Throughout his 20+ year career, Chris has used his background in engineering, law and business to develop and implement business plans that have successfully resulted in high margin revenue and large company valuations.
Recently, Chris was the CEO of Pelican Imaging, a company that licensed hardware and software in the areas of computation photography and depth sensing. Pelican was purchased by Tessera Technologies (Xperi) in 2016. Prior to that, Chris was the SVP of global licensing at Rambus, raising Rambus’ revenue from $200M to $300M in two years time. He was also the President of Global Lighting Technologies which provided light guides and licensed such technologies to display and lighting markets. Global Lighting was purchased by Rambus in 2009.
Chris started his career at Tessera Technologies where, over his 13 year tenure, he built and implemented successful technology licensing strategies in the chip scale packaging area, providing Tessera with a public valuation of approximately $2.25B in 2007. Chris has a J.D. from the University of San Francisco and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University.
Dr. Waldern completed his Ph.D. scholarship in virtual reality at Loughbrough University of Technology under the United Kingdom’s advanced computing initiative. He founded Virtuality, Inc., a pioneer in VR training and entertainment. Following a successful IPO, he emigrated to California to pursue research interests where he founded DigiLens, Inc.
A named inventor on over 70 patents, Jon is also the recipient of three national small business awards for innovation, manufacturing and management.
Jim Whims is currently a Partner Alsop Louie Partners. Prior to Alsop Louie, Jim was a cofounding general partner of Techfund Capital I and II and Techfund Capital Europe. Prior to that he co-founded Worlds of Wonder, which launched Teddy Ruxpin, Lazer Tag, and Nintendo in the U.S. In 1990 he helped lead the turnaround team at Software Toolworks. In 1996, he led the initial launch of the Sony PlayStation, which garnered him the Adweek/Brandweek Marketing Executive of the Year Award for driving revenues from zero to $1B in the first seven months. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors of Synaptics and Cokem, Inc. He received a BS from Northwestern University, where he played both football and hockey.
Dr. Young earned his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Delaware followed by a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT. He served as CEO of Tessera Inc. (NASDAQ TSRA) after having served on the Board of Directors since 1991 and chairman of the board from 1996 to 2002. Previously, he was President of IBM Instruments and a managing director at Dillon, Read & Co, Inc., an investment bank. At Dillon Read he was the managing partner of their venture capital funds and then served as head of technology banking. Currently, he is a founding partner at Mirador Capital, a private equity firm focused on venture capital and manages his personal investments through IRT, Inc.. Dr. Young has served on the DigiLens, Inc. Board of Directors since May 2008.