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Board of Directors

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Akros Silicon Board of Directors

5 Board of directors

Akros Silicon has 5 board of directors, including Chris Rust.

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Firm

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Chris Rust

Clustrix, Diablo Technologies, and Kaiam

Irwin Federman

Irwin Federman sees economic and industry cycles as temporary conditions during which businesses can consistently forge important skills and relationships. A veteran of the semiconductor industry and venture capital community, Irwin knows that great ideas are conceived in both up and down markets and that good management and execution can overcome tough conditions. It is perhaps counter-intuitive, he believes, that early-stage companies are often the beneficiaries of a less robust economic environment. "I derive enormous satisfaction from being associated with determined and capable people," Irwin says. "People who have a passion for building a company. Many of today's entrepreneurs persevered throughout the downturn of 2000-2003; they refused to be victimized by the times. That's about more than venture capital -- it gives one faith in the human condition." Irwin joined USVP in 1990 as a general partner with significant investment experience: as CEO of Monolithic Memories, he led his firm's investments in successful startups such as Cypress Semiconductor, Xilinx and Altera. During his tenure as CEO from 1978 to 1987, Irwin spearheaded MMI's turnaround from virtual bankruptcy to a $250 million revenue organization. When MMI merged with Advanced Micro Devices, Irwin assumed the post of Vice Chairman of AMD. He is a former Chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association and served as a board member of the National Venture Capital Association. As an ex-CEO, and someone who has enjoyed a collegial relationship with many CEOs over the years, he is certain of one thing: CEOs run their companies; not Boards, not investors. "Ultimately every decision is made by the management team," says Irwin. "It is rewarding when I can share experience that helps them sort out their alternatives." Irwin was a founding or lead investor in BeVocal, Blue Martini, Check Point Software Technologies, Centillium Communications, Crescendo Communications, Mellanox Technologies, MMC Networks, NeoMagic, Netro, Nuance Communications, Quick Logic, SanDisk and TelCom Semiconductor. As with other USVP partners, Irwin believes when you invest in a company, you invest in people. "It is particularly rewarding to receive a call from an entrepreneur who is wrestling with a thorny problem or is having difficulty reaching a significant decision. If he or she picks up the phone to share their angst and ask for your opinion, you know you have earned their trust. Nobody shares uncertainty otherwise." Irwin received a B.S. in Economics from Brooklyn College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science from Santa Clara University. He was a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty, the Exemplary Community Leadership Award from the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice, and was installed in Junior Achievement’s Silicon Valley Hall of Fame. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from The International Business Forum and Silicon Valley Fast 500, an initiative of Silicon Valley Bank and Deloitte and Touche. He serves as a Trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA) and of his alma mater, Brooklyn College. Irwin enjoys fishing and reading and is an eclectic cook. His culinary alchemy is based on working with whatever's in the kitchen. "It's not unlike a business -- you try to maximize the best of what you've got to work with."

BeVocal, Intermolecular, LivingSocial, Mellanox Technologies, Neoconix, On24, Optichron, QuickLogic, Right90, Sales.com, SanDisk, Silego Technology, SupplyFrame, Teranetics, and TZero Technologies

Marc Berg

Marc is a Part­ner at 40 North/Standard Industries. Prior to 40 North/Standard Industries, Marc was a Part­ner at DBL Partners, since join­ing the firm in 2014. Marc’s ven­ture invest­ing career began early last decade where he spent 6 years as a Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at Van­tage­Point Cap­i­tal also focused in energy and advanced tech­nol­ogy invest­ments. Dur­ing Marc’s 10 years in ven­ture invest­ing he has backed numer­ous suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies in the mate­r­ial sci­ence and energy effi­ciency land­scape such as Bridgelux, Amprius, iWatt and Kaiam Inc. Prior to his ven­ture cap­i­tal career Marc spent 25 years in both ven­ture backed star­tups and multi-national pub­lic com­pa­nies here in Sil­i­con Val­ley and abroad. Marc is a grad­u­ate of Santa Clara Uni­ver­sity with a degree in Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing with an empha­sis on high energy physics. Marc is active at Santa Clara; serv­ing on the board of the Busi­ness School’s accred­ited Cen­ter of inno­va­tion and Entre­pre­neur­ship. Marc was also recently selected to be an Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Santa Clara’s Engi­neer­ing school after serv­ing for many years on the school’s Indus­try Advi­sory Board.

