Stephen Krasulick

Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman of the Board

Mr. Krasulick most recently served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Emcore Corporation’s Fiber Optics division and as a board member of Langfang Emcore Optoelectronics Ltd. Prior to joining Emcore, Mr. Krasulick was a member of the Executive Management team of Optium Corporation, which successfully achieved an IPO in 2006. Mr. Krasulick has also held senior management positions in JDS Uniphase Corporation, and began his career as an engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Lee Rand


Lee is a Partner at Sun Mountain Capital and has experience starting and managing technology related businesses at both startups and large corporations as well as investing in companies and funds both in the US and abroad. Prior to joining Sun Mountain, Lee founded Knogee a semantic search company, ran business development for Intel’s consumer electronics group, launched and managed the product marketing and standards team for Intel’s blade based server initiatives and led product management at semiconductor start-up Netboost (acquired by Intel). Lee also has extensive business consulting experience having worked at Ernst and Young early in his career and as an independent consultant brought in by investors and the board to work with start-ups on strategy and operations. Lee has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a dual BA in computer science and mathematics from Cornell University.

David Blivin


David Blivin is the Founder and Managing Director of Cottonwood Technology Funds, a founding and seed stage investor in IP-based companies considered to have disruptive potential. Cottonwood focuses on the Southwestern US and Northern Europe across industries including photonics, robotics, health sciences, energy and advanced materials. Prior to Cottonwood, Mr. Blivin founded and served as Managing Director of Southeast Interactive where, over a five-year period, he successfully built the team that established the first and largest information technology-focused fund based in the Southeastern US. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Montrose Capital Corporation, and started his career at Arthur Anderson. Mr. Blivin has participated on numerous boards of directors including xF Technologies, Trilumina, Exagen, Respira, Bayotech, The Pantry (nasdaq-PTRY), Opensite (sold to Siebel), Accipiter (sold to CMGI), and Channelogics (sold to Scientific Atlanta). He holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Luca Cafiero


After earning his degree in electronic engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Luca began his career at Olivetti in Ivrea, Italy, and then in Cupertino, California. From 1982-90, he was a founder and director of hardware engineering at DAVID Systems. From 1990-93, he was a founder and VP of Engineering at Crescendo Communications, which was the first acquisition made by Cisco. Luca worked at Cisco until 2016, where his final title was General Manager-Senior VP. During this period, he founded three Cisco spin-offs  -  Andiamo, Nuova, and Insieme. After leaving Cisco, Luca founded Pensando Communications, recently acquired by AMD.