Board of Directors
Saiyed Atiq Raza
Raza, with over 30 years of experience in the electronics industry, is a highly respected veteran with broad industry expertise in both engineering and management. Prior to founding Raza Microelectronics, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), as well as serving on its board of directors. At AMD, Raza was responsible for laying the foundation of AMD’s processor roadmap and brought the AMD-K6® and Athlon’s family of processor products to the market. Raza became part of AMD’s management team after the merger with NexGen, Inc. in January 1996. At NexGen, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Before joining NexGen, Raza held various engineering and management positions within VLSI Technology Incorporated, most notably Vice President of Technology Centers.
Raza also serves on the board of directors of Matrix Semiconductors, Zeevo, AMI Semiconductor and TRG.
Raza earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of London and a master’s degree from Stanford University.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ronnie Vasishta has over 25 years of extensive experience in marketing, manufacturing, design and operational management in the semiconductor field. Prior to joining eASIC, Ronnie was Vice President of Technology Marketing at LSI Logic, where he served in various engineering, technical and strategic marketing management positions. Ronnie drove the strategic direction of the ASIC product line, and his areas of responsibilities included all aspects of the ASIC and custom logic products, EDA, design methodology, IP (serving on the board of the VSIA), silicon process technology, manufacturing and strategic partnerships. Prior to LSI Logic, Ronnie held process and test engineering positions at Motorola Incorporated and STC Semiconductor.
Ronnie has BSc (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Trent University, Nottingham, UK.
General Partner, Crescendo Ventures
Wayne joined Crescendo Ventures in early 2003 after spending nearly 20 years in the semiconductor and SIP industries. Immediately prior to Crescendo, Wayne served as President and CEO of inSilicon Corporation where he led the company through an IPO and several successful acquisitions. Before assuming the role of CEO at inSilicon, Wayne was responsible for overseeing Phoenix Technologies’ worldwide field operations where he grew the organization to over 400 people and $125 million in globally distributed business.
Wayne has extensive international experience, having run operations in Japan, Taiwan, and Europe but has spent most of the last seven years based in the Bay Area. Prior to his role with Phoenix Technologies, Wayne held various sales and engineering positions with Intel Corporation and NEC Corporation. At Crescendo, Wayne is focused on working with companies in the semiconductor, SIP and technical software arenas as well as providing operational experience and support to Crescendo’s portfolio companies.
Partner, Khosla Ventures
Mike Kourey is a partner at Khosla Ventures, where he lends venture assistance and strategic advice to a broad array of portfolio companies. He is currently a board member of eASIC, Riverbed Technology, Aruba Networks, AliveCor, Climate Corp., Metamarkets, Solum, Transonic, and Varentec. Mike is also on the advisory boards of TraceVector, and the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management.
Previously, Mike was CFO and board member at Polycom, where he joined pre-financing and drove Polycom’s revenue growth from a standing start to $1.5B.
Mike holds a B.S. from the University of California, Davis and an M.B.A from Santa Clara University.
Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development, Seagate
>Tara Long is a Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development at Seagate. Tara works on Seagate’s corporate strategy, mergers and acquisition activities, equity investments, licensing and strategic partnerships. Tara has over 20 years of experience researching, financing and advising technology companies. Prior to Seagate in 2006, Tara was a Managing Director at MCG Capital Corporation, where she performed competitive and industry analysis to define business opportunities. Tara was a Managing Director with C.E. Unterberg Towbin, where she performed due diligence and made recommendations on investments, as well as advised on mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments. She has also worked at Montgomery Securities and The Washington Service, an economic research firm located in Washington, DC.
Tara holds a MBA from University of Maryland and a BA in Economics from Marquette University.
Dr. Edward H. Frank
Dr. Frank served as vice president of Macintosh Hardware Systems Engineering at Apple, Inc. Since 1996, Dr. Frank has been a technology partner at Advanced Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm. Dr. Frank served as vice president of research & development at Broadcom Corporation, a developer of broadband communication solutions, from May 1999 to March 2008, and as a consultant from April 2008 to April 2009. From 1996 to 1999, Dr. Frank was the co-founder and executive vice president of Epigram, Inc., which was acquired by Broadcom in May 1999. From 1993 to 1996, Dr. Frank was the co-founder and vice president of engineering of NetPower Inc. From 1988 to 1993, Dr. Frank was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Dr. Frank holds over 50 United States patents and is a Life Trustee of Carnegie Mellon University. He holds an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Board Observer – Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Matt Murphy is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, he joined in 1999. His focus areas of investment include networking, semiconductors, and security. Matt is either a Director or works closely with the management teams of IPUnity, Kodiak Networks, RGB Networks, Stoke, Xsigo, eASIC, Iolon, Scintera, Quorum Systems, Endforce, Oakley Networks, and Devicescape. Previously he worked with and was a board observer at Google (from initial investment to IPO), Kymata (acquired by Alcatel), and Sigma Systems (acquired by Liberate).
Prior to KPCB, Matt led product management at NetBoost (a network processor company) from second round of financing through and briefly after acquisition by Intel in 1999. Before NetBoost, Matt worked at Sun Microsystems where he led business development for the Network Systems Group and was a Product Line Manager for networking platforms.
Matt also worked in consulting for a number of years, including at Booz, Allen, & Hamilton where he focused on corporate strategy and at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) where he led computer systems integration projects.
Matt holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Board Observer – Managing Partner, Evergreen
Boaz Dinte joined Evergreen in 1996. He is a Managing Partner and focuses on Evergreen’s investments in the communications and semiconductor sectors. Prior to joining Evergreen, Boaz was Corporate Business Development Manager for M-Systems Ltd., a NASDAQ (NASDAQ:FLSH) -listed global leader in flash-disk memory and a successfully exited Evergreen portfolio company. Prior to that, Boaz was a senior consultant at POC, one of Israel’s leading management consulting firms. In POC he worked with hi-tech companies in all stages of development.
He holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering, specializing in computer design and communications, from the Technion, and has an MBA, Magna Cum Laude from Tel Aviv University. Boaz initiated and was responsible for Evergreen’s investments in Exalink which was acquired by Comverse (NASDAQ: CMVT), Metalink (NASDAQ: MTLK), P-cube that was sold to Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), and Envara that was acquired by Intel (NASDAQ: INTC). Boaz currently is acting as a board member in BigBand Networks, Etagon, Pontis, Montilio, Exanet, and Xcitel.