Hover, Kaiam, Kaiam, Superior Sensor Technology, Switch Lighting, and Zincfive

Pascal Levensohn

Pascal joined Dolby Family Ventures, L.P. as a Managing Director in 2014 after advising the Dolby family on its direct technology investment portfolio since 2012. Since 1996, Pascal has been the Managing Partner of Levensohn Venture Partners LLC (LVP) and the CEO of Generation Strategic Advisors LLC (GSA) and its predecessor entities. While he continues to serve in both of these positions, Pascal has transitioned his new technology venture capital investing activities to the Dolby family organization. GSA advises institutional investors and sophisticated family offices on due diligence, investment structure, and corporate governance, principally related to direct venture capital and private equity investments. LVP invested over $200 million in early and development stage emerging companies, emphasizing semiconductor, security, digital media, and enterprise software sectors across three funds. Pascal served on the board of directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) from April 2007-April 2011; he chaired the NVCA’s education committee for three years of his term. He is a faculty member of the Kauffman Fellows Program Center for Venture Education (2006-present) where he teaches best practices for VC-backed company board members; he has published widely read white papers on best practices for venture capital boards (1999, 2003, 2006, 2007), and he is the co‐author of the first Chinese college textbook on venture capital: 投 学 Venture Capital: Theory and Practice, with Professor Liu Manhong of Renmin University of China (2011). Pascal has served as board chairman, audit committee chairman, compensation committee chairman, and board secretary for venture-backed companies since 1996 and as a public company director since 1993. He is a co-founder and director of LittleCast, Inc., and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of ShotSpotter, Inc. and as a director of Akros Silicon, Tandent Vision Science, and Highview Healthcare. Pascal has lectured on board governance topics at top universities in the U.S. (Harvard Law School, Stanford School of Engineering, Stanford Rock Center Venture Capital Directors College), China, and Singapore. Pascal holds an AB in Government, cum laude, from Harvard University. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former co-chairman of the Socrates Society Forum of the Aspen Institute (2007-2009), and a former Chairman of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation’s Business Leadership Council (2007-2008).

Authentic Vision, Covigo, NativeWaves, NexVerse Networks, SST, SST, TeraLogic, and Ubicom

Syrus Madavi

Mr. Madavi is currently the Managing Director of SPM Capital,a private fund focusing on semiconductor and electronic devices for digital consumer, communications and personal computing. His career has included terms as Chairman, President and CEO of Burr-Brown Corporation, President of JDS Uniphase, and Senior Vice President at Texas Instruments.As a Chairman, President and CEO of Burr-Brown Corporation, a semiconductor company focused on high-performance analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, Mr. Madavi led the company to increase sales by more than three-fold, and to improve operating results to over 20% profit after tax. During this period, the company's valuation increased by over 12,500%, from less than $60 million to more than $7 billion when it was acquired by Texas InstrumentsAt Texas Instruments, Mr. Madavi was the Senior Vice President of high performance signal processing business sector. This business with over 1 billion revenue, offered power management, analog, mixed-signal, and DSP integrated circuits for digital consumer, personal computing, and communications markets.Mr. Madavi's career has also included positions as President of JDS Uniphase, President of Raytheon Semiconductor, and Vice President and GM of Honeywell Signal Processing Technology.Mr. Madavi has a BSEE and MS in Computer Sciences from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an MBA in finance from UCLA. He is based in Palo Alto, California.

