AetherPal’s Board of Directors
Daniel Deeney, CEO
Daniel has over twenty years of experience in building, growing and investing in technology companies in the communications market. Prior to Aetherpal, he was a founding partner of New Venture Partners, a leading venture capital firm with $700 million under management. At NVP, he worked with companies and entrepreneurs in fostering innovation and building new ventures, while investing in and managing a portfolio of companies. Before joining New Venture Partners, Daniel was with its predecessor organization, Lucent New Ventures Group. Prior to Lucent, he held a variety of senior positions at Venator Group and Mobilemedia Communications where he played a key financial role in the firm’s IPO. Daniel is currently on the venture advisory councils at Verizon Wireless and Sprint. He holds a MS in Management of Technology from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania/Penn Engineering, an MBA from Pepperdine University.
David Martirano, Director
David is a co-founder of PJC and has experience investing broadly in Communication, Mobile, Internet and Software companies. He is currently involved with the Firm’s investments in FSAStore.com, Nabsys, Spotlight Ticket Management, ParElastic, and Evergage, and was previously involved with Taqua (acquired by Tekelec NASDAQ: TKLC), Optasite (acquired by SBA Communications NASDAQ: SBAC), Fidelis Security Systems (acquired by General Dynamics NYSE: GD).
Prior to founding PJC, David co-founded Rex Capital with Dave Mixer. While at Rex Capital, David led Rex’s investments in Yandex (NASDAQ: YNDX), the number one search engine in Russia, Co-nect, which was sold to Pearson (NYSE: PSO) and SnapGear which was sold to CyberGuard (NASDAQ: CGFW).
Prior to Rex Capital, David was a member of the Investment Banking Group at Cowen & Company. While at Cowen, David executed public offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Cowen, David worked in equity capital markets at Kidder Peabody.
David received a Master’s of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island. David sits on the board of Year Up Rhode Island and the advisory board of the Business School at the University of Rhode Island.
Kurt Olender, Director
Kurt has more than 20 years of experience as a corporate attorney, specializing in, amongst other practice areas, debt and equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing and technology oriented transactions. He is the founder of OlenderFeldman LLP, a full service corporate and commercial litigation law firm, focusing his practice on the representation of companies in all facets of their business, including corporate formation and structure, capital transactions, business strategy and mergers and acquisitions. He represents primarily closely held companies in a variety of industries, including venture capital, retail, fashion, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, media, ecommerce and information technology.
In addition to his law practice, Kurt is an owner of and active in the management of companies in a several industries, including: furniture manufacturing and distribution, information technology, energy conservation and insurance. Kurt received his B.A. In Economics from the University of Rochester and his J.D. from the Syracuse College of Law.
Thomas Uhlman, Director
Dr. Thomas M. Uhlman was a founder of New Venture Partners where he currently serves as Managing Partner. His current investment is AetherPal. Prior investments include Elanti Systems, elemedia, GeoVideo Networks, GlobalCast Communications, iBiquity Digital, Lucent Digital Video, Lumeta, Maps On Us, Palladium (Lucent Public Safety Systems) and TimeSight Systems. Previously, Tom served as President of Lucent Technologies’ New Ventures Group from 1997-2001. Between 1997 and the present, Tom and his colleagues have created over 60 new technology businesses.
Between 1995 and 1997, Tom held senior executive positions at Lucent Technologies and AT&T. At Lucent, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Public Affairs responsible for strategy, mergers and acquisitions, planning and government affairs activities. Tom was Vice President of Corporate Development in charge of merger, acquisition and divestiture activity at AT&T. From 1985 to 1995, Tom was Director of Corporate Development at Hewlett-Packard, leading worldwide equity investment, strategic alliance, and strategic planning efforts.
Tom has also worked in both the government and academic arenas. In 1983 and 1984, he managed the President’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness on behalf of the Chief Executive of Hewlett-Packard, who chaired this White House Commission. In 1981 and 1982, he was Director of Productivity Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, he was an Assistant and then an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Tom holds a Master’s degree from Stanford University’s School of Business. He also holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Rochester.
Larry Paulson, Independent Director
Larry M. Paulson has more than 25+ years of wireless industry experience. Larry currently works as Vice President of Product Management at Qualcomm where he is responsible for smartphone, tablet and laptop device reference design activities for Qualcomm worldwide.
Prior to Qualcomm, Larry worked as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing officer of Brightpoint where he was responsible for corporate level strategy, corporate business development and brand marketing activities.
Prior to that, he worked as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Nokia CDMA. Larry’s career with Nokia began in 1987 where he held numerous senior management positions including worldwide responsibility for Nokia CDMA product line development and business management. He was a charter member of the Nokia Americas Management Board, a member of the Nokia Global Product Line Management Board, President of Technophone, a former Nokia subsidiary, and President of Nokia Products Corporation, a division of the Nokia Americas unit.
Larry is on the Board of Directors for Commnexus, a San Diego based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the formation, growth, and success of communications technology and service companies in the San Diego region. Larry also serves as Executive Chairman of Waxess Inc, in Newport CA and is also a principal and founder of Rancho Santa Fe Solutions, a wireless consulting company.
John De Santis, Independent Director
John De Santis has operated at the bleeding edge of innovation and business transformation for over 30 years – with international and US based experience at venture-backed technology start-ups as well as large global public companies.
Most recently, Mr. De Santis was VP, Cloud Services for VMware. He joined VMware after being Chairman and CEO of TriCipher, a software security infrastructure company acquired by VMware in 2010. He led TriCipher’s transformation from a specialized niche provider of secure authentication solutions to the leading innovator in cloud based identity services for web application and SaaS access management.
Prior to TriCipher, Mr. De Santis served as CEO of enterprise security software company, Sygate Technologies, from 2000 until its acquisition by Symantec in 2005. Sygate’s innovations continue to provide the foundational technology for Symantec’s Endpoint Protection business. Prior to joining Sygate, he was SVP for Network Computing Devices (a leading thin client manufacturer), where he was responsible for all worldwide sales, marketing, and service operations. Prior to NCD, he was with Cincinnati Bell Information Systems (now Convergys Corporation) where he was Vice President, European Operations, responsible for delivering operational support systems and business process re-engineering to newly deregulated European telecommunication service providers. When he was 28 years old, he co-founded an optical fiber networking start up which built the first commercial application of optical channel networking for IBM mainframes.
Mr. De Santis earned an AB in Philosophy from Fairfield University and completed the Stanford University Executive Institute Program for Management of High-Tech Companies. De Santis is currently on the boards of Trace Security (IT Security/GRC management as a service) and NoHold (cloud based knowledge management/artificial intelligence solutions). He is an advisor to several early stage startups. Previously, he was on the boards of Neohapsis (security risk services – acquired by Cisco), Arxan (software application protection – PE exit to TA Associates), Tablus (data leakage protection software – acquired by EMC/RSA), Applied Identity (identity based access control software – acquired by Citrix), and was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Trident Capital.