Dr. Ronald Chwang (Observer)
Ronald Chwang is the Chairman and President of Acer Technology Ventures, America (now called IDSoft Capital). Dr. Chwang initiated the Acer venture investment activities in North America with the launch of a $40 million “Acer Technology Venture Fund” in 1997. Subsequently, ATV’s investment scope was further expanded after the successful formation of the second fund, a $260 million “IP Fund One”, in May, 2000 together with new investment activities in key regions of Asia Pacific. Dr. Chwang currently serves actively on the board of a number of ATV’s portfolio companies such as Reflectivity, iRobot, Centrality Communications, and WiQuest. He also serves on the board of the following public companies: Silicon Storage Technology Inc., Sunnyvale, CA and ATI Technologies Inc., Ontario, Canada. From 1992 to 1997, Dr. Chwang was president and CEO of Acer America Corporation. Under his leadership, Acer America’s revenue grew from $200 million to $1.44 billion. Dr. Chwang has been with Acer since 1986, serving in various executive positions leading business unit engaged in ASIC products, computer peripherals, and Acer-Altos server system. Before joining Acer, Dr. Chwang worked for several years in development and management positions at Intel in Oregon and Bell Northern Research in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Chwang received his B. Eng. Degree in Honors Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and his Ph.D. in EE from University of Southern California.
Michael J. Hogan (Director)
Mr. Hogan is the President and CEO of SiRiFIC Wireless. Hogan joined SiRiFIC Wireless in September 2002, bringing sixteen years of experience in the Communications Systems IC business with strengths in strategy development and execution, as well as a broad range of managerial responsibilities in profit and loss,
sales, marketing, manufacturing and research and development. Previous to joining SiRiFIC, Hogan was a General Manager at Texas Instruments, a world leader in digital signal processing and analog technologies. He had full P&L responsibility for the Wireless Networking Business Unit which generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue in less than two years. Hogan managed a team of 150 and had responsibility for three domestic and two international R&D facilities. He chaired the executive level strategy team to develop an overall portfolio strategy in Broadband networking and led the $300 million acquisition of Alantro Communications in June of 2000, accelerating Texas Instruments’ entry into the 802.11, Home Networking and Wireless LAN space. Hogan joined Texas Instruments after graduating from Syracuse University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
John M. Hughes (Director)
Mr. Hughes retired from Texas Instruments (TI) in May 2001. Since leaving TI, has acted as a business consultant with a primary focus on development and applications of wireless, broadband, and home networking technologies and markets. Mr. Hughes servers on several advisory boards and serves on STARTech’s Early Ventures mentor team. Hughes was Director of Business Development for TI’s Broadband Communications Group from 1997 through May, 2001 with responsibility for identifying emerging network equipments and technologies, for guiding how TI engaged those opportunities, and for developing alliances or investments in these markets. He has worked with TI’s venture capital investment activity and external venture capital arm, Granite Ventures, to evaluate investment opportunities. Major Texas Instruments acquisitions have resulted from his recommendations including Telogy Networks for voice over packet technology, Butterfly VLSI for Blue Tooth technology, and Alantro Communications for Wi-Fi technology. Hughes initiated TI’s DSP development program in 1979. He was responsible for TI’s Token-Ring technology development program with IBM beginning in 1981 and managed the resulting business. Relationship development and management of TI’s SPARC business with Sun Microsystems was added in 1988. These high margin businesses have produced cumulative revenues exceeding $3B for TI. Beginning in 1994, he managed the formation of the broader based Network Business Unit that has become the Broadband Communications Group. This business now includes TI’s DSL, cable modem, voice over packet, wireless LAN, and home networking businesses. Hughes holds five patents. He has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.