About Keyssa

Keyssa reinvented the connector. We made it simple and secure to reliably transfer huge amounts of data and video between devices with unprecedented speed.

Our Team

  • Eric Almgren

    CEO

    Eric Almgren

    CEO

    As co-founder of Silicon Image, Eric helped firmly establish the HDMI standard, which has shipped well over 4B units. He was also co-founder and CEO at Mixman Technologies, a company making it simple to manipulate and perform digital music. Eric worked at LSI Logic in sales and marketing, supporting large ASIC customers. He began at Hewlett-Packard where he designed high-speed signal circuits for microprocessors.

  • Nick Antonopoulos

    Adjacent Markets

    Nick Antonopoulos

    Adjacent Markets

    Having worked with high-tech startups and Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years, Nick brings the experience of having scaled revenues with start-ups that have made the transition from market-entry to rapid growth. His successful track record in semiconductors, software and licensing boasts four successful exits including Faraday Electronics (WD), Headland Technology (LSI), Mediamatics (National Semiconductor) and OnSpec. (The TPL Group).

  • Srikanth Gondi

    VP Engineering

    Srikanth Gondi

    VP Engineering

    Before joining Keyssa, Sri has served in a variety of technology leadership roles at Texas Instruments, Kawasaki Microelectronics, GigFire Microsystems where he was a co-founder, Silicon Image and UCLA. Passionate about building products, he and his teams have introduced innovative products in the enterprise and consumer markets, while developing intellectual property portfolios and licensing strategies. More recently, he developed and evangelized the technology behind what is now LPDDR4. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.

  • Roger Isaac

    Chief Technology Officer

    Roger Isaac

    Chief Technology Officer

    Roger has served as the chairman of the low-power memory committee at JEDEC, and has led a number of technical task groups including LPDDR2, LPDDR4, and UFS. He also served on the organization’s Board of Directors. Roger has led architecture, design, marketing, and intellectual property teams at AMD, Spansion, and Silicon Image.

  • Ian Kyles

    VP, IC

    Ian Kyles

    VP, IC

    Ian is a co-founder of Keyssa’s core technologies. Ian has extensive IC design knowledge and experience from companies such as Vitesse Semiconductor, a manufacturer of high-bandwidth communications integrated circuits, LSI Logic, and TriQuint Semiconductor. He has a passion for designing IC products from the ground-up and currently holds 14 US patents.

  • Patrick Reutens

    Chief Legal Officer, VP Corporate Development

    Patrick Reutens

    Chief Legal Officer, VP Corporate Development

    Patrick has extensive senior-level experience in the technology sector and held executive positions at Atmel, Silicon Image, Immersion, Preview Systems and MIPS Technologies. Patrick started counseling high-growth technology companies as an attorney at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, and at the Venture Law Group.

  • Ron Richter

    VP Sales

    Ron Richter

    VP Sales

    Ron has over 20 years of sales, marketing and engineering experience in semiconductor and consumer electronics markets, having worked with ground-up startups and multi-billion dollar corporations. At Crossbar, Richter was responsible for licensing the company’s breakthrough resistive RAM non-volatile memory technology. Prior to Crossbar, Richter ran worldwide consumer semiconductor sales at Zoran, IC product management at Texas Instruments and led business development and licensing for Silicon Image.

  • Steve Venuti

    VP Marketing

    Steve Venuti

    VP Marketing

    Steve spent 12 years at HDMI Licensing where he served as President, overseeing the initial release of the HDMI specification and growing it to today’s ubiquitous worldwide connectivity standard in over 6 billion products worldwide. In 2014, HDMI Licensing received an EMMY for Technical Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Prior to HDMI, Steve worked with leading companies such as Acer, Palm, Disney, and Philips to launch their consumer technology products.

