Aki Fujimura, Chairman and CEO | D2S
Previously, Aki served as CTO at Cadence Design Systems. Aki returned to Cadence for the second time through the acquisition of Simplex Solutions where he was President/COO and inside board member. He was also an inside board member and VP at Pure Software. Simplex and Pure both IPO'd during his tenure. He was a founding member of Tangent Systems in 1984, which was subsequently acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 1989.

Aki was on the board of HLDS, RTime, Bristol S7, and Coverity, Inc., all of which were successfully acquired.

Aki received his BS/MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.
Alex Balkanski, Ph.D, General Partner | Benchmark Capital
Prior to joining Benchmark, Alex led C-Cube and DiviCom, two pioneering companies that drove the MPEG standard to dominance in consumer electronics and broadcasting. Alex founded C-Cube in 1988. In 1994, he took the company public, and in 1998 he orchestrated C-Cube's acquisition of DiviCom. By 2000, C-Cube was generating a half-billion dollars in annual revenue with 1,200 employees worldwide. Widely recognized as industry leaders, C-Cube and DiviCom were the recipients of several prestigious awards, including an Emmy - the first ever awarded to a semiconductor company. C-Cube was also voted the Most Respected Public Company as well as the Best Financially Managed Company by the Fabless Semiconductor Association.

Alex serves on the Boards of Ambarella, D2S, Decru (acquired by Network Appliance), Entrisphere (acquired by Ericsson), Infinera (INFN), Mu Security, Newport Media, Picarro and Xoomsys.

Alex holds a Ph.D. and a master's degree from Harvard University as well as a B.S. from Harvard College.
James Fong, Ph.D, Vice President of Operations | D2S
Before joining D2S, Inc, James was Director of Engineering with Cadence Design Systems. Before that James was the Director of Central Engineering at Simplex Solutions which was acquired by Cadence. His combined tenure at Cadence totaled over 19 years. Before Cadence, James worked at Aspec, Tangent, AMI, and GTE Laboratories, in various engineering and management roles.

James holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Lance Glasser, Ph.D, Board Member | D2S
Lance Glasser is presently an industry consultant and Board member of D2S. His is also a senior advisor at KLA-Tencor. Previous positions at KLA-Tencor include Chief Technical Officer, Group Vice President of the Wafer Inspection Group, and Vice President and General Manager of RAPID, the Reticle and Photomask Inspection Division. Before joining KLA in 1996, he was Director of the Electronics Technology Office at the Advanced Research Projects Agency. His responsibilities included all electronics technology at ARPA. Lance is also co-founder of the iNEMI, the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative. Before coming to ARPA as a Program Manager in 1989, he spent one year as a Visiting Senior Researcher at Hitachi Central Research Laboratories in Tokyo. In addition to numerous articles and patents, he has written, with Dan Dobberpuhl, The Design and Analysis of VLSI Circuits. He is the 1986 recipient of the ASEE Frederick Emmons Terman Award.

Lance was a member of the faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1980 until 1988.
Nicholas K. Pianim, Managing Director | DAG Ventures
Prior to joining DAG Ventures in 2007, Nick was Vice President of Corporate Development at Juniper Networks where he was responsible for acquisitions, commercial transactions and venture investments. Previously he was CFO for Ensemble Communications where he oversaw corporate development, and CEO of iAsiaWorks, a NASDAQ listed datacenter and managed services company. He also worked with Enterprise Partners Venture Capital on a variety of development and investment assignments and with Morgan Stanley International.

Nick received a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.