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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Minerva Networks
Mauro Bonomi is Minerva’s Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Minerva, Mauro was Vice President of Marketing at C-Cube Microsystems. Bonomi has contributed heavily to the adoption of digital video technology in the consumer and communications markets. Mauro holds Master’s Degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Management from Stanford University and received an Undergraduate Degree with honors in Electrical Engineering from Pavia University in Italy.
General Partner, U.S. Venture Partners (Board Observer)
Irwin Federman, who joined USVP as a General Partner in April 1990, was President and CEO of Monolithic Memories, Inc. from 1978 to 1987. MMI was a startling turnaround. Under Irwin’s leadership, the Company grew from virtual bankruptcy to $250 million in revenues during his nine-year tenure as CEO. After becoming a public company, MMI merged with AMD, of which Irwin became Vice Chairman. Irwin was also two-term Chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association, has served on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association and served two terms on the Dean’s Advisory Board of Santa Clara University. As CEO at Monolithic Memories, Irwin initiated MMI investments in such highly successful venture capital start-ups as Altera, Cypress Semiconductor and Xilinx. As a professional venture capitalist, Irwin was a founding or lead investor in Blue Martini, Check Point Software Technologies, Centillium Communications, Crescendo Communications, MMC Networks, NeoMagic, Netro, Nuance Communications, QuickLogic, SanDisk, and TelCom Semiconductor. Irwin has been the founding or lead investor in a number of high-potential, high-profile early-stage venture capital investments, including BeVocal, ON24, and Mellanox, among others. He has been the recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty Award and the Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Community and Justice. In 2004, Irwin was inducted into Junior Achievement’s Silicon Valley Hall of Fame. Irwin received a B.S. in Economics from Brooklyn College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science from Santa Clara University.
President, The Bowick Group LLC
Chris Bowick joined the board in December, 2013. Mr. Bowick currently serves as President of The Bowick Group, LLC, where he provides strategic advice to clients in the cable television and telecommunications industry. From 2000 to 2009, Mr. Bowick served as Cox Communications’ Senior Vice President of Engineering & Chief Technical Officer. Prior to his tenure at Cox, Mr. Bowick also served as Group Vice President, Technology & Chief Technical Officer for Jones Intercable, Inc., as well as President of Jones Futurex, a designer and manufacturer of triple DES, PC-based hardware encryption devices. Mr. Bowick has also served as Vice President of Engineering for Scientific Atlanta’s Transmission Systems Business Division, and served on the Board of Directors of ViXS Systems, acquired by Pixelworks. Mr. Bowick holds a BEE from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Managing Partner, SEBATEVA Inc.
Sebastiano Tevarotto has over 25 years of experience in the IT, Telecommunications and Media industries. In most recent years, Tevarotto joined boards of startup companies to help them strengthen operations and accelerate growth in areas such as real time databases, advertising, video processing and mobile services. Previously, he was Vice President and General Manager of the Communications, Media & Entertainment Business at HP. Sebastiano holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy and a Young Managers Program Diploma at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.