Greg Winner has over 30 years of semiconductor experience, with emphasis on product development and operations. Most recently, Mr. Winner held the position of CEO for ZeroG, a privately held semiconductor company focused on Wi-Fi for the embedded space. Previously he was the General Manager of the GPS Business Unit at Atheros Communications, Inc. and was formerly CEO, u-Nav Microelectronics which was a privately held semiconductor startup focused on GPS solutions and acquired by Atheros. He also served as Sr. Vice President, Engineering and Quality for Applied Micro Circuits, Corp where he managed product development, central engineering, quality and operations related functions for the optical communication IC market. During his previous 17-year tenure at Silicon Systems Inc., Mr. Winner held several management positions that included the development of high performance analog, mixed-signal and digital integrated circuits for Storage applications.
Larry Finch joined Sigma Partners in 1987. He is a true pioneer of the high technology industry and has more than 40 years of experience in founding, managing and financing businesses. Throughout his career, Finch has served in roles as technologist, worldwide sales and marketing executive, and general manager of businesses units. He tracks a wide range of technologies, but tends to specialize in semiconductors, fabless semiconductors, and business software.
Most recently, Mr. Finch was president and CEO of Paradise Systems, Inc. When he joined Paradise in 1984, it was a troubled venture capital-financed start-up company with annual revenues of $4 million. In two and one-half years, he established the company as the worldwide premier supplier of IBM-compatible personal computer video controllers. He then sold the company in 1986 to Western Digital Corp. for $70 million in stock. Prior to Paradise, he was the founder, president and CEO of Shasta General Systems, Inc., a seller of small business computer systems, which he grew to $20 million in revenues and then sold to Zentec Corp. in 1983. Before founding Shasta, he held senior management positions with Singer Business Machines and Friden, Inc.
Ahmed Nawaz is an industry veteran, with more than 30 years of experience leading and managing large global operations in the semiconductor and wireless industries. He has extensive multinational sales and product management expertise, particularly in Asia Pacific.
Most recently, Mr. Nawaz served as executive vice president, Wireless Solutions Group at Spansion Inc. from October 2010 until his retirement in November 2011. He joined Spansion in 2006 and served in various positions including executive vice president of worldwide sales, marketing and corporate development and executive vice president, Wireless Solutions Division. Before joining Spansion, he was executive vice president, worldwide sales for Agere Systems, a provider of integrated circuit solutions. Prior to that, Mr. Nawaz was president, worldwide sales, strategy and business development of Lucent’s Microelectronics & Communications Technologies Group and before that president of the Integrated Circuits Division. He joined AT&T in 1992 and moved to Lucent following its spin-off from AT&T in 1996. Earlier in his career, He has also held various management positions with Texas Instruments. Mr. Nawaz has been on the Board of Directors of Digi International since 2006 and currently serves as lead director of the Board.
Carl Showalter is a founding partner of Opus Capital investing in Internet and data communications startups. Previously, Carl was a general partner with Lightspeed Venture Partners. Carl brings more than 12 years of operating experience to Opus. Most recently, he served as vice president of marketing at Juniper Networks, where he built and led a global marketing and product management organization. Prior to Juniper, Carl was vice president of dial and broadband services for UUNET, overseeing a 300-person, $1B revenue division. He also held various sales and management positions at ANS, an AOL company, where he helped build AOL's modem access network and then helped launch hardware-based firewalls and IP VPNs in the mid 1990's. Carl began his career at Bellcore, focusing on network security and data service delivery. At Bellcore, Carl performed logical and physical attacks on phone company infrastructure, helping them fix these vulnerabilities. Carl holds a BS degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia. and an MS degree in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University.
Stephen J. Socolof has spent his career focusing on corporate innovation. In 2001, Mr. Socolof and his colleagues formed New Venture Partners as an independent venture fund to partner with and support global technology corporations in bringing to market their internal innovations through the creation of spinout ventures.
Prior to forming New Venture Partners, he joined Lucent Technologies in 1996 to plan for and, in 1997, establish the Lucent New Ventures Group responsible for developing spinout ventures to commercialize technology from Lucent's Bell Labs. Under the leadership of Mr. Socolof and his partners, the Lucent New Ventures Group became the benchmark corporate venture organization for external commercialization of internally-developed technology.
Before joining Lucent, Mr. Socolof spent eight years with management consulting firm, Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc., where he was a leader of the practice focused on enhancing corporate innovation and increasing the productivity of the R&D organization. He worked with many global technology corporations to improve the return on their R&D investments by enabling them to identify and bring new products and businesses to market more quickly and successfully.
At New Venture Partners, Mr. Socolof leads deals in semiconductors, software, storage, and wireless. In addition to GainSpan, Mr. Socolog serves on the boards of InPhase Technologies, Inc. and Procelerate Technologies, and is a board observer at DAFCA, Inc., Silicon Hive, and Veralyte. Mr. Socolof holds a BA in Economics and a BS in mathematical sciences from Stanford University and an MBA from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he was a Tuck Scholar. He currently serves on the board of the Center for the Study of Private Equity at the Tuck School.
John Stockton is a semiconductor industry veteran who currently works with development-stage companies in the fields of semiconductors, MEMS, Intellectual Property and EDA. While Mr. Stockton spends most of his time working directly with these start-up companies, he also serves as a Venture Partner with Mayfield Fund, where he evaluates and manages portfolio investments. Previously, he served as Chairman and Interim-CEO of ARC International plc, CEO of Synergy Semiconductor, CEO of Stream Machine and Fellow at VLSI Technology.
In addition to GainSpan, Mr. Stockton is involved with Ubicom (consumer-grade Network Processing company), Camgian Networks (Defense-related low power sensor company), LatticePower (Nanchang-based GaN on Silicon LED company), and ShineOn (Beijing-based LED packaging company).