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EDWARD M. ESBER, JR.
13430 Country Way
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Office: (650) 917-0770
Fax: (650) 917-0900
Over thirty years experience in the
computer industry working for IBM, Texas Instruments and as CEO of
Ashton Tate and COO of Creative Labs. He was either a founder,
executive or board member of several startups including VisiCorp,
Creative Insights, SoloPoint, Motion Computing, Blue Roads Software,
Poqet Computer and Pocket.com. As a PC industry pioneer, he pioneered
the marketing and distribution of retail, packaged software and
developed the marketing strategies for two of the worldís best selling
PC software packages of the 1980ís. He marketed the first spreadsheet,
the first office suite and the first Wintel graphical user interface.
After pioneering work in personal computer software, he did seminal work
on the integration of computers and multimedia at Creative Labs, the
integration of computers, toys and learning at Creative Insights, the
integration of computers, communication and telephony at SoloPoint, the
mobilization of email and internet access at Pocket.com and personal
computer mobility first at Poqet Computer and then at Motion Computing,
a tablet-PC company. He has served on the board of directors of over
twenty-five public, private and non-profit boards. He currently serves
on the board of directors of Quantum Corp, Blue Roads Software, Legacy J
Software and Case Western Reserve University. His education includes a
B.S. Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, a M.S.
Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from Harvard
The Angels Forum
Palo Alto, CA
Angels' Forum (TAF) is an early-stage investment organization comprised
of 25 private equity investors who are supported by a professional
financial services management team. TAF applies the rigor, structure,
and portfolio management of traditional venture capital investing to
earlier stage angel investing. The private equity investors affiliated
with TAF (the "Angels") are all successful business executives and
entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds who share an interest in
investing both time, as board members and advisors, and capital in
promising early-stage companies.
member, invested in over 55 companies to date.
of Halo Fund Management and helped raise a Angelís Forum Halo Fund of
approximately $25M. Halo Fund co-invests in companies that receive
Angel Fund investments.
Los Altos Hills, CA
The Esber Group was
formed in 1990 to meet the consulting needs of technology companies.
The Esber Group specializes in mentoring, strategic and marketing
consulting for technology companies offering computer, peripheral,
software, information or service products in the computer industry. The
Esber Group will also make investments in certain companies it works
with and is willing to take active chairmanships, interim CEO and other
executive positions where appropriate. Clients include Cranks Software,
Crosspoint Ventures, Gold Disk Software, INMAC, Lone Wolf, Mentalix,
Newtek, Pocket.com, Poqet Computer and WinFormation Software.
Los Gatos, CA
President and CEO, Director (1995-1998)
Recruited to turn
around a troubled company. SoloPoint was founded to meet the increased
communications needs of mobile, communications dependent individuals by
providing state of the art personal communications products that connect
people more intelligently. Drove the Company's initial product out the
door, recruited a new management team, secured financing and closed a
strategic marketing alliance with PacBell (a Regional Bell Operating
Company). Integrated Computer, communications and telephony services,
leveraging the companyís extensive technology, to expand the product
Chairman, Founder and CEO
Founder of the first
"Computer Toys Company", Creative Insights, Inc., and the "Toy Company
of the Computer Age." A Computer Toy is a creative, compelling piece of
hardware, which plugs into a standard multimedia personal computer and
is aimed at a specific purpose, to be brought to life with equally
compelling multimedia software, aimed at the same purpose.
President and COO
When Mr. Esber joined
Creative Labs, Inc. it was viewed as a "market laggard", the "current
market share leader', not an innovator (MediaVision was viewed as the
leader). Creative's intellectual property was not protected; itís
relations with Wall Street, the Press and its stockholders had
deteriorated; it had few strategic alliances with industry players;
there was no product marketing department; no product strategy; no chip
strategy; and it had not created a long term strategic plan. Integrated
Multimedia technology with computers to establish a leading position in
computer peripherals and upgrades.
Chairman and CEO/President and CEO (1984-1990)
Worldwide Sales and Marketing (1984)
Mr. Esber took over
Ashton Tate and made it one of the three leading personal computer
software companies of its time (The 1980ís PC Software Oligopoly of
Ashton Tate, Lotus and MicroSoft). He turned dBase into one of the
longest running standards in the personal computer software industry and
jointly introduced SQL Server with MicroSoft.
Digital General Corporation
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Blue Roads Software
(2003-Present), Case Western Reserve University (1988-Present) and
Quantum, Inc.(OTC: 1988-Present). Past public boards include Pansophic
Systems (sold to Computer Associates), Integrated Circuit Systems
Technology (sold to Bain & Co), SonicBlue (OTC: 2001-2003) and
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AngelsInvestors.org 2001 Angelís Annual Award: Internet/Software
BusinessWeek, "25 Executives to Watch,Ē April 15, 1988.
Computer Reseller News, 1985 &1986, "Industry's 25 Most Influential
Esquire Magazine, 1986 Register Honoree, Business and Industry.
Executive, "The Southland's 100 Outstanding Leaders in 1986."
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Harvard Business School
MBA, General Management
MS, Electrical Engineering
Case Institute of Technology
BS, Computer Engineering
children. Interests include racquetball, skiing, music, reading,
consumer electronics and personal computers.
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