Our Board

  • Dick Sanquini

    Chairman; Partner, Lite-Cap

    Dick Sanquini

    Chairman; Partner, Lite-Cap

    Dick is an industry consultant, investor, and board director for multiple young companies. Formerly of National Semiconductor, he has a strong reputation for helping startups scale and prepare for public offerings and/or acquisitions. He currently serves on the Boards of Synaptics, R2 Semiconductor and Pixelworks. He was Chairman at PortalPlayer, the company behind the silicon and operating system for Apple’s iPod.

  • Eric Almgren

    CEO, Keyssa

    Eric Almgren

    CEO, Keyssa

    As co-founder of Silicon Image, Eric helped firmly establish the HDMI standard, which has shipped well over 1B units. He was also co-founder and CEO at Mixman Technologies, a company making it simple to manipulate and perform digital music. Eric worked at LSI Logic in sales and marketing, supporting large ASIC customers. He began at Hewlett-Packard where he designed high-speed signal circuits for microprocessors.

  • Dr. David Lee

    Creator of HDMI

    Dr. David Lee

    Creator of HDMI

    As CEO of Dual Aperture, David excels in early stage technology development and driving products into the market. Prior to founding Dual Aperture, David played an integral role in creating DVI and HDMI standards as founder and CEO of Silicon Image. David has also held previous positions at Xerox PARC, Sun Microsystems Labs and IBM. In 2014, he was inducted to the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, recognized as a visionary that helped pave the CE industry to what it is today.

  • Don McKinney

    Investor

    Don McKinney

    Investor

    Don is a private technology investor focused on IT-Services, Internet, networking, software and related software-enabled services. He was the founder of International Network Services and served as its Chairman until its sale to Lucent Technologies. Prior to INS, Don was Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Electronics for Imaging, Inc. and worked at Sequoia Capital. Don previously served on the following boards: the Advisory Board for Broadview Capital Partners, C-Cube Microsystems, Context Integration, Mixman Technologies, Tipping Point and Unbound Technologies. Don is currently Chairman and principal shareholder of Aplicor.

  • Surendra Mandava

    CEO, Ineda Systems

    Surendra Mandava

    CEO, Ineda Systems

    Surendra is CEO of Ineda Systems, maker of the industry's first wearable PoC. Previously, he was Co-founder and CEO of Beceem Communications, which sold to Broadcom in 2010. Prior to that, he was Co-founder of Centillium Communications, which had a successful IPO in 2000. Surendra has lead teams to build world-class products in wireless, wireline modem space, and embedded processors at various companies including Cirrus Logic and Zilog, Inc.

  • Patrick Soon-Shiong

    CEO, Nantworks

    Patrick Soon-Shiong

    CEO, Nantworks

    Patrick serves as Chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation; Chairman and CEO of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health; the Healthcare Transformation Institute; and NantWorks, LLC – a company whose mission is to converge semiconductor technology, supercomputing, advanced networks, and proven innovation to revolutionize how we work, live and play. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has lent vision, voice, and action to the power of convergence – applying the limitless potential of collaborative science and technology to benefit an individual’s health.

  • Jim Whims

    Partner, Alsop Louie Partners

    Jim Whims

    Partner, Alsop Louie Partners

    Jim has a long track record of tech success. He was recognized as Marketing Executive of the Year in 1996 by Adweek/Brandweek for his work launching Playstation at Sony Computer Entertainment. Prior to Alsop Louie Partners, Jim was a Partner at Techfund Capital, where he invested 3DFX and Portal Player. He also co-founded Worlds of Wonder and worked at Software Toolworks.

Our Advisors

  • Ajay Bhatt

    I/O Architect

    Ajay Bhatt

    I/O Architect

    Ajay Bhatt is a former Intel Fellow and recognized technologist and thought leader in platform and silicon level architectures. In his 35 years in the computer hardware industry, Ajay has co-invented and spearheaded a number of notable technologies including; USB, Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP), PCI Express, Thunderbolt as well as the USB Type-C connector. Ajay has secured over 132 U.S. and international patents and has been honored for his technical contributions, including receiving the Light of India Award in 2012, The Asian Award in 2013, and the EU Inventor Award in 2013.

