Mr. DiNardo has a strong track record of growing publicly listed and privately owned technology businesses, and has worked in venture capital firms where he has successfully backed a number of emerging technology companies. Some of his recent roles include the President and CEO of Exar Corporation, where he was credited for turning around the underperforming NYSE-listed mid-cap semiconductor company by revamping the management team, cutting operating expenses and growing revenue and profit. His efforts helped Exar achieve 16 consecutive quarters of revenue and EPS growth. Before Exar, Mr. DiNardo was responsible for investing in and overseeing a portfolio of companies, including programmable logic companies, while he served as a partner at Crosslink Capital from 2008 to 2012 and the Managing Director at Vantage Point Venture Partners from 2007 to 2008. Mr. DiNardo also served as President and CEO, as well as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, at Xicor Corporation from January of 2001 until NASDAQ-listed Intersil Corp acquired the company in July of 2004. He subsequently held senior executive positions at Intersil and became its President and Chief Operating Officer. He has previously served as an independent director on several boards, including NYSE-listed Quantum Corp., a data management company; and Conexant, a privately held fabless semiconductor company based in California, USA.
Peter Van Der Made
Founder & CTO
Peter van der Made has been at the forefront of computer innovation for 40 years. Mr. van der Made is the inventor of a computer immune system at vCIS Technology where he served as CTO and later Chief Scientist when it was acquired by Internet Security Systems and subsequently IBM. Previously, he designed a high resolution, high-speed color Graphics Accelerator Chip for IBM PC graphics. Most recently Mr. van der Made published a book, Higher Intelligence, which describes the architecture of the brain from a computer science perspective.
Ryan A. Benton
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Benton most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Exar Corporation (NYSE: EXAR) from May 2016 to May 2017. Prior to his appointment as CEO Mr. Benton served as Exar's Chief Financial Officer from December 2012 to May 2016. Prior to joining Exar, Mr. Benton was Chief Financial Officer of SynapSense Corporation, a private venture-backed data-center management company. Prior to SynapSense, from February 2007 to May 2012, Mr. Benton was Chief Financial Officer of SoloPower Inc., a manufacturer of thin-film solar cells and flexible solar modules. Prior to joining SoloPower Inc., from November 2004 to February 2007, Mr. Benton served as a financial consultant for the United States subsidiary of ASM International NV in Phoenix, Arizona, a semiconductor capital equipment company. Mr. Benton began his career in 1991 at Arthur Anderson after receiving a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Benton is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
COO & SVP Engineering
Anil Mankar has spent 30 years developing products in the semiconductor industry. At Western Digital, Mr. Mankar developed PC core Logic chipsets. During his years at Conexant Systems Inc. in the position of VP of Engineering, he developed multiple products across industry segments and later became the company’s Chief Development Officer overseeing all product development for V92 Modem, DSL, Set-top boxes, PC audio and video ‘System on a Chip’ products. Mr. Mankar was SVP of VLSI Engineering at Mindspeed Technologies, responsible for Wireless and VOIP infrastructure product development.
Robert K. Beachler
SVP, Marketing and Business Development
Mr. Beachler is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 30 years of success in developing and marketing cutting-edge technologies. His background includes more than 16 years of experience in a variety of engineering and marketing roles at Altera Corporation, a leading provider of Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) products, which was acquired by Intel Corporation in 2015 for over $16 billion. He has also served as Vice-President of Marketing, Operations, and Systems Design at Stretch Inc., a provider of embedded video processing solutions, up until its acquisition by Exar Corporation in 2014. While at Exar, Mr. Beachler was appointed Vice-President of Corporate Marketing and Business Development. Most recently, he served at Xilinx Corporation, the leading worldwide independent provider of FPGA products, and led the marketing of imaging, video and machine learning solutions for Xilinx's industrial, scientific, and medical markets. Mr. Beachler holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Vice President of Americas Business Development
Mr. Stengel began his career with Integrated Device Technology (market cap US$3.4 billion) as a product engineer. He subsequently held various account management positions responsible for driving sales of FPGAs, embedded processors, and optical transceivers. In 2005 he joined Stretch Inc., a private company supplier of imaging and video codec embedded processing solutions. Exar Corporation acquired Stretch in 2014. Mr. Stengel continued at Exar with the primary responsibility of driving revenue growth of the Stretch product line. Exar was acquired in 2017 by MaxLinear Corp (market cap US$2.5 billion) for US$700 million. Mr. Stengel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.