Brad Holtzinger - Founder / CEO
Brad Holtzinger is the former Vice President of World Wide Sales for MIPS Technologies where his most recent accomplishments include negotiating the sale and licensing of the MIPS patent assets to Bridge Crossing (a subsidiary of Allied Security Trust) for $350M and also the sale of the operating business to Imagination Technologies for $100M.
Additionally, he also led the efforts to monetize the MIPS patent portfolio which not only resulted in the sale of the company, but also in the $26.5+, (plus other consideration), patent and technology license to Broadcom, the largest license in the history of the company. Additionally, he set several sales records for the company during his 11+ year tenure and received several sales awards.
Prior to MIPS, he led the sales, operations and business development efforts as well as held the position of CEO for a number of privately funded and venture backed startups as well as founded the OEM Systems division for Force Computers, which was later sold to Solectron for approximately $190M.
He started his career at Motorola as an embedded hardware and software design engineer, authored Motorola’s Technical Training class on Unix® System V and then eventually was one of the founding members of Motorola’s Microcomputer Group, (MCG), that sold OEM systems and VME boards.
Mr. Holtzinger received his BSEE from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and was an Instructor for University of California Berkeley.
Roger Milton - Founder / Business Development
Roger Milton is former VP of N. America Sales for MIPS Technologies. Previous to MIPS he was Director of Business Development at Tessera Technologies (TSRA) which licensed patents for semiconductor packaging to companies including TI, Samsung, Fujitsu, Intel and for mobile phone applications. He served at Tessera through its IPO and learned strategies to leverage patent licensing to bolster revenues and strategic objectives. At MIPS he proposed the initial Patent licensing business plan to leverage MIPS IP to compete more effectively with ARM. He initiated relationships with outside parties to evaluate the patent portfolio and created a business plan.
Mr. Milton’s technology sales and business development career includes 18 years in semiconductors and 10 years in SW / IP / Patent Licensing with experience ranging from Fortune 500 companies through Series A start-ups. He was the founder of an angel stage venture fund, (www.formativeventures.com), raising the initial capital, leading investments and initial BD strategy for two successful portfolio companies (bought by Broadcom and National Semiconductor). He has managed sales teams with sales volumes from $25M to $300M. His business development and licensing skills have been developed with roles at leading companies such as Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, Xilinx and early stage private companies. He has negotiated and closed licensing agreements with over 40 companies including Fortune 500 companies: Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and Intel.
Mr. Milton holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Minor in Economics from Michigan State University's School of Engineering.
Kevin Meyer - Founder / Corporate Development
Kevin Meyer is an accomplished technology executive with over 25 years of successful performance on a global scale. He most recently was the EVP of Business Development at the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2). Prior to that, he served as VP of Strategy and Corporate Development at GLOBALFOUNDRIES responsible for driving strategy aligned to industry collaboration. As an executive staff member at Chartered Semiconductor, he served in the Office of Transition Management as a member of the team that facilitated the merger of Chartered with GLOBALFOUNDRIES in 2009.
While serving in executive positions at Motorola Semiconductor, MIPS, and Chartered Semiconductor, Kevin was an active participant in collaborative initiatives that changed the global landscape of the semiconductor industry. His experience includes formative roles in the Apple/IBM/Motorola PowerPC Alliance, the New Taiwan NewPC Consortium – the basis for MacOS PCs, and the establishment of the Chartered/IBM/Samsung Common (process) Platform. Kevin has served as Chairman of the Board of DoublePower, a Motorola joint venture in China, and was a founding board member of both Power.org and the SOI Industry Consortium.
Mr. Meyer holds a BS in Business Administration and a BA in Industrial Arts from California State University, Chico and was an instructor with the University of California Berkeley.
Gail Shulman - Non-Legal Advisor
Gail Shulman most recently was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of United Online, Inc. from January 2014 to June 2015. Prior to United Online, she was the General Counsel for MIPS Technologies where she negotiated the sale of the company in a unique transaction involving the sale of certain patent assets to Bridge Crossing (a subsidiary of Allied Security Trust) and of the operating business to Imagination Technologies. Her responsibilities as general counsel included a broad range of intellectual property, corporate and commercial matters, including legal issues arising in licensing, international operations, mergers and acquisitions, employment, finance and facilities.
Before joining MIPS Technologies in 1999, Ms. Shulman was the first in-house lawyer—establishing the legal department—for Axil Computer (a subsidiary of Hyundai Electronics). She also worked for Thelen, Reid, Brown, Raysman & Steiner for more than seven years, where she specialized in corporate matters, licensing and mergers and acquisitions.Ms. Shulman received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law; and her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.
She has presented various topics for the Practicing Law Institute, Women in Law Empowerment Forum, Licensing Executives Society and Center for Applied Innovation.
Gideon Intrater - Technology Advisor
Gideon Intrater brings more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor market to his advisory role with Tortuga Pacific. Mr. Intrater is currently Adesto Technologies Chief Technology Officer while also serving on the Advisory board of Centipede Semi and Think Silicon as well as previously having been a member of the advisory board of Sansa Security. Mr. Intrater re-joined MIPS in 2010 as the VP of Marketing until the company was acquired in February 2013 by Imagination.
Before re-joining MIPS, Mr. Intrater was the VP of Architecture for Symwave, a privately-held supplier of high-performance analog/mixed signal semiconductor solutions for consumer devices. Prior to Symwave, Mr. Intrater held various management positions at MIPS Technologies and National Semiconductor Corporation. Mr. Intrater holds over 30 issued patents. He earned BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and an MBA from San Jose State University.
Krishna Anne - Strategy and Business Development Advisor
Krishna Anne has over 22 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Most recently, Krishna was the VP of Product Marketing at Rambus. Over his career he held senior engineering, marketing, business and corporate development roles at startups as well as public companies including AMD, MIPS and Broadcom. Krishna began his career as a design engineer working at DEC on what would become StrongARM.
Building on his original background in chip design, he has successfully managed semiconductor product lines with annual revenue run rate exceeding $400M in networking (SiByte), data center (ServerWorks) and consumer electronics (AMD) markets. Given the variety of product lines he managed, Krishna brings deep understanding of vertical markets and their IP needs. Mr. Anne received his BSEE from Andhra University in India and MSEE from UTA in Texas.
Tom Okada - Vice President Sales and Business Development
Tom Okada is an experienced executive with expertise in building and managing global teams and global accounts. His career includes leadership roles in engineering and business development, in the areas of mobile handsets, hardware, and software, with experience in the US, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Japan.
Tom has served as a board member with Motorola Japan, Aplix IP Holdings Corporation in Japan, and Ecrio Inc. in Silicon Valley. He has driven business development and sales, as well as account relationships with major operators and OEMs, in the US, Japan, Asia, and Europe, and managed R&D teams in mobile handset and technology development.
Most recently, Tom served as Executive Vice President in Japan HQ and President of the US office for Aplix Corporation where he was responsible for business development and account management with global mobile operators, OEMs, and 3rd party ISVs, and signed major software licensing deals. He expanded his business from telecommunications and embedded systems to include M2M, content and services, and led a global business development team to build the foundation for the company’s new M2M business.
Previously, Tom was with Azingo as VP of Business Development, where he participated in The Limo Foundation and managed business development with mobile operators and OEMs in Asia.
Tom started his career as an electrical engineer and mixed signal IC designer at Motorola’s Personal Communications sector, and led a team of engineers for mobile handset hardware development in Libertyville, Illinois, enabling Motorola’s mobile handsets to be introduced to the Japan market. Tom transferred to Japan to build and manage Motorola’s first 3G technology R&D team, and subsequently became General Manager of Motorola’s Personal Communication Sector, Japan Division. As Motorola Asia Pacific VP and Japan General manager, he led Motorola’s Japan market re-entry with his leadership in R&D, business development, and carrier account management, achieving #1 market share as a foreign handset manufacturer with over $300m in revenue.
Tom holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University and holds 4 US patents in wireless communication and logic design. Born and raised in Japan and later educated in the US, Tom lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Richard Feng - Vice President Asia Sales
Richard Feng is an experienced executive with expertise in selling silicon IP and SOC components throughout Greater China, Richard’s career includes roles in system engineering, product line management and country sales manager of SW and IP.
Richard’s extensive network includes high level relationships with SOC companies and OEMs throughout Taiwan and China with a track record of discovering the “next big company” ahead of his competition.
Stefan Buchmann - EMEA Advisor
Stefan currently is the Regional Sales Manager Central Europe for Zadara Storage. Prior to that, Stefan was the Vice President of European Sales of MIPS Technologies Inc. having joined in 2009 - responsible for sales, marketing and business development activities throughout the UK, Europe and Israel.
He has more than 22 years of experience in software and intellectual property sales. He previously held sales management positions with Synopsys, Virage Logic, Avanti Corporation and Mentor Graphics.
Michele Aldape - Vice President, Strategic Alliances
Michele brings to Tortuga Pacific more than twenty years of experience in business development and a strong background in strategy, sales and management consulting for Fortune 500 and SME companies. Her expertise includes electronics, medical devices, healthcare and financial services
Most recently, Michele served as the Vice President of Client Relations at Black Stone IP and prior to that Michele served as Vice President of Business Development at NIMLOK, a marketing services business, where she successfully restructured the sales department. As Director of Business Development at Priority Integrated Marketing, a provider of marketing services to the financial services and healthcare fields, she led the business development team successfully through a significant rebranding initiative. Michele is a graduate of Indiana University.
At Tortuga Pacific, Michele is responsible for forming partnerships with the IP holders and advisors, including attorneys, bankers and M&A professionals.
Efrat Kasznik - Valuation Advisor
President, Foresight Valuation Group LLC & Lecturer, Stanford GSB
Efrat Kasznik is an intellectual property (IP) and valuation expert, with over 20 years of consulting experience, focusing on assisting clients with the valuation, management and monetization of their IP and technologies. She is the founder and president of Foresight Valuation Group, a Silicon-Valley based IP valuation, strategy and startup advisory firm.
Ms. Kasznik is a Lecturer on IP Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), and an IP strategy mentor to students and alumni at the GSB Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. She is a member of the leadership committee of the High Tech Sector, Licensing Executives Society (LES) USA-Canada, where she serves as Chair of the Content, Communications & Cloud Crossroads (3CX) Committee. She is listed on the IAM 300 list of Leading IP strategists for 2013-2014, and is a frequent speaker and author on IP valuation and strategy issues, including a weekly column on IP Valuation to IAM Magazine.
Ms. Kasznik specializes in analyzing and valuing IP portfolios for a range of purposes, including: mergers & acquisitions, financial reporting, patent transactions, transfer pricing, litigation damages and business liquidations. She worked with clients that range in size from Fortune 100 to start-ups, law firms, universities, research institutions, inventors, IP brokers and patent funds. Throughout her career, Ms. Kasznik also served as a co-founder, CFO and advisor to several start ups, and she currently serves on the Advisory Boards of startups in the US and in Europe.
Ms. Kasznik received an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California - Berkeley, and a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (Israel).