The Grid2Home Board of Directors
Grid2Home’s board of directors possesses a rare combination of entrepreneurial spirit, technical expertise and talent for guiding new companies to success. From semiconductors to wireless to software to Internet to smart energy, these four individuals have amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience in the building blocks of the Smart Grid.
Chairman of the Board
Doug Rasor has over 30 years experience in Technology startup and Semiconductor businesses. His current company, Rasor Advisors, works with startup companies and Venture Capital firms to develop marketing and funding strategies. His current clients include Incube Labs, a San Jose-based Medical Device incubator. He holds board positions at Grid2Home, Avuli Networks, and OnRampWireless
He retired from TI in early 2010. He was VP, Emerging Medical Technologies. In this role, Doug was responsible for establishing relationships with Universities, Venture Capital investors and Innovative Start-up companies in the Medical Device Sector.
From 1995-2007, Mr. Rasor was VP, Strategic Marketing at TI. In this role, he ran an organization responsible for scouting, and developing business cases for new TI businesses. Twelve new TI businesses were identified and incubated via the Strategic Marketing organization. He was also responsible for spearheading TI’s external venture fund activities (partnerships with Granite Ventures, Seven Rosen, Austin Ventures, STARTech).
Managing Director, Granite Ventures, LLC
Sam brings extensive experience working with emerging growth companies to the Granite team. Over Sam's eighteen-year career in the venture industry, he has worked with more than 70 venture-backed companies and on more than 115 financings. During his career he has worked with early-stage companies in the wireless, semiconductor, software, internet and consumer markets.
Sam led Granite’s investments in DigitalThink (acquired by Convergys), NetBoost (acquired by Intel), Nexabit Networks (acquired by Lucent), Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) and SnapTrack (acquired by Qualcomm). He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Agilence, Fulcrum Microsystems, Grid2Home, Venturi Wireless and Zeugma Systems.
Sam holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College
President and CEO
Mr. Kornfeld has worked for some of the region's most notable tech companies, including Linkabit, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. Currently the President and CEO of Grid2Home, Mr. Kornfeld was most recently EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, NextWave Wireless and NextWave Broadband and previous to that served as President & CEO, Staccato Communications from 2004 to 2006.
Prior to taking the helm of Staccato, Mr. Kornfeld was vice president and general manager of Texas Instruments' Wireless Chipset Business Unit. He joined TI as part of the acquisition of Dot Wireless, where he was co-founder, chairman, and CEO. Prior to founding Dot Wireless, Mr. Kornfeld was a founding member of NextWave Telecom, Inc., where he was the senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Products division. Previously, Mr. Kornfeld was vice president of engineering at Qualcomm, leading the development of the first commercial CDMA subscriber equipment. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mr. Kornfeld held technical positions at M/A-Com Linkabit.
Mr. Kornfeld received his B.S. from the University of California, San Diego where he was also named the Alumni of the Year in 2001. He serves on the Council of Advisors of UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering. He also serves as the Vice-Chairman of CommNexus, the Chairman of EvoNexus, the Vice-Chairman of the San Diego AIPAC and serves on the national AIPAC council.
CTO and Co-Founder
Co founder and CTO of Grid2Home with more than 20 years experience in the software design of IP, mesh networking and wireless protocols and products. He has been an active member IEEE, ZigBee, Blue tooth and ISA, holding key chair positions. He is actively involved in ZigBee in defining the next generation standards for Smart Energy. Don formally co-founded Figure 8 Wireless, which developed the original ZigBee stack and was acquired by Chipcon and then Texas Instruments.