Board of Directors 2018-01-31T10:22:44+00:00

Board of Directors

Forest Baskett

General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

Forest Baskett joined NEA in 1999 as a Venture Partner and became a General Partner in 2004. Forest focuses on information and energy technology investments and serves on the Board of Directors for several private and public companies. Some of his investments that became public companies are Atheros Communications, Audience, Data Domain, Fusion-io and Tableau Software. Prior to NEA, Forest was Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. He founded and directed the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation before joining SGI. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Baskett received a BA in Mathematics from Rice University, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Neil Berglund

President, Northwest Technology Group

Since 1993, Dr. Berglund has also been a member of the Sloan Foundation/Sematech – funded research team at the University of California, Berkeley, studying the management practices of the worldwide semiconductor industry.

From 1978 to 1983, Dr. Berglund was Director of Technology Development at Intel. He founded Ateq Corporation, a laser-based lithography company (now Eteq Systems, an Applied Materials company) in 1983.

In 1987, Dr. Berglund became president of Northwest Technology Group, a microelectronics consulting firm now located in Vancouver, Washington.

Elected a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to MOS device technology, Dr. Berglund has been active in IEEE activities, conferences, and publications for his entire career.

In 1995, he was co-recipient of the BACUS Prize for contributions to photomask technology, and in 2001 was one of the recipients of the SEMI Award for North America, recognizing his role in developing the laser-based mask writing tools used today in the manufacture of over half the industry’s masks and reticles.

Dr. Berglund earned his M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Martin Colombatto

Semiconductor Industry Executive

Martin Colombatto most recently served as the CEO and president of Staccato Communications, a San Diego-based Ultra Wide Band (UWB)/ wireless USB company. Prior to Staccato, Colombatto served as the vice president and general manager of Broadcom’s Networking Business Unit. During Colombatto’s tenure at Broadcom, he established and managed a business that generated more than $400 million in revenue over a four year period. As a corporate officer and member of the executive staff, he led the acquisition of five companies that were integrated into his business and formed the technology and product foundation for future revenue growth.

John Oxaal

General Partner, Sevin Rosen Funds

At SRF, John focuses in areas of imaging, computing, photonics, and RF communications.

Before joining SRF in 1999, John co-founded and was CEO of Volumetrics Medical Imaging and was on the founding team of the Digital Signal Processing Division of Analog Devices.

John holds several patents in the field of real-time volumetric ultrasound imaging.

In addition to continuing to serve on Volumetrics board, John serves on the boards of Ethertronics, Metabolon, Luxtera, Orbital Data, Tellicent and Scintera.

Andy Rappaport

General Partner, August Capital

Andy joined August Capital in 1996 and brings technology and market experience in such areas as open-source software, broadband communications, semiconductors, and computer systems. He has more than 15 years of experience as a founder, investor, and/or director of venture-backed start-ups, and has served on more than 30 public and private company boards.

Prior to joining August Capital, Andy was involved in the formation and success of more than a dozen venture capital-backed start-ups, including Actel, MMC Networks, Silicon Architects (acquired by Synopsys), Transmeta, and Viewlogic.

Andy is an often-cited authority on changing technologies and markets and has written and lectured extensively on the evolving structures of semiconductor, computer, and telecommunications industries.

Eli Yablonovitch

Luxtera Co-founder & Professor, UC Berkeley

Eli Yablonovitch graduated with the Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1972. He worked for two years at Bell Telephone Laboratories, and then became a professor of Applied Physics at Harvard. In 1979 he joined Exxon to do research on photovoltaic solar energy. Then in 1984, he joined Bell Communications Research, where he was a Distinguished Member of Staff, and also Director of Solid-State Physics Research. In 1992 he joined the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was Professor of Electrical Engineering until he joined UC Berkeley in 2007, also as Professor of Electrical Engineering.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and the American Physical Society. Yablonovitch is a Life Member of Eta Kappa Nu, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences.

He has been awarded the Adolf Lomb Medal, the W. Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, the R.W. Wood Prize, and the Julius Springer Prize.

Greg Young

President & CEO

Greg brings over 20 years of executive management, marketing, and engineering experience in the semiconductor industry. His career focused on communications equipment applications and the utilization of leading edge technologies to drive broad based market transitions.

Greg joined Luxtera in late 2007 to drive the commercialization of the company’s Silicon Photonics technology. He has raised over $200M in venture and industry funding. He has successful led the company through maturation of the revolutionary new technology platform introducing the world’s first Silicon Photonics commercial product in 2008, now having produced over 1Mu. With the introduction of market leading 100G products he has scaled the business to profitability and CFBE.

Prior to joining Luxtera, most recently he was Vice President and General Manager of the High Speed Ethernet Controller business unit at Broadcom. While there, Greg led the growth of the Ethernet Controller business unit from concept to over $350M in revenue and the number one market share position.

Prior to joining Broadcom, Greg was with Intel where he held several engineering, marketing, and business leadership positions in the networking and video business units. His most notable accomplishment was leading the growth of the 10/100 Ethernet Controller semiconductor business from $50M to $200M+ in revenue and number one market share position in under 3 years.

Greg started his career as an inventor / entrepreneur in the early 90’s after attending San Diego State University with a focus in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. He currently resides in San Diego with his wife of 16 years and four children.