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Mike Brody
Mike BrodyChief Executive Officer and Board Member
Mike Brody co-founded Payfone, the leader in mobile identity authentication. He led both finance and product. Prior to Payfone’s formation, Mr. Brody was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RRE Ventures.

Mr. Brody was part of the founding team of the African Leadership Academy, a start-up pan African secondary school, dedicated to improving Africa’s leadership through educating future leaders of Africa. Previously, Mr. Brody worked for PIMCO Funds (now Allianz Global Investors). He joined PIMCO after working for GenuOne.

Mr. Brody holds a BA in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Harvard College and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School. He has been awarded five patents.

John Terry, Ph.D.
John Terry, Ph.D.Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
John Terry, Ph.D., is a recognized industry expert in wireless communication system design and implementation, with specialization in OFDM and MIMO. Dr. Terry is a much sought-after expert analyst for law firms and is a member of the ARMY PEO-I Independent Review Team (IRT) to assess Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and Software Readiness Level (SRL) for ASAALT. He previously served as principal scientist and director of baseband system at Nokia Research Center and WiQuest, respectively. In both roles, Dr. Terry was responsible for guiding R&D teams in the development of OFDM-related products.

Dr. Terry has extensive experience supporting wireless standard activities, including serving as vice-chair of the IEEE 802.11g standard and as a contributing member to the WiMedia 1.0 PHY specification. He also has participated in 3GPP-LTE and ITU-R standardization bodies. A senior member of the IEEE, he has generated more than 25 pending/issued domestic and foreign patents related to wireless technology. He is also the co-author of “OFDM Wireless LANs: A Theoretical and Practical Guide.” Dr. Terry earned his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology and has received numerous technical achievement awards.

John Levy
John LevyExecutive Chairman
John Levy has worked at the intersection of technology and finance for more than 30 years. He led L Capital Partners’ investments in the technology sector as a partner and co-founder and was a partner in the related seed stage fund, Shalom Equity Fund. He also currently serves as the chairman of the board of HYPRES and is a member of the Investment Committee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Mr. Levy served as founding CEO and Vice-Chair of ePlanet, a computer vision company, has worked at Interval Research Corp., a technology based think tank based in Palo Alto where he developed commercialization strategies for innovative technologies. Prior to Interval, Mr. Levy was a general partner of Ariel Securities Corp., an NASD-licensed broker/dealer specializing in venture capital and media-based investments. He is a board member of the Cathay Investment Fund and has served on the following boards: OnPATH Technologies, Peek Inc., Peek India, Simparel Corp., Evogen, WiSpry, HiGTek, VisionSense, Adjungo Networks and Ovex Corp. In addition he has been an adviser to Tseng Laboratories and Advanced Medical Imaging. Mr. Levy earned an A.B. from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Franklin “Pitch” JohnsonBoard Observer
Franklin “Pitch” Johnson was co-founder in 1962 of Draper and Johnson Investment Company, venture capital company, and became an independent venture capitalist in 1965 as the founder of Asset Management Company. Asset Management Company has made more than 250 venture investments during its more than 47 years of operation. These have included Amgen, Applied Bio Systems, Applied Micro Circuits, Conductus, Hybritech, IDEC Pharmaceuticals, Octel, Qume, Red Brick Systems, Remedy, Sierra Semiconductor, Tandem Computer, Teradyne and Verity.

Mr. Johnson is a past director of the National Venture Capital Association, a past president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, and was a trustee of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District for 12 years. He also taught a class in entrepreneurship and venture capital at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for 12 years and is still active on the faculty. Mr. Johnson has served as an advisor to several eastern European countries since 1990 in the area of entrepreneurship and privatization, and has helped form venture funds in several countries. He is active in educational and cultural affairs and served as chairman of the board of San Francisco Opera from 1999-2008. Mr. Johnson is the lead limited partner of Asset Management Ventures and is active in managing his family office and foundation. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Daniel K. Mayers, Esq.Board Member
Daniel K. Mayers, Esq. is of Counsel, Wilmer Cutler & Pickering and formerly served as senior partner specializing in corporate and antitrust matters. He became a partner in 1967, after spending two years serving as executive assistant to the U.S. Undersecretary of State. Early in his career, he also was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. Mr. Mayers is active as a mediator and consultant and has represented numerous clients in private antitrust litigation and in FTC and DOJ actions and investigations.

