David M. Auslander
David M. Auslander is Professor of the Graduate School, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of California, Berkeley. He has also served as Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the College of Engineering. He has interests in dynamic systems and control. His research and teaching interests include mechatronics and real time software, bioengineering, and mechanical control. Current projects in these areas are building energy control, design methodology for real time control software for mechanical systems, satellite attitude control, simulation methods for constrained mechanical systems, and engineering curriculum development. He consults in industrial servo control systems and other control and computer applications. He is co-founder and senior technical consultant to Berkeley Process Control, Inc. (now a part of Moog, Inc.), a company specializing in industrial machine control. His undergraduate studies were at the Cooper Union and his graduate studies were at MIT, both in Mechanical Engineering. He has been awarded the Levy Medal (best paper) from the Franklin institute (twice), the Education Award of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME, the Education Award of the American Automatic Control Council, the Control Practice Award of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME, the Donald P. Eckman Award of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society, IEEE/ASME Mechatronics and Embedded Systems Applications (MESA) Career Award, and is a Fellow of the ASME. He has a longstanding association with the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME including past service as its chair and as the editor of the Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control.
James A. Chiddix
Mr. Chiddix is a 39-year veteran of the cable television and technology industries. He is also on the boards of ARRIS Group, Inc., a communications equipment company; Virgin Media Inc., a cable TV, broadband and fixed and wireless service provider in the United Kingdom; Dycom Industries, Inc., a provider of construction and engineering services to the telecom and cable industries, and Symmetricom, Inc., a precision timing equipment company. Mr. Chiddix was CEO and Chairman at OpenTV Corp., a developer of cable and satellite set-top box software, between March 2004 and March 2007, and remained on its board through November 2009. Prior to OpenTV, Mr. Chiddix was President of Time Warner Inc.’s Interactive Television Division, developing server-based DVR services, and for the 15 preceding years was Chief Technology Officer at Time Warner Cable overseeing R&D, engineering and construction activities. He and his team pioneered the use of optical fiber technologies in cable TV systems, a transforming change that enabled two-way and streaming services, including video-on-demand and high speed Internet access through cable modems. Early in his career, Jim co-founded CRC Electronics, a start-up that manufactured videotape automation systems for program origination, time-shifting and commercial insertion. That company was sold to Texscan in 1982; its technology dominated the market for tape-based local ad insertion for US cable companies until the advent of server-based solutions in the late nineties. Jim’s interest in electronics and technology began with amateur radio and continued at Cornell University, where he studied electrical engineering. During his military service he attended and then taught at the U.S. Army Air Defense Command School at Fort Bliss, Texas. Jim was inducted into the Cable Television Pioneers in 1991 and the Cable Hall of Fame in 2007
Jorge A. del Calvo
Jorge A. del Calvo is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. He represents public and private technology companies in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private placements and joint ventures, investment banks in equity, debt and other transactions, and venture and private equity funds in their formation and investments. Mr. del Calvo’s clients range in size from unfunded start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
Jorge del Calvo is one of the most prolific and experienced IPO attorneys in the country. He has consistently ranked as one of the top attorneys in the country in representing issuers in completed technology IPOs. He has also broken ground for new industries in the public market, having represented the “First Internet IPO” (Netcom On-Line Communications Service, Inc.), and the “First Solar IPO” (SunPower Corporation) in their Initial Public Offerings. Additionally, Jorge has worked on a number of high profile IPO spin offs including Network Solutions, Sunpower and Synnex Corporation. He is particularly experienced with the business and legal issues implicated by rapid growth. Fifteen of the companies Mr. del Calvo has represented achieved market valuations in excess of $1B. Ten of these fifteen companies were represented by Mr. del Calvo since their incorporation. He has also worked with virtually all major investment banks as their counsel.
