SKTA Announces Its New Class of Entrepreneurs in Residence

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--()--SKTA Innopartners announces its Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) Program. EIRs are selected from a highly competitive pool of serial entrepreneurs and senior executives that bring a diverse set of technical and business skills with a passion for startups. EIRs work alongside the Innopartners staff coaching and mentoring portfolio companies, sourcing new companies for the accelerator, conducting technical and financial diligence on new investments and expanding the contact network with other investors.

Bob Stone has a distinguished track record with over 25 years of leadership in technology, energy and telecom. Bob worked at Google for the past two years as a senior advisor to the Office of the President. Before Google, Bob was part of the executive team that executed on the turn around and sale of Wavecom Technologies to Hawaiian Telecom.

Darci Arnold is a global, high-tech Silicon Valley business consultant known for her leadership in business development and strategic planning. She has worked with startups focused on machine learning algorithms, the IoT and Big Data storage applications. Darci was the first Vice President of Global Marketing at Seagate Technology, Senior Director of Worldwide OEM Sales and Marketing at Komag, Inc. and held various engineering positions in the data storage industry. In addition, she’s taught at the university level and continues to lecture globally on technology and corporate sustainability related issues.

Jai Kumar has over 15 years of experience in founding and building pioneering mobile companies. He also took on senior technology and management roles at Intel and Motorola. His expertise encompasses IoT, mobile, smart-phone hardware and software mobile accessories, web technologies, and enterprise software. Jai has 10 patents in the fields of mobile devices, wireless, radio, TV, and internet security. He is the program chair of the SVForum VC Breakfast Series and CEO of his stealth mode mobile startup.

Jeff Wallace is the founder and president of Global Kinetics Inc., a Bay Area corporate advisor and market development accelerator for early-to-mid stage clients seeking to establish or expand operations within the U.S. marketplace. He is also a founding investor of The Batchery, a Bay Area global incubator for seed stage startups.

Margie Evashenk is an engineering leader with more than 25 years of proficiency in enterprise storage and networking industries. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Open-Silicon. Margie has a great deal of industry experience, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Executive at Emulex Corporation, where she oversaw Emulex’s engineering functions globally. Prior to Emulex, she worked in engineering and management at HP and Agilent Technologies. Margie started her career in ASIC supply chain management before becoming an ASIC design engineer, eventually expanding to lead R&D for Agilent’s Fibre Channel controllers.

Mary Vincent is co-founder of a health technology startup. She was the keynote speaker at the 2015 ITRI SIPO Semiconductor Taiwan Conference themed”IoT Wearable Health Technology Impacts on Smart Cities, Homes, Data and Security”. She was also the co-founder and head of product engineering for a smart fabric wearable computing company that was accepted into the Intel’s “Make It Wearable” semifinals. Her background includes work in Sun Microsystems Java Engineering, Data Center Energy Efficiency, and Mobile Health Application development with Stanford and government projects in Bhutan and Guatemala.

Dr. Paul Voois is an entrepreneur and early stage investor with a track record of building companies with unique, defensible technology in the networking, communications and software industries. In 2002 he co-founded ClariPhy Communications, a venture-backed company that has grown into one of the leading suppliers of semiconductors powering ultra-high speed optical transmission over the Internet’s core infrastructure. Dr. Voois served as ClariPhy’s CEO until 2011 and serves as its Chief Strategy Officer.

Ray Taylor is a wireless industry veteran with 25 years of experience as an engineer, business operator and entrepreneur. Ray served as President of the North American division of Lumata, a London based, private equity-backed mobile marketing company spun off from Buongiorno SpA, a DOCOMO company. At Buongiorno, Ray was responsible for consolidating the product portfolio, new product development, delivering revenue and introducing new and innovative services to Sprint, Virgin Mobile and Verizon. Prior to Buongiorno, he served as President and CEO of Mobopia Corporation and was an Executive in Residence at Storm Ventures.

Rob Reagan is an investor and advisor to several early stage companies providing unique and compelling technologies, systems or services to the emerging dense network infrastructure and intelligent connected device ecosystem. He is also an advisor to General Electric Ventures & SK Telecom Americas in addition to other investors, operators and OEMs. Rob has a background in Leveraged Buyouts, Startup Management, Incubation/Acceleration and Early Stage Venture Capital Fund Management. His key areas of interest include: Industrial IoT Applications, Video/Audio Analytics, Shared Infrastructure, Unique Sensor Technologies and Communications Infrastructure.

Shashi Kumar works with early stage startups as a growth accelerator focused on process, programs, partnerships and raising investments. He has three startup exits and two investment successes. His core expertise is in industrial automation, simulation, logistics, storage, networking and semiconductor design services. Shashi has implemented multiple end to end application solutions for many sector enterprises worldwide. He is also a diversity evangelist and has served on the board of Western Regional Minority Council.

Tony Loaiza is a senior sales executive and entrepreneur with over 18 years of professional experience driving revenue, maximizing profitability and building markets in both highly-competitive and startup environments. After serving in the U.S. Army, he achieved two law degrees and worked as a Mergers & Acquisitions attorney for U.S. companies in Russia. Tony transitioned into hi-tech enterprise sales and business development to achieve cross-technology experience with IoT, VoIP, SaaS, CRM, database, network, middleware, and PaaS solutions. Tony has held direct and executive management positions in industry leading companies such as AT&T, Oracle, Covad, and two companies he successfully founded.

The SKTA Innovation Accelerator is, “A Different Kind of Accelerator,” based in Silicon Valley. We seed core technology startups by matching entrepreneurs with Strategic Partners, Investors and a team of highly experienced Executives in Residence – all committed to providing technical and market guidance for rapidly developing the minimum-viable product for the right market segment and becoming venture ready. The SKTA Innovation Accelerator provides startups with up to $1 million in funding, professional services, development tools and state-of-the-art facilities to jumpstart the technology ecosystem needed to power the next wave of innovation. For more information please visit:


SKTA Innopartners
Angel Orrantia, 408-328-2900


SKTA Innopartners
Angel Orrantia, 408-328-2900