Augie Cruciotti, Chairman of the Board
Dominic Gomez, Director
C. Richard (Dick) Kramlich, Director
Arun Sobti, Director
Yuval Almog, Director
Chairman of the Board
Augie Cruciotti moved from director to chairman of the board in January 2009. He has been a managing director with the Anschutz Investment Company since 2006. Prior to joining Anschutz he was chief operating officer for IP Unity where he was responsible for scaling the company's operational, marketing, development and field support for the global growth anticipated in the next phase of IP Unity's lifecycle. Before IP Unity, Augie was Qwest Communications' executive vice president of network services, where he led the organization that improved customer service performance to a level rated by the FCC as the best in the nation. Augie's leadership and strong record of process improvement led to numerous other accomplishments, including Qwest's VoIP deployment program, which quickly followed its first-in-class commitment to consumer VoIP services.
Augie has a BA from Clermont McKenna College, as well as a BS and an MBA from University of Southern California.
Dominic Gomez has a wealth of knowledge in the telecom industry, as well as an impressive track record of growth and achievement. He was president of Purple Communications, a leading provider of text and video relay and on-site interpreting services. Prior to Purple Communications, Dominic was chief operating officer for Hanaro Telecom, Inc., Korea's second largest carrier and leading integrated telecommunications provider offering a range of broadband Internet, voice, and video services. He led all day-to-day operations and was responsible for $2.0 billion in revenue and more than 4 million customers. Prior to joining Hanaro Telecom, Gomez held senior and executive management positions at Qwest Communications, Pacific Bell and AT&T. Dominic received his Bachelor of Science degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Executive Program for Management Development.
C. Richard (Dick) Kramlich
Dick has more than 35 years of venture capital investment experience. Dick focuses on a broad range of technically oriented companies. He was fortunate to have been the first person to have invested in the Ethernet with Bob Metcalfe, an early investor in Balloon Angioplasty with John Simpson and also backed the company that originated PowerPoint presentations. Present board memberships include Fabric7 Systems, Financial Engines, Force10 Networks, Foveon, Informative, Visual Edge Technology, Tabula, Nexthop Technologies, Xoom Corporation and Zhone Technologies (NASDAQ: ZHNE). Previous board memberships include among others, 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS), Ascend Communications (acquired by Lucent Technologies), Dallas Semiconductor (acquired by Maxim Integrated Products), Healtheon/WedMD (NASDAQ: HLTH), Immunex (acquired by Amgen), InfoGear (acquired by Cisco Systems), Juniper Networks (NASDAQ: JNPR), Macromedia (NASDAQ: MACR) acquired by Adobe, NetSolve (NASDAQ: NTSL) acquired by Cisco Systems, Decru (acquired by Network Appliance), Silicon Graphics, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) (NYSE: SMI).
He was recently Chairman and President of the National Venture Capital Association. Prior to joining NEA, Dick was a General Partner of Arthur Rock & Associates and Executive Vice President of Gardner & Preston Moss. He received a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in History from Northwestern University. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Venture Capital Association and the University of California-Haas School of Business. He and his wife Pam are noted collectors of Media Art.
A seasoned executive with over 30 years of technical and management leadership in the communications infrastructure industry, Dr. Sobti brings a wealth of expertise in shaping, building, and managing companies. His visionary leadership, complemented by energy and drive, has earned him a well-deserved reputation as an innovator who gets results.
Prior to joining Movius, Dr. Sobti was senior vice president of ADC and president of ADC's Broadband Access and Transport Group (BATG). BATG was comprised of the Broadband Communications Division (BCD), Broadband Wireless Group (BWG), Access Products Division (APD), Cable Access Systems Division (CASD), Transport Systems Division (TSD), and the Teledata Division. Dr. Sobti's responsibilities included managing operations, engineering, and sales and marketing initiatives. Under his leadership ADC purchased Pairgain Technologies and Broadband Access Systems, their largest acquisitions to date.
Dr. Sobti was also at Motorola for 24 years, where he ran a number of their businesses and led Motorola's participation in the third generation of wireless.
Dr. Sobti holds 18 patents and has served on a variety of industry standards committees. He is on several boards and also teaches in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Kansas, where he earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in electrical engineering. He received his B.S. in engineering from Punjab Engineering College in India.
Yuval is the chairman and founder of Coral Group. His contributions span across all stages of the enterprise building process including: strategy, operations, financing, M&A, and corporate governance. He has led dozens of Coral’s investments in diverse industries, such as media, internet, information services, systems and healthcare. Yuval has helped conceive, seed and build several of Coral’s portfolio companies; these companies have reached billions of dollars in market capitalization. Over a quarter of his investments have become public companies.
Some of Yuval’s prior investments include: Advanced Fibre Communications (acquired by Tellabs; TLAB), Cerus (CERS), Macromedia (acquired by Adobe, ADBE), Magnet Communications (acquired by Digital Insight; DGIN), Optical Solutions (acquired by Calix, CALX) and vizrt (Oslo Main List: VIZ).
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Yuval co-founded Zoran Corporation (ZRAN, acquired by CRS, PLC), a digital signal processing company in Silicon Valley. He also held staff and line positions with Raychem. Before moving to the United States, Yuval served as a fighter pilot, systems officer and instructor with the Israeli Air Force. Yuval holds degrees in mathematics, computer science and economics from the University of Alabama and a master’s in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.