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.
Throughout his 35+ year career, Michael has demonstrated high energy, dedication and a deep understanding of finance, operations, and business in Silicon Valley technology companies. He has been the CFO of more than 8 technology companies, 4 of which were publicly held, and held other senior finance positions in large technology companies. He brings extensive International, acquisition, joint venture, public company and Wall Street experience. His technology experience includes: IP licensing, computational depth sensing software & hardware, consumer optics, SaaS, semiconductors, wireless communications and networks, and medical devices.
Michael held a number senior financial positions during his tenure with National Semiconductor, which included direct financial responsibility over its world-wide manufacturing and process technology group and over several product line groups, including its analog products group. He was the world-wide controller of Hitachi Data Systems (Hitachi & EDS JV), and had direct responsibility over a 200-person finance and operations support team located in 20 countries.
Michael started his career in public accounting and was a senior audit manager in the San Jose office of Price Waterhouse. He is a CPA (inactive) and graduated from California State University, Chico with a B.S. Degree in accounting.
Throughout Ratson’s career, he has proven himself to be a successful developer and implementer of technologies. Prior to joining Digilens, Ratson was the COO at Sunpreme where he managed all operations including a FAB in China and new product development.
Ratson was the COO and VP R&D at Cogenra Solar. Ratson’s inventions led to the acquisition of Cogenra by SunPower. Earlier, Ratson was Vice President of Engineering and Technology at Solyndra focusing on the development of a new type of solar module and the CEO of Blue29 Corporation where he built and led a startup company focused on manufacturing semiconductor capital equipment from concept stage through funding to full product release and acquisition by KLA-Tencor. Prior to that, at Applied Materials, he developed the company’s first copper electroplating (ECD) system and later was the VP and GM of CMP Division.
Ratson has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel and an MBA from The Technion Israel Institute of Technology. Ratson is a named inventor on 40 granted patents in semiconductors, renewable energy and MRI systems.
Alastair joined DigiLens in 2011 and is DigiLens’ chief optical architect, responsible for managing the optical design and R&D teams. Over the past 20+ years, Alastair has held senior/principal optical engineering positions with BAE SYSTEMS, OPTICS 1, and Panavision, where he has successfully innovated, designed, built, tested and deployed an extensive range of imaging and illumination solutions for both commercial and aerospace applications. Alastair is a named inventor on more than a dozen patents.
Alastair holds a BSc.(Hons) in Optoelectronics and Laser engineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, and an MSc. in Electronics from University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Remi has built a career bringing breakthrough platform technologies profitably to market. Prior to joining DigiLens, Remi was VP of Sales and Marketing at InVisage Technologies Inc., an image sensor company acquired by Apple specializing in visible and depth cameras. At InVisage, Remi signed strategic relationships in China, Japan and the USA in order to deliver products taking advantage of the unique properties of the quantum dot film material created by InVisage.
Prior to InVisage, Lacombe designed DxO Labs’ imaging technologies into many smartphone manufacturers on three continents creating and growing a business that was eventually sold to GoPro. He led several entrepreneurial ventures including serving as CEO of Zandan and Co-Founder of PAS International. He previously held positions at C-Cube Microsystems, Chorus Systems and Sun Microsystems (where he licensed Java technology across Europe).
Remi received his master’s degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University and holds Applied Science and Engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications, both in Paris, France.