Donald L. Lucas, Chairman Emeritus

Donald L. Lucas

Donald L. Lucas

Mr. Lucas received his B.A. degree from Stanford University in 1951 and his M.B.A. degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1953. After serving two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Mr. Lucas worked in the Corporate Finance Department of Smith, Barney and Co. in New York from 1955-1959.

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.

Jim Hogan, General Manager, Vista Venture Partners

Jim Hogan

Jim Hogan

Mr. Jim Hogan has worked in the semiconductor design and manufacturing industry for more than 30 years gaining experience as a senior executive in electronic design automation, semiconductor intellectual property, semiconductor equipment, and fabrication companies.

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.

Chris Lucas: Managing Director, Black Diamond Ventures

Chris Lucas

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

Scott Becker

Scott Becker

Mr. Becker has more than 25 years of semiconductor industry experience, holds more than 75 semiconductor related patents and serves on four technical advisory boards. He was a founder of Artisan Components, a semiconductor IP company that was acquired by ARM Holdings in December, 2004 for approximately $1 billion. Prior to Artisan, Mr. Becker was at Mentor Graphics as Circuit Design Manager, through its acquisition of Silicon Compilers Systems Corporation, where he held various circuit design engineer positions.

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

Dhrumil Gandhi

Dhrumil Gandhi

Mr. Gandhi has more 30 years of experience developing memories, standard cells, I/O cells, and EDA tools and holds seven semiconductor related patents. He came to Tela after serving as Senior Vice President of Product Technology and Vice President of Engineering at Artisan Components. After Artisan was acquired by Arm Holdings Incorporated, he served as Vice President of Technical Business Development at ARM Holdings.

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.

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