- Harjot Saluja
- Jagan Shantigram
- David Nowicki
- Marcus W. Brauchli
- John M. Cioffi
- Brian O’Kelley
- Dr. T. Russell Hsing
- Reed Hundt
- Bryan Rutberg
- Iyad Tarazi
- Strauss Zelnick
- Mung Chiang
- Vijay Ravindran
- Jeff Samberg
- Wim Sweldens
President and CEO
About Harjot Saluja
Harjot Saluja previously served as General Manager at Airvana, a prominent provider of mobile broadband network infrastructure, which he joined in 2006. Saluja held several senior positions at Airvana including WirelessSystems Engineering Manager, Senior Product Manager, Director of Product Management, and VP of Product Management and Business Development. While at Airvana, Saluja oversaw significant business growth as well as the company’s IPO and sale. He began his career as a software engineer at Tata Consultancy Services and later moved to Kenetic, where he was a senior systems engineer. He graduated with a BE from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (now Thapar University).
Head of Engineering and Technology
About Jagan Shantigram
With 18 years of leadership experience in the telecommunications industry, Shantigram directs DataMi’s engineering efforts. Shantigram came to DataMi from Airvana, where he was the Vice President and Managing Director of Airvana Networks India. In that capacity, Shantigram managed a 200-person engineering center handling multiple product streams. Prior to Airvana, he served as a Senior Software Architect at Photonex and previously as a Principle Engineer at Bay Networks. Shantigram has a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, an MS from North Carolina State University and a PhD from Columbia University. He is an expert in wireless RAN and holds eight U.S. patents.
CMO and Head of Products
About David Nowicki
Dave is a 20+ year mobile and telecom start-up entrepreneur. Most recently Nowicki was CMO of Devicescape, a Wi-Fi and connectivity pioneer. Prior to that, he was the General Manager/CEO of a Bell Labs mobile video venture commercializing network efficiency technology. Previously, Dave was the VP of product management and marketing at Airvana, delivering successful macro-cellular and small cell products. Still prior, Dave was VP Product Management at Bytemobile (acquired by Citrix), a provider of data and user experience optimization. During the late 90’s, Dave lived in Tokyo while working at intelligent antenna software pioneer ArrayComm on the world’s first successful deployment of fractional frequency reuse technology. Dave received master’s degrees in electrical engineering and business administration from Cornell University as well as a bachelor’s in applied physics from the University of California at Davis.
Marcus W. Brauchli
About Marcus W. Brauchli
Marcus W. Brauchli, 53, is co-founder and a managing partner of North Base Media, an investor in DataMi. A former executive editor of The Washington Post and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, he is deeply experienced in media. He helped to create a number of new editorial products, including mobile, video and live initiatives that developed into significant brands and businesses. He also led the digital integration of both newsrooms. During his tenure, the Post’s newsroom won five Pulitzer prizes, and between his time at the Journal and the Post, their newsrooms won a number of Polk, Loeb, Murrow, Sigma Delta Chi, SND, Peabody and regional journalism awards. At the Journal, he oversaw the Dow Jones Industrial Averages and MarketWatch, the financial news website. As a reporter and editor, he spent 15 years as a reporter and bureau chief in Asia and Europe, living in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Stockholm.
John M. Cioffi
About John M. Cioffi
John M. Cioffi is Chairman and CEO of ASSIA Inc, a Redwood City, CA based company pioneering dynamic broadband-connection management software. He is also the Hitachi Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, where he held a tenured endowed professorship before retiring after 22 full-time years. Cioffi received his BSEE, 1978, Illinois; PhDEE, 1984, Stanford; Honorary Doctorate, University of Edinburgh 2010; Bell Laboratories, 1978-1984; IBM Research, 1984-1986; EE Prof., Stanford, 1986-2008. Cioffi also founded Amati Com. Corp in 1991 (purchased by TI in 1997 for its DSL technology) and was officer/director from 1991-1997. Cioffi designed the world’s first ADSL and VDSL modems, which design today accounts for roughly 98% of the worlds over 400 million DSL connections, and he holds fundamental patents on ADSL, VDSL, and vectored VDSL as well as several concepts in joint wireless/wireline transmission quality.
Cioffi currently also services the Boards of Directors for Alto Beam and the Marconi Foundation and previously served 8 other private/publc boards, including Marvell Semiconductor, Teknovus, ITEX, and others. Various awards include IEEE Alexander Graham Bell, Kirchmayer, Edwin H. Armstrong, Kobayashi, and Millenium Medals/Awards (2010, 2014, 2013, 2001, 2000), Economist Magazine’s 2010 Innovation Award, International Marconi Fellow (2006); Member, US National and UK Royal Academies of Engineering (2001, 2009); IEEE Fellow (1996); IEE JJ Tomson Medal (2000); 1999 U. of Illinois Outstanding Alumnus and 2010 Distinguished Alumnus. Cioffi has published several hundred technical papers and is the inventor named on over 100 additional patents, many of which are heavily licensed in the communication industry
About Brian O’Kelley
Brian O’Kelley is CEO and co-founder of AppNexus, the world’s largest independent ad tech company and one of the most successful technology companies in the history of New York. Widely considered a visionary in Internet advertising and heralded as “the new king of ad tech” by Forbes, Brian started AppNexus in 2007 to create a technology platform that would transform the advertising ecosystem. Immediately prior to founding AppNexus, Brian revolutionized the ad tech industry by inventing the first online ad exchange while he was CTO of Right Media (later sold to Yahoo! for $850 million in 2007). Today, Brian holds numerous additional patents that help AppNexus’ technology power the most innovative trading solutions and marketplaces for Internet advertising, and further the company’s mission to create a better Internet. Brian is also an active investor in and early-stage advisor to dozens of tech companies, including Invite Media (acquired by Google in 2010), MediaMath, Dstillery and Solve Media. Brian has been honored by Crain’s 40 Under 40, Adweek 50, Silicon Alley 100, and was recognized as an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year in the New York region in 2012. He holds a BSE in computer science from Princeton University where he is an active alumnus. Brian lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. – See more at: http://www.appnexus.com/executives#sthash.3TrN1quY.dpuf
Dr. T. Russell Hsing
About Dr. T. Russell Hsing
Dr. T. Russell Hsing, Life Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow for the British Computer Society (BCS), is now Chair Professor of National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, Guest Professor of Peking University in China, Adjunct Professors with the Arizona State University in US, Yonsei University in Korea, and Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also Advisory Council member for DataMi (TUBE, Inc.), a spin-off from Princeton University. Since March 2014, he has been Advisor for the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance. Currently, his research efforts are concentrating on Wireless 5G, Internet of Vehicles, Software Defined Networks and Technology Entrepreneurship.
From 1976 to 2012, He was with the Applied Research Center at Bellcore/Telcordia/Ericsson as Director (1986-1995) and then Executive Director (1995-2012). He has also established and supervised the Directors for Telcordia Applied Research Centers in Taiwan and Poland (2004-2012). He accumulated rich R&D experience of 35 years through affiliations with Burroughs, Xerox, GTE Labs, Telco Systems Fiber Optics Corporation, and Bellcore/Telcordia/Ericssson. From 1987 to 1995, He has led a research team to propose and then to develop the world’s first working QAM-based ADSL system first, and then designed the world’s first working DCT chip for video communication applications. In 2002, he was given a responsibility to establish a new Emerging Technologies and Services R & D Department for Vehicular Telematics, Healthcare, and physical security systems applications. He pioneered the technology commercialization in emerging technologies and services through joint business ventures with commercial partners. He holds a B.Sc. (1970) fromTaiwan, M.Sc. (1974) and Ph.D (1977) of Electrical Engineering, the University of Rhode Island. His research and publications cover communication signal processing, multimedia communications, wireless technologies & sensors network, vehicular networks & telematics, video communications and VLSI implementations. He co-edits the ICT book series for John Wiley & Sons, Inc. since 2007. Within the IEEE Communications Society, he was member (2006-2008) and chair (2010-2011) of the Fellow Evaluation Committee, and a member of the Award Committee (2010-2012). He was founding chair (2010-2012) of Sub-TC on Vehicular Networks and Telematics Applications for the IEEE Communications Society. Within the IEEE, he was a member (2008-2010)/ Chair (2010-2011)/Past Chair (2012) for the IEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Technical Field of Award (TFA) Committee, and then the IEEE Eric Sumner TFA Committee (2010-2012). He has been a member for the IEE Fellow Committee since 2012, and the Strategic Planning Committee in 2013. His current research interests are in the areas of Wireless 5G, Internet of Vehicles (IoV) and Software-Defined Networks. He has been teaching a course of “Technology Entrepreneurship: Curiosity, Opportunity, Risk, and Money” at POSTECH (Korea) in 2012 and then at the National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) in 2013 and 2014.