Ranovus

Name

Chris Rust

Irwin Federman

Marc Berg

Pascal Levensohn

Syrus Madavi

Firm

Work History

Irwin Federman sees economic and industry cycles as temporary conditions during which businesses can consistently forge important skills and relationships. A veteran of the semiconductor industry and venture capital community, Irwin knows that great ideas are conceived in both up and down markets and that good management and execution can overcome tough conditions. It is perhaps counter-intuitive, he believes, that early-stage companies are often the beneficiaries of a less robust economic environment. "I derive enormous satisfaction from being associated with determined and capable people," Irwin says. "People who have a passion for building a company. Many of today's entrepreneurs persevered throughout the downturn of 2000-2003; they refused to be victimized by the times. That's about more than venture capital -- it gives one faith in the human condition." Irwin joined USVP in 1990 as a general partner with significant investment experience: as CEO of Monolithic Memories, he led his firm's investments in successful startups such as Cypress Semiconductor, Xilinx and Altera. During his tenure as CEO from 1978 to 1987, Irwin spearheaded MMI's turnaround from virtual bankruptcy to a $250 million revenue organization. When MMI merged with Advanced Micro Devices, Irwin assumed the post of Vice Chairman of AMD. He is a former Chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association and served as a board member of the National Venture Capital Association. As an ex-CEO, and someone who has enjoyed a collegial relationship with many CEOs over the years, he is certain of one thing: CEOs run their companies; not Boards, not investors. "Ultimately every decision is made by the management team," says Irwin. "It is rewarding when I can share experience that helps them sort out their alternatives." Irwin was a founding or lead investor in BeVocal, Blue Martini, Check Point Software Technologies, Centillium Communications, Crescendo Communications, Mellanox Technologies, MMC Networks, NeoMagic, Netro, Nuance Communications, Quick Logic, SanDisk and TelCom Semiconductor. As with other USVP partners, Irwin believes when you invest in a company, you invest in people. "It is particularly rewarding to receive a call from an entrepreneur who is wrestling with a thorny problem or is having difficulty reaching a significant decision. If he or she picks up the phone to share their angst and ask for your opinion, you know you have earned their trust. Nobody shares uncertainty otherwise." Irwin received a B.S. in Economics from Brooklyn College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science from Santa Clara University. He was a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty, the Exemplary Community Leadership Award from the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice, and was installed in Junior Achievement’s Silicon Valley Hall of Fame. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from The International Business Forum and Silicon Valley Fast 500, an initiative of Silicon Valley Bank and Deloitte and Touche. He serves as a Trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA) and of his alma mater, Brooklyn College. Irwin enjoys fishing and reading and is an eclectic cook. His culinary alchemy is based on working with whatever's in the kitchen. "It's not unlike a business -- you try to maximize the best of what you've got to work with."

Marc is a Part­ner at 40 North/Standard Industries. Prior to 40 North/Standard Industries, Marc was a Part­ner at DBL Partners, since join­ing the firm in 2014. Marc’s ven­ture invest­ing career began early last decade where he spent 6 years as a Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at Van­tage­Point Cap­i­tal also focused in energy and advanced tech­nol­ogy invest­ments. Dur­ing Marc’s 10 years in ven­ture invest­ing he has backed numer­ous suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies in the mate­r­ial sci­ence and energy effi­ciency land­scape such as Bridgelux, Amprius, iWatt and Kaiam Inc. Prior to his ven­ture cap­i­tal career Marc spent 25 years in both ven­ture backed star­tups and multi-national pub­lic com­pa­nies here in Sil­i­con Val­ley and abroad. Marc is a grad­u­ate of Santa Clara Uni­ver­sity with a degree in Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing with an empha­sis on high energy physics. Marc is active at Santa Clara; serv­ing on the board of the Busi­ness School’s accred­ited Cen­ter of inno­va­tion and Entre­pre­neur­ship. Marc was also recently selected to be an Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Santa Clara’s Engi­neer­ing school after serv­ing for many years on the school’s Indus­try Advi­sory Board.

