Executive Chairman of the Board
Michael J. Sophie has been a director of SkyCross, Inc. since 2012. He has served as a director of NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE), a maker of photonic integrated circuit products, since 2006, and has been a director of Pericom Inc., a maker of analog semiconductors since 2008. He served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Proxim Wireless Corporation, a provider of wireless broadband technologies, from 2010 to 2011.
Sophie has served as a director and Audit Committee Chair of several companies, including Alchip Technologies (Taiwan listed), BCD Semiconductor (NASDAQ) and McData Corporation (NASDAQ), a provider of storage networking solutions. He has also served on the Boards of several private companies including Postini Corp., Atrenta, Inc., and Sonics, Inc.
Sophie was previously employed at UTStarcom, Inc., a global seller of telecommunications hardware and software products, serving as CFO from 1999 through 2005, and as COO from 2005 to 2006. Previously, Sophie held executive positions at P-Com, Inc., a developer of network access systems, and was vice president of Finance at Loral Fairchild Corporation, a unit of Loral, a defense electronics and communications company. He holds a bachelor's degree from California State University, Chico and an M.B.A. from the University of Santa Clara.
Scott Chou has been in the venture capital industry since 1997 and was recently recognized by Always On as a Top 100 capitalist. He is known for his focus on disruptive technologies and for authoring Maxims, Morals, and Metaphors - A Primer on Venture Capital. Scott's passionfor early stage technology ventures extends back to high school when he joined his first startup as a software engineer. He has since worked for fie more technology ventures including Poqet Computer and ICE in addition to world-renowned research and development orgnizations such as Bellcore and IBM. His broad expertise in technology spans the industry from manufacturing to software development to chip design. Scott actively maintains his technical expertise as the creator of Oh Don't Forget!, a popular mobile app for Android and iOS devices. He completed the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program in 1999 with Onset Ventures and later joined Gabriel Venture Partners in early 2000 where he focused on research labs for fundamental innovations. Scott's first investment at Gabriel was in the seed round of NextG Networks which eventually sold to Crown Castle for $1 billion. Scott's education background includes a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with honors from Caltech as well as master's degrees from Harvard University and Stanford University.
Investor Growth Capital
Dr. Albert Kim is a Venture Partner at Investor growth Capital, and joined IGC’s New York office in 2001, and moved to Silicon Valley in 2005. He is also Vice President of Strategic Investments at Ericsson, and his prior professional experiences include a position as Summer Associate at McKinsey & Co and Goldman Sachs, as well as an independent Technology Consultant to various venture capital firms and angel investors.
He has a master's degree from the University of Technology, Aachen, Germany, and holds a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University.
Investment Partners of Orlando
Donald Martin is an active member of Orlando Investment Partners, based in Orlando, Florida that invests in and assists companies with early stage development. Martin is also on the board of SkyCross, Inc.
Previously, Martin served as vice president of manufacturing with Autonomous Technologies, a start-up company focused on laser vision correction systems, using novel laser radar tracking technology. Martin built a solid organization to grow the business through the introduction of several significant developments. Prior to this, he was responsible for a significant performance turnaround of BioRad’s worldwide instrument manufacturing operations.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University.
Chief Executive Officer SkyCross
Dr. Youngmin Jo has more than 20 years experience in the wireless industry, specializing in RF theory, measurement, and design. He is responsible for managing SkyCross' global operations and its advanced technology development.
As an initial founder of SkyCross with deep technology domain expertise, Dr. Jo served in executive positions, including COO and, most recently, CTO. Since the company was founded he led the technology development and invented many new technologies. As a member of the management team, he has initiated and led strategic investments to SkyCross from key partners including SK-Telecom and NTT-DoCoMo. In addition to his role in HQ, he founded SkyCross Korea, which is a subsidary of SkyCross and served as a general manager for more than 10 years, where he managed the company to be one of the major antenna suppliers in Korea. While working in SkyCross, he served as an adjunct professor at Korea University where he taught graduate and undergraduate students. His expertise brought him to the instructor position to teach and train engineers and managers in global handset makers such as Samsung and LGE for the last several years.
Before joining SkyCross, he worked on smart antenna program funded by the U.S. Air Force as a lead researcher in Antenna Systems Lab. Previously he served in Samsung Electronics as a researcher designing DSP chips, and Mac Trans International as a trading manager.
Dr. Jo has more than 40 issued and pending U.S./international patents and has also written several articles on RF technology, measurement and antenna design for a variety of industry publications.
He has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Korea University, and a master's and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Tech. He is a member of IEEE, a fellow member of IEIE, and a senior board member in KITS.