Startup Founders, Fortune 500 CEOs and Wildcats for Life
Paying Technology Forward
Teri Spencer, BS 1987, is founder, president and CEO of Ephibian, which has grown from a few people in a garage to a global company providing infrastructure, application development and managed services for Fortune 1000s and startups. She has won numerous awards and is known for developing the venture technology model.Ephibian provides technology services in exchange for equity, and we also help those clients raise additional funding as needed.
Starting, Selling and Starting Companies
Sunil Kishen, MS 1991, came to the UA from his homeland in India. Now he works in Silicon Valley transferring vast quantities of proprietary information for clients from their networks to the cloud. After his Sheer Networks startup was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2005, he held leadership posts there and at Intel before starting Aviatrix Systems in 2015.I feel I started my life in Tucson, and I could not have had a better landing in America.
Catalyzing Regional Biotech Growth
Patrick Marcus, BS 1996, whose sculptures featuring solar-powered light decorate the country, harnessed the power of his UA undergraduate degree and 2006 PhD in biomedical engineering to found a Tucson-based startup that makes medical devices. Named Tucson’s Man of the Year in 2014, Marcus works tirelessly with business and academic groups to support other entrepreneurs.Local startups must build relationships with engineering students early on. We can’t afford not to be closely involved with the University.
Pioneering Microprocessor Design
Bill Mensch, BS 1971, has been a major contributor to the designs of microprocessors used by Motorola, Apple, Atari and Nintendo. He holds 22 patents for microprocessors, microprocessor peripheral devices and microprocessor systems. One of Embedded Computing Design’s 2017 Top Embedded Innovators, he founded Western Design Center in 1978 and helped establish the fabless semiconductor business model.The world embraced that model, which has allowed for the expansion of more markets, more rapidly, and with a much wider range of uses.