BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder and Board Chairman
Nagesh Challa is co-founder and Board Chairman of Ecrio. As the Founding CEO of the company, he successfully assembled the team, set the direction for the company and raised money from both VC investors and strategic investors, he is also co-inventor of the MoBeam technology. In 2010, he spun MoBeam from Ecrio as a subsidiary and successfully assembled a management team and raised funding for MoBeam. Prior to Ecrio, he founded Nexcom Technology Inc., a Silicon Valley start-up that pioneered the concept of mass storage for mobile devices. As an inventor of the technology and CEO, he negotiated several license agreements with large global OEM's. He successfully sold Nexcom to ISSI (Nasdaq:ISSI) in December 1997. During his 25 year career, he held various engineering and management positions with National Semiconductor, Exel Microelectronics and Catalyst Semiconductor. Mr. Challa received a BS in Physics from Andhra University, India, an MS in Physics from Western Michigan University, and was a graduate student at Purdue University before starting his career in the Silicon Valley. He has been granted 24 patents in semiconductors, software and mobile technologies.
Founder & CEO
As one of the co-founders of Ecrio, Michel Gannage has been involved with the company since its inception and became its CEO in 2011, bringing over 30 years of industry experience. He is responsible for developing and implementing the company strategy and managing its overall operations and resources. During his tenure at Ecrio, he managed international business, OEM/ODM relationships, strategic partnerships, and was actively involved in product planning and sales strategy. Before founding Ecrio, he co-founded Nexcom Technology, a flash memory semiconductor and storage company, and served as Vice President of Engineering and Operations. At Nexcom, Mr. Gannage developed the Serial Flash and MediaStick product lines, and managed the system development for flash data storage in the form of SIM cards for consumer wireless devices. Prior to that, he held various engineering and management positions with Catalyst Semiconductor, Exel Microelectronics and Intel. Mr. Gannage received an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris, an MS in EECS from Princeton University, and holds 9 patents.
Hide L. Tanigami
Hide L. Tanigami is Chairman & CEO of Marubun/Arrow USA, LLC. a joint venture between Marubun Corporation, the largest semiconductor distributor in Japan, and Arrow Electronics (1998 to present). From 1985 through 1994 Mr. Tanigami was a co-founder and Vice President of Corporate Development at Catalyst Semiconductor, Inc. He took the company public in 1993 (NASDAQ: CATS). From 1994 through 1998 he was President and CEO of Marubun USA Corporation. From 1997 through 2000, Mr. Tanigami was Chairman of Catalyst Semiconductor (CATS). He has served on the Ecrio board from the company's inception and raised initial funding in 1998. He also has previously served on numerous boards in Silicon Valley, Japan and Taiwan. Mr. Tanigami currently serves on the board of directors of Marubun/Arrow and QuickLogic (NASDAQ QUIK). He was born and raised in Osaka, Japan, and holds an MA degree in applied linguistics from San Francisco State University and a BA degree from Kansai University of Foreign Studies. He became a US citizen in 2002.
Ben is Managing Director and co-Founder of yet2Ventures and Fairbridge Venture Partners, both early stage, open innovation based venture capital funds. Ben co-founded yet2.com in 1999, with strategic investment from; Siemens, Bayer, Caterpillar, P&G, Honeywell, DuPont and NTT. Yet2.com has created the world’s largest Open Innovation partner network and has strategic relationships with the world’s largest technology companies. Through Yet2Ventures, Ben has leveraged his experience to invest in over 40 venture-backed technology start-ups, creating a network of hundreds of entrepreneurs whom Yet2 has advised and guided to successful outcomes.Ben spent 13 years in various divisions of the DuPont company and is currently a director of; Morgan Stanley Capital International (NYSE:MSCI), ACube, Longwood Gardens, Bessemer Trust Delaware and a board member at MoBeam. Ben has a BSME from Tufts University. You can follow him on Twitter @benjamindupont.