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Gary Bloom
Former Vice Chairman & President, Symantec
Gary Bloom was Vice Chairman and President of Symantec. Prior to that, he was President and CEO for Veritas Software. Gary directed all corporate functions and was responsible for the formulation of current and long-range plans and objectives. Previously, Gary was EVP at Oracle where he was responsible for several Oracle product and service areas and for Oracle's corporate development and partnering relationships.

Vinton Cerf
Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
Dr. Vint Cerf is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, where he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms for the company. Previously, Vint was the Senior Vice President for Technology Strategy at MCI and was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford and Program Manager and Principal Scientist at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency where he led the initial development of the internet. He worked at UCLA on the development of ARPANET, the predecessor network to the Internet. Vint is internationally recognized as the foremost authority on Internet technology.

Mukesh Chatter
Former President & CEO, Axiowave Networks, Inc.
Mukesh is an industry leader in the architecture, design and development of state-of-the-art networking equipment and supercomputers and has several patents in these areas. He was the Founder, President and CEO of Nexabit Networks, Inc, a highly successful terabit switch/router company, which was acquired by Lucent Technologies for almost $1 billion. He subsequently served as Vice President & General Manager of IP products at Lucent Technologies. Red Herring recognized Mukesh as one of the top ten entrepreneurs in 1999.

Jnan Dash
Former Group Vice President, Oracle
Jnan is a well-known expert and visionary in the software industry. Most recently, he was Group Vice President in charge of Systems Architecture and Technology at Oracle. Previously at IBM, Jnan was key to the development of the DB2 database product family and led IBM's database architecture and technology.

Edward Esber
Chief Executive Officer, Esber Group
Ed Esber is considered to be a personal computer industry pioneer and visionary. Ed developed the market strategies for two of the world's early best-selling software packages: VisiCalc and dBase. Ed has more than thirty years experience in the computer and software industries. He has started, grown and/or turned-around over fifteen companies, many of which are public companies.

Garry Garrettson
Former Chairman & CEO, Spectrian
Garry Garrettson is a strategic business development consultant and serves on three public company boards. Until September 2004, Garry was President & CEO of ClairVoyante, a private flat panel display technology company. Prior to ClairVoyante, Garry was Chairman & CEO of Spectrian, a public wireless infrastructure equipment company. Garry has held executive roles at several prominent storage companies, including President & CEO for Censtor Corporation and Vice President for Seagate Technology.

William Lee
Former Chief Scientist, Vodafone AirTouch
Dr. Bill Lee was Chief Scientist of Vodafone AirTouch. He is one of the developing pioneers of cellular systems. Recently, he was appointed to the US Council on Competitiveness and the FCC Advisory Council. He is also a fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology.

Kenneth Levy
Chairman Emeritus, KLA-Tencor Corporation
Ken Levy has over 30 years experience leading and building companies in the semiconductor capital equipment industry. In 1976, Ken founded KLA Instruments, which merged with Tencor Instruments in 1997. KLA-Tencor became the dominant leader in markets such as photomask and wafer defect inspection. He currently serves as a board member of Juniper Networks and Extreme Networks.

Anthony Ley
Former President & CEO, Harmonic, Inc.
Tony Ley served as Harmonic's President and Chief Executive Officer since the founding of the Company in 1988. Prior to Harmonic, Tony held various positions at Schlumberger, including President of Schlumberger Montrouge Research (the Schlumberger research center in Paris), and as Vice President, Research and Engineering at Fairchild Semiconductor/Schlumberger.

Hitoshi Matsumoto
Former President & CEO, Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc.
Hitoshi Matsumoto is President & CEO at Fujitsu Laboratories of America and is responsible for Fujitsu's advanced IT research activities as well as strategic alliances and business development in the U.S. Previously, Hitoshi directed various R&D projects, including artificial intelligence, human interface, multimedia systems and Internet services at Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd and Fujitsu Limited (Japan).

Shiv Nadar
President & CEO, HCL Technologies
Shiv Nadar is India's leading IT entrepreneur. He was Dataquest's “IT Man of the Year” for 1995, quoted by Time magazine for his vision of a networked future, and placed amongst 'the electronic elite' by Geoffrey James in his book “The Giant Killers.”

Greg Papadopoulos
Former Chief Technical Officer & Executive Vice President of Research & Development, Sun Microsystems
Dr. Greg Papadopoulos, CTO at Sun Microsystems, is responsible for assessing Sun's technological investments as well as directing its strategic activities. Previously, Greg was a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He co-founded three companies: PictureTel, Ergo, and Exa Corporation.

Vivek Ragavan
President & CEO, Atrica
Vivek Ragavan is CEO of Atrica - a leading provider of Optical Ethernet solutions for Metropolitan Networks. Vivek has also served as President and COO of Redback Networks as well as President & CEO of Siara Systems, a provider of managed service platforms for next-generation networks.

Lou Ryan
Former CEO, Entercept Security Technologies (Acquired by McAfee)
Lou Ryan was President, CEO and founder of Entercept Security Technologies which was acquired by McAfee in April 2003. Lou was also an early investor and board member of Foundstone, a vulnerability management supplier acquired by McAfee in August 2004. Lou has 22 years of computer industry management experience, including a previous role as co-founder and executive vice president of worldwide sales at Delrina Corp., a leading software supplier with over $100 million in annual sales, which was later acquired by Symantec in 1995.

Eyal Shavit
President, AxcessNet Ltd.
Eyal Shavit is President of AxcessNet Ltd. a primary facilitator of technology transactions with Israeli IT companies. AxcessNet is a leading exit management advisor helping venture backed companies navigate towards an optimal exit. Eyal is a 35-year veteran of the computer industry, co-founded many ventures and has developed the seminal patent on e-commerce.

John Seely Brown
Former Chief Scientist, Xerox Corporation
John Seeley Brown recently retired as Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation where he also was the director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for twelve years. While head of PARC, John expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, micro-electrical mechanical system (MEMS) and nanotechnology. His personal research interests include digital culture, ubiquitous computing, Web service architectures and organizational and individual learning.

Ram Shriram
Managing Partner, Sherpalo Ventures, LLC
Ram Shriram is currently an active angel investor. He has been very active in building Google and currently sits on their Board of Directors. Ram was VP of Business Development at, reporting to Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO. Ram was an early member of the Netscape executive team joining them in late 1994 before they had shipped any products or revenue.

Ray Stata
Founder & Chairman, Analog Devices
Ray Stata founded and is Chairman of Analog Devices. He was a founder and first President of the Massachusetts High Technology Council. Ray is Chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and is a member of the Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation.

Sheila Taylor
Former President and General Manager of Global IT Delivery, Chevron
Sheila was President and General Manager of Global IT Delivery and was responsible for Chevron's computing and telecommunications infrastructure and applications development and support worldwide.

Edward Thompson
Former Chief Financial Officer, Amdahl Corporation
Ed Thompson was previously Chief Financial Officer of Amdahl Corporation. Ed has extensive global financial experience. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SonicWall, Inc, Stratex Networks, Inc, Niku, Inc and the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

David Welch
Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Infinera Corporation
David Welch brings a high level of expertise and experience in research and marketing optical technology for fiber optic communications. Prior to founding Infinera, David was Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Corporate Development at SDL and JDS Uniphase, where his responsibilities included overall technology direction and mergers/acquisitions.

Albert Yu
Former Senior Vice President, Intel Corporation
Dr. Albert Yu was previously a SVP and General Manager at Intel, responsible for the core of Intel's business: microprocessors and associated silicon and software products. He is author of the book “Creating the Digital Future”.

Service Advisors

Jerry Brown
President, Brown Venture Associates
Through Brown Venture Associates (BVA), Jerry has placed more than 100 CEOs and Officers in venture-backed IT companies. Prior to BVA, Jerry served as Vice President and Marketing Manager, at Texas Instruments and IBM.

Ross Halleck
President, Halleck
Ross Halleck is President of Halleck, a premier marketing services agency. Throughout its 25-year history, Halleck has been on the cutting edge of sophisticated brand building techniques, strategies and technologies. Mr. Halleck is also principal of Halleck Vineyard, a boutique winery in western Sonoma County, growing and producing nationally renown artisan Pinot Noir wines.

Dick Strayer
CEO, Strayer Consulting Group

Dick Strayer has consulted with over 250 technology-based companies on such diverse organizational development issues as founder transitions, restructuring, executive team development, and corporate turnaround. He has worked with numerous successful start-ups and leading technology companies, including Octel, C-Cube, KLA-Tencor, Tandem, and Intel.