Board of Directors

David Medin

CEO

David Medin has 30 years experience in semiconductors, software and systems in consumer and commercial sectors.  He has founded and secured funding for multiple technology startups and has held CEO and CTO positions at private and public companies.  Prior companies include NVIDIA, TVIA, Spatial Photonics, Innovision, Tymphany, Maxcell Telecom.

Mr. Medin is an inventor on over 34 patents and applications with issued patents in 12 countries.  Mr. Medin has a B.S.E.E. from University of Maryland.

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David Medin

David Medin

CEO

Jaleh Daie, Ph.D.

Board Member

A Women in Technology Hall of Famer and recipient of a US Congressional Citation, Dr. Jaleh Daie is a multipotentialite and strategic leader with extensive board and executive experience in private and public sectors. She quickly scales into leadership roles and combines her quantitative skills with an innate ability to connect the dots and see patterns before they are obvious to create strategic solutions. She has had the honor of serving the administrations of three Presidents.

A noted plant scientist and leading agriculture/food expert, Jaleh understands capital markets and has global and cultural acumen (international engagements in eight countries and global speeches including the Biotech Distinguished Speaker in South Africa and Distinguished Visitor Speaker in Australia. She has been quoted/interviewed by major media (ABC, CBS, PBS, NY Times, SV Business Journal, SF Chronicle, Science, and The Scientist).

Jaleh has extensive board experience and delivers: insight, foresight and oversight. She has served as board chairman, on executive committees, treasurer, chair of nomination and investment committees and Gala chair. Her board service include: A6 Corp, Nokia Innovent, Investigen, Linkore, LightFull Foods, Selection Panel for the White House Fellows (under two Presidents); President of the Association for Women in Science and chairman of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Other board service include: CRDF Global; Commonwealth Club of California; Treasurer and life director of US Space Foundation; Dean’s Council at UC-Davis College of Agriculture.

Currently, Jaleh is managing partner at Aurora Equity, investing in early stage start-ups across a broad range of technologies, resulting in attractive ROI in the first 10 years. Previously, Jaleh was head of science at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation (the largest foundation then) where she managed a diversified portfolio with $120 million annual budget. She has served as science liaison to the President’s National Science Technology Council (cabinet level body) working across all federal agencies. She made contributions to Presidential initiatives including food safety and served as special assistant to Chief Scientist at NOAA.

Jaleh began her career at Rutgers University and UW-Madison. In academia she was professor (achieved rank of professor in six years); senior science advisor to the President (26 campus UW System); department chair; initiated and led spin off of new multidisciplinary unit and served as its chief executive, and was founding director of a university-wide graduate program. In addition to running an internationally recognized research operation, at one point Jaleh was managing three independent operations--for one of which she was the conceptual architect and another was the outcome of her initiating and driving the strategic integration and consolidation of several legacy units.

Examples of Jaleh’s honors are: Honorary Naval Aviator, Teksia Lifetime Achievement Award; Honorary Doctorate; Fellow (American Association for the Advancement of Science and AWIS); “25 Smartest Who Make a Difference” and The Scientist’s “Leaders of Science”.

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Jaleh Daie, Ph.D.

Jaleh Daie, Ph.D.

Board Member