Board of Directors
Mr. Charlie Cheng
Charlie Cheng joined Kilopass as CEO in October 2008 with overall responsibility for leading the company and its business growth worldwide. His career spans more than 10 years of experience in the semiconductor IP industry and an additional 15 years in the global technology marketplace. Prior to Kilopass, he served as vice president of marketing and international business at Faraday Technology, where he grew the Taiwan-centric company into an international presence. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Lexra Inc., an embedded RISC CPU IP company. Charlie began his technology career at General Electric and IBM, and pioneered in the semiconductor IP business as VP of Marketing at Aspec Technology. He also served in various technical and management positions at Iomega, Zycad and Viewlogic. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis on computer architecture and algorithms, from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. He also completed the Executive Management Training Program on Leadership at Carnegie Mellon University, in addition to various other executive training programs.
Mr. Aaron Mankovski
Aaron Mankovski’s tenure in venture capital started in 1996. He co-founded Eucalyptus Ventures, and has served as Managing Director since that time. In 1999, Eucalyptus merged with Polaris Venture Capital to create Pitango Venture Capital where Mr. Mankovski is a Managing General Partner. Mr. Mankovski has 16 years of experience in Executive Management (CEO, Sales and Marketing) in the high-technology sector in Israel and abroad. Prior to founding Eucalyptus, he served as Corporate Vice President of Orbotech Ltd.(NASDAQ: ORBK), responsible for worldwide operations, sales and customer support with offices on four different continents. Prior to assuming that position, Mr. Mankovski served as President and CEO of Orbotech Inc., where he also guided the merger of Orbot and Optrotech that led to the establishment of Orbotech. He previously was a sales executive at IBM. He also served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force. Mr. Mankovski holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Statistics from Tel Aviv University. Mr. Mankovski served on the Board of Director of Chromatis Networks (sold to Lucent for $4.75 billion). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of CTI2, Proficiency, Civcom, PacketLight Networks, Negevtech Semiconductors, Optimal Test , Kilopass Technology and Precede Technologies.
Mr. Jacques Benkoski
Jacques joined USVP in 2005. He has since focused on fostering USVP as an active investor in the Israeli market and in the IT markets in the U.S. Past USVP companies in which Jacques has taken a role include Trusteer (recently acquired by IBM), Dune Networks (Broadcom) and ClearShape (Cadence) along with executive chairmanships at Certess (Springsoft) and Synfora (Synopsys). Jacques currently sits on the boards or has an active role at Chute, Comilion, Contour, ExtendTV, HelloFax, Kilopass, Mobbles, Plumgrid, Qnovo, Quixey, RiskIO, SupplyFrame, Trusteer, and Zerto.Before joining USVP, Jacques was President and CEO of Monterey Design Systems from 1999 until its acquisition by Synopsys (SNPS) in 2004. Prior to that, he founded and served as General Manager of the European subsidiary of Epic Design Technology (EPIC) and became Vice President of European Sales following its acquisition by Synopsys. Earlier in his career, Jacques held a number of research and management positions at IMEC in Leuven, Belgium, at IBM’s Scientific Center in Haifa, Israel, and at STMicroelectronics in Grenoble, France.
Mr. David K Raun
David K Raun has over 20 years of experience at the executive level within the technology industry. He was President, CEO and a member of the board of directors at PLX Technology (a public semiconductor company) until PLX was acquired by Avago Technologies, a $6B supplier in August 2014. PLX was the market leader in Express Switching selling to all the top server, enterprise storage and networking companies. David stayed on as VP & GM of Express Switching at Avago until the successful integration of PLX was complete. Prior to his CEO role at PLX, he held multiple executive positions including EVP, Marketing and Business Development as well as Sr. EVP & General Manager. Prior to PLX he held the position of VP of Marketing at Pericom Semiconductor; CEO and founder of Actovate; VP of Sales followed by VP of PSD & Memory Products at WSI when it was acquired by ST Microelectronics in 2001. David received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mr. Winston Fu
Winston Fu is a managing director at LDV Partners, and he has been building winning teams for over 20 years as a technology investor and entrepreneur. His investment areas include software-defined infrastructure, semiconductor and machine learning technologies. Before founding LDV Partners, Winston served as a General Partner at US Venture Partners for 14 years. Winston backed industry leaders such as Box (BOX), Brion Technologies (acquired by ASML), Guidewire (GWRE), MaxLinear (MXL), Mellanox (MLNX) and New Focus (NFUO). Prior USVP, Winston was a founder of Vixel Corporation, and he began his venture career as a Kaufman Fellow at US Venture Partners. He earned his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management where he was an Austin Scholar. Winston obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and his BS in Physics from MIT. Winston is a former captain of MIT’s NCAA volleyball team and a former coach and a current Director of the Front Range Volleyball Club in Colorado.