Andrew Abouchar brings over 12 years of venture capital experience to his role at Tech Capital. Portfolio companies benefit from his solid understanding of the commercialization opportunities in high-tech markets, extensive transactional experience and network of industry contacts.
Dave Lyon brings to the Sidense board the experience gained from his diverse career as an entrepreneur, operating executive, and technologist in the fields of telecommunications and semiconductors. He has served as CEO of two early stage companies, as VP/GM of successful operating units within larger established firms, and as a Board Director for both public and private enterprises. Earlier in his career as a technologist he published and lectured extensively and is named as an inventor on seven US patents. Dave earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Emanuel Timor has twelve years of experience working with start-up companies and emerging businesses as an analyst and investor. At Vertex Venture Capital, Mr. Timor managed numerous investments and was responsible for pre-investment due diligence as well as monitoring portfolio companies throughout their life cycle, from the initial investment and up to and including exit. Mr. Timor's investment focus is mainly on telecommunications, networking and wireless technologies. Mr. Timor began his career at Vertex as an Investment Manager and became a Partner in 2002. Prior to joining Vertex, Mr. Timor was an articled apprentice at Muscal, Shimonov and Barnea, an Israeli law firm where he acquired expertise in IPOs and M&A. From 1992 to 1997, Emanuel was one of the leading financial journalists for Globes, Israel's daily business newspaper. He covered the Israeli high-tech and venture capital industry. Mr. Timor has a B.A. in Economics and an LL.B from Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Xerxes Wania has over 25 years of experience in marketing, sales and engineering in the semiconductor intellectual property industry. Before founding Sidense, he was the Director of Mixed-Signal Marketing at Synopsys where he was involved in marketing and business development activities for Synopsys' mixed-signal semiconductor IP products. Prior to Synopsys, Xerxes was the President of inSilicon Canada and Vice President of Mixed-Signal Business for inSilicon worldwide. inSilicon was a semiconductor IP market leader before being acquired by Synopsys in 2002. Xerxes successfully grew inSilicon Canada into a profitable business and in 2001 was listed among the Top 50 Canada's Hottest Startups. Xerxes was also previously the founder and CEO of Xentec Inc, acquired by inSilicon.
Jim Whitaker joined the predecessor manager of the VentureLink Group of Funds in March 2003 after more than eight years with Working Ventures Canadian Fund Inc. where he led the Information Technology Team and was a member of the Management Investment Committee. While at Working Ventures Jim led investments or acted as Board member in approximately twenty companies. Prior to joining Working Ventures, Mr. Whitaker worked in a number of practice areas at Ernst & Young providing financial advisory services to mid-market companies in a wide range of industries. Mr. Whitaker is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator.