Chris is an experienced executive and highly successful entrepreneur with vast experience in company strategy, globalisation, fundraising, building companies, investor relations and M&A. He has held a series of general management positions in two large US technology companies, Data General and Motorola. At Motorola, Chris was the General Manager of EMEA for cellular infrastructure products in some 60 countries. In 2000, he began his journey on the entrepreneurial path in Silicon Valley as CEO of IPWireless. Chris’ most recent company, Ubiquisys, was the main pioneer of the burgeoning cellular Small Cell industry, and its recent sale to Cisco for $310M was one of the biggest private company sales in Europe over the last two years.
Rupert is a 30-year veteran of the global semiconductor and communications industries, and has previously held senior roles in both start-ups and prominent trans-national companies. Before joining UltraSoC he was VP of Strategic Marketing at Mindspeed following that company’s acquisition of Picochip (now part of Intel), where he had served as VP of Marketing. His CV also includes spells at first:telecom, Arthur D Little and Analog Devices, where he played a key role in the development and mass-market adoption of digital subscriber line (DSL), the most common broadband access technology in use around the world today. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce & Manufacture (FRSA).
Chris is currently Director of the Venture Capital Unit of the UKTI and has over 30 years of experience in running large telecoms vendor companies and growing early stage technology companies. He co-founded Cambridge Positioning Systems in December 1998 which was successfully sold to Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) in 2007. Before this he served as European Managing Director of DSC Communications where he oversaw the successful acquisition of DSC by Alcatel Alsthom for $4.4 billion in stock. His early career was at Nortel where as VP of Carrier Networks he built their data products business in the UK and Europe. He holds double honours in Physics and Chemistry from Leeds University.
Dr Luke Hakes
Luke is an Investment Manager in the Ventures division of Octopus Investments. Luke represents Octopus on the boards of a number of high technology start-ups in the Semiconductor and Engineering spaces. After starting his career as a research scientist Luke moved into Management and Technology consulting where he spent a number of years helping large blue chip companies address their performance and operational deficiencies. Luke holds a BSc in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, an MSc in Bioinformatics and a PhD in Computational Genetics.
Graham is an experienced technology entrepreneur with extensive knowledge of semiconductor IC engineering, from digital implementation, packaging and fabrication through test. Graham began his career as an engineer for Lucas Aerospace. He then spent seventeen years at Cambridge Consultants where he led various projects on metering and communication products, fault tolerant computing systems and ASIC developments. In 1999 he co-founded CSR and served various roles there for the next eleven years including SVP Engineering and EVP R&D. He was the architect for CSR’s industry leading developments in package, test and engineering.
Simon Davidmann is currently CEO of Imperas and a visiting Professor of Digital Systems at Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to founding Imperas he served as a VP at Synopsys Inc, following its successful acquisition of Co-Design Automation, the developer of SystemVerilog. Before founding Co-Design Simon was an executive or European GM with five US-based EDA startups including Chronologic, which pioneered the compiled code simulator VCS; and Ambit, which was acquired by Cadence for $280M. Simon was one of the original developers of the HILO logic simulation system and co-authored the definitive book on SystemVerilog.
Guillaume d’Eyssautier currently serves as a director of SpendLead (a B2B engagement platform), Executive Chairman of sureCore (an advanced silicon IP venture) and is an advisor to CoreNetiX GmbH. He was previously CEO at Delf MEMS, CEO of ADD Semiconductor prior to its acquisition by Atmel, and CEO at small-cell pioneer Picochip. Prior to that, he served at executive and board level in IBM Technology Group EMEA in Switzerland, Rockwell Semiconductor Systems in France and GEC-Plessey Semiconductors, and was Senior VP and General Manager EMEA at Cadence Design Systems. His early career included engineering, marketing and sales positions at Philips Semiconductors, Signetics Corp. USA, and Matra Harris Semiconductors. Guillaume holds an MSc in solid state physics from ISEP and MBA from INSEAD.
Vijay Dube is a serial entrepreneur and senior technology executive. Most recently he was CEO of Elliptic Technologies, leading up to its acquisition by Synopsys Inc. Prior to that, he served as COO and EVP Marketing at Wavesat, which was acquired in 2009 by Cavium. His previous roles include VP Marketing and Business Development at Atsana Semiconductor and VP Marketing and Co-Founder at Dipix Technologies Inc.
Professor David May
David May is Professor of Computer Science at Bristol University. He is known for numerous innovations in computer architecture including the Inmos transputer, the occam concurrent programming language, the ST Chameleon system-on-chip architecture and the Xmos multithreaded multicore processor. He is the author of over 100 papers and 50 patents. David was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1990 for his contributions to computer architecture and parallel computing, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2010. His interests are in computer architecture; design and verification; mobile and wearable computing; robotics; high-performance computing. He maintains active relationships with technology industry and investors, and has acted as an advisor to several early-stage companies. Alongside this, he has advised on intellectual property issues and acted as an expert witness in litigation.