During his career, Mr. del Calvo has handled over one hundred merger and acquisition transactions, including the representation of Atheros in its $3.6 billion acquisition by Qualcomm, WebEx in its $3.2 billion acquisition by Cisco, Nicira in its $1.26 billion acquisition by VMWare, and PLX Technology in its $298 Million sale to Avago Technologies. He also has extensive experience in counseling public companies and their boards with respect to hostile takeovers, proxy contests, special investigations and corporate governance issues. Mr. del Calvo joined Pillsbury in 1982 and was made a partner in 1990. He served as leader or co-leader of the firm’s National and Silicon Valley Corporate Securities and Technology group from 1994 to 2005, as a member of the firm’s board from 2006 to 2011, and as Chairman of its Finance Committee from 2006 to 2010. Mr. del Calvo also serves on the Equity Capital Formation Task Force, which deals with American startups and examines the challenges they face in trying to raise equity in the public market and its ever changing environment.
Mr. del Calvo is a Coordinating Editor of the Venture Capital and Public Offering Negotiation, a two-volume treatise for lawyers. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford Law School where he has taught several corporate law courses and was a panelist on several Continuing Education for the Bar (CEB) courses.
Mr. del Calvo is a charter member of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Asian American Multicultural Association (AAMA), and HispanicNet. He has been a speaker at various conferences sponsored by TiE, AAMA, HispanicNet, and other industry organizations.
Mr. del Calvo has previously served on the boards of Berkeley Process Control, Inc., Columb, Inc., Riverstone Networks (RSTN), Procket Networks, Deepa Textiles, Xambala, the Vinters Alliance LLP and New Path, LLC. He also served on the Board of several non-profit entities, including Job Train Inc. and the Center for Vietnamese Refugee Resettlement. He is also a member of the Equity Capital Foundation Task Force, a group of professionals from America’s Startup and small capitalization ecosystem that was founded in June 2013, in part, to develop recommendations for policy makers to help companies gain greater access to capital.
Paul Sagues is a seasoned veteran with a distinguished career in the process control business and the co-founder and chairman of XiO, Inc.. Paul is a co-founder of Berkeley Process Control, a company that generated more than $250 million in sales in the high precision motion and machine control business and was acquired by Moog, Inc in 2008. Paul co-authored the textbook Microprocessors for Measurement and Control (Osborne/McGraw-Hill) with Professor David M. Auslander of the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Sagues has more than one hundred patents in the field of microprocessor based control systems. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Ronald Weissman
Dr. Ronald Weissman is Chairman of the Software Industry Group of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest angel organization and also manages the Band’s mentoring programs. A partner at Performance Works, he advises technology companies on market entry strategies in such areas as Financial Services, Energy, Health Care and Media. He has also advised corporate venture funds and innovation initiatives at G2000 companies. He was a Partner for seventeen years at Apax Partners, a global venture capital firm, focusing on software and cross-border technology investments and managed its venture software portfolio after Apax became a private equity firm. Prior to Apax, he was CMO and head of Investor Relations at Verity (the leader in enterprise knowledge retrieval). Verity’s management team won Large Cap Turnaround of the Year (Turnaround Management Association) after the company increased its market cap, profitably, from $50M to nearly $2B. Prior to Verity, he directed Strategic Marketing and European Marketing for NeXT, reporting to Steve Jobs. Ron invests in enterprise IoT, Fintech, analytics and AI, vertical market software and Health IT. He has advised or invested in 60+ companies and has served on 35+ Boards of Directors worldwide. Ron advises companies on SaaS strategies, capital strategies and venture finance, and private company Board governance. He is a guest lecturer at Stanford, UC Berkeley and at the University of Santa Clara’s schools of Law and Business and universities in Europe. He has recently advised organizations in Chile, New Zealand, Australia and Armenia and many US and global organizations on creating innovation hubs, including the US White House, on the links between venture investing, next generation technologies and economic development. Ron has been profiled in The American Angel (Angel Capital Association, 2017), The Silicon Valley Business Journal (“Angel of the Apocalypse”), Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Technology Forecast and other business publications. He is a Fulbright Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, with BA, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from UC Berkeley.