CEO and Chairman of the Board
Ben Naskar has more than 25 years experience in the wireless semiconductor industry. Prior to joining SkyCross in November 2010, Naskar was VP & GM of the Wireless Networking Business Unit at Atheros Communications and a corporate officer of the company ( Atheros was acquired by Qualcomm for $3.5B in 2010). In this position, he grew the business from $250M to a run rate of $800M over three years, gaining market share in all product and market segments.
Previously, Naskar served as VP & GM of the Communications Group at PMC-Sierra the largest Division in PMC. In addition, he has several of hands-on international experience in Asia pacific, where SkyCross has five facilities. For more than eight years, he was the China-based VP and Managing Director of Asia Pacific at Analog Devices, growing a $55 million division to $650 million in revenues within six years. Naskar also headed a successful startup as CEO and President of Magfusion, a provider of RF MEMS devices. Naskar also held senior management positions at National Semiconductor and Advanced Micro Devices. He is also experienced in leading several successful M&A's worth several hundred millions of dollars.
Naskar has a bachelor’s degree BSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Auckland, and has an MBA in International Business, Marketing and Finance, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Business, where he graduated Magna cum Laude. Naskar has also completed the Executive Business program at Stanford University and graduate MSEE courses at University of Santa Clara, California.
President and CEO of Meru Networks
Dr. Bami Bastani is an experienced leader with extensive knowledge of the communications device sector, and joined the SkyCross Board of Directors in February 2011. Dr. Bastani has broad familiarity with the customers and international markets that SkyCross serves, and is Chairman and CEO of B2 Global Consulting, LLC, a management consulting firm.
Previously, from 1998 to 2008, Dr. Bastani served as President and CEO of ANADIGICS, Inc., a recognized innovator in semiconductor RF solutions for wireless and broadband communications. From 1996 to1998, he served as Executive Vice President of Fujitsu Microelectronics, and has also served with National Semiconductor, where he held key executive positions including Vice President and General Manager of the Embedded Technologies Division.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas, a Ph.D. and MSEE degree in Microelectronics from The Ohio State University, and has also completed an Executive Mini-MBA program at Stanford University.
Anthony Chang joined TL Ventures in 2002 as the firm’s first Kauffman Fellow. Chang’s venture experience began in 1998, when he co-founded and built Magictel.com, Inc., one of the first voice-over-IP service providers in Greater China and Southeast Asia. The company conducted a reverse takeover of a publicly listed company in Hong Kong and raised over US $100 million in secondary offerings. Chang subsequently joined GE Equity in Hong Kong where he focused on early-stage venture opportunities in Asia, and was also part of the private equity team at Peregrine Investment Holdings (one of Asia’s largest investment banks during the 1990s) where he handled technology and communications-related investments.
Chang began his career at the San Francisco Consulting Group, a strategic consulting firm focused on the communications industry and has also previously worked briefly with Lucent’s Mobility Solutions Group.
Chang has a bachelor’s degree with Honors from Stanford University and an MBA degree from The Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Gabriel Venture Partners
Scott Chou has a broad base of experience in venture capital, technology, and start-up operations. He is currently a general partner for Gabriel Venture Partners where he focuses on disruptive technologies. Chou entered the venture capital arena via the Kauffman Fellows Program, completed his fellowship at CID Equity Partners, and went on to Silicon Valley where he joined Onset Ventures before joining Gabriel. Working for more than five more technology ventures in addition to world-renowned research and development organizations, Chou conducted pioneering research in broadband packet switching for the Internet, enterprise storage systems, and handheld computing. Chou has personally designed five microchips and nearly two dozen electronic boards that have been manufactured for commercial use.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with Honors from California Institute of Technology and also has a master’s degree in Engineering from Stanford University as well as a master’s degree in Computer Science from Harvard University.
Investor Growth Capital
Dr. Albert Kim is a managing director at Investor Growth Capital and joined IGC’s New York office in 2001, and has been part of the Menlo Park office since 2005. Dr. Kim focuses on technology and hardware companies, including tele/data communications, consumer electronics and the clean technology sector.
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. Currently, he serves on the Board of Paratek, ReCellular, Trilliant and SkyCross, Inc., and holds observer positions on the Boards of Princeton Optronics, Magnum Semiconductor, and White Rock Networks.
He has a bachelor’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.