Joerg has over 28 years of successful business and technology leadership experience in Silicon Valley startups and Fortune 100's, including GE, Tandem, Compaq, and SanDisk, where he held director-to-CEO-level roles encompassing strategy, operations, sales & marketing, and product and business development. Joerg has led several "world's first" product innovations and "build from scratch" business ventures in military, computer/IT, consumer, and automotive applications. He has received numerous international product design awards, holds over 20 patents, and developed EDI's business concept and operational plans.
Andy is a significant industry dignitary credited as being the "Inventor" of the modern day Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. Andy has spent over 30 years in breakthrough vehicle development, during which he received two world records for vehicle fuel economy, designed of nine generations of PHEVs, and was a four-time winner of USDOE Advanced Vehicle Design competitions. He holds over 30 patents, has published over 100 papers, and is an internationally recognized subject matter expert. Andy is a professor of aeronautical and mechanical engineering at the University of California, Davis, where he established the Institute for Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis), and is director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Center of Hybrid Excellence at UC Davis. He was formerly with the University of Wisconsin and Rockwell International, and holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Southern California, and both a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
VP Patents and IP Protection
Stuart has over 15 years experience in complex, Silicon Valley high-tech intellectual property rights management and licensing, technology application, and commercial negotiations for large multinational concerns and venture-backed start-ups. He has held senior in-house IP counsel positions at Siemens and Xerox PARC, and with law firms Morrison Foerster, and Flehr, Hohbach, Test, Albritton Herbert. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics, a master's degree in mathematics and computer science, and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Corporate Counsel / HR
Laurie has over 20 years experience of broad legal counsel and board member experience for emerging technology ventures in Silicon Valley, including financing, acquisition, licensing, securities, HR, and taxation. Laurie offers corporate counsel to high-tech pre-IPO corporations, for all aspects of corporate law, including VC financing, technology licensing, mergers & acquisitions, trademarks, and stock option plans.
Jeanne has over 20 years of corporate and agency experience helping some of the world's largest brands (Visa, 3Com, The Olympic Games, The Smithsonian Institution, Delta, the I Love New York campaign) communicate nationally and internationally through strategic corporate and marketing communications programs, brand management, PR, IR, and industry analysts campaigns. She is experienced in navigating communications within fast-paced growth situations, mergers and acquisitions, and crisis situations, taking products and companies into new and expanding global markets. Jeanne has also lived and worked abroad in Tokyo and Singapore.