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Illinois Venture-Investor-Entrepreneur (IVIE) Forum Board

Robert DavidRobert David, Angel Investor
Robert David is an early-stage and late-stage angel investor. He has spent 15+ years in key sales and business development operational roles inside several successful and sometimes success-challenged hardware and software companies. His most recent investments have been in the database OLAP-BI software and DR/archiving software markets. He was an Entrepreneur in Residence at River Delta Ventures. Previously, as CEO at ImperialTech, a leading solid state disk (SSD) storage vendor, he re-energized the company and expanded international sales, with the firm getting acquired in 2003. Prior to that, Robert worked in vertical market sales (FSI insurance and then eCommerce) at SeeBeyond where he helped the company through a period of rapid growth from 1998 to an IPO in 2000 (SBYN). Ultimately the company was sold to Sun Microsystems for $450 million. He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Robert is an avid traveler, golfer, and non-profit volunteer.


Rob HerbRob Herb, Venture Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Rob joined ScaleVP in 2005 to focus on our semiconductors, components and systems investments. He serves on the Board of Directors of Enpirion, Inc., NComputing, Inc., and Siimpel Corporation, as well as MIPS Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS).
From 1983 to 2004, Rob worked at AMD where, for the last four years, he was EVP and Chief Marketing Officer, leading worldwide sales and marketing. He also held additional posts in sales, marketing and general management at AMD.
Rob holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.


Faysal SohailFaysal Sohail, General Partner, CMEA Ventures
Faysal does not shy from big challenges.  Where many venture capitalists avoid risky, breakthrough technologies, he expends considerable energy helping companies develop new applications to solve tough problems addressing large markets.
Nor is Faysal a pure academic.  Before joining CMEA, he helped build three companies, which became successful either via IPO or through a merger or acquisition, including Cadabra Design Automation, which was eventually acquired by Numerical Technologies (NMTC).  His world revolves around helping entrepreneurs, and he understands the stress and demands involved in building something of value.
When he’s not building companies, Faysal pursues a second passion – education.  He’s committed to improving computer literacy and increasing high school graduation rates among young people in Silicon Valley and emerging regions like Asia and Africa.

His commitment to education is instructional in his work with technology entrepreneurs.  Like young people in the emerging world, entrepreneurs are fundamentally at a disadvantage. The deck is stacked against them.  They need someone to open doors, to present opportunities previously out of reach, and to be their mentor.  Successful entrepreneurs learn to make the most of limited resources and never take anything for granted.  That excites Faysal.


Bill TaiBill Tai, Partner, Charles River Ventures
Bill is a partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV) and leads the West Coast practice. Bill joined CRV in 2002 from Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). He has 16 years of experience as a venture capitalist and has had over 20 companies become publicly listed and or be acquired. His portfolio of early stage projects spans web services, communications systems, and enabling technologies. In 2005, he was named by Forbes to their list of “Top 100 dealmakers in Technology.” Bill represents CRV on the board of MAXTHON, a ‘web 2.0’ browser company with over 180 Million downloads to date and is an angel investor in VideoEgg. His CRV portfolio also includes Avvenu, Nantero, Rosum and WangYou Media among other companies. He is also on the board of public companies Microtune (Nasdaq: TUNE) and Transmeta (Nasdaq: TMTA) and serves as an outside director of TRADEBEAM, a company he founded. Prior to his career in venture capital, Bill established the semiconductor practice at Alex Brown and Sons where he positioned public offerings for Adaptec, Atmel, Cirrus Logic, Dallas Semiconductor, Exar, and Zilog among others. Previously he held technical and marketing positions with LSI Logic. Bill holds a BS with Honors, in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is a past Officer and Director of the Association of Venture Capitalists. In his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his family or kitesurfing.


Glenn WinokurGlenn Winokur, Managing Director, Emerson Street Partners
Glenn Winokur is Managing Director of Emerson Street Partners, an advisory services and seed stage investment firm that helps entrepreneurs and VCs incubate new technology companies, as well as accelerate growth of existing ones. Prior to launching Emerson Street Partners, Glenn spent over 20 years in key operating roles of several successful software Companies. As CEO of Scalix, a leading linux email and collaboration software vendor, he led it from a handful of customers upon joining to over 600 customers when Xandros Corp. acquired it 3 years later in 2007. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer of NetIQ, a leading supplier of security and system management and web analytics software, where he was responsible for all revenue, customer and partner related activities. As part of the co-founding team at NetIQ, he played an instrumental role in leading the company through an extended period of rapid growth from initial product launch in 1996 to IPO in 1999 (NTIQ) and ultimately $300 million in annual revenues in 2003. Prior to NetIQ, Winokur has held executive positions in sales and business development at several enterprise software companies, including Frame Technology (now Adobe), Documentum (now EMC) and Ingres. Winokur received a BS in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and is a frequent guest lecturer, mentor and advisor at both the University of Illinois and Stanford University.