Richard L. Sanquini is the former Chairman of the Board of PortalPlayer, Inc., a public company that was acquired by NVIDIA Corporation in January 2007. Mr. Sanquini retired from National Semiconductor in 1999, after 20-year tenure, where he managed key business units, including microprocessors and a microcontroller, served as Chief Technology Officer, managed business development and intellectual property protection, and was Chairman of the Board for two China joint ventures. From March 1989 through December 1989, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Information Storage Devices. Prior to National Semiconductor, Mr. Sanquini served in various executive positions at RCA. Mr. Sanquini currently serves on the Board of Directors of ZiLOG, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the following private companies: LitePoint Corp., SiPort, G2 Microsystems, and R2 Semiconductor. Mr. Sanquini holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Wisconsin.
Dr. Eli Sternheim has more than 25 years of experience in engineering, management, entrepreneurship, business and investment. He received his B.Sc. in EE from the Technion in 1969, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in EE from Carnegie Mellon University in 1971 and 1974, respectively. Dr. Sternheim worked at the Westinghouse R&D center before moving to Silicon Valley. Here he has worked for a few startups, such as Trilogy, Zoran and Nexgen (later went public and was acquired by AMD). In 1991 Dr. Sternheim co-founded interHDL, a software electronic design automation (EDA) company where he was the president and CEO. He wrote the book “Digital Design and Synthesis with Verilog HDL” and served as the chairman of the Architectural Committee for Open Verilog International (OVI). In 1998, interHDL was sold to Avant corporation. Since 1995 Dr. Sternheim has been investing in high-tech startups and currently holds a portfolio of a few dozen companies.
Barry Schiffman serves on the boards of Amalfi, Analogix, Luidia, Pelican Imaging, and SignalSet. He has also led a successful investments in AirGate PCS (NASDQ:PCSA), Avanex Corporation (NASDAQ:AVNX), Brocade Systems (NASDAQ:BRCD), Digital Island (NASDAQ:ISLD), Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR), Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU), Monterey Networks (acquired by Cisco), Philsar Electronics, Inc. (acquired by Conexant Systems, Inc. (NASDQA:CNXT) and Wirefree Partners, among many others. Barry was the As Co-Founder and Executive Managing Director of Globespan after serving as the Senior Executive Managing Director of JAFCO Ventures. Prior to JAFCO, he was at Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners (WPGVP), led investments in companies such as Vermeer (acquired by Microsoft) and Unwired Planet (later named Phone.com, NASDAQ:OPWV). At Apple Computer, Inc., he held several senior-level positions and architected deals with key partners, including IBM. As the founding partner in Apple's corporate venture capital fund, he led successful investments in companies such as Sybase (NASDAQ:SYBS), ON Technology (NASDAQ:ONTC), NetFrame (acquired by Micron), and Forethought (acquired by Microsoft). Prior to Apple, Barry served as President of Micro Air Systems, a semiconductor equipment company, which was selected as one of Texas Instrument's top-ten vendors. He was also President and CEO of Heuristics, where he helped to pioneer microprocessor-based speech recognition technology. Barry also co-founded Diacon Systems, a health information systems company.
Eli Garten is a seasoned high-tech executive with more than 15 years of experience in Design, Development and Product Management of cutting-edge software and hardware solutions for Enterprise and Industrial applications. Mr. Garten serves as Vice President of Product Management for VITEC, a leader in high-performance digital video technologies catering the Enterprise, Government and Medical markets. Prior to VITEC Eli held roles as Vice President of Products and Techncial Marketing for Optibase (NASDAQ: OBAS). He also served in the Israeli Air Force in an elite Intelligence unit. Mr. Garten holds a BA in Computer Science from the Interdisciplinary Center, Israel and a Masters in Business Administration from California State University, Monterey Bay.