Panelist: Chris Rust, General Partner, USVP


Chris Rust

  Chris brings over 20 years of electrical engineering, product management, sales/sales support, and early stage venture capital experience to USVP. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for Akros Silicon, Dilithium Networks, LVL7 Systems, Stratalight, and Veriwave. Chris previously was on the Board of Commerce5. He joined USVP from Mahi Networks, where he held the position of President and CEO since November 2001. Prior to Mahi, Chris spent over four years at Sequoia Capital, where he was instrumental in funding 19 early-stage startups focused on components, software and systems for enterprise and carrier networking applications. Chris held founding director or active board observer seats at Abrizio, Avanex, Mellanox, SwitchOn, Telera and VxTel. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lowell, and an M.S. in Telecommunications Engineering, as well as an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds issued patents for a multi-service home gateway he invented as a design engineer at US West, and has multiple patents in progress for his inventions at Mahi Networks.