Mr. Hell currently serves as President and CEO of On-Ramp Wireless, a provider of wireless networks that power wide-area, machine-to-machine communication. Previously, he was chief executive officer of DivX, Inc., providers of technology which enables consumers to enjoy a high-quality video experience across any kind of device. Before joining DivX, Mr. Hell served as senior vice president of product management for Palm, Inc.’s Solutions Group, where he managed the Palm branded products and wireless services division worldwide. Prior to Palm, Mr. Hell was vice president of the Connected Home for Gateway Computer Corp. and was responsible for pioneering innovative digital home products beyond the PC. Mr. Hell currently serves on the board of directors of MicroPower Technologies, Inc. and Pixon Imaging, Inc. Hell received an M.B.A. in Finance and Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. and B.S. in Engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Tankersley brings more than 12 years of senior leadership expertise to MicroPower. His career has involved working for both private and public entities, including Fortune Global 500 companies such as HSBC. Prior to joining MicroPower, Mr. Tankersley served as CEO of Pixon Imaging, a developer of software and hardware focused on real-time image processing. Previously, he was president of an operating subsidiary for HSBC where he led a team of 1,000 employees and had direct responsibility for more than $10 billion of assets. Prior to HSBC, Mr. Tankersley held the role of principal with The Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Tankersley holds an M.B.A. from UCLA, a B.S. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.
James Brailean, Ph.D, is the co-founder and managing partner of BFT Equity Partners and KARMEL Capital. Dr. Brailean started BFT Equity Partners in January of 2013. The fund focuses on investments in early stage companies with disruptive technology or manufacturing processes. The fund has made five investments ranging from Intelligent Blends, manufacturer of single serve drinks, to BURL Concepts, a medical device company.
KARMEL Capital was founded by Dr. Brailean and his partner Scott Neuberger. KARMEL Capital is a Private Equity fund with a focus on unlocking value by bringing operational excellence and strategic direction to disruptive technology companies. KARMEL’s principals partner with current investors/owners to create a turnaround strategy and a win/win deal structure for all stakeholders. In June of 2013, KARMEL Capital acquired 85% of the Qualcomm subsidiary, Snaptracs.
Prior to starting BFT Equity Partners and KARMEL Capital, Dr. Brailean founded PacketVideo in 1998 and became its CEO in 2000. Under Dr. Brailean’s leadership, PacketVideo launched the world’s first commercial end-to-end wireless mobile media delivery platform in 2000, and helped create a new industry for wireless multimedia communications. Now focused on software development for multimedia device innovation, PacketVideo has become a leading supplier of embedded multimedia solutions for mobile phone and consumer electronics industries. In 2007, Dr. Brailean received the Multimedia Entertainment Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the acceleration of the development and adoption of mobile multimedia services worldwide. In October of 2010, PacketVideo was acquired by NTT DOCOMO, a large Japanese telecommunications company. In January of 2013 after 14.5 years of leading PacketVideo and shipping more than 700 million pieces of software worldwide, Dr. Brailean stepped down as CEO.
Prior to co-founding PacketVideo in 1998, Brailean was a principal staff engineer within Motorola Corporate Research and Development Laboratories in Chicago where he managed the Advanced Video Algorithm Group, responsible for the design and development of advanced video compression and imaging algorithms. He was also a communication system engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company, Space and Communications Group.
Dr. Brailean has served on several public and private company boards including DivX (NASDAQ DIVX), Sonic Solutions (SNIC), NextWave (NASDAQ WAVE), Wireless On-ramp, Perseus Wireless, Nik Software and Micropower Technologies. Dr. Brailean also served on both AT&T’s and Verizon Wireless’ Application Developer Advisory Boards from 2007 to 2010. From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Brailean served on the advisory board of DOCOMO Labs USA.
Mr. Elconin is CEO of Cognionics, Inc, a wireless medical device company. He also serves as a technology and business advisor with the von Liebig Center at the School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego where he advises professors on commercializing their technology in areas of electrical, structural, mechanical, and aerospace engineering, and as Technical Client Manager for the Center for the Commercialization of Advanced Technology, a program funded by the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, which seeks to commercialize innovative technologies for use in the military, primarily in the field of robotics and homeland security. Mr. Elconin is an active angel investor. He is past-president of the San Diego Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investor network in the United States. He has been investing in and consulting with California technology startups since 1999, and has served on about 20 company and organizational boards of directors. He founded and was CEO of Software Banc, Inc, a Midwest firm designing medical and legal management systems. Before venturing into industry, Mr. Elconin served three terms in the Wisconsin Legislature followed by two years as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Wisconsin, and subsequently on a number of state and local elected and appointed positions, including a term on the Milwaukee School Board.
