About Us

Real world IC design experience and proven EDA software development.

Jim Derbyshire

Jim Derbyshire

Chairman & CEO

Jim has had a long career at the leading edge of new technology commercialization and products as well as deep experience of business/market/technology appraisal for venture capitalists, large companies and government development agencies. He has built a large number of successful business development partnerships in Asia, Europe, and North America with major companies as well as having a broad understanding of IT, web, wireless and video technology, markets and industries. For many years, Jim has been business and market focused and advising a wide variety of start ups although given his engineering background, he quickly understands the key technical issues and risks. He holds several patents, was involved in the 802.11, CT2, DECT, PHS, GSM standards making, is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the I.E.T. Through international serial entrepreneurial experience including 18 years in CEO roles (Symbionics, SiGe, Veridae), Jim has a strong track record of growing innovative, leading edge, start-ups using bootstrap, Angel and Angel/VC backed business models. In the last 14 years, he has raised over $100M of funding and been involved in many acquisitions, three of which he managed. He has non-executive and chair experience on boards of high tech start ups based in five jurisdictions. Recently, he has been applying his industry knowledge, direct hands on experience from four successful exited start ups and involvement in many more, to advise mobile, digital video, internet, EDA, semiconductor and environmental information businesses. He has also been undertaking mentoring activities giving back to the community and was named as one of the top ten ‘Rockstar” mentors by Start Up Canada.
Doug Konkin

Doug Konkin

Director

Doug Konkin has worked in the IC, System, and Software Development industries for over 25 years. Currently a consultant using his expertise in start ups and software development methodology, previously he was VP, Product Development for Solido Design Automation Inc.  Doug also spent nine years as Director of IC and Software Development at fabless semiconductor company PMC-Sierra, Inc. Prior to this, Doug co-founded HyperCore Technology, an IC startup which was acquired by PMC-Sierra.

 

Advisors

Steve Wilton

Steve Wilton

Technical Advisor

Dr. Steve Wilton is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He is an algorithmic expert and a leader in the field of architectures of next-generation Field-Programmable Gate Arrays and their associated Computed-Aided Design Tools. He was also a co-founder of Veridae Systems (acquired by Tektronix in 2011).
Bill Haberlin

Bill Haberlin

Advisor

Bill Haberlin is an expert in both worldwide sales and supply chain management. His experience is focused on the semiconductor and the module business but this has led to a deep understanding of the whole product supply chain to the end customer. From experience, he has a broad knowledge of worldwide sales management, organizing representatives and distribution, channel dynamics and negotiation. Based in Hong Kong, Bill has sold large volumes to, and managed customer relationships with, brand names like Apple, HP, Dell, Linksys, Belkin, Nintendo, Samsung, Sharp, Garmin, Panasonic and many more. He has also bought from, and in some cases sold to, major suppliers like Foxconn, Gemtek, USI, IBM, Unisem, Carsem, ST and others.
Dave Orecchio

Dave Orecchio

Advisor

Dave Orecchio is an expert in sales and marketing to high-tech industries, especially semiconductor design and software-based products. His extensive start-up experience spans five venture-backed companies with a focus on microelectronics design and development. Recently he was CEO of an EDA startup company that provided hardware and software solutions to the rapidly growing Field Programmable Gate Array market. Dave most recent business is Bristol Strategy, Inc., a company that provides services to high-technology companies to implement Inbound Marketing based on a sales-driven content strategy that attracts highly targeted and qualified prospects. Prior to Bristol Strategy and GateRocket, Dave held executive positions in marketing, sales and management at LTX, Viewlogic Systems, Synopsys, Innoveda, PTC and DAFCA. Dave received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.