BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Donald L. Lucas, Chairman Emeritus
In 1960, Mr. Lucas became an associate of Draper, Gaither & Anderson. Subsequently, he was both a general and limited partner. Draper, Gaither & Andersons holdings were profitably distributed to the general and limited partners at the end of 1966.
Since 1967, Mr. Lucas has been actively engaged in venture capital activities as a private individual. He has been a Director of Oracle since March 1980 and currently serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee. He is a Director of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Chairman of the Board of DexCom, Inc. and 51job. Mr. Lucas also serves as a Director of several privately held companies.
Ray Bingham, Advisory Director, General Atlantic LLC
He is currently an Advisory Director of General Atlantic LLC, a global private equity firm and most recently has served in executive management roles at Cadence Design Systems, the world’s leading electronics design automation (EDA) software company. From 1993 to 2005, he served in executive management roles at Cadence and was named Executive Chairman in May 2004 after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer since May 1999.
Prior to joining Cadence in 1993, Mr. Bingham was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Red Lion Hotels Inc. for eight years where he was responsible for corporate business development. He also held senior management roles with the Marriott Corporation, Agrico Overseas Investment Company and N-ReN International.
Mr. Bingham earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Weber State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Flextronics International and Spansion, Inc. and is a Director of ST Microelectronics and Oracle Corporation.
Jim Hogan, General Manager, Vista Venture Partners
Mr. Hogan was a general partner at Telos Venture Partners and Senior Vice President of Business Development at Artisan Components Inc., now part of ARM Holdings PLC. He held senior engineering, marketing and operational management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., National Semiconductor Corporation and Phillips Semiconductor. At Cadence, he was an Executive Fellow, President of Cadence Japan, Corporate Vice President of Marketing, and Corporate Vice President for Field Operations. At National Semiconductor and Philips, he established device physics laboratories globally. He was also Chief Operating Officer of Smart Machines, Inc., a semiconductor equipment automation company.
Mr. Hogan holds a B.A degree in mathematics, a B.S. degree in computer science and an M.B.A all from San Jose State University. He serves on the Board of Advisors at San Jose State’s School of Engineering, and on the board of directors of CLK Design Automation, CiraNova, Shocking Technologies, Solido Design Automation and Xpedion Design Systems.
John H. Kispert, CEO, Spansion Inc.John H. Kispert, has served as Chief Executive Officer of Spansion Inc. since February 2009. Mr. Kispert also serves as a director of Extreme Networks, Inc.
Mr. Kispert spent 13 years in a number of finance and operational roles at KLA-Tencor, including President, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to KLA-Tencor, Mr. Kispert held several senior management positions with IBM.
Mr. Kispert holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Grinnell College.
Chris Lucas: Managing Director, Black Diamond Ventures
Chris Lucas, Founder and Managing Director, formed Black Diamond Ventures to provide the individual investor the ability to invest alongside first-tier venture capital firms and institutional investors in privately-held companies. For over 20 years, Mr. Lucas has raised capital, held board positions and managed several of the portfolio companies through successful IPO’s or acquisitions, including Force10 Networks, Inc. acquired by Dell, Inc. (DELL), DexCom, Inc. (DXCM), DivX Networks, Inc. (DivX), Overture, Inc. acquired by Yahoo (YHOO) and Preview Systems, Inc. (PRVW). Mr. Lucas currently serves on the board of several private companies and foundations, including Capella Photonics, Inc., Mogreet, Inc., NEI Treatment Systems, LLC, Notre Dame and The Lucas Brothers Foundation.
Prior to Black Diamond Ventures, Mr. Lucas held executive positions for over 20 years, in several venture-backed or privately held companies, including Global One Distribution and Merchandising, Inc. and Peripheral Systems, Inc. Through his venture and family relationships, Mr. Lucas was previously an investor in Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc., (AFC); Cadence Design Systems (CDNS); Cerus Corporation (CERS), Coulter Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CLTR), Infinera Corporation (INFN), Macromedia, Inc. (MACR), Quantum Health, Inc. (QNTM) and Vixel Corporation (VIXL).
Mr. Lucas received his MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles.
Scott Becker, President & CEO, Tela Innovations
Mr. Becker has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Dhrumil Gandhi, Chief Operating Officer, Tela Innovations
Prior to Artisan Components, Mr. Gandhi was Senior Manager for Advanced ASIC Design Systems for Mentor Graphics. He joined Mentor Graphics as Senior Manager of the Library Group, which was a result of an acquisition of Silicon Compilers Systems Corporation. He also held various management and technical positions at Silicon Compilers Systems and Intel Corporation.
Mr. Gandhi has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering at California Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology.