Advisors

InspireSemi has assembled a world-class team of accomplished professionals with expertise across an array of industries and domains, including semiconductor development, AI, data science, algorithm development, crypto currencies, energy, volatility trading, life sciences,  genomics, and biotechnology.

Advisors
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Paul Nixon
QuillPen Advisors, LLC

Paul Nixon has 40 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, having held executive engineering management roles at Texas Instruments (TI), Apple Computer, and NXP Semiconductors.  He co-founded Intrinsity, a high-performance processor company acquired by Apple. Throughout his career Paul has taken on high-risk technologies and enabled engineers to create innovative solutions and numerous breakthrough products. He is currently a semiconductor consultant to the investment industry on market strategies and technology and owns a financial planning and investment management firm focused on helping engineers develop financial/retirement plans and manage investments. Paul also serves on the board of Anametrics, a quantum photonics company.

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Srinivasan Iyengar
Cadence Design Systems

Srini Iyengar has over 25 years of silicon engineering experience, specializing in building custom silicon solutions that are optimized for workloads and built to keep the BOM down. He is a Corporate VP & Fellow at Cadence Design Systems where he leads a global SOC services team of 250+ members. He has led many visible high-stake projects to success and has most recently focused on hyperscale cloud computing companies. Prior to Cadence he was an analog mixed-signal circuit design engineer at Bell Labs (Lucent Microelectronics). Srini earned his MSEE from Lamar University and holds multiple patents in mixed-signal design and simulation.

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Michael Deem
Certus, LLC

Michael Deem is an experienced senior professional who has operated in senior management, Board, and advisor capacities with companies ranging from start-up, to rapid growth, to large multi-national companies. His intellectual bandwidth has benefited companies from a wide cross section of industries that include Life Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, Genomics, Data Science, Biotechnology, Energy, and Cancer Research.  Michael recently finished his term as Department Chair of Bioengineering at Rice University. In this capacity, he oversaw a department with 20 tenure track faculty, 5 non-tenure track faculty and instructors, 20 support and research staff, 200 undergraduate and 125 graduate students, and an annual research and operating budget of approximately $27 million. 

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Tim Gorham
Founder, Chronos Technologies

Tim is an executive with fifteen years of professional experience focusing on volatility trading and market making, bringing significant experience in algorithmic development, hardware integration, and complex risk management. During his tenure as an executive, he had hands-on experience managing risk, designing and implementing elaborate systems, and solving complex problems. His private investments span various growth stages and multiple sectors including real estate, personal finance management, sports injury prevention, cryptocurrencies, algorithmic trading platforms, and customized hardware solutions. He is a domain expert in volatility trading, estimation, and surface calibration, and he most recently cocreated the fastest commercially available volatility trading engine, a turnkey product that provides a complete suite of trading algorithms and can execute in less than 120 nanoseconds.

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Jim Hogan
Advisor Emeritus

Jim had more than 40 years experience in the semiconductor design and manufacturing industry and was very helpful in the early stages of building InspireSemi.   He was as a senior executive and board director in electronic design automation (EDA), intellectual property, semiconductor equipment, material science and IT companies.  As a technology company investor and board member, he participated in more than 20 successful exits.  For all his accomplishment and renown in the industry, he topped it by being one of the most genuinely nice human beings you could ever hope to meet and count as a friend.  Jim was the managing partner of Vista Ventures, LLC.  and served on several private companies’ board of directors. Additionally, Jim served as a strategic advisor to several private and public companies.

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