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Board of Directors

Gordon Campbell – Chairman

Gordon Campbell brings a wealth of experience and expertise in founding, building and successfully launching a wide range of technology-based enterprises. He has repeatedly taken early stage concepts from start-up to high volume revenue and profits, creating over $5 billion of market value in the process.

Mr. Campbell began his career as Intel’s first Corporate Marketing Manager moving into managing one of the company’s largest divisions. He left Intel to found SEEQ Technology, which became a leading manufacturer and the developer of the industry’s first Ethernet chip. Following SEEQ, Campbell founded and became Chairman and CEO of CHIPS and Technologies, the world’s first fabless semiconductor company. CHIPS and Technologies was instrumental in pioneering the PC-compatible computer marketplace that early customers such as Hewlett-Packard and Dell now dominate. As a result of his success at CHIPS and Technologies, Mr. Campbell was named Inc. Magazine’s 1989 “Entrepreneur of the Year”.

In his 40-year career, Mr. Campbell has also served on the Board of Directors for 3COM, Bell Micro, and Palm, and has founded, invested in, and been involved with a number of highly successful start-ups, including CHIPS and Technologies, 3dfx Interactive, Cobalt Networks, HotRail, NetMind, PortalPlayer and Resonate.

In honor of this repeated success, the FSA named Mr. Campbell as the 2007 recipient of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award.

 

Jack Crawford

Jack is a California native whose 20-year career in local “company building” has evolved from CPA to entrepreneur to venture capitalist. As a CPA with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Jack saw a wide range of businesses and was inspired to start his own – including one of the first Internet Service Providers in Sacramento. Through the 1990’s, Jack secured his reputation as a serial entrepreneur in founding three more software companies. His efforts were recognized in 2000 when he was chosen as the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Money Hunt television show which was broadcast in 160 US markets.

Since 2000, Jack has focused his energy on venture capital as the critical component of company building for seed and early-stage technology companies. Jack launched Velocity Venture Capital in 2005 to provide capital for entrepreneurs focused on information technology products that will positively impact the world. Jack is combined his front-line entrepreneurial operating experience with venture capital investments to help drive the success of some of the most promising companies in Northern California. Jack worked closely with company founders to fine-tune strategies, build management teams, recruit key members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards, grow revenues, raise capital, and facilitate a positive exit. Operating primarily inside California’s technology triangle (bounded by San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento), Velocity Venture Capital has a long history of investing in early stage companies including the first round investment in Soft Machines, recently acquired by Intel for $300 million. Since 2009, Velocity has been running innovation programs for startups, graduate students, and corporate venture groups from across the U.S.

Following years of co-investment and corporate portfolio management in collaboration with Dixon Doll and Eric Ball, Jack joined forces with the two Silicon Valley investors to launch Impact Venture Capital in 2016.

Jack has long-standing relationships with local universities, angel investors, entrepreneurs, and professional service organizations. He is an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and has been an adjunct professor on venture capital for MBA programs at universities in Northern California.

In 2011, Jack was accepted as a Kauffman Fellow–a prestigious leadership program that identifies, develops, and networks emerging global leaders in venture capital. Jack is an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s “Private Equity & Venture Capital” executive program and a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute. Jack earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from Arizona State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in California.

 

Ron Epstein

With more than 20 years of experience in developing, optimizing, and transacting Intellectual Property (IP) asset portfolios, Mr. Epstein is recognized as a global leader in helping patent owners maximize the value of their IP.  As a market-maker, Mr. Epstein has been instrumental in defining the category of patent brokers in the emerging patent marketplace, delivering over $1 billion of value from the sale or licensing of patents in over 150 transactions.  As a thought leader, Mr. Epstein has contributed to the public discourse, consulted with companies and law firms on complex IP transactions, and has helped to develop many who are now leaders in their own right in the IP monetization industry.

Prior to founding Epicenter IP, Ron was the CEO of IPotential, which he founded in early 2003. Ron was vice president and general counsel at Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. where he created and implemented Brocade’s IP strategy, developing a valuable patent portfolio and defending the company in three patent litigations filed during that period.

Prior to Brocade, Ron served as Director of Licensing at Intel Corporation, where he was responsible for driving the company’s IP licensing strategy. Among his accomplishments at Intel were the creation of the first ever dedicated corporate patent purchasing program and the development of Intel’s defensive and value licensing programs. Ron developed an expertise in defense against patent assertions and consummated numerous patent licensing and purchasing transactions resulting hundreds of millions of dollars in risk reduction. Prior to Intel, Ron built his IP legal career at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati as a member of the Technology Licensing Group, where he specialized in helping clients minimize liability under the patent portfolios of leading companies such as IBM, Lucent, and Intel and in negotiating patent cross-license agreements in conjunction with complex patent litigation settlements.

Ron holds a B.S. from Duke University and a J.D. from the School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.

 

Gary P. Martin

Gary Martin is currently a private investor. Recently he held the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MobileSmarts, a semiconductor company serving the automotive industry. Prior to MobileSmarts, Mr. Martin served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Halo Data Devices, a supplier of data storage products for the disk drive market.

Mr. Martin was Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of 3dfx Interactive, Inc. driving the company through a successful IPO and later acquired by NVidia.

Prior to this position, from September 1993 to July 1995, he served as Vice President of Finance and the Chief Financial Officer for MiniStor Peripherals Corporation, a supplier of data storage products for the mobile computer market.

From 1985 to 1993, Mr. Martin was Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration for CHIPS and Technologies, Inc., where he also developed joint business ventures within the Soviet Union.

From 1983 to 1984, Mr. Martin was Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Starstruck, Inc., a company involved in space development through private enterprise. In addition, Mr. Martin was one of the earliest employees at Apple Computer, Inc., where he held both corporate and European controller positions during the period from 1977 to 1983.

 

Scott Mercer

Scott Mercer is a recognized technology industry leader whose career spans three decades across various executive functions from operations and strategic planning to finance within the storage and computer industry segments.

Mr. Mercer served as Chairman and CEO of Conexant from 2008 until its acquisition by Golden Gate Capital in 2011. He served as Chairman of the Board at Adaptec, Inc. until 2008 having served as its interim CEO in 2005. Mr. Mercer was also at Western Digital Corporation as its chief financial and administrative officer in the early 90s, returning 2001-2004 as its CFO during which time he also served as advisor to the CEO regarding business development matters. At Dell in the late 90s he served in vice president of finance roles, and as Dell’s vice president of product development for its desktop and notebook product lines. Mr. Mercer’s other executive positions have included CFO of TeraLogic, Inc., CFO and controller of LSI Logic Corporation, and as an accountant with Price Waterhouse. Mr. Mercer currently serves on the board of Polycom, QLogic Corp. and he has previously served on the boards of Alantec, Inc., Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Pte. Ltd., MEMEC Ltd. NetRatings, Inc., Palm, Inc., SMART Modular Technologies (WWH) Inc. and Synergy Semiconductor, Inc.

He received his B.S. in Accounting from California Polytechnic University.