years at Digital Equipment Corp., where he led the design and development of the VAX computer as VP of Research and Development. He was Director of the National Science Foundation’s Computing Directorate and led the cross-agency initiative that created the Internet. He has co-authored six books including High Tech Ventures: A Guide to Entrepreneurial Success and more than 100 papers about computer architecture and holds seven patents. In 1991, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology. Gordon received his BSEE and MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the ACM, IEEE, the American Acad. Of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academies of Engineering (NAE), and Sciences (NAS).

  • Eric Bergan Remedy
    NetLabs

    Eric Bergan

     Eric Bergan is the former CIO of Remedy Corp., where he also served as VP of Strategic ISVs and VP of Engineering. Previously, Eric was Director of Engineering at NetLabs, a network management software company, and Director of Databases, Applications Engineering and Software Quality Assurance for Pyramid Technology. Eric received a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Kansas and an MS in Computer Science from The John Hopkins University.

  • Steve Bourne Cisco Systems
    Digital Equipment Corp.
    Silicon Graphics
    Sun Microsystems

    Steve Bourne

     Steve is CTO of El Dorado Ventures. Steve is internationally known for his work on the UNIX operating system. While at Bell Laboratories, Steve designed the UNIX Command Language commonly called the "Bourne Shell" that is widely used as a scripting language in the UNIX programming environment. In 1983, Steve published "The UNIX System", one of the first widely used texts on the effective use of UNIX. Steve has also served in senior management positions at Cisco Systems, where he was director of engineering for enterprise network management; Sun Microsystems, where he was responsible for the Solaris 2.0 release; Digital Equipment Corporation, where he developed the first RISC-based workstation for DEC; and Silicon Graphics, where he was one of the company's first employees and served as Director of Software responsible for their first product to market. Steve has a B.Sc. in Mathematics from King's College London, a Diploma in Computer Science from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Trinity College in Cambridge, England. Steve is also a past President of the ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery.

  • Helen Bradley Network Appliance
    Sun Microsystems

    Helen Bradley

    Helen is the former VP of Engineering of Network Appliance. She also served as SVP of Technology Development at Openvision and as VP of Systems Software at Sun Microsystems. Helen received a BS in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • Owen Brown Synthesis Software
    Sun Microsystems
    Digital Equipment Corp.

    Owen Brown

    Owen Brown is a principal at Technology Strategies and Alliances, a consultant to high-tech startups. He was CEO of Synthesis Software, a subsidiary of MIPS Computers, as well as President and COO of Sun Microsystems in its early stages of growth. Prior to that time, he spent 11 years with Digital Equipment Corp. in a variety of sales management, marketing and general management positions. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Auburn University. 

  • Fred Buelow Aida/Teradyne
    STC Computer Research
    Microtechnology Corp.

    Fred Buelow

    Fred Buelow co-founded and was Chairman of Aida Corp., which was acquired by Teradyne Corp. Previously, he served as President of STC Computer Research and President of Microtechnology Corp., as well as was VP of Technology at Hal Computers. He has also held senior positions with Amdahl Corp. and IBM. Fred received a BSEE from City College of New York.

  • Patty Burke Ramp Networks
    Madge Networks
    Symantec
    Regis McKenna

    Patty Burke

     Patty is president of Burke Technology Consulting, which provides marketing strategy, planning and management services to technology companies. Patty has held VP-level positions with Silicon Valley companies for more than fifteen years, providing hands-on leadership in corporate and product marketing, sales and business development. Patty was most recently VP of marketing at Ramp Networks, guiding the company from product introduction through its 1999 IPO (acquired by Nokia in 2000). She previously held vice president positions with Madge Networks and Symantec, and was director of product marketing at Symantec's Peter Norton product group. Patty was also VP of the Networking/Telecom practice at the consulting firm Regis McKenna Inc., working with companies such as Motorola, PacBell, 3Com and numerous start-ups. In her early career, Patty held positions in non-profits and consumer and sports marketing. She received a BA from the University of Texas.

  • Lise Buyer Google
    Tellme Networks
    CS First Boston

    Lise Buyer

    Lise Buyer is a Principal at the Class V Group, a consulting firm guiding private companies through the IPO process and working with public companies to refine and improve their public equity positioning. Prior to Class V, Lise was VP of Strategic Partnerships at Tellme Networks (recently acquired by Microsoft). Immediately preceding Tellme, Lise was the Director of Business Optimization at Google where she managed that company's innovative IPO and initial relationships with Wall Street. Previously, Lise was a partner with Technology Partners and served as Director of Internet and New Media Research for Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group. She has also been an equity analyst and portfolio manager at T. Rowe Price Associates and the head of Internet equity research for DMG Technology Group. She received her BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from the Owen School at Vanderbilt University.