Dr. Nathanson is an entrepreneur, executive, investor, consultant and educator. He has a 25-year record of success in building businesses, creating financial value and helping entrepreneurs succeed. Dr. Nathanson is currently the Managing Director of SJ Investment Company (SJIC), an investment fund providing capital, oversight and direction to high-potential, early-stage companies. He is also a professor at the UCLA Anderson School where he teaches a number of entrepreneurially oriented classes and serves as a faculty advisor to numerous student teams conducting capstone field study projects. Dr. Nathanson began his executive career as the EVP and Chief Corporate Planner in charge of Mergers and Acquisitions at Vernitron Corporation, a publicly traded medical equipment and diversified electronics firm. He then founded and served as CEO of CRS, a nationwide, turnkey, point-of-sale computer company. Dr. Nathanson grew this state-of-the-art technology company from its inception to become the leading company in its field. After selling CRS in 1993, Dr. Nathanson accepted a position as Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU’s Stern School, where he taught entrepreneurship and business strategy. While at NYU, he founded S.M.A.R.T. Management Consulting and served as Chairman of two groups of CEOs for Vistage, an international organization of CEOs. In 1999, Dr. Nathanson founded Washington Square Capital Fund (WSCF), a formalized angel group that invests in early-stage companies. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Nathanson left the Stern School to focus on investing activities and to take active leadership roles in a number of early stage ventures. First he became the CEO at Tickmark Solutions an enterprise software company. In less than 18 months, under Dr. Nathanson’s leadership, revenues of this software company rose from $500,000 to almost $4 million. In 2002, he engineered the successful sale of the company. Dr. Nathanson then went on to serve as the President of a promotional products firm followed by an asset management venture. At these companies, Dr. Nathanson worked with the companies’ founders to achieve successful growth and build sustainable value. In 2008, Dr. Nathanson accepted his current position at UCLA Anderson and in 2010 became Managing Director of SJ Investment Company. He is also a member of the Tech Coast Angels and the Maverick Angels. Dr. Nathanson holds a Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from NYU’s Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Tony Palcheck is a managing director at Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. In this role, he is responsible for identifying, negotiating and executing strategic minority-equity investments in start-up firms to accelerate access to new technologies, new markets and new talent for Motorola Solutions’ businesses. Tony brings more than a decade of experience in venture capital and strategy experience, and actively participates in strategy development for various Motorola Solutions business sectors.
Previously, Tony was a director in the Corporate Strategy group at Motorola. In this role, Tony was responsible for identifying emerging technologies, assessing competition, evaluating market opportunities for the CEO and his staff. He also provided data and analysis on potential investments, divestitures, acquisitions and alliances. He joined the Intelligence group from Motorola’s Cellular Infrastructure Group, where he led the next generation cellular market requirements research, forecasting, segmentation, targeting and positioning efforts. Prior to that, Tony worked in various product and market development roles at Motorola and Ameritech.
Tony holds an undergraduate degree in marketing and an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, where he graduated with honors. He regularly represents Motorola at industry events and serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management where he teaches the Core Marketing and Digital Marketing courses.
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A.C. D’Augustine currently manages a private investment company. Since 2010, Mr. D’Augustine has served on the board of directors of Trident Microsystems, a provider of semiconductor solutions for digital televisions and set-top boxes, and has also been chairman of Syntricity Corp., a privately held semiconductor test software company, since October 2004. Mr. D’Augustine has over 35 years of senior management experience in the semiconductor technology system and software industries and has held various senior management positions in companies that include Texas Instruments, Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AppliedMicro), Brooktree and Conexant. He initiated and built the AppliedMicro telecommunications business, as a foundation to its initial public offering in 1998, and assembled and directed Conexant’s digital infotainment division prior to Conexant’s initial public offering in 1998. Mr. D’Augustine holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University.