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Discera Board of Directors

6 Board of directors

Discera has 6 board of directors, including Jack Carsten.

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Jack Carsten

Jack Carsten is a semiconductor industry veteran with 25 years of venture experience. Prior to forming Horizon Ventures in 1999, Jack managed Technology Investments, a seed investment firm in Los Altos, California. The fund focused on the formation of seed stage information technology firms, building their management teams and organizing syndicates of professional investors. Before founding Technology Investments in 1991, Jack was a General Partner at U.S. Venture Partners in Menlo Park, California - a $750M venture capital partnership managing a broad portfolio of medical, retail and information technology investments. Prior to U.S.V.P., Jack was a Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation who from 1975 to 1987 helped them to grow from a $35M startup to revenue of over $2.5B. Originally hired as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, he was named as the first head of the Microprocessor Group. Subsequently, Jack was named Senior Vice President for the Components Group, responsible for all semiconductor manufacturing and engineering. Prior to Intel, he was a Division Manager at Texas Instruments for their MOS and TTL Divisions. Jack is a founder of the "Band of Angels" investment club and of the Valley Medical Center Foundation. He holds a B.A. degree in Physics from Duke University.

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James Jones

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Richard Snyder

Rick is Chair of the Board, CEO and a co-founder of Ardesta. Since 1991, his primary business activities have focused on the technology industry and the development of emerging and high growth companies. In 1997, Rick founded and led Avalon Investments, Inc., a venture capital company targeted at investments in technology-oriented ventures. Avalon was established as a $100 million fund targeting early stage technology investments. From 1997 to 2000, it invested in 24 companies, including several that were started based on technology transferred from universities. From 1991 to 1997, he served as executive vice president and then president and COO of Gateway, Inc. His responsibilities included overseeing all company operations and assisting in the strategic direction of the company. During his tenure at Gateway, the company grew from a privately held $500 million company to a NYSE-traded organization with revenues in excess of $6 billion. From 1982 to 1991, Rick was with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). He began in the tax department of the Detroit office and became a partner there in 1988. In 1989, he was named partner in charge of the mergers and acquisitions practice in C&L's Chicago office. He built a significant practice for the firm, focusing primarily on buyer's side due diligence investigations. From 1982 to 1984, Rick served as an adjunct assistant professor of accounting at the University of Michigan. Rick studied at the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree with high distinction in 1977, a Masters of Business Administration with distinction in 1979, and a Juris Doctor in 1982. He completed his third degree at age 23. Besides his business responsibilities, Rick has been active in community affairs and has held leadership positions in a variety of charitable and economic development organizations. Rick was one of the catalysts to the regional economic development engine, Ann Arbor Spark, and until recently, was its Chairman and member of its Executive Committee. Rick is active on the boards or advisory boards of several privately held companies and community and educational organizations, including:The University of Michigan's Tech Transfer Advisory Board The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Advisory Board Comprehensive Cancer Center The Nature Conservancy (Michigan Chapter)The Henry FordRick is also a member of the Michigan Bar Association._uacct = "UA-270628-2"

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Rob Herb

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Steve Johns

Steve Johns, Board Member & Investor, is a founder of Ardesta, LLC, the largest institutional investor in XCOM. Steve is also the CEO and founder of Reed Rigging, the largest event equipment company in the Midwest. He has over 20 years of business development, finance and M&A experience, serving as senior vice president of strategy and new ventures for Launch Media, and the president of MEMS Technology, Inc. the predecessor to Ardesta.

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Name

Jack Carsten

James Jones

Richard Snyder

Rob Herb

Steve Johns

Firm

Work History

Jack Carsten is a semiconductor industry veteran with 25 years of venture experience. Prior to forming Horizon Ventures in 1999, Jack managed Technology Investments, a seed investment firm in Los Altos, California. The fund focused on the formation of seed stage information technology firms, building their management teams and organizing syndicates of professional investors. Before founding Technology Investments in 1991, Jack was a General Partner at U.S. Venture Partners in Menlo Park, California - a $750M venture capital partnership managing a broad portfolio of medical, retail and information technology investments. Prior to U.S.V.P., Jack was a Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation who from 1975 to 1987 helped them to grow from a $35M startup to revenue of over $2.5B. Originally hired as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, he was named as the first head of the Microprocessor Group. Subsequently, Jack was named Senior Vice President for the Components Group, responsible for all semiconductor manufacturing and engineering. Prior to Intel, he was a Division Manager at Texas Instruments for their MOS and TTL Divisions. Jack is a founder of the "Band of Angels" investment club and of the Valley Medical Center Foundation. He holds a B.A. degree in Physics from Duke University.

Rick is Chair of the Board, CEO and a co-founder of Ardesta. Since 1991, his primary business activities have focused on the technology industry and the development of emerging and high growth companies. In 1997, Rick founded and led Avalon Investments, Inc., a venture capital company targeted at investments in technology-oriented ventures. Avalon was established as a $100 million fund targeting early stage technology investments. From 1997 to 2000, it invested in 24 companies, including several that were started based on technology transferred from universities. From 1991 to 1997, he served as executive vice president and then president and COO of Gateway, Inc. His responsibilities included overseeing all company operations and assisting in the strategic direction of the company. During his tenure at Gateway, the company grew from a privately held $500 million company to a NYSE-traded organization with revenues in excess of $6 billion. From 1982 to 1991, Rick was with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). He began in the tax department of the Detroit office and became a partner there in 1988. In 1989, he was named partner in charge of the mergers and acquisitions practice in C&L's Chicago office. He built a significant practice for the firm, focusing primarily on buyer's side due diligence investigations. From 1982 to 1984, Rick served as an adjunct assistant professor of accounting at the University of Michigan. Rick studied at the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree with high distinction in 1977, a Masters of Business Administration with distinction in 1979, and a Juris Doctor in 1982. He completed his third degree at age 23. Besides his business responsibilities, Rick has been active in community affairs and has held leadership positions in a variety of charitable and economic development organizations. Rick was one of the catalysts to the regional economic development engine, Ann Arbor Spark, and until recently, was its Chairman and member of its Executive Committee. Rick is active on the boards or advisory boards of several privately held companies and community and educational organizations, including:The University of Michigan's Tech Transfer Advisory Board The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Advisory Board Comprehensive Cancer Center The Nature Conservancy (Michigan Chapter)The Henry FordRick is also a member of the Michigan Bar Association._uacct = "UA-270628-2"

Steve Johns, Board Member & Investor, is a founder of Ardesta, LLC, the largest institutional investor in XCOM. Steve is also the CEO and founder of Reed Rigging, the largest event equipment company in the Midwest. He has over 20 years of business development, finance and M&A experience, serving as senior vice president of strategy and new ventures for Launch Media, and the president of MEMS Technology, Inc. the predecessor to Ardesta.

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Discera Management Team

7 Team Members

Discera has 7 executives. Discera's current Chief Executive Officer, President is Bruce W. Diamond.

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Bruce W. Diamond

Chief Executive Officer, President

Current

Robert Bylin

Chief Financial Officer

Current

Wan-Thai Hsu

Chief Technology Officer

Current

Didier Lacroix

Chief Executive Officer

Former

Tom Willey

Chief Executive Officer, President

Former

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Bruce W. Diamond

Robert Bylin

Wan-Thai Hsu

Didier Lacroix

Tom Willey

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Chief Executive Officer, President

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Technology Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer, President

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