Dr. Henry Samueli co-founded Broadcom Corporation in 1991 and currently serves as Chief Technical Officer of the company. Broadcom is a global leader in providing semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Dr. Samueli helps drive the vision of Broadcom's research and development activities and he also helps coordinate corporate-wide engineering development initiatives.
Since 1985 Dr. Samueli has also been a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he has supervised research programs in broadband communications circuits and digital signal processing. He has published over 100 technical papers in these areas and he is a named inventor in 60 U.S. patents. He has been on a leave of absence from UCLA since 1995. Dr. Samueli has also been a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at UC Irvine since 2003. He was the Chief Scientist and one of the founders of PairGain Technologies, Inc., a telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the digital subscriber line (DSL) industry, and he consulted for PairGain from 1988 to 1994. From 1980 until 1985 he was employed in various engineering and management positions in the Electronics and Technology Division of TRW, Inc., where he worked on the hardware development of various military broadband communications systems.
Dr. Samueli received a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1975, 1976, and 1980, respectively. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2000, a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. Dr. Samueli serves on the UC President’s Board on Science and Innovation, and the Chancellor’s Advisory Council at both UCLA and UC Irvine. He is also on the Dean’s Advisory Council of both the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine. In 2000 he was awarded the University of California Presidential Medal, the UC Irvine Medal, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Industrial Pioneer Award, and the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science Alumnus of the Year. In 2005 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and the Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year from UCLA. In 2006 he received the IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leaders Award, and in 2010 he received the UCLA Medal.
Jeff is a Senior Vice President at Entrepreneurial Corporate Group (“ECG”), a broad based private investment firm located in Newport Beach, which includes Entrepreneurial Investment Corporation and EIC Ventures, Inc. Jeff joined ECG in 1997 and currently manages all of its private equity and venture capital investments, which include both multiple fund investments and direct placements in private companies. He also oversees its aircraft operations, which include a charter company in Long Beach that manages seven Gulfstream aircraft.
Prior to joining ECG, Jeff was a Vice President at both Wells Fargo Bank and Citigroup in California and Colorado, focusing on commercial/corporate lending and private investments. He received a B.A. in marketing from the University of Puget Sound, and attended the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in finance.
Tom Ricks is the Chief Investment Officer for H&S Ventures LLC. Prior to joining H&S Ventures in 2001, Mr. Ricks was President and CEO of The University of Texas Investment Management Company where he was responsible for the management of $15 billion of endowment and operating funds supporting The University of Texas System. He has also held various domestic and international finance positions in the oil and banking industries. He received a B.A. in economics from Trinity College, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and is a CPA. Mr. Ricks is a director of Newfield Exploration Company and serves on the board of the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California. He is a former director of BDM International, DTM Corporation, LifeCell Corporation and Argus Pharmaceuticals.
Bob founded and served as CEO for Zenographics, Inc., a privately-held corporation specializing in computer graphics software development. Zenographics was acquired by Marvell Semiconductor in 2006, and Bob retired from Marvell in 2009. Zenographics develops and licenses software to global imaging OEMs for deployment in low-cost yet high-performance printers and copiers. Since the year 2000, tens of millions of Hewlett-Packard LaserJets contain Zenographics software. Other important Zenographics customers include Konica-Minolta (held a minority stake in Zenographics), Kodak, Oki, Samsung, Sharp, Tally-Genicom, Agilent, and Zoran. Mr. Romney is the principal architect of the software; the latest major version is “Zx”, for which U.S. patents are pending.
Bob is Vice-Chair of the UC Irvine CEO Roundtable, Chair of the Leadership Council for the UC Irvine Bren School of ICS, and serves on the Leadership Council of the UC Irvine Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Bob is also on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Symphony, and is on the Executive Committee of the Tech Coast Angels.
Bob received a Master's degree in Computer Science from University of California, Irvine and a B.A. degree from University of Virginia.
Bob is a general partner in Crosspoint's Southern California office. Crosspoint is an early stage venture fund with over $1 billion of committed capital. Crosspoint focuses on vertical service providers, network-based service businesses and broadband infrastructure. In 1983, Mr. Hoff established the Southern California office for Crosspoint, extending coverage to the Southwest, and since that time has been involved as first round investor and Board member in a number of successful companies, including Com21, Efficient Networks, iPivot, PairGain Technologies, STAC, and USWeb/CKS.
Bob served as a Director of the National Venture Capital Association from 1996 to 1999. He is a graduate of Bucknell University, and holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.