  • Dr. Frank Chang

    National Chiao Tung University

    Dr. Frank Chang

    National Chiao Tung University

    Currently Dr. Chang is the President of National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Hsinchu, Taiwan. Previously, he was the Chairman and Wintek Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA. Frank’s research has primarily focused on the development of high-speed semiconductor devices and high-frequency integrated circuits for radio, radar and imaging systems. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, an Academician of Taiwan’s Academia Sinica, and a Fellow of IEEE. He received the IEEE David Sarnoff Award in 2006 for developing and commercializing HBT power amplifiers for mobile phones.

  • Tony Fadell

    Co-founder/CEO, Nest

    Tony Fadell

    Co-founder/CEO, Nest

    Tony is an angel investor and entrepreneur with a 30-year history of founding companies and designing products that profoundly improve people’s lives. He is currently an advisor to Alphabet and its CEO, Larry Page, and invests in many disruptive technology startups. Tony is the founder and former CEO of Nest. Previously, Tony was the SVP of Apple’s iPod Division and led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. Tony has authored more than 300 patents. In May 2016, TIME named Nest Thermostat, the iPod and iPhone as three of the “50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time.”

  • Mark Lemmo

    Strategic Consultant

    Mark Lemmo

    Strategic Consultant

    Mark Lemmo is a strategy and operations consultant specializing in intellectual property portfolio appraisal, development, procurement and monetization integrated with product development and management. He spent 25 years at InterDigital Communication Corporation (IDCC), specializing in intellectual property portfolio development, procurement and monetization.

  • Christian Olgaard

    Co-founder/CTO LitePoint

    Christian Olgaard

    Co-founder/CTO LitePoint

    Christian has been working in consumer electronics from chip design through designing and manufacturing of final products. As co-founder of LitePoint, he grew the company to be a premier provider of high-end test equipment for manufacturing. LitePoint was acquired by Teradyne Inc. in 2011. Christian continues to serve as CTO. Prior to founding LitePoint, Christian worked at National Semiconductor designing wireless communication system ICs. Christian has close to 100 issued patents and many more in process.

  • Scott Summit

    Industrial Designer

    Scott Summit

    Industrial Designer

    Summit founded Bespoke Innovations, which pushed the boundaries for body-based 3D printing and human need. Acquired by 3D Systems, he served as Design Director for three years, creating many groundbreaking consumer and professional products. As a designer, Summit has created innovative, award-winning mobile and desktop devices for Apple, Sun, Nike, Samsung, Silicon Graphics, and Think Outside among others.

Investors

Our Beginnings

In 2009, Waveconnex was founded to fundamentally change the way data is transferred and directly tackle the challenges of speed and cost. Dr. Frank Chang’s foundational research at UCLA was combined with an understanding of the liabilities of traditional mechanical connectors to create a revolutionary and cost-effective method for electronics to connect.

Since then, Keyssa has hired Eric Almgren as CEO, changed the company name to Keyssa, raised additional capital, and deployed Kiss Connectivity to key partners across multiple industries. The company has made over 150 patent filings.

Our Offices

  • Headquarters

    655 Campbell Technology Parkway, Suite 275
    Campbell, CA 95008

    info@keyssa.com
    Main (408) 637-2300

  • Portland Office

    10220 Southwest Greenburg Road, Building 2, Suite 570
    Portland, OR 97223

  • China Office

    Unit 1002, Building 7 IBase,
    Vision Software Park,
    Rd 11st Gaoxin South,
    Nanshan District,
    Shenzhen City, China

  • Korea Office

    30th Floor, 511, Yeongdong-daero,
    Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea

  • Taiwan Office

    4F., No.58, Zhouzi St., Neihu Dist.,
    Taipei City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)


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