Stan Reiss
General Partner and Qualtre Board Member

Stan joined Matrix Partners, one of the nation’s leading venture capitalist firms, in 2000 and has worked as a venture capitalist for nearly a decade.  He had previously spent time helping technology companies refine their business strategies and operations in McKinsey & Company’s electronics practice, as well as developing Ethernet chips at National Semiconductor. Stan Reiss received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Cornell University, followed by two masters’ degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for electrical engineering and operations research, both of which focused on communications and networking. He also received an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.

 

Stephen Van Beaver
General Partner and Qualtre Board Member

Stephen has broad experience in the technology industry as an entrepreneur, manager, active investor, and advisor for over twenty-five years. He has led hardware and software products, services companies, and divisions working across numerous areas including; engineering, operations, business development, sales, and marketing strategy. Prior to Pilot House Ventures, Stephen was co-founder and Senior Vice President of Operations for Road Runner LLC, the high-speed data joint venture between MediaOne (now Comcast), Time Warner, Compaq (now HP) and Microsoft. In this role, he grew numerous operational functions, as well as other areas of the business including deployment, program management, quality assurance, network engineering, customer care, and regional operations. Stephen also served as Vice President of Operations and Technology for MediaOne Internet Services, as well as for Continental Cablevision. Before joining Continental Cablevision, Stephen was General Manager of the AT&T Interchange Online Network division and held senior marketing and operations positions at Shiva and Index Technology. Stephen holds a Masters of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hartford.

 

William Giudice
Independent Board Member

Mr. Giudice is currently a Director at Peoples Federal Savings Bank and a Trustee of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Bill was the Vice President / General Manager of Analog Devices Micromachined Products Division. He is the past president, CEO, and chairman of the board of Telephotonics, an optical components company that designs and manufactures optical components for the DWDM market and other segments of the global optical telecommunications network. In 1994, Mr. Giudice founded Maker Communications and led the company through a highly successful IPO and its subsequent sale to Conexant. Prior to co-founding Maker, he held sales and management positions at a number of companies, including AT&T, Hewlett Packard and LSI Logic.

 

Edgar Masri
CEO and President

Mr. Masri was appointed the CEO and President of Qualtré in 2008. From 2006-2008, Edgar rejoined 3Com, a global data networking leader, as the President and Chief Executive Officer. At 3Com, he led the acquisition of H-3C, the joint venture between 3Com and Huawei and was H-3C’s Chairman. Mr. Masri was a General Partner at Matrix Partners from 2000 to 2006, a leading technology venture capital firm, where he made investments in the wireless, broadband and semiconductor industries while serving on the boards of numerous semiconductor and telecommunication equipment startups. From 1995 to 1999, he led 3Com’s workgroup business and oversaw this unit’s five-fold growth to over $1 billion in revenue and a leading market share position. Prior to joining 3Com in 1985, Mr. Masri worked in various engineering and management positions at companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. Mr. Masri holds a Diplome d’Ingenieur from Ecole Centrale de Paris, and a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is an Arjay Miller Scholar M.B.A. graduate with distinction from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

 

Dr. Farrokh Ayazi
Co-Founder and CTO

Dr. Ayazi is Qualtré’s co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, as well as a professor at the premier MEMS academic institution, the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Farrokh received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, in 1994, with an M.S.E.E degree in 1997 and a 2000 Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Ayazi is an editor for the IEEE/ASME Journal of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (JMEMS). He has served on the technical program committee of IEEE International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM), International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), International Conference on Solid State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (Transducers), IEEE MEMS, and IEEE Sensors conference.  He is a 2004 recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the 2004 Richard M. Bass Outstanding Teacher Award (determined by the vote of the ECE senior class), and the Georgia Tech College of Engineering Cutting Edge Research Award for his work on high performance Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) MEMS resonator and gyroscope technology.  He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications and hold 12 issued patents.