Modertor: Professor Juan G. Santiago, Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University


Juan G. Santiago

  Prof. Juan G. Santiago has Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). At UIUC, he received four fellowships as a doctoral candidate (including fellowships from NSF and Exxon Corp.), and a UIUC Teaching Fellow Award. He was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Aerospace Corporation ('95 - '97), where his work included the development of flow diagnostics for micronozzles. Prof. Santiago received a Ford Foundation Postodoctoral Fellowship ('97), and worked as a Research Scientist at UIUC's Beckman Institute ('97 - '98). Santiago is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford. He specializes in micro-scale fluid mechanics, micro-scale optical flow diagnostics, and microfluidic system design. As a faculty member, he has received a Frederick Emmons Terman Fellowship ('98-'01), won the National Inventor's Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventors Competition ('01), and was awarded a National Science Foundation PECASE Award ('03-'08). He is the director of the Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory.
 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.
 Panelist: Gregory C. Gretsch, Managing Director, Sigma Partners


Gregory C. Gretsch


  As a former founder and executive of four start-up technology companies, Greg uses his expertise to assist entrepreneurs in building strong businesses. Greg has been in the high-technology industry for more than 17 years. He joined Sigma in 2000, and brings to the firm expertise in new venture creation and marketing. Greg tracks markets that have an impact on both the enterprise and the consumer, including business applications, enterprise infrastructure, storage, Internet services, consumer services, and alternative energy. In 1997, Greg co-founded Connectify, an enterprise software company that sold software for Electronic Direct Marketing. After selling Connectify to Kana Communications in 1999, he stayed on board as the Vice President of Electronic Direct Marketing. Prior to Kana, Greg started GiftONE, which he later sold to SkyMall. In 1993, Greg launched his first start up, Vicarious, an education and reference CD-ROM publisher.

 Panelist: Josh Stein, Draper Fisher Jurvetson


Josh Stein

  Josh Stein focuses on investments in wireless communications, software infrastructure/applications and consumer services. His current board responsibilities include EVDB, Pictureal, Polaris Wireless, SugarCRM and ViVOTech. Prior to joining DFJ, Josh was a Vice President at Telephia, where he managed a group providing strategic analysis and information to the nation’s largest wireless carrier. Previously, Josh was a co-founder, Director and the Chief Strategy Officer for ViaFone (XTND), a leading provider of wireless applications to Fortune 1000 enterprises. Josh has previously held positions in product management at Microsoft and NetObjects and was a management consultant in the San Francisco office of The Boston Consulting Group. Josh has been engaged as a strategic consultant and advisor by Tripath Technologies (TRPH), Mikohn Inc (MIKN), E-Quill (MSFT) and FutureDial. Josh holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business