Chris Norris, President and CEO
Chris joined Alta Devices as CEO in 2008 shortly after the company was founded. During his tenure, Alta has raised over $100M in financing and set the world records for both cell and module efficiency based on its flexible mobile power technology. Prior to Alta Devices, Chris was a Venture Partner at the investment firm Blue Run Ventures, and before that, the CEO of MicroDisplay Corporation, where he led the transformation of the company from chip maker to high definition TV (HDTV) manufacturer. Much of Chris’s professional experience was shaped by a long career in the semiconductor industry, first at Intel, where he was involved in both manufacturing and development, and then later at Cypress Semiconductor where over a span of seventeen years, he managed a wide variety of businesses.
Eli Yablonovitch is the Director of the NSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S), a multi-University Center based at Berkeley. Prof. Yablonovitch is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society. He is a Life Member of Eta Kappa Nu, and elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He has been awarded the Adolf Lomb Medal, the W. Streifer Scientific Achievement Award, the R.W. Wood Prize, the Julius Springer Prize, the IET Mountbatten Medal and the IEEE Photonics Award. He also has an honorary Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and from the Hong Kong Univ. of Science & Technology.
Harry Atwater is currently the Howard Hughes Professor and Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests center around two interwoven research themes: photovoltaics and solar energy; and plasmonics and optical metamaterials. Atwater and his group have been active in photovoltaics research for more than 20 years. He has authored or co-authored over 200 publications, and his group’s developments in the solar and plasmonics field have been featured in Scientific American and in research papers in Science, Nature Materials, Nature Photonics and Advanced Materials.
Bill Joy joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2005 as a partner in the firm’s greentech practice. He helped develop KPCB’s strategy of funding game-changing technologies that broadly address the twin problems of climate change and sustainability. Bill works on ventures in areas such as wind, solar and thermoelectric power generation, low-cost electrical energy storage, renewable fuels and green chemicals from non-fuel sources, low-embodied-energy materials and energy-efficient electronics.
Wen Hsieh is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers U.S. He is also a managing partner of KPCB China and leads the Greentech practice there. Since joining the firm in 2006, he has focused on early-stage investments and incubations in green technologies, such as energy storage, fuel cells, renewable fuels and chemicals, and solar PV, as well as disruptive semiconductor and hardware innovations.
Andy is a partner in the first five August Capital funds. Andy maintains an active role in the management of those funds and with his portfolio companies, and remains an advisor to new funds. Andy is an often-cited authority on changing technologies and markets and has written and lectured extensively on the evolving structures of semiconductor, computer, and telecommunications industries. He co-wrote "The Computerless Computer Company," which won the 1991 McKinsey award for Article of the Year in the Harvard Business Review.
Alain has spent more than 25 years in the semiconductor industry as a technologist and an investor in high-growth early-stage companies. He began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories' advanced materials development group where he developed thermal and plasma processes for thin film dielectrics deposition for semiconductor device manufacturing. From there, Alain joined Novellus Systems, leaving briefly to join Lam Research as director of deposition technology in the chemical vapor deposition business unit. In February 1996, he became Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Novellus. Before joining Crosslink, Alain was a General Partner at Compass Technology Partners.
Jagdeep is the Deputy Chief Investment Officer for the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) responsible for leading organizational initiatives that support investment decision-making and investing in venture capital. He is the head of “AIMCo Innovations,” investing in venture capital and entrepreneurial companies in Energy.
Forest joined NEA in 1999 as a Venture Partner and became a General Partner in 2004. Forest focuses on information and energy technology investments. Prior to NEA, Forest was Senior Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. He founded and directed the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation before joining SGI.
Matt Quilter, Secretary/Corporate Counsel
Matt has a general corporate practice, with an emphasis on working with entrepreneurs in establishing and developing start-ups in the Internet-infrastructure, enterprise software, and semiconductor sectors of the high technology market. As principal outside counsel, he represents Alta Devices in structuring and negotiating venture capital financings, strategic alliances, corporate partnering relationships, mergers and acquisitions, and technology licensing arrangements.