  • Vint Cerf Google
    MCI
    Co-designer of TCP/IP

    Vint Cerf

    Since October 2005, Vint Cerf has served as VP and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. In addition to serving as another public face for the company, he helps to identify new technologies or companies that may be of interest to Google. From 1994 to 2005, Vint served as SVP of MCI, where he focused on Internet technology and technology strategy. He served as VP of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives from 1986-1994 and as VP of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982 to 1986, where he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet.

    Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Vint is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. During his tenure from 1976 to 1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Vint played a key role in leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies. In 1997, President Clinton presented Vint with the U.S. National Medal of Technology. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2005 and the Japan Prize in 2008.

    Vint received a BS in mathematics from Stanford University and MS and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from UCLA.

  • Mark Cree Cisco Systems
    NuSpeed Interent Systems

    Mark Cree

     Mark Cree is the CEO and co-founder of Storspeed, a stealth-mode company that is developing disruptive technology targeted at the rapidly growing network storage marketplace. Prior to Storspeed, Mark was a Venture Partner and Entrepreneur in Residence for both Vesbridge Partners and El Dorado Ventures. Mark led Cisco Systems’ entry into storage networking as the General Manager of Cisco Systems’ Storage Router Business Unit. Prior to Cisco, Mr. Cree was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of NuSpeed Internet Systems, an EDV portfolio company that was acquired by Cisco Systems. Prior to NuSpeed, Mark was the Vice President of Marketing at Terabit router developer NEO Networks.

    Mark Cree also worked as the Director of Marketing at Switched Network Technologies and successfully brought one of the first IP routers and several early firewall security products to market at networking pioneer Network Systems Corporation (NSC). Mark started his career as a software developer at Control Data Corporation.

    Mark holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a BS in Business and Information Systems from the University of Minnesota.

  • Mark Floyd Entrisphere
    Efficient Networks
    Networth
    Interphase

    Mark Floyd

    Mark is the former CEO of Entrisphere, a communications equipment company and EDV portfolio company that was acquired by Ericcson.

    Mark became CEO of Entrisphere after completing the successful $1.5 billion acquisition of Efficient Networks, by Siemens in 2001. Prior to founding Efficient (also an EDV portfolio company) in 1993, Mark served as Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Networth Inc., and was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of the Interphase Corp.

    Mark holds a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and was the Recipient of the 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southwest region.

  • Vlad Gorelik Sana Security
    Optivo
    Sagent Technology

    Vlad Gorelik

    Vlad served as CTO of Sana Security, an EDV portfolio company acquired by AVG Technologies. Prior to joining Sana Security, Vlad was a co-founder and CTO of Optivo Corp. Previously, he was Chief Architect and Director of Technology at Sagent Technology, an EDV-funded company. He has also held various technical lead and engineering positions at Sybase, Amdahl, Hewlett-Packard and several other Silicon Valley companies. Vlad holds a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a BS in Computer Sciences from New York University, and a Masters in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University.

  • John Hinds VeriFone
    AT&T
    General Electric

    John Hinds

    John Hinds most recently served as EVP of VeriFone, where he was responsible for marketing, sales, service and engineering support. He was formerly President of AT&T International and played a leading role in the global expansion of AT&T. In addition, he was with General Electric for 13 years in a series of global management positions, including VP of Latin American Business Development. John received a BA from Pomona College and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Santa Clara. 

  • Michael Jennings Appshop
    United Technologies
    Pratt & Whitney

    Michael Jennings

    Michael is a consultant specializing in product development, delivery and market strategy for technology companies. Michael most recently served as co-founder, CTO and SVP of Business Development at Appshop, the leading provider of hosted Oracle application and database technology. Michael’s experience includes positions with companies such as United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, InfoSolutions and SimulTrans. Michael has designed and built industry leading hosting and software delivery platforms, built and managed global information system support organizations, supported over 300 technology sales cycles, managed the implementation of more than 30 ERP and CRM deployments, founded and built three companies. In his tenure, Michael has also held senior finance positions as a CFO and Controller. Mike earned a Diploma in Network Management and Engineering from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

  • Jack Jia Baynote
    Interwoven
    Silicon Graphics
    Sun Microsystems

    Jack Jia

    Jack Jia was a founder and founding CEO/Chairman of Baynote. He currently wears several hats as a partner in GSR Ventures, a venture capital firm investing over $1 billion in China, an angel investor as well as a founder of a stealth mobile marketplace startup. Jack was a founding CTO of Interwoven Inc. (NASDAQ: IWOV, now HP), a leading software company that pioneered CMS category, with executive responsibilities in engineering, products, marketing, strategy and vision. Prior to Interwoven, he was a founder and CEO of V-max America, making Micron the top technical PC in China in the mid 90’s. He led Unix kernel development at SGI, Sun Microsystems, Stratus and NASA for over a decade. He is a frequent speaker at major conferences and has appeared on television programs in several countries. He holds over 20 patents and writes regularly about key technology issues and trends. He is a board advisor for Santa Clara University, and a board member/former president of HYSTA, a premier non-profit organization for promoting entrepreneurship. Jack received an MBA from Santa Clara University, an MSEE from NYU-Poly, and a BSEE/MSCE from Beijing Jiaotong University.

  • Clint Jurgens NuSpeed Internet Systems
    Ancor Communications

    Clint Jurgens

    Clint Jurgens is an active angel investor, supporting his investment companies as a director or business advisor. Clint was co-founder and CTO of NuSpeed Internet Systems, a developer of storage-over-IP products, which was funded by EDV and acquired by Cisco Systems in 2000. Clint was VP of High Performance Networking for Ancor Communications where he introduced Fibre Channel into Japan and Europe. He was on the Fibre Channel Association Board of Directors and vice president of the Fibre Channel Association. Prior to joining Ancor in 1991, he held positions in engineering and as a business unit manager for Unisys and was the Director of Business Development for Lockheed Missiles and Space, Austin, TX.

    Clint earned his BSEE and MSEE from the University of Nebraska before serving a four-year tour in the USMC.

     

     

    Previously, he was president of his own consulting firm, I/O Solutions, providing product planning, market analysis and vendor analysis for the high-performance networking market. Before consulting, he was VP of High Performance Networking for Ancor Communications, where he introduced Fibre Channel into Japan and Europe. He was on the Fibre Channel Association Board of Directors and VP of the Fibre Channel Association. Prior to joining Ancor in 1991, he held positions as a business unit manager for Unisys and was the Director of Business Development for Lockheed in Austin. Clint received BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Nebraska before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

  • Tom Keffer Rogue Wave Software

    Tom Keffer

     Tom Keffer was the co-founder and  CEO of Rogue Wave Software (an EDV-funded company and now a division of Quovadx), a developer of reusable software components and services that facilitate application development. Prior to co-founding Rogue Wave, Tom was a professor of Oceanography at the University of Washington and on the scientific faculty of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Tom received a BA in biology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in geophysical fluid dynamics from Oregon State University.

  • Joe Kennedy Pandora
    E-LOAN
    Saturn Corp.

    Joe Kennedy

    Joe is CEO of Pandora. He joined the company in 2004 following a five-year stint at E-LOAN, where he was President and COO. From 1995 to 1999, he was VP of Sales, Service and Marketing for Saturn Corporation. Joe joined the initial start-up team at Saturn four months after its founding as a marketing manager and held positions of increasing marketing responsibility over the course of his 11-year tenure there. Joe holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.

  • Steve Kleiman NetApp
    Bell Labs
    Sun Microsystems

    Steve Kleiman

    Steve Kleiman is SVP and Chief Scientist at NetApp and is responsible for setting future technology directions for the company. He has been involved with the design and development of UNIX and workstation architecture since 1977; first at Bell Laboratories, where he helped develop the first x86 based UNIX product, and then at Sun Microsystems Inc. At Sun he was a Distinguished Engineer and chief architect of clustered UNIX system. Previously, as Chief Technologist for Sun's Interactive Services Group, he designed Sun's first video server product line. He was also the lead architect for multithreading and multiprocessing in Solaris and is a member of the POSIX Pthreads committee. He was the developer of the Vnodes file system interface and was a member of the original NFS development team at Sun. He was also the project leader of the original port of SunOS to SPARC. He received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1978 and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T in 1977. He is the author or co-author of 17 conference or journal papers, 40 patents, and one book.

