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Brad Holtzinger - Founder / CEO

Brad Holtzinger

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.

Kevin Meyer - Founder / Corporate Development

Kevin Meyer

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 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.

Kat Lane - Paralegal / Executive Administrator

Kat Lane

Kat Lane is an executive administrator and paralegal with extensive experience in legal research, intellectual property and patent research, contract draft and review, and business operations including invoicing, travel coordination, and expense reporting.

Her career includes project management, contributing to projects across multiple industries, partnering with internal and vendor resources to ensure on time and on budget project completion, leading to repeat contracts and referral business.

Gideon Intrater - Technology Advisor

Gideon Intrater

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

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.

Andrew Boos - Sales & Market Development Advisor

Andrew Boos

Andrew Boos is an entrepreneur that has delivered results for several b2b sales companies over the last 10 years, while successful in a range of roles from BusDev Rep (BDR), Sales Executive, VP of sales, and CEO. As founding CEO, Andrew’s leadership resulted in a profitable acquisition of his first company, AppFuel by Tune in 2014. As the first sales hire at Skyport Systems, he led the sales operations and BDR functions that were key to its acquisition by Cisco Systems in 2017.

Since then Andrew has parlayed his successes into Darwinian Ventures, a company that specializes in optimizing, launching, and accelerating revenue efforts for new technology startups and their investors. Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts in Finance/Labour Management from McGill University and completed Stanford School of Business Executive Leadership Program.

Richard Feng - Vice President Asia Sales

Richard Feng

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 Buchmann

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.

Efrat Kasznik - Valuation Advisor

Efrat Kasznik

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).