Biography for John F. Stockton
Summary: Broad experience in Venture Capital as well as being a part of start-up companies ranging from a few people to a few hundred in size. Usually heavily in technology evaluation and selection for companies as well as financial analysis and risk assessment. In almost every case, involved in fund raising and strategic partnerships for companies. Recent emphasis in the VC related work has been on clean-tech opportunities that involve hard sciences, such as new semiconductor processes for solar cells and light emitting diodes, circuit design techniques for power reduction and new materials combinations for better performing power transistor devices. Some recent assessments of new technologies include low cost fabrication techniques for Silicon Carbide and Gallium Nitride. Also recently investigated high efficiency GaAs solar cell designs. Evaluated multiple companies in the micro-inverter and distributed MPPT space. Served as a director for multiple companies (public - UK:LSE and private - although almost exclusively private).
- Present: Working part-time with Mayfield Fund, GSR Ventures and multiple portfolio companies. Serving on Board of Directors for Silicon Hive (semiconductor intellectual property company based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and for Camgian Microsystems (defense related electronic systems company based in Starkville, MS). Board Observer for Mayfield Fund investment called LatticePower (silicon-based LEDs based in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, China).
- 2001 to 2010: Worked off-and-on with multiple portfolio companies including Ubicom (consumer grade network processor), Dafca, Ponte Solutions, Arteris, Sirific Wireless, LV Sensors and Mobert Semiconductor. Developed a smart thermostat system for Zeta Communities, a fabricator of zero-net-energy homes. The thermostat managed a thermal mass, airflow dampers a skylight vent as well as indoor, outdoor and basement temperatures and humidity. Did enthalpy-based control and adaptive set-back based on weather patterns.
- 1999 to 2001: Worked in various capacities with ARC International, a UK-based semiconductor intellectual property company based in UK. Started out as an Independent Director, became Chairman and helped company go public on the London Stock Exchange in September of 2000 (just as the internet bubble collapsed). Raised $250M on a $1B valuation. Later became interim CEO and dealt with pressures of being a public company during a very bad economic cycle. Managed reduction company by about 30% in size while holding revenue relative steady in a rapidly declining market.
- 1996 to 1999: Worked with Mayfield Fund as a Venture Partner, helping evaluate companies and later helping companies that were having financial difficulties (in a work-out and disposition mode). Did interim management roles at multiple companies including Synergy Semiconductor (high speed bipolar components for the telecom market) and Stream Machine (MPEG-2 CODECs for the consumer electronics market). Helped start sVISION (CTO), a Mayfield funded liquid crystal on silicon display company targeting consumer projection equipment. Did independent consulting with Primarion, a company specializing in high performance voltage regulator modules (switching power supplies) for PC applications. Helped to technology performance analysis (some circuit simulation using SPICE) and helped with general technology direction.
- 1992 to 1996: CEO and co-founder of Tamarack Storage Devices a spin-off of MCC in Austin, TX that was trying to commercialize a holographic optical storage technology invented by MCC. Raised significant funding ($30M) from government entities to leverage a relatively small private investment. Dealt with significant technology development and risk-management challenges. After several years struggling with the technology, decided that it was about 20 years too early and that it was time to go onto other things.
- 1984 to 1992: VLSI Technology, Inc. in multiple roles ranging from strategic marketing to being an Engineering Fellow reporting to the CEO. Responsible for technology direction and prioritization across multiple product lines. Prior to that, co-founded a PC Chip Set business which ultimately became about 50% of the company's total revenues. Also organized the funding and spin-off of ARM Ltd from its parent company Acorn Computers Ltd. Sold Apple on the idea of working with the ARM 32-bit RISC processor in the Newton handheld device.
- 1978 to 1984: Worked at Motorola as part of the M68000 microprocessor team. Started out in the design group and later worked in the marketing department. Transitioned to the 8-bit embedded processor group and helped build a large part of a $2B semiconductor operation. Did strategic marketing and product planning for multiple product lines.
- 1974 to 1978: Worked at Applied Research (part of the University of Texas) on submarine sonar signal processing and power supply design. Participated in the design of a compact high reliability power supply that could achieve a 100,000 hour MTBF for use in a large submarine sonar system. Participated in the creation of the switch-mode power supply field.
Education: BS Engineering Science (hybrid EE and Nuclear Engineering) from University of Texas at Austin. Graduated with honors in 3.5 years while working 20-30 hours per week at ARL. Multiple patents (four issued, one provisional) involving IC testing, holographic optical memory and energy controller design.
Personal: Runner (occasional do marathons - 3:45 PBT and other distance races), father of two college-age kids both at the University of Texas (Aerospace Engineering and Physics Major). Interested in home theater, computerized home control, CNC Milling, autonomous RC helicopters and distributed tiny database/application servers for web applications.