  • Atam Lalchandani National Semiconductor
    Oracle

    Atam Lalchandani

    Atam Lalchandani is a long-time veteran of the information technology industry. He served as CFO and CAO of the National Advanced Systems subsidiary of National Semiconductor from 1983 to 1989, after joining National in a financial management position in 1977. During 1990, he was the CFO of Oracle Corp.’s domestic operations. From 1990 to 1992, he served initially as CFO and later as CEO of Objectivity, a database software company. Since 1992, Atam has been a financial and strategy consultant for various technology companies, including @Home Network, Juniper Networks, Cerent and Equinix, especially in their early stages. His non-profit activities include Board positions with Sierra Nevada College and the Nevada Institute of Renewable Energy Commercialization (NIREC). Atam received a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from IIT, Bombay, India and an MS and Ph.D. in operations research from Cornell University.

  • Alex Leibovich Source Photonics
    Cortina Systems
    Picolight

    Alex Leibovich

    Alex Leibovich is VP of Sales for Source Photonics. He previously served as VP of Sales for Cortina Systems, also an EDV portfolio company. He has over 19 years of experience working with early-stage growth companies as well as large corporations in the communications industry. He has held senior sales, marketing and business development positions at Pine Photonics (acquired by OpNext), Auroranetics (acquired by Cisco Systems), Picolight (acquired by JDSU), Bookham Technology, Tut Systems, AMP (now Tyco Electronics) and Ortel. Alex received an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Engineering & Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology.

  • Mark Leslie Veritas Software
    Stanford GSB

    Mark Leslie

    Mark Leslie is a managing director of Leslie Ventures, a private family investment company. He is also a Lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. From 1990 to 2001, Mark served as Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software and oversaw the growth of the company from start-up to $1.5 billion in annual revenues. He is on the boards of NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and a number of privately held companies. In addition, he is on the Board of Overseers at New York University and is Chairman of their Science Advisory Board. 

  • Dan Lynch CyberCash
    Interop
    SRI

    Dan Lynch

    Dan Lynch is a founder of CyberCash and Interop, now a division of United Business Media. As a member of ACM and ISOC, Dan is active in computer networking with a primary focus on promoting the spread of the Internet. As Director of the Information Processing Division for the Information Sciences Institute in Marina del Rey (USC-ISI) Dan led the Arpanet team that made the transition from the original NCP protocols to the current TCP/IP based protocols. He directed this effort from 1980 until 1983. Dan was Director of Computing Facilities at SRI International in the mid-to-late 1970s. He formerly served as manager of the computing laboratory for the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI , which conducts research in robotics, vision, speech understanding, automatic theorem proving and distributed databases. While at SRI he performed initial debugging of the TCP/IP protocols in conjunction with Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN). Dan received undergraduate training in mathematics and philosophy at Loyola Marymount University and obtained a Master's in mathematics from UCLA.

  • Tom Malloy Adobe Systems
    Apple
    Xerox PARC

    Tom Malloy

    As senior vice president and chief software architect, Tom Malloy leads Adobe's Advanced Technology Labs, part of the company's Office of Technology. Spearheading Adobe's long-term research and development initiatives, he leads a team of computer scientists who are delivering the next generations of Adobe software innovations.

    Malloy previously headed Adobe's Advanced Technology Group (now part of the Office of Technology) for nine years and held a variety of other senior engineering roles in the organization

    Prior to joining Adobe in 1986, Malloy worked for Apple Computer, where he helped drive software development for the Lisa computer, the precursor to the Macintosh. Previously, Malloy worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he was the lead engineer of the Bravo document processing system for the Alto computer.

    Malloy sits on the board of Aklara, an electronic auction firm, and is a member of ACM and IEEE. He holds three patents as well as bachelors and master's degrees in computer science from Stanford University.

  • Shekhar Mandal Ciena
    Cyras Systems
    Fiberlane
    Lam Research

    Shekhar Mandal

    Shekhar Mandal was VP of Finance & Administration for the Metro Switching Division of Ciena Corporation. He was a founder and CFO of Cyras Systems, an EDV-funded company that was acquired by Ciena in March 2001. Shekhar has over 25 years of experience in managing the finances of high-tech companies and has held key management positions in international operations, manufacturing, sales and service at various world-class technology companies. He was the Controller at Fiberlane Communications . Prior to that, he managed Worldwide Sales & Service Finance for Lam Research. During his tenure at Sun Microsystems, he was the Controller of Customer Service (North America Division). At National Semiconductor, he was the Operations Controller. In addition, he helped in launching several Silicon Valley start-ups (including Stratum One and Luxxon) by performing the financial planning.

    Shekhar served on the Board of Directors at Appshop, an EDV-funded company. He is also a Limited Partner at various Silicon Valley Venture Capital firms. He holds an MBA from Santa Clara University.

