Faysal A. Sohail, Chairman - Mojo Networks, and Managing Director - Presidio Partners
Faysal Sohail became a venture investor in 2002 after seventeen years of experience as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. He has led several investments in technology and energy space, including robotics, information security, energy, semiconductors and software. Before joining Presidio Partners, he helped build three companies in the Valley, each of which experienced either an IPO or M&A exit, including (i) Cadabra Design Automation, which was acquired by Numerical Technologies (NMTC/SNPS); (ii) Silicon Architects , which merged with Synopsys (SNPS); and Actel Corporation (ACTL). Faysal seeks to combine his technology and start-up experience to help entrepreneurs build companies that make a significant impact. Faysal holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Computer Engineering where he served on the College of Engineering Advisory Board. Faysal is committed to education and has served on the board of Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) for 10 years, seven as Chairman. Faysal is a guest lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business as well as U.C. Berkeley on global entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is also an avid car racing enthusiast, and eagerly frequents the various California raceways and back roads, looking to shave seconds off his lap times.
Pravin Bhagwat, Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Pravin Bhagwat is a wireless networking pioneer and an accomplished researcher. He brings 20+ years of leading edge research and development experience in wireless, security and networking and leads product innovation, technical strategy and technical marketing at Mojo Networks. Prior to founding Mojo Networks, Pravin spent 1.5 years as a visiting faculty member with the Computer Science department at IIT Kanpur. He received the 2005 Global Indus Technovator Award for successfully engineering the world’s first massively large scale outdoor WLAN network connecting two cities in North India. Pravin started his research career at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and AT&T Research where he was a lead member of Mobile, IP, and Bluetooth research teams. Pravin has research papers (with 1000+ citations) and 16 patents to his credit. For the past three years, Pravin has also been active in several community-level green initiatives and social entrepreneurship projects. Pravin has a B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, India and an MS/PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.
Andrew Kau, Walden International
At Walden International, Andrew focuses on clean technology and semiconductors. He joined Walden International in 1994. Prior to WI, he was President of Chemical Technologies Ventures. He was also a management consultant at Strategic Planning Associates and Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Earlier in his career, he was a research scientist at Systems Planning Corporation and a VLSI semiconductor engineer at IBM. Andrew holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.
Rick Wilmer, Chief Executive Officer
With more than 25 years of leadership in Silicon Valley, Rick Wilmer brings extensive experience to the CEO role at Mojo Networks. As CEO, Rick is propelling Mojo Networks to the next phase of rapid growth and development, starting with a new leadership team, the rebranding of the company, and a focused go-to-market strategy. With headquarters in Silicon Valley and a large staff in Pune, India, Rick oversees both offices providing leadership and vision. Rick has extensive international experience, especially in Asia, where he resided for two years. Rick received his BS in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a patent in data storage technology.
J. Alberto Yépez, Managing Director, Trident Capital
Alberto Yépez is a Managing Director of Trident Capital. Alberto has more than 25 years of experience in growing innovative, industry-leading technology companies. He is an experienced investor and serial entrepreneur, actively investing in IT Security, Enterprise Software and Mobility. Alberto is Chairman of the Board of AlienVault, Mocana Corporation, and Neohapsis, serves on the boards of BlueCat, and HyTrust, and was an observer on the Qualys (QLYS) Board of Directors. In addition to his board work on behalf of Trident, Alberto is on the Board of Coveo, the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco and is Chairman of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC).
Eric Zimits, Managing Director, Granite Ventures
Eric joined Granite Ventures in 2000 and was responsible for Granite’s investments in InterNAP (NASDAQ: INAP); Speakeasy (acquired by Best Buy), RF Magic (acquired by Entropic [NASDAQ: ENTR]), Percello (acquired by Broadcom), Localmind (acquired by Airbnb), and EmpoweredU (acquired by Qualcomm). Currently, he serves on the Boards of Directors for companies including Mojo Networks, Aspen Avionics, Fastback Networks and Pelican Imaging. Prior to Granite, Eric was Managing Director and head of the Communications Research Group at Hambrecht & Quist and Chase H&Q, where he covered public companies including Check Point Software, F5 Networks, Motorola, Qualcomm, and RF Micro Devices. Eric was among the first analysts to identify and cover the mobile communications and Internet infrastructure sectors. Prior to H&Q, Eric was a General Partner at Volpe, Welty & Company where he focused on wireless communications and data networking. Eric earned a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.