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Howard Pakosh is Managing Partner. Mr. Pakosh has been involved in all facets of sales and marketing for the last 30 years. Prior to TekStart, he served as Director of NA Sales for Sonics Inc., the leading provider of intelligent interconnect solutions that manage the on-chip communications in SoC devices.

The company's SMART Interconnect solutions manage complex on-chip communications such as those resulting from the convergence of video, voice and data processing on a SoC. Previously, Mr. Pakosh worked at Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRL) where he worked as Director, Emerging Markets for this leader of semiconductor intellectual property (SIP). Mr. Pakosh also helped co-found Xentec, a semiconductor IP startup that was eventually sold to InSilicon in December 2000 and is now part of Synopsys (NASDAQ:SNPS).

Christopher Keil is a Managing Partner. Mr. Keil has over 25 years sales and marketing experience in the semiconductor and design tools industry. His professional experience includes Business Development, Corporate Marketing, Strategic Marketing, Corporate Development, Venture funding and Management for technology firms.

Mr. Keil’s competencies and experience include market and company valuations, corporate development, market analysis, strategic marketing, business development and market assessments and venture capital (funding). His technical Background includes multi-core processors, semiconductor (from design to foundry), communications, security, wireless, networking, RFID, EDA and semiconductor IP.


Alan Feinberg, founder and president of TEKSTART, has eighteen years of operating experience at emerging-growth high technology ventures. Before establishing TEKSTART, Mr. Feinberg was a sales and marketing executive and principal at four different venture-funded companies. He is a veteran of three mergers & acquisitions and an IPO, and has mastered the tools and techniques of entrepreneurial sales, marketing and business development. Mr. Feinberg holds Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degrees. He has been a frequent guest speaker and panelist on subjects of entrepreneurship at executive forums, business conferences and startