Steven Perricone – Founder and CEO
Steve has over 25 years executive experience building organizations and worldwide sales channels for new technologies in emerging markets. He is a serial entrepreneur having been involved in 5 consecutive start-up companies. Most recently he spent 4 years as founder and CEO of a cleantech company, BioFuelBox. BioFuelBox was recognized by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as one of 25 Technology Pioneers for 2010 which are the companies that they feel have the best chance of making a positive impact on the world.
Prior to BioFuelBox, Steven was Vice President of Worldwide Sales for SonicWALL where he was directly responsible for building a worldwide channel for the company’s security solutions since the product line’s inception in 1998 – when the company had less than 20 employees – and he was instrumental in the company’s growth to over 450 employees. That successful channel and sales organization contributed to near immediate company profitability and aggregate revenues of over $200 million in the first three years and a successful IPO with a $3.5 billion market cap at its peak. Prior to SonicWALL he was a senior executive in two other technology start-ups, Network TeleSystems (acquired by Efficient Networks/Siemens) and Structured Internetworks.
Steve was the 2009 Distinguished Alumni of the Year for the School of Business at California State University, Chico and is an Advisory Board member for both Registria Corporation and Chico State’s College of Business. Previously Steve served on the Board of the Community Foundation for San Benito County.
Andy Aczel – Chief Technical Advisor
Andy is a parent of a son with Asperger’s, and has over 30 years of experience in software development, networking and real time media delivery. He is currently the CTO and Board Member of The Specialists Guild (TSG), a non-profit company that provides technical vocational training to high-functioning adults with autism. Andy is also a serial entrepreneur. Prior to TSG he was founder and CEO of Packet Island Inc., a Cloud-based tools company for converged media networks (acquired by Broadsoft).
Earlier, Andy was involved with three additional Silicon Valley start-ups, as General Manager of the VoIP chip business of Telsima, as Senior Vice President of Engineering at Silicon Spice (acquired by Broadcom), and as Senior Vice President of Engineering for Premisys Communications (one of the “Top 50”companies in Silicon Valley according to Fortune Magazine). Prior to moving to California, Andy held key technical and marketing positions at Nortel and Bell Northern Research. Andy has degrees in EE and Anthropology from Canadian universities, and holds 5 patents in Communications Technology. He is a long time volunteer for causes to improve the lives of people with Autism and was also on the board of the Chapel Hill local unit of the Autism Society of North Carolina.
Umang Gupta – Chairman of the Board
Umang Gupta served from 1997 until August 2013 as chairman and chief executive officer of Keynote Systems (NASDAQ: KEYN), the global leader in test and measurement solutions that improve mobile communications and online business performance. He stepped down after leading the successful sale of the company. A well-known technology visionary and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Umang began his career in 1973 with IBM. Umang joined Oracle Corporation in 1981 where he wrote the first business plan for the company, and served as Vice President and General Manager of the Microcomputer Products Division through 1984. He left Oracle to become Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Gupta Corporation, which he took public in 1993 (NASDAQ: GPTA). Gupta Corporation was responsible for ushering in the era of enterprise client/server computing by introducing many seminal innovations, including the world’s first client/server relational database system for PC networks in 1988. Umang has also been an active investor and advisor to a number of Silicon Valley start-up companies including serving on the Board of Trustees of Mosaix, a publicly held call-center systems company from 1997 to 1999 until its sale to Lucent Technologies.
Umang received his Bachelor of Technology degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kanpur in 1971 and his M.B.A. from Kent State University in Ohio, USA in 1972. In 1996, Umang received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur for his outstanding contributions to Information Technology and entrepreneurial achievements. In addition to his professional activities, Umang has previously served on the board of the Peninsula Community Foundation; a San Mateo based public charity that builds investment and involvement in community. He is also an avid history buff and serves on the Board of the San Mateo Historical Association. He currently serves as the Board Chairman of PanIIT Global, an umbrella organization for over 200,000 IIT alumni across the world. In 2000, Umang was the honored recipient of the Asian Pacific Foundation Award for Civic Leadership and Philanthropy.