[Note: This is what I've been up to since leaving the ARL in 1978, which I wrote it up for a submarine riders reunion party.]
After leaving ARL in 1978, I went to work for Motorola Semiconductor in Austin and worked on the computer chip project that wound up being the heart of the Apple Macintosh computer. In this role, I got to travel around the US and Europe to visit customers and discuss future products. In 1982, I married Tina Manrique, my long-time sweetheart from Houston, which I had intermittently for several years (about 10 years by the time we got married).
After being at Motorola for seven years, and facing a choice of moving to Tokyo or joining another chip company in San Jose, I decided to go for the California. The business grew and ultimately moved to Phoenix, so we sold our house and moved to Arizona for the next six years. While I was at VLSI, I created a PC Chipset business which eventually accounted for about 1/2 of the company's business. I became a VLSI-Fellow and had a VP position with the company. While I was there, I organized a new company in UK called ARM Limited. During this time, I met with many industry notables, including Steve Jobs (Apple), Allen Kay (Apple), Michael Dell (Dell), Sir Robin Saxby (ARM Ltd), Andy Bechtolsheim (Sun) and others.
After several years in the desert and commuting back and forth between Phoenix and California, we decided to leave VLSI and move back to Texas. This was mainly for family reasons, as Tina felt like our kids (one born there and another on the way) should know their relatives in Houston, and travel for them was difficult. So we packed up and moved back to Austin.
In 1991, I started work at MCC in Austin with the intention of creating a spin-off company using some of the technology they had created in their labs. The technology we picked was an optical-memory technology and we created a company called Tamarack Storage Devices. I raised Venture Capital and also US Government funds for the project and we worked on it for about four years. We ultimately decided the technology wasn't quite ready for production after all, so we licensed what we could to others and spun-off a promising LCD technology to another company.
At this point in 1996 I was approached by a top-tier Venture Capital firm called Mayfield Fund to consult on technology companies. I wound up as a Venture Partner and helped both new and existing companies for the next three years. I was interim-CEO for two of their portfolio companies and helped found another two companies. After the dot-com bubble, technology investing was on the way out and I left Mayfield to do consulting. During this time I worked with people like Dado Banatao (founder S3, SiRF and Marvell), Rod Canion (founder of Compaq), Jeff Rothschild (founder Veritas), Theresa Ming (founder Atheros) and many others.
In 1999, I soon joined the BOD of ARC Cores in London, UK and became Chairman and later Interim-CEO. ARC is another Intellectual Property Company which we took public on the London Stock Exchange in September, 2000 (just before the end of the good times). Goldman Sachs helped us with the offering and we raised $250 million, with a market capitalization of $1.5 billion.
After working with ARC and a handful of small start-up companies for the dark years of 2001 to 2003, I rejoined Mayfield Fund. I typically spend every Monday to Wednesday working in Menlo Park and the rest of my time back in Austin. I serve as a Director for Theseus Logic (Orlando, FL), DAFCA (Boston, MA - Chairman), Sirific Wireless (Richardson, TX), LV Sensors (Emeryville, CA), Ponte Solutions (Mountain View, CA), LatticePower (Nanchang, China) and Mobert (Shanghai, China). At Mayfield, famous entrepreneurs come through the door every day. Some of them include Meg Whitman (CEO eBay), Frank Quattrone (ex-CSFB) and others.
In my spare time I play with computers, work on home theater projects and read about business and technology. I try to get a run in every now and then to keep fit and usually have a long distance race planned to keep it interesting. During the past 8 years, I've managed to complete 7 full marathons. Mostly at a slow pace (PBT=3:45), but none the less, I finished them!