  • John Mathon TIBCO Software

    John Mathon

    John Mathon is founder of ShareALot, a digital photo sharing service. He is the creator of the TIB “Information Bus” concept and founder of TIBCO Software, a leading independent business integration software company. Most recently, John founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of Slam Dunk Networks. 

  • Marleen McDaniel Women.com
    3Com
    Sun Microsystems
    Cisco Systems

    Marleen McDaniel

    Marleen is the former Chairman and CEO of Women.com, an EDV-funded company that was acquired by iVillage. Prior to joining Women.com, Marleen helped to launch several major technology companies, including 3Com, Sun Microsystems and Cisco Systems. At Sun, she managed marketing for the education products division, which developed and launched the Sparcstation. Marleen also served as VP of marketing for Crescendo Communications, now the workgroup division of Cisco, and as SVP and GM of Ziff Davis' trade show division.

  • Glen McLaughlin Venture Leasing Associates
    Band of Angels
    Matrix Partners

    Glen McLaughlin

     Glen McLaughlin is the retired CEO of Venture Leasing Associates, which specialized in equipment leasing to early-stage technology companies, and is a general partner of Costella Kirsch Venture Partners I, a $50 million venture leasing fund. Glen has been an active venture investor for over 25 years and was a co-founder of the Band of Angels in Silicon Valley. Glen has served as a director of 32 corporations and is presently a director of several privately held high-technology companies. From 1982 to 1986, Glen was a general partner of Matrix Partners. Prior to joining Matrix, Glen was SVP and CFO of Four-Phase Systems. Glen received a BBA in accounting from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Paul McNamara Adobe
    Red Hat Software
    Silicon Graphics
    IBM

    Paul McNamara

    Paul McNamara is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence - Cloud Computing at Adobe Systems and is a former EDV EIR. Paul was the first executive hired at Red Hat Software and was a key figure in Red Hat's meteoric rise to prominence in the computer industry. McNamara’s experience in the computer industry has also included management and executive roles at SGI and IBM. Paul received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University.

  • Bill Miller Philips Electronics
    National Semiconductor
    Storage Networks

    Bill Miller

    Bill Miller is a veteran data storage executive with expertise in the areas of design and system architecture. He has successfully managed the design and development of innovative storage technology for companies such as Philips Electronics and National Semiconductor. Bill was a co-founder of StorageNetworks and served as EVP and CTO. From 1994 to 1998, he managed strategic accounts for Andataco and was that company’s top sales performer for two consecutive years. He left Andataco in August 1998 to form StorageNetworks. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Bill holds 11 U.S. patents for inventions related to data storage.

     

  • Cos Nicolaou Google
    Akamai

    Cos Nicolaou

    Cosmos (Cos) Nicolaou is a Senior Engineering Director at Google where he is responsible for the infrastructure that underlies Google's web search products. Prior to Google, Cos was director of software at Fabric7 Systems and at Akamai Technologies where he led the video streaming and storage teams. Before moving to the U.S. he co-founded Nemesys Research, a spin-off from the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory that pioneered real-time video delivery and conferencing over ATM networks. Nemesys Research was sold to FORE Systems in 1996 and Cos moved on to manage FORE's switch and routing group in San Jose as Senior Director. Cos holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge Computer Lab and a BSc(I) in Computer Science from University College London.

  • Jim Ottinger Fort Hill Systems
    Advanced System Products
    Amati
    Forte Communications

    Jim Ottinger

    Jim is an entrepreneur and the former CEO and founder of Fort Hill Systems. Prior to Fort Hill Systems, Jim served as President and CEO of Advanced System Products, Inc. and as President of Amati Communications. Jim founded and was President of Capella Systems and he served as President of Digital Communications Associates (DCA). From 1983 to 1986, Jim served as President of Forte Communications. Previously, Jim held senior finance and general management positions at Price Waterhouse, Fibreboard Corporation, Data Disc, Inc., Memorex Corporation, and Osborne Computer Products. From 1961 to 1965, Jim served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy.

    Jim holds a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

  • John K. Peters Reconnex
    PocketThis
    Yipes Enterprise Services

    John K. Peters

    John Peters served as CEO of Reconnex, which was acquired by McAfee Associates in 2008. He has been CEO of several venture capital-backed companies, including PocketThis, Yipes Enterprise Services, Netli and Sigma Networks. Prior to Sigma Networks, John was EVP for Concentric Network Corp., where he held various senior management roles leading the operations, engineering, product development, product management, Web hosting services, and corporate development organizations. John has also served as president of Venture Development Consulting, specializing in new communications and information services; VP and COO of Pacific Bell Information Services, Inc.; VP of application services for Telestream Corp.; co-founder of Integrated Office Systems, Inc.; and VP of advanced network services for GTE Telenet Communications Corporation.

