About Keyssa

Keyssa reinvented the connector. We made it simple and secure to reliably transfer huge amounts of data and video between devices with unprecedented speed.

Our Beginnings

In 2009, Waveconnex was founded to fundamentally change the way data is transferred and directly tackle the challenges of speed and cost. Dr. Frank Chang’s foundational research at UCLA was combined with an understanding of the liabilities of traditional mechanical connectors to create a revolutionary and cost-effective method for electronics to connect.

Since then, Keyssa has hired Eric Almgren as CEO, changed the company name to Keyssa, raised additional capital, and deployed Kiss Connectivity to key partners across multiple industries. The company has made over 250 patent filings.

Our Team

  • Eric Almgren

    CEO

    Eric Almgren

    CEO

    As co-founder of Silicon Image, Eric helped firmly establish the HDMI standard, which has shipped well over 4B units. He was also co-founder and CEO at Mixman Technologies, a company making it simple to manipulate and perform digital music. Eric worked at LSI Logic in sales and marketing, supporting large ASIC customers. He began at Hewlett-Packard where he designed high-speed signal circuits for microprocessors.

  • Roger Isaac

    Chief Technology Officer

    Roger Isaac

    Chief Technology Officer

    Roger has served as the chairman of the low-power memory committee at JEDEC, and has led a number of technical task groups including LPDDR2, LPDDR4, and UFS. He also served on the organization’s Board of Directors. Roger has led architecture, design, marketing, and intellectual property teams at AMD, Spansion, and Silicon Image.

  • Allen Lee

    VP, Operations

    Allen Lee

    VP, Operations

    Allen has over 20 years of experience in product management from initial development through end of life. Prior to joining Keyssa, Allen served as the Senior Director of manufacturing and product engineering at VIA Telecom. After VIA Telecom was acquired by Intel, he managed testing houses for New Product Introductions as well as managing product sustainability. Allen earned his MS in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University.

  • John LeMonchek

    President

    John LeMonchek

    President

    John has been a leader of companies and business units across a wide variety of industries including wireless and wired communications, consumer electronics, semiconductors, nanomaterials, smart toys and human interface devices. John currently serves on the board of directors of Userful Corporation. Prior to Keyssa, John was president and CEO of Cambrios Advanced Materials, president and CEO of SiBEAM, and VP/GM of Silicon Image’s CE and PC/Display Products. He holds a BSEE from UC San Diego and studied computation and neural systems at Caltech under Carver Mead.

  • Paz Necas

    VP, Finance

    Paz Necas

    VP, Finance

    Paz’ finance career spans multiple semiconductor companies in multiple markets. Most recently, Paz was the AVP Finance at Quantenna Communications, Inc. which went IPO in October of 2016. Prior to Quantenna, Paz held senior positions in finance at Virident Systems, Inc. (acquired by HGST (WD) in 2013); Sibeam, Inc. (acquired by Silicon Image in 2011); Intersil, Corp. (a public company until acquired by Renesas in 2016; and Centillium Communications, Inc. (IPO in May 2000). Paz overseas all aspects of Keyssa’s finance department.

  • Narasimha Nookala

    VP, Engineering

    Narasimha Nookala

    VP, Engineering

    Narasimha “Nook” Nookala has over 25 years of experience in designing and managing IC development for the mobile and consumer electronics markets. Recently, he was SVP of Engineering at Redpine Signals. Previous to Redpine, he held senior engineering positions at Intel, Becton Dickinson, Silicon Image and MediaQ. Nook received his BTech in Electrical Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, his MS EE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, and his MS in Computer Science from Wayne State University.

  • Patrick Reutens

    Chief Administrative & Legal Officer, VP Corporate Development

    Patrick Reutens

    Chief Administrative & Legal Officer, VP Corporate Development

    Patrick has extensive senior-level experience in the technology sector and held executive positions at Atmel, Silicon Image, Immersion, Preview Systems and MIPS Technologies. Patrick started counseling high-growth technology companies as an attorney at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, and at the Venture Law Group.

  • Steve Venuti

    VP Marketing

    Steve Venuti

    VP Marketing

    Steve spent 12 years at HDMI Licensing where he served as President, overseeing the initial release of the HDMI specification and growing it to today’s ubiquitous worldwide connectivity standard in over 7 billion products worldwide. In 2014, HDMI Licensing received an EMMY for Technical Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Prior to HDMI, Steve worked with leading companies such as Acer, Palm, Disney, and Philips to launch their consumer technology products.

Our Board

  • Eric Almgren

    Chairman; CEO, Keyssa

    Eric Almgren

    Chairman; CEO, Keyssa

    As co-founder of Silicon Image, Eric helped firmly establish the HDMI standard, which has shipped well over 1B units. He was also co-founder and CEO at Mixman Technologies, a company making it simple to manipulate and perform digital music. Eric worked at LSI Logic in sales and marketing, supporting large ASIC customers. He began at Hewlett-Packard where he designed high-speed signal circuits for microprocessors.

  • Dr. David Lee

    Creator of HDMI

    Dr. David Lee

    Creator of HDMI

    As CEO of Dual Aperture, David excels in early stage technology development and driving products into the market. Prior to founding Dual Aperture, David played an integral role in creating DVI and HDMI standards as founder and CEO of Silicon Image. David has also held previous positions at Xerox PARC, Sun Microsystems Labs and IBM. In 2014, he was inducted to the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, recognized as a visionary that helped pave the CE industry to what it is today.

  • Don McKinney

    Investor

    Don McKinney

    Investor

    Don is a private technology investor focused on IT-Services, Internet, networking, software and related software-enabled services. He was the founder of International Network Services and served as its Chairman until its sale to Lucent Technologies. Prior to INS, Don was Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Electronics for Imaging, Inc. and worked at Sequoia Capital. Don previously served on the following boards: the Advisory Board for Broadview Capital Partners, C-Cube Microsystems, Context Integration, Mixman Technologies, Tipping Point and Unbound Technologies.