Pascal joined Dolby Family Ventures, L.P. as a Managing Director in 2014 after advising the Dolby family on its direct technology investment portfolio since 2012. Since 1996, Pascal has been the Managing Partner of Levensohn Venture Partners LLC (LVP) and the CEO of Generation Strategic Advisors LLC (GSA) and its predecessor entities. While he continues to serve in both of these positions, Pascal has transitioned his new technology venture capital investing activities to the Dolby family organization. GSA advises institutional investors and sophisticated family offices on due diligence, investment structure, and corporate governance, principally related to direct venture capital and private equity investments. LVP invested over $200 million in early and development stage emerging companies, emphasizing semiconductor, security, digital media, and enterprise software sectors across three funds. Pascal served on the board of directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) from April 2007-April 2011; he chaired the NVCA’s education committee for three years of his term. He is a faculty member of the Kauffman Fellows Program Center for Venture Education (2006-present) where he teaches best practices for VC-backed company board members; he has published widely read white papers on best practices for venture capital boards (1999, 2003, 2006, 2007), and he is the co‐author of the first Chinese college textbook on venture capital: 投 学 Venture Capital: Theory and Practice, with Professor Liu Manhong of Renmin University of China (2011). Pascal has served as board chairman, audit committee chairman, compensation committee chairman, and board secretary for venture-backed companies since 1996 and as a public company director since 1993. He is a co-founder and director of LittleCast, Inc., and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of ShotSpotter, Inc. and as a director of Akros Silicon, Tandent Vision Science, and Highview Healthcare. Pascal has lectured on board governance topics at top universities in the U.S. (Harvard Law School, Stanford School of Engineering, Stanford Rock Center Venture Capital Directors College), China, and Singapore. Pascal holds an AB in Government, cum laude, from Harvard University. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former co-chairman of the Socrates Society Forum of the Aspen Institute (2007-2009), and a former Chairman of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation’s Business Leadership Council (2007-2008).

Mr. Madavi is currently the Managing Director of SPM Capital,a private fund focusing on semiconductor and electronic devices for digital consumer, communications and personal computing. His career has included terms as Chairman, President and CEO of Burr-Brown Corporation, President of JDS Uniphase, and Senior Vice President at Texas Instruments.As a Chairman, President and CEO of Burr-Brown Corporation, a semiconductor company focused on high-performance analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, Mr. Madavi led the company to increase sales by more than three-fold, and to improve operating results to over 20% profit after tax. During this period, the company's valuation increased by over 12,500%, from less than $60 million to more than $7 billion when it was acquired by Texas InstrumentsAt Texas Instruments, Mr. Madavi was the Senior Vice President of high performance signal processing business sector. This business with over 1 billion revenue, offered power management, analog, mixed-signal, and DSP integrated circuits for digital consumer, personal computing, and communications markets.Mr. Madavi's career has also included positions as President of JDS Uniphase, President of Raytheon Semiconductor, and Vice President and GM of Honeywell Signal Processing Technology.Mr. Madavi has a BSEE and MS in Computer Sciences from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an MBA in finance from UCLA. He is based in Palo Alto, California.

Other Seats

Clustrix, Diablo Technologies, and Kaiam

BeVocal, Intermolecular, LivingSocial, Mellanox Technologies, Neoconix, On24, Optichron, QuickLogic, Right90, Sales.com, SanDisk, Silego Technology, SupplyFrame, Teranetics, and TZero Technologies

Hover, Kaiam, Kaiam, Superior Sensor Technology, Switch Lighting, and Zincfive

Authentic Vision, Covigo, NativeWaves, NexVerse Networks, SST, SST, TeraLogic, and Ubicom

Ranovus

Akros Silicon Management Team

7 Team Members

Akros Silicon has 7 executives. Akros Silicon's current Chief Executive Officer, President is Elie Antoun.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Elie Antoun

Chief Executive Officer, President

Current

Parviz Ghaffaripour

Chief Executive Officer, President

Former

Simon Prutton

Chief Executive Officer

Former

Lee Stoian

Chief Executive Officer

Former

J. Francois Crepin

Level One Communications

President

Former

Name

Elie Antoun

Parviz Ghaffaripour

Simon Prutton

Lee Stoian

J. Francois Crepin

Work History

Level One Communications

Title

Chief Executive Officer, President

Chief Executive Officer, President

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

President

Status

Current

Former

Former

Former

Former

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