    John has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS degree in statistics from Stanford University.

  • Rafat Pirzada Ciena
    Cyras Systems
    Cisco Systems
    Fiberlane

    Rafat Pirzada

    Rafat Pirzada was a co-founder and VP of Marketing at Cyras Systems, an EDV portfolio company acquired by Ciena in 2001. After the acquisition, Rafat served as VP of Marketing and Business Development for the Metro Switching Division of Ciena. He has held key marketing positions with market leaders including Cisco, Xylan and Fiberlane, helping them define products and strategies for the carrier market in addition to evangelizing their vision both externally and internally. He has been a TCCB member for IEEE 802.x, as well as Sprint's representative at ANSI X39T5 (FDDI). He received a BA (with highest honors) in math from Skidmore College, and an MSEE from Columbia University. 

  • Matt Ready SandForce
    eASIC
    Genesis Microchip

    Matt Ready

    Matt Ready serves as VP of Sales at SandForce. Matt has over 25 years of semiconductor sales experience managing sales organizations for both emerging technology startups as well as multi-national publicly traded companies. Prior to SandForce, Matt was VP of Worldwide Sales at eASIC, PLX Technology, Zeevo (acquired by Broadcom), Genesis Microchip (acquired by ST Microelectronics), Array Microsystems and OPTi. Matt earned his BS in Business Administration from San Jose State University.

  • Jose Reines Dytel
    Fujitsu
    ITT

    Jose Reines

    Jose Reines is a consultant to the telecommunications industry. He was Chairman and CEO of Dytel Corp., a pioneer in voice processing technology. Previously, he was President and CEO of Fujitsu Business Communications. Jose was the operating founder of American Telecom, a communications company that was later acquired by Fujitsu. Prior to that, he was Director of Development Operations for North America Switching Products for ITT and a member of the technical staff of IBM Research. He was elected a senior member of IEEE. Jose received his BSEE and MSEE from the University of Michigan.

  • Michael Rose Knoodle
    Everyone.net
    DIVA Systems

    Michael Rose

    Michael is the former President and CEO of Everyone.net, an EDV portfolio company. Prior to Everyone.net, he was co-founder and principal at SAVID, a market development and product strategy consulting firm. Previously, Michael was VP of corporate and business development at DIVA Systems. Michael was also in the strategic marketing group for the Online Banking Group at American Express and Corporate General Manager at Fresh Western Foods. Michael holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Mark Sapsford Cisco Systems

    Mark Sapsford

    Mark Sapsford most recently served as architect for Enterprise Network Management at Cisco Systems. Prior to that, Mark spent 16 years in various software organizations, including Taligent, Go and Sun Microsystems, specializing in Windowing Systems and Object Oriented Programming. Mark received a BA from The Johns Hopkins University and an MS from Carnegie Mellon University. 

  • Michael Starkenburg Image Metrics
    Gemstar-TV Guide
    America Online

    Michael Starkenburg

    Michael Starkenburg is the COO of Image Metrics. Previously, he served as SVP of Technology at Gemstar-TV Guide, and has served as an executive advisor to technology companies and venture funds since 1999. Before his work as an advisor, Mike held senior technology management positions at companies such as Advantix/Tickets.com, Cyberian Outpost and America Online. Before his management experiences, Mike was a technology and networking consultant to a variety of clients, including the International Monetary Fund, the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Housing, and the Information Technology Association of America. Mike received his B.B.A. in International Business from The George Washington University.

  • Jim Thanos Broadvision
    Informix

    Jim Thanos

     Jim Thanos is a former EVP and general manager of worldwide field operations for Broadvision. Prior to Broadvision, Jim was SVP of worldwide sales at Aurum Software. Before Aurum, Jim served as VP of Sales at Harvest Software and VP of Sales and Professional Services Operations at Metaphor. Jim also has served as EVP of Worldwide Operations at Informix, as well as VP overseeing sales, marketing and professional services at Dun & Bradstreet Computing Services. Jim currently serves as a board member of three public companies and one private company. Jim holds a BA in behavioral sciences from The Johns Hopkins University.

  • Steve Tolchin Hal Computers
    Pyramid Technology
    NetLabs

    Steve Tolchin

    Steve Tolchin is an investor and consultant to early-stage information technology companies. Steve was VP of Software Engineering at Hal Computers, a SPARC-based workstation manufacturer. Previously he was VP of Software Development at Pyramid Technology. Other prior positions include VP of Engineering and CTO of NetLabs and several technical supervision positions at The Johns Hopkins University. Steve holds a BS degree in physics from City College of New York and MS and Ph.D. degrees in physics from New York University.

  • Sunil Tomar Ciena
    Cyras Systems
    Fiberlane
    Cisco Systems

    Sunil Tomar

    Sunil is the Founder, President and CEO of Brillus, Inc., a consulting company advising start-ups in the technology space. Brillus has advised companies in the computer security, web services and wireless space. Sunil was most recently Sr. Vice President Engineering of Ciena’s Metro Switching Division. He was a founder and Vice President of Engineering at Cyras Systems, a developer and manufacturer of new optical switching technologies. Cyras was sold to Ciena in 2001 for $1.1B. He has previously worked for companies widely acknowledged as technology leaders in these areas. At Fiberlane (Cerent), Sunil led the engineering team that developed the world's largest SONET cross-connect ASIC. While at Cisco/Stratacom, he led the team that developed ATM/Frame Relay access products.

    Sunil has over 20 years experience in conceiving, designing, developing and delivering both telecom and data networking equipment. His executive experience spans managing the design and development of ASICS, FPGAs, high-density circuit boards and hardware subsystems and software for both telecom and datacom systems. Sunil was instrumental in LSI Logic's development of the ATMizer chipset in addition to developing ASICs for the Apple Newton PDA. At Cellnet Data Systems, Sunil and his team designed packet networking and spread spectrum wireless products. Sunil has applied for 4 patents in the area of telecommunications technology products.

    Sunil is also co-founder of TransOral Pharmaceuticals. Sunil led the seed round of funding in February 2002. He participates in investment and business strategy for TransOral and also guides the company’s strategic direction. Sunil also helps other early stage start-up companies in an advisory role.

    Coincident with co-founding Cyras Systems, Sunil founded TomarIC, a firm specializing in providing ASICs and hardware sub-systems to communications companies.

    Sunil holds an M.S. in Engineering (Digital Systems & VLSI) from San Jose State University, CA, post-graduate Business Management education from Sydenham College, Bombay, India & B.S. Physics degree from Gujarat University, India. 

  • Victor Tsao Linksys
    Cisco Systems

    Victor Tsao

    Victor Tsao is Linksys’ co-founder, Senior Vice President, Emeritus of Cisco Systems, and currently the Chairman of Miven Holdings. Victor served as the President and CEO of Linksys for 15 years before it was acquired by Cisco in June 2003. As president and CEO, Victor built and led Linksys to become the leading provider of networking hardware for the home and small business with a revenue market share to date of over 50%. Prior to joining Linksys, Victor served as software engineer, system manager, and strategist of various IT positions with different firms. He was the Director of MIS Strategic Systems Development, for Taco Bell Corp from 1985 to 1991. Victor has an MBA, MS and BS in computer science from Pepperdine University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Tamkang University in Taiwan, respectively.

  • Tom Wadlow Pilot Network Services
    Sun Microsystems

    Tom Wadlow

    Tom, a security and systems operations consultant, was co-founder and VP of Security Research and Development at Pilot Network Services, an EDV-funded company. Prior to Pilot, Tom was a senior research network architect at Sun Microsystems. Tom has held senior technical staff and management positions with Xerox PARC, Schlumberger, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories and ParcPlace Systems. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on computer and network security.

  • Emil Wang Questra
    Latitude Communications
    Aspect Communications

    Emil Wang

    Emil is President & CEO of Questra Corporation. Prior to Questra, Emil founded and was President & CEO of Latitude Communications which went public in 1999 and was later sold to Cisco. Prior to Latitude, Emil was SVP of Sales and Marketing at Aspect Communications. Emil also worked at ROLM Corporation and Bain & Co. He received a BS from Princeton University and an MS and MBA from Stanford University. 

  • Alan Warshaw XO Communications
    Micom Systems

    Alan Warshaw

    Alan Warshaw founded Datacomm Management Group in 1985 and is a principal consultant assisting data communications start-up ventures and small-to-medium-sized companies with numerous aspects of marketing and business development. Alan has over 30 years of in-depth industry experience in computer communications and has held senior management positions with prominent communications and computer manufacturers and service providers. From 1998 to 2000, he held the position of VP of Marketing for Network Services at XO Communications. Previously, Alan and Datacomm Management Group worked with many small companies as well as leading firms such as Ascend, Cisco, 3Com and Xircom. Alan also spent six years at Micom Systems in several positions, including Assistant VP. He was also a communications product manager for Nixdorf Computer and spent four years with Digital Equipment Corp. and six years at Bell Laboratories. Alan received a BSEE from Clarkson University and an MS in operations research from Cornell University.

  • Maynard Webb LiveOps
    eBay
    Gateway

    Maynard Webb

    Maynard Webb is CEO of LiveOps. He joined LiveOps from eBay where he served as Chief Operating Officer. At eBay, Maynard directed engineering and technology operations, product development, customer support, trust and safety, global billing, human resources, and legal functions. Prior to eBay, Maynard was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Gateway, Inc. He has also held management and leadership positions at Bay Networks, Quantum Corporation, Thomas-Conrad Corporation and IBM. A respected member of the Silicon Valley technology community, Maynard sits on the boards of several successful companies, including Salesforce.com, Admob and Baynote. Maynard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University.

  • David Yen Sun Microsystems
    Juniper Networks
    Cisco Systems

    David Yen

    David is EVP of Sun Microsystems’ Scalable Systems Group. David has held several positions at Sun including EVP of Sun's Processor & Network Products Group, and VP and General Manager of Sun's Enterprise Systems, Integrated Products, Enterprise Server Products and Enterprise Server Engineering. Prior to Sun, David was Co-founder and Director of Hardware Development of Cydrome, Inc. Prior to Cydrome, David worked for IBM Research and TRW. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

  • John Zasio Hal Computers
    Aida Corp.
    STC Computer Research
    Microtechnology Corp.

    John Zasio

    John Zasio was previously the Director of Technology Development at Hal Computers, a SPARC-based workstation manufacturer. Previously, John was EVP for Research and Development at Aida Corp., which was acquired by Teradyne Corp. John was VP of Technology Development at STC Computer Research, co-founder and director of electrical engineering at Microtechnology Corp., manager of electrical engineering at Amdahl Corp. and held various circuit development and engineering management positions at Mascor and IBM. John received a BSEE from the University of Cincinnati.

  • John Zicker CrossLoop
    Sana Security
    Sagent Technology
    ReportSmith

    John Zicker

    John Zicker is President and CEO of CrossLoop, an EDV portfolio company. Previously, he served as CEO of  Sana Security. John was a co-founder and CTO at Sagent Technology and co-founder and VP of Development at ReportSmith. John was an R&D manager for the FlashPoint product at ViewPoint Systems, and spent 10 years in software development and image processing at NASA Ames Research Center, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).

    John received a BSEE from the University of California, Davis and an MSEE from the University of Wisconsin.

  • Anna Zornosa Cobalt
    Yahoo
    Knight Ridder Digital

    Anna Zornosa

    Anna Zornosa is General Manager of Cobalt's Dealix.com division. In this role, she directs operations and strategy for Dealix, Redwood City, CA, the largest provider of quotes to automotive buyers. Prior to joining Cobalt, Zornosa served as General Manager and Vice President for Yahoo Personals, the largest online dating community, with an emphasis on driving growth and maintaining product leadership.

    Prior to Yahoo!, Zornosa served as chief marketing officer of Knight Ridder Digital, a unit of Knight Ridder Inc., where she directed KRD’s product strategy, audience development and metrics, and business units including national advertising sales, ShopLocal, and private party online classifieds. Zornosa joined KRD from Topica Inc., San Francisco , one of the nation’s largest email services providers, where she served as president and CEO and directed the company to profitability through the introduction of paid services. Prior to Topica she senior positions at Women.com and PointCast, Inc., where she was responsible for sales strategy and created affiliate agreements with 15 media properties, such as the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Wired, and Times Mirror.

    A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Zornosa has been recognized for her work. In 2000, PR Week honored her team at Women.com with the Public Relations Campaign of the Year award. The Advertising Women of New York presented the company with an AWNY Award for advertising that same year. In 1997, Advertising Age named Zornosa a "Digital Visionary." In 2002, she was asked to speak before the Federal Trade Commission as it formed legislation to deter unsolicited email. She is a member of the Advisory Board for start-ups including Glam.Com, OurStory, Tumri and Affinity Labs. Her board participation has included Topica, Inc. and the Online Publishers Association.