About Reed Hundt
Reed Hundt is the CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, a non-profit group that promotes the development of National and State green banks. He is also a principal at REH Advisers, an advisory firm serving private firms. He was chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 1993 to 1997, and he was on Barack Obama’s 2008-2009 Presidential transition team. He also served on the board of directors for the United Negro College Fund from 2010-2014.
He sits on the boards of directors of Intel Corporation, ASSIA, a communications software firm, and Kno, Inc., the education software company. He also serves on boards or as an advisor at GTCR, a private equity firm; the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority of Connecticut; the Advanced Energy Economy Institute; Yale School of Management; Peek, Inc., a mobile technology company; Level Financial; SmartSky Networks; HaloNeuro; DataMi; and Mytonomy, a social network for college planning.
Hundt has written many articles and four books: Zero Hour: Time to Rebuild the Clean Power Platform (E-Book; Odyssey, 2013), The Politics of Abundance: How Technology Can Fix the Budget, Revive the American Dream, and Establish Obama’s Legacy (E-book; Odyssey, 2012), In China’s Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship (Yale University Press, 2006) and You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics (Yale University Press, 2000). He graduated from Yale College, and Yale Law School.
About Bryan Rutberg
Bryan Rutberg is Chief Executive Officer of Rutberg & Company. Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Rutberg was an Executive Director and head of Internet Investment Banking at UBS Warburg, which was the firm’s largest technology investment banking group in the U.S.
Mr. Rutberg joined UBS Warburg in January 1999. During his tenure, he created the Internet investment banking practice and was responsible for all aspects of its business, including transaction origination and execution, strategic focus, marketing, management and recruiting.
Prior to UBS Warburg, Mr. Rutberg was a Vice President at Montgomery Securities and a founding member of the firm’s East Coast investment banking practice. Mr. Rutberg opened the firm’s London office in 1998 and was co-head of the firm’s European Technology investment banking business. Prior to Montgomery Securities, Mr. Rutberg was an Associate at Bank of Boston in its M&A group.
About Iyad Tarazi
Iyad Tarazi served as Vice President, Network Technology Development and Integration, at Sprint Corporation, a leading U.S. telecommunications company based in Overland Park, Kansas from 2005 to March 2014. He led an R&D team of 700 technologists, engineers, and developers responsible for technology development, testing, and integration of all technical aspects of Sprint’s 3G, 4G LTE, small cells, HetNet core IP, and transport networks and applications. Before joining Sprint in August 2005, Tarazi was VP, Network Engineering and Technology Integration at Nextel, coming to Sprint in the wake of the two companies’ merger. Earlier in his career, Tarazi was Senior Manager, Network Planning at MCI Communications, where he introduced new Internet and voice technologies into MCI’s network and managed core network and data centers engineering standards, capacity planning, and capital budgets.
About Strauss Zelnick
Strauss Zelnick founded ZelnickMedia in 2001. Mr. Zelnick is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Firm as well as originating, structuring and monitoring investments with a focus on music, film, television and interactive entertainment. Mr. Zelnick currently represents ZelnickMedia on the boards of Alloy, L.L.C. and Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, L.L.C., and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ITN Networks and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Prior to forming ZelnickMedia, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of BMG Entertainment, at that time a $4.7 billion music and entertainment company with more than 200 record labels and operations in 54 countries.
Before joining BMG Entertainment, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Dynamics, a producer and distributor of interactive entertainment software. Prior to that, he spent four years as President and Chief Operating Officer of 20th Century Fox, where he managed all aspects of Fox Inc.’s worldwide motion picture production and distribution business.
Previously, Mr. Zelnick spent three years at Vestron Inc., two as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Zelnick also served as Vice President of International Television Sales at Columbia Pictures.
