The core strength of any organization
lies in its leadership. However exciting technology may be, nothing
can substitute for the keen insight, strategic know-how, and solid
judgment of experienced individuals. Fortunately, Acorn Campus Ventures has
access to some of the brightest and most successful entrepreneurial
Wu-Fu Chen, managing member and co-founder,
is a renowned networking and serial entrepreneur who has since 1989
invested successfully in communications companies. Mr. Chen founded
more than a dozen high tech companies including Cascade Communications
where he was the founder and vice president of engineering. In 1994
he steered Cascade through its IPO, being instrumental in the company's
acquiring over $10 billion in capitalization. Most recently, he
was a vice president at Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) where he led
their integrated voice, data, and video access product development.
Mr. Chen has served as chairman and CEO of leading edge start-ups
such as Ardent Communications (acquired by Cisco Systems) and Arris
Networks (acquired by Ascend Communications) (NASDAQ:ASND). He has
been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal
and chosen one of the top ten entrepreneurs of 2000 by Red Herring.
Light Reading once called Wu-Fu Chen the "most influential
person" in optical networking.
Mr. Chen received an MSEE from the University of Florida in 1976
and a BSEE from National Taiwan University in 1972. From 1976 to
1977 he was in the doctoral program in computer science at UC Berkeley.
Mr. Chen is actively involved in the development of portfolio companies
and plays an important role in attracting deals as well as top talent
to Acorn Campus Ventures and its portfolio companies.
David Tsang, managing member and
co-founder, has since the 1960s been a veteran of the semiconductor
industry, widely regarded as an industry expert and a visionary.
Mr. Tsang recently served as chairman of Oak Technology, which he
founded and brought to IPO in 1995 (NASDAQ:OAKT). He also founded
Data Technology Corporation, manufacturer of disk controllers and
high-density disk drives. From 1979 to 1987 he filled a number of
key roles at Data Technology Corporation, including president, chief
executive officer, and chairman. He additionally co-founded Xebec,
another manufacturer of disk controllers. He remained with Xebec
from 1974 to 1979.
Mr. Tsang holds an MSEE from Santa Clara University and an honorary
PhD from International Technical University. He brings to Acorn
Campus the experience and skills necessary to build the company
into a premier technology incubator and fund. Mr. Tsang has an impressive
track record in attracting, evaluating, and advising portfolio companies,
drawing on his considerable experience in communications, marketing,
business development, product-planning, program management, and
general operations management.
Hsing Kung,Dr. Kung co-founded Pine Photonics in 2000 and served as President/ CEO until merge with Opnext. He has then served as Sr. VP of Opnext Inc until 2005. Currently, he is a partner of Acorn Campus Ventures and Chairman of Luxnet Corporation. His previous experience included co-founder/VP manufacturing of SDL Inc. from 1983 to 1997. He also serves on the boards of several optoelectronics companies.
Dr. Kung was former chairman of Monte Jade (West coast) in 2004. In recent years, he has devoted to promote Chinese-American participation in main stream community. He was a former board member of Fremont Union High School District Board. In his tenure, he has made significant contribution to promote multi-culture climate in high schools. In addition, he also involved in many other community programs and foundations. Currently, he serves on United Way Silicon Valley Board, and American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley board.
Dr. Kung holds BSEE from National Cheng Kung University, PhD EE from University of California at Berkeley, and MBA from Santa Clara University.
In 1997, he was awarded Distinguished Alumni Award from Northern American National Cheng Kung University Alumni Association. In March 2001, he has received a Partnering for Education award from The National Council of Negro Women, Northern California Sections. In December, 2001, Margaret and Hsing have received "Venture Culturists" award from DeAnza College. In 2002, he received "Asian American Hero 2002" award from County of Santa Clara. In April 2004, he received "Community Star Award" from Asian Americans for Community Involvement, and "Helen Tao Activist of Year" Award from Silicon Valley APA Democratic Club.
T. Chester Wang, managing member
and co-founder, founded Pacific Rim Electronics, a wholesaler and
distributor of semiconductor chips, and also co-founded CMC, a software
company for computer numerical machines. Mr. Wang has been instrumental
in developing more than one hundred acres of property, including
Silicon Valley Science Park and the first Chinese-American shopping/community
center, Pacific Rim Plaza in San Jose. In addition, he has been
a college professor in computer science. Dr. Wang served on the
board of International Business Incubators, Joint Venture Silicon
Valley, and the American Leadership Forum. He graduated from Tsinghua
University in Taiwan and later earned his PhD in physics from the
University of Oregon.
Business Analysis Venture Partner
Ray Jamp, a Venture Partner, recently
served as co-founder and chief technical officer of ANDA Networks,
a universal access platform equipment vendor. Before that he served
as chief technology officer and co-founder of Structured Internetworks.
Dr. Jamp was chief architect of the ASIC-based Ipath Bandwidth Manager
and principal author of the patent-pending TCP/IP-based QoS technologies.
He has more than sixteen years of experience with HP where he co-authored
three patents in the inkjet and color scanner technology areas.
Acorn Campus Ventures is proud of its highly distinguished Advisory Board.
William Lee, Chairman of LinkAir
Communications, is the developer of LAS-CDMA, a patented new technology
for wireless telecommunications systems that significantly increases
network capacity and improves quality of service and network coverage.
Dr. Lee is renowned for his leading contributions to making analog
and CDMA technologies commercially viable. He is also the inventor
of Microcell, a leading technology that increases frequency reuse
factors and boosts capacity by 250 percent. He holds more than twenty-five
US patents, with an additional eleven pending.
Harry Saal, founding CEO and until
recently president of Smart Valley, Inc., a non-profit organization
chartered to create a regional electronic community based on an
advanced information infrastructure and the collective ability to
use it. Smart Valley's mission is to facilitate the construction
of comprehensive high-speed communications systems and information
services that can benefit education, health care, local government,
business, and the family. Dr. Saal continues to serve as a director
of Smart Valley. He is chairman of the board of Network General
Corporation, Personal Computer Products, Inc., and AssureNet Pathways,
Inc. He serves as director for several other public and private
high technology firms including Borland International, Inc.
He is active in philanthropy and community affairs, holding the
position of vice chair of the American Leadership Forum, Silicon
Valley Chapter. He also serves on the boards of the Saal Family
Foundation and the Community Foundation of Santa Clara County. Ernst
& Young named Dr. Saal 1990's Bay Area software entrepreneur
of the year. His personal interests include auto racing, hiking,
rock climbing, exploring genealogy, and operating a ham radio.
Albert Yu, Dr. Yu retired from
Intel Corporation in late 2002 as Senior Vice President, and a
member of the corporate Management Committee after having been with
Intel for almost thirty years. He was the Senior Vice President,
General Manager of the heart of Intel’s business: microprocessors,
chipsets, boards, software and research for over sixteen years.
Under his leadership, Intel’s microprocessors from 386ä to the
latest Pentium® 4 processor have become the highest volume
microchips that power the computers and the Internet. He was also in
charge of Intel corporate strategy that led to its entry into the
optoelectronics business and its extensive international expansion
Prior to Intel, he was with Fairchild R &D Lab, where he
conducted research and development of solid-state devices and
circuits. Yu received his doctorate and master’s degrees from
Stanford University and his bachelor’s degree from California
Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering.
Yu serves on the boards of several high technology companies and
is a member of the Committee of 100. He has received many awards for
his outstanding leadership of Intel’s microprocessor business. He has
lectured around the world on management and technology, and published
over 30 technical papers and two books: "Insider's View of Intel"
(1995) and "Creating the Digital Future" (1998).