He has chaired a joint program on election reform law at Harvard and American University Law Schools, served as past president of the National Symphony Orchestra, and was former chairman of the board for the Washington Educational Television Association. Mr. Mayers also has been active with the visiting committee of the board of overseers of Harvard Law School, the Sidwell Friends School, Americans for Peace Now, the Federal City Council, and the Community Foundation for the National Capital Area. He also served as director of Netscan, Inc. and chairman of the Legal Action Center.

Warren P. Williamson, IIIBoard Member
Warren P. Williamson, III is the retired chairman of the board of WKBN Broadcasting Corp. and of Sygnet Communications, Inc. of Youngstown, Ohio. Over a 40-plus year period, he worked in various capacities in the family-owned radio and television enterprise and was responsible for its entry into the cellular telephone business in 1985. He was active in community affairs in Youngstown including serving as chairman of the board of the Mahoning National Bank. Mr. Williamson was also active in broadcast industry affairs serving as Chairman of MSTV, an association representing U.S. television station operators.

He served as chairman of the board of directors of the Advanced Television Test Center, which was instrumental in development of the North American technical standards for the broadcasting of high definition television. In the U.S. Air Force’s Research & Development Command during the 1950s, he served as a project engineer where he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his work in electronic countermeasures. A registered professional engineer, Mr. Williamson earned a B.A. and an MBA from the University of Michigan and is a registered professional engineer.

James H. Smith, Ph.D., P.E.Board Member
James H. Smith spent the past decade investing in technology companies for In-Q-Tel, the US Intelligence Community’s strategic investment firm, and continues today as a consultant with the organization. During that time, Dr. Smith has lead 20 investments in the semiconductor, power, RF/software defined radio, SATCOM, and security sectors resulting in numerous acquisitions and IPOs.

He previously held VP, engineering and director of technology roles with Fortune 500 companies including L-3 Communications, Honeywell and AlliedSignal. He co-founded Transparent Networks, a silicon-valley based developer of switches for all optical networks. Early in his career, Dr. Smith, a registered professional engineer, developed a number of MEMS-based technologies and components at Sandia National Laboratories. He has held numerous board positions in the technology industry with companies such as Silicon Sense, WiSpry, Etherstack and Tendril Networks. He earned his Ph.D. in engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Smith also earned an MBA and is a senior member of the IEEE.

Advisory Board

Per von ZelowitzCo-Founder and Advisor
Per von Zelowitz has an extensive international career highlighted by experiences in venture capital, strategic consulting and financial services. He has led the investment and growth efforts of technology and digital media, communications, enterprise and consumer software companies in the United States and Europe. He served as the principal of Marma Advisors and a partner at Nordic Venture Partners Management ApS. where he supported high growth companies

During his career, Mr. von Zelowitz also served as an investment manager at Argnor Wireless Ventures where he completed investments in early stage companies. He served as a strategic advisor at Northstream where he directed startup and Fortune 500 clients in the communications sector. Mr. von Zelowitz was also an Underwriting Officer at the Chubb Group in the United States. He has been a board member with NYX Interactive, JAlbum AB, blinkBox, Player X, and Syslore. He earned an MBA from the University of Cambridge and a double B.A. from Macalester College where he currently serves as a Trustee.

Jeffrey L. HilbertAdvisor
Jeffrey L. Hilbert is the president and founder of WiSpry, a fabless semiconductor company utilizing CMOS-integrated radio frequency micro-electro-mechanical systems (RF-MEMS) technology to develop tunable RF products for the cellular communications and wireless consumer electronics markets. He has more than 35 years of executive management and technical experience in a number of leading semiconductor and MEMS companies including LSI Logic, Compass Design Automation, AMCC, Motorola, Harris and Coventor.

Early in his career, he conducted pioneering work in the design of the first CMOS version of the Intel 8086 microprocessor, and in IC design tools leading to today’s design automation tools that are supplied by companies such as Cadence. An experienced entrepreneur, Mr. Hilbert has raised more than $100M in financing to fund two start-up semiconductor companies during the past fifteen years. He has served on numerous boards in the commercial, government, and academic arenas. Mr. Hilbert earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Florida, an M.S in computer science from Florida Institute of Technology.