Mr. DaValle has over 19 years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Immediately prior to joining JK&B, Mr. DaValle was Vice President of Engineering and Construction for Ameritech. In that role, Mr. DaValle was responsible for a $2 billion capital budget and leading Ameritech's 7,000-person engineering organization charged with responsibility for all network design and engineering, technology development and network construction. Prior to this assignment, Mr. DaValle held a series of jobs with increasing responsibility in the areas of technology development and engineering within Ameritech, all involving the specification, selection and implementation of new technologies (e.g. ASDN, SS7, IN, AIN).
Mr. DaValle also worked at Belgacom in Brussels (the national telecommunications company in Belgium). At Belgacom, Mr. DaValle was the Vice President of Technology, where he was responsible for network planning/design, technology/product selection and introduction and product development. In addition, he was on the board of directors for Proximus (the cellular GSM market leader in Belgium). Prior to Ameritech, Mr. DaValle worked at Sprint where he was a Senior Planner on the team that designed the architecture and topology for the Sprint national fiber network.
Mr. DaValle earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, where he was recently appointed to the School of Engineering Advisory Board. He also earned a Masters in Management from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
In addition to serving on Polatis' board, Mr. DaValle is on the board of Aperto Networks, Inc.
Richard is a Partner of Encore Ventures. He has spent his career in venture capital and as an entrepreneur, with a decade of operational experience in technology businesses. He was the founder and CEO of Datanomic, a successful software business backed by 3i.
He has invested in and worked with companies in software, hardware, mobile and cleantech sectors and now manages Encore's investments in Connectivity, Garlik, Intense, Polatis and Psytechnics.
Richard is an Engineering graduate of Cambridge University where he also received his PhD. Richard holds an MBA from IMD, Lausanne, where he was a Sainsbury Management Fellow.
Dr. Ransom is principal of Ransomshire Associates, an advisory firm he founded in 2005.
Before launching his advisory firm, Dr. Ransom was worldwide CTO of Alcatel, where he was responsible for corporate research, corporate strategy, intellectual property and R&D investment. Prior to that, he held various senior management positions at Alcatel including General Manager of its access and metro optical business in North America. Before his tenure at Alcatel, Dr. Ransom led the Advanced Technology Systems Center at BellSouth; and also led various development and applied research organizations in voice and data switching at Bell Laboratories.
Dr. Ransom is Chairman of Teknovus, Inc., and serves on the Boards of AMCC, CoreOptics, and kbro (the leading CATV operator in Taiwan). He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, BSEE and MSEE degrees from Old Dominion University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Steve has over 30 years of experience in the venture capital industry and has been directly involved in the financing of over 125 companies. Prior to the formation of Flagship Ventures, Steve was a General Partner at OneLiberty Ventures, a predecessor firm to Flagship. Prior to joining OneLiberty in 1994, he was a General Partner at Palmer Partners. Steve's early career includes several years in manufacturing engineering with Dupont and Cambridge Tool. He has an engineering degree from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Steve is a past president of the New England Venture Capital Association, and was a founding advisor to Gilde Ventures, a major European venture capital firm.
During the past two decades, Steve has developed an extraordinarily deep and broad understanding of the businesses and business models in the information and communications technology sector. He has been involved in the financing of many highly successful companies including Astral Point Communications (purchased by Alcatel, NYSE: ALA), Banyan Systems (now ePresence, Nasdaq: EPRE), CardScan (purchased by Newell Rubbermaid, NYSE: NWL), Charter Systems (purchased by BISYS, Nasdaq: BSYS), Cintas (Nasdaq: CTAS), Gensym Corp. (Nasdaq: GNSM), i-Logix (purchased by Telelogic, Stockholm Exchange: TLOG), Indus River Networks (purchased by Cabletron, NYSE: CS), NetGenesis Corp. (Nasdaq: NTGX, purchased by SPSS, Nasdaq: SPSS), Stratus Computer (NYSE: SRA, purchased by Ascend, Nasdaq: ASND) and Summa Four (Nasdaq: SUMA, purchased by Cisco, Nasdaq: CSCO).
Hugh Smith is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer with Alta Berkeley, a premier European venture capital firm, focused on identifying exceptional young technology companies based in Europe and Israel. Hugh's core expertise is in investment transaction, acquisitions and disposals. Prior to joining Alta Berkeley, Hugh was Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young managing client portfolio covering a wide range of industries. Hugh has a degree in Accountancy and Statistics, Southampton University.
Gerald Wesel has over 37 years of industry experience and more than 20 years of experience in executive roles at leading-edge technology companies. As President and CEO at Polatis, he is responsible for the company's overall management and strategic direction.
Before Polatis, Gerald was Chairman and CEO of Ellacoya Networks, a pioneer in deep packet inspection (DPI) technology, which was acquired in 2008 by Arbor Networks. Prior to Ellacoya, he served as Chairman of the Board at Orthogon Systems, an innovative provider of non-line-of-sight wireless technology, which was acquired by Motorola in 2006.
Gerald was CEO of Crescent Networks, a developer of a next generation edge routing system for carriers, where he was responsible for all operations and for successfully raising over $60 million in venture funding. Prior to Crescent, he was Founder and Vice President at Agile Networks, an intelligent data switching company, where he engineered the strategic partnership that resulted in Lucent Technologies' acquisition of Agile Networks in 1996, Lucent's first ever acquisition. Before Agile Networks, he held executive sales and marketing positions at Interlan, an early Ethernet controller provider which was acquired by Micom/Racal, and Digital Equipment Corporation.
Gerald holds a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Science from Boston University and an MBA from Babson College. In 2005 he was awarded the distinction of Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.