George Minassian, Ph.D.
CEO and Co-Founder of Crossbar
Dr. George Minassian has been a co-founder and CEO of Crossbar since 2010. A seasoned veteran of the semiconductor memory industry, Dr. Minassian brings Crossbar 25 years of experience in systems, logic design, new business development, and product development. Over his extensive career, Dr. Minassian has a proven track record of developing commercially successful, leading-edge products.
From 2002 to 2010, Dr. Minassian held a variety of positions at Spansion, a leading innovator of Flash memory solutions, most recently as vice president of System and Software Engineering where he led the $1.2 billion Flash Memory business targeting the cellular wireless market segment. While at Spansion, he developed and established new industry standards in emerging technologies such as PISMO and achieved a successful track record for large-scale product development and management.
From 1999-2002, Dr. Minassian was director of Wireless Engineering at Advanced Micro Devices, a microprocessor leader, where he developed the industry’s first CMOS RF process and complete 802.11b/a chipset and reference designs.
Dr. Minassian holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.
With extensive experience in senior level management positions, Mr. Subodh Toprani serves as a board member at Crossbar, Inc. He has held CEO positions at eSionic Corporation, ZettaCore Inc. and Catamaran Communications since 2000. Mr. Toprani brings over 30 years of experience in the technology realm.
Mr. Toprani joined ZettaCore from Infineon Technologies North America where he ran the Wireline Communications business as senior vice president and general manager. Prior to that he served as vice president of Marketing of Rambus Inc. and as vice president and general manager of the Logic Products Division since 1994. He also held marketing and engineering positions at AMD, Bally Manufacturing Corporation and Gaming Devices Inc., dating back to 1977.
Currently, Mr. Toprani is the executive chairman of eSionic Corp., and a member of the Board of Directors for NavSemi, Inc. . He earned his B.S. degree in Physics from St. Xavier’s College, Bombay and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Lei Yang, Ph.D.
Lei joined NLVC in 2010 with more than a decade of experience in technology development, corporate strategy/operations and investments.
Prior to NLVC, he was a Principal at VantagePoint Venture Partners (VPVP), where he focused on clean technology investments, including energy storage, lighting, solar, electric vehicle sectors, in the Greater China Area. Prior to VPVP, he was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company serving Fortune 500 companies across the high-tech value chain: semiconductor equipment, logic, memory and microprocessor devices, networking/storage equipment, and software and IT services. He supported and consulted with multiple clients in challenging corporate transformation, cross border mergers and acquisitions and post-merger integration situations.
Lei holds a BS in Chemistry from Peking University, a MS in Computer Sciences and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Tim is a Managing Director at Artiman. He focuses on early-stage technology investments and currently represents Artiman on the Boards of Crossbar Semiconductor, Kaybus, Prysm and Nutrinsic. He also serves on the Boards of InvenSense (NYSE: INVN) and Five9 (NASDAQ: FIVN). Tim’s previous investments include Teknovus (acq by Broadcom), Schoolfeed (acq by United Online) and Ario Data (acq by Xyratek).
From 2001 to 2011, Tim worked as a General Partner at Partech International and continues to represent Partech as a member of the Board of Directors at LedEngin. During the years of 1997 to 2001, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Island (NASDAQ: ISLD), a Partech portfolio company. The company was acquired in 2001 for $350 million.
Tim’s past business experience also includes his work as a General Manager at Lucent Technologies. While General Manager, he led the international voice communications product management team with P&L responsibility for product lines that generated over $2 billion in annual sales.
Tim graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College. His Bachelor of Arts degree is in Physics. Following this, he completed his MBA from Duke University.
Wen Hsieh, Ph.D.
Wen Hsieh is a general partner at KPCB U.S., and a managing partner of KPCB China. He also leads KPCB’s global Greentech and semiconductor-hardware practices.
Since joining the firm in 2006, he has focused on early-stage investments and incubations in green technologies, as well as disruptive semiconductor and hardware innovations. Wen works closely with the teams at Alta Devices, Amprius, Aquion Energy, Bloom Energy, Crossbar, LuxVue, mCube, TAS Energy China, TiDAL Systems, Transphorm and Voltafield as a board director/observer or advisor. He also advocated KPCB’s early investment in Amyris Biotechnologies (Nasdaq: AMRS), and as a board observer, he supported Amyris from Series A through IPO.
Before joining KPCB, Wen was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Co. San Francisco and a leader of McKinsey’s Asia semiconductor practice. During his five years at McKinsey, Wen focused primarily on serving leading companies across the global semiconductor value chain. His clients included EDA companies, IC design houses, wafer fab equipment vendors, automated test equipment suppliers, test solution providers, wafer foundries, logic and memory IDMs, PC and server OEMs and electronic component distributors. His secondary focus at McKinsey was on the North America biopharma sector, where his clients were small companies in the anti-viral, generics and specialty pharma segments. Earlier in his career, Wen founded OnChip Technologies, a startup developing MEMS microfluidic biochips. The company’s target market was high-sensitivity and high-throughput peptide separation and identification applications.
Wen earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. minor in biology from the California Institute of Technology. He also received a B.S. degree with honors and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the same institution.
Weijie Yun, Ph.D.
Weijie Yun is the founder and Managing Partner at Tyche Partners, which focuses on investing and supporting early growth stage companies with disruptive technologies in IT system and component sectors.
Prior to founding Tyche Partners, he was an active investor and a serial entrepreneur with extensive operating experience in growing companies from conceptual stage to mass market adoption stage. He has unique experience and insights in combining technology innovation in Silicon Valley with market opportunities in Asia. In addition to founding Telegent Systems, AIP Networks and Sitek, he co-invests and works closely with tier-1 VC firms such as KPCB and NEA. He was a board member and interim CEO of Alien Technologies where he turned the company around to reach profitability. Currently, he serves as the Executive Chairman of Ambiq Micro and as a board member at mCube, Kolo Medical and Afinity Academy.
Weijie received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley, and B.S. degree in Physics and Electronics from Zhengzhou University.