  • Patrick Soon-Shiong

    CEO, Nantworks

    Patrick Soon-Shiong

    CEO, Nantworks

    Patrick serves as Chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation; Chairman and CEO of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health; the Healthcare Transformation Institute; and NantWorks, LLC – a company whose mission is to converge semiconductor technology, supercomputing, advanced networks, and proven innovation to revolutionize how we work, live and play. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has lent vision, voice, and action to the power of convergence – applying the limitless potential of collaborative science and technology to benefit an individual’s health.

  • Jim Whims

    Partner, Alsop Louie Partners

    Jim Whims

    Partner, Alsop Louie Partners

    Jim has a long track record of tech success. He was recognized as Marketing Executive of the Year in 1996 by Adweek/Brandweek for his work launching Playstation at Sony Computer Entertainment. Prior to Alsop Louie Partners, Jim was a Partner at Techfund Capital, where he invested 3DFX and Portal Player. He also co-founded Worlds of Wonder and worked at Software Toolworks.

  • Ker Zhang

    Entrepreneur in Residence, Kleiner Perkins

    Ker Zhang

    Entrepreneur in Residence, Kleiner Perkins

    Ker brings more than 25 years of experience in deep-tech as an entrepreneur, executive, board member, and investor. He is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Kleiner Perkins. Before that, he was a vice president/GM at Intel, and founder/CEO of VIA Telecom (which was sold to Intel) as well as 3 other start-ups. Ker holds a Ph.D. in EE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is an expert on communication and semiconductors.

Our Advisors

  • Ajay Bhatt

    I/O Architect

    Ajay Bhatt

    I/O Architect

    Ajay Bhatt is a former Intel Fellow and recognized technologist and thought leader in platform and silicon level architectures. In his 35 years in the computer hardware industry, Ajay has co-invented and spearheaded a number of notable technologies including; USB, Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP), PCI Express, Thunderbolt as well as the USB Type-C connector. Ajay has secured over 132 U.S. and international patents and has been honored for his technical contributions, including receiving the Light of India Award in 2012, The Asian Award in 2013, and the EU Inventor Award in 2013.

  • Rubén Caballero

    Former VP Engineering, Apple Inc.

    Rubén Caballero

    Former VP Engineering, Apple Inc.

    Rubén served as VP engineering at Apple for 14 years and was one of the founding leaders of the iPhone hardware team and later expanded his role to include iPad, Apple Watch, Macintosh and all other hardware products. Rubén founded, scaled and oversaw a world-class wireless design and technology team of over 1,000 engineers in 26 countries for all of Apples’ products and ecosystems. Rubén holds a BSEE from the École Polytechnique de Montréal; MSEE from New Mexico State University, and Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montréal.

  • Dr. Frank Chang

    National Chiao Tung University

    Dr. Frank Chang

    National Chiao Tung University

    Dr. Chang, a Founder of Keyssa, is currently the President of National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Hsinchu, Taiwan. Previously, he was the Chairman and Wintek Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA. Frank’s research has primarily focused on the development of high-speed semiconductor devices and high-frequency integrated circuits for radio, radar and imaging systems. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, an Academician of Taiwan’s Academia Sinica, and a Fellow of IEEE. He received the IEEE David Sarnoff Award in 2006 for developing and commercializing HBT power amplifiers for mobile phones.

  • Tony Fadell

    Co-founder/CEO, Nest

    Tony Fadell

    Co-founder/CEO, Nest

    Tony is an active investor and entrepreneur with a 25-year history of founding companies and designing products that profoundly improve people’s lives. He is the founder and former CEO of Nest, the company that pioneered the “Internet of things”. Previously, Tony was the SVP of Apple’s iPod Division and led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. Tony has authored more than 300 patents. In May 2016, TIME named Nest Thermostat, the iPod and iPhone as three of the “50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time.”

  • Christian Olgaard

    Co-founder/CTO LitePoint

    Christian Olgaard

    Co-founder/CTO LitePoint

    Christian has been working in consumer electronics from chip design through designing and manufacturing of final products. As co-founder of LitePoint, he grew the company to be a premier provider of high-end test equipment for manufacturing. LitePoint was acquired by Teradyne Inc. in 2011. Christian continues to serve as CTO. Prior to founding LitePoint, Christian worked at National Semiconductor designing wireless communication system ICs. Christian has close to 100 issued patents and many more in process.

  • Scott Summit

    Industrial Designer

    Scott Summit

    Industrial Designer

    Summit founded Bespoke Innovations, which pushed the boundaries for body-based 3D printing and human need. Acquired by 3D Systems, he served as Design Director for three years, creating many groundbreaking consumer and professional products. As a designer, Summit has created innovative, award-winning mobile and desktop devices for Apple, Sun, Nike, Samsung, Silicon Graphics, and Think Outside among others.

Investors

Our Offices

  • Headquarters

    655 Campbell Technology Parkway, Suite 125
    Campbell, CA 95008

    info@keyssa.com
    Main (408) 637-2300

  • Portland Office

    7320 Hunziker Road, Suite 202
    Tigard, OR 97223

  • China Office

    Unit 1002, Building 7 IBase,
    Vision Software Park,
    Rd 11st Gaoxin South,
    Nanshan District,
    Shenzhen City, China

  • Korea Office

    Gangnam Building 16/F., Seocho-daero 396,
    Seocho-gu, Seoul 06619, Korea

  • Taiwan Office

    4F., No.58, Zhouzi St., Neihu Dist.,
    Taipei City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)


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