Mr. Zelnick is a Trustee Emeritus of Wesleyan University and holds a BA from Wesleyan University, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Harvard Law School. Mr. Zelnick is a Director of Starwood Property Group, Inc. and served previously on the boards of Reed Elsevier NV, Carver Bancorp, Inc., Insignia Financial Group, Inc. and Moviefone Inc., among other companies.
About Mung Chiang
Mung Chiang is the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. His research on both resource optimization and function optimization in communication networks received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award from the National Science Foundation (the highest honor in US to a young scientist or engineer each year), the 2012 Kiyo Tomiyasu Award from IEEE, and various young investigator awards and best paper prizes in recognition of his contributions to network protocol design, Network Utility Maximization, Smart Data Pricing, and Fog Networking. A Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator Award recipient, he created the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009 to bridge the theory-practice divide in networking by spanning from proofs to prototypes, resulting in several technology transfers to industry and startup companies. He is the inaugural Chairman of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee and the Director of the Keller Center for Innovations in Engineering Education. His Massive Open Online Course on social and technological networks reached over 200,000 students since 2012 and lead to two undergraduate textbooks that became Amazon bestsellers in Technology, and he received the 2013 Frederick E. Terman Award from the American Society of Engineering Education. He was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2014.
About Vijay Ravindran
Vijay Ravindran joined Graham Holdings Company (then The Washington Post Company) as senior vice president and chief digital officer in February 2009. In this role, Ravindran focuses on the Trove incubated business and investments in early stage companies. Ravindran leads the newly re-launched Trove news product and also serves in leadership roles at SocialCode (the leading social advertising agency), Slate, Post–Newsweek Stations and various Company investments.
Previously, as the chief technology officer of the political technology startup Catalist from its inception through the 2008 elections, Ravindran led all the technology aspects of developing the company’s software and data products. During the 2008 election cycle, Catalist clients included the Obama for America and Hillary Clinton presidential campaigns.
Prior to Catalist, Ravindran was a technology director at Amazon.com. Ravindran joined Amazon in 1998 as a software engineer and held a variety of engineering and technical management roles. From 2003 to 2005, he led the Ordering group; the department was responsible for consumer purchasing on all Amazon properties. This included the product development and operations for “Shopping Cart,” “Checkout,” “1-Click” and “Your Account,” as well as the initial creation and management of “Amazon Prime.” Prior to Amazon, Ravindran was a software developer at American Management Systems in Fairfax, VA, and Dusseldorf, Germany.
Ravindran graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in systems engineering.
About Jeff Samberg
Jeff Samberg is the Managing Member of Acadia Woods Partners, LLC, a New York-based investment partnership that focuses primarily on early-stage technology companies. He lived in the San Francisco Bay area for 15 years where he held a number of high-technology management roles, including Vice President of Corporate Strategy for PeopleSoft Inc., Vice President of Business Development for Wily Technology, and Entrepreneur in Residence for Greylock Partners. Mr. Samberg received his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and his B.A. with high honors in economics from Princeton University.
About Wim Sweldens
Wim is a proven technology, innovation, and business leader. He is co-founder and CEO of Kiswe Mobile bringing live interactive events to mobile devices. He is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Columbia University Business School.
Until the end of 2012, he was the President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Division where he lead the global development and deployment of LTE 4G technology and oversaw the introduction of the award winning lightRadio small cell portfolio.
Earlier In his role as VP of Network Technology, Wim took the company’s Applications Enablement strategy from paper to practice. This strategy allows service providers to open and leverage their networks for the development of new services and applications.
As founder and leader of Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, a strategic new business incubator and investment division inside of Bell Labs, Wim managed the lifecycle, from concept to commercialization, for eight ventures, ranging from enterprise & consumer applications to groundbreaking mobile innovations for operators.
An innovator at heart, Wim developed several compression algorithms including the one used in the JPEG2000 standard. He authored and co-authored several top cited technical papers and was a member of MIT Technology Review’s inaugural class of top young innovators, the 1999 TR100. Global Telecoms Business selected Wim for its “Power 100 of 2009” list for his customer focus, attention to excellence, and accelerating ideas to market. He is a fellow of the IEEE and member of the Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences.
Wim received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He lives with his family in New Jersey. You can follow him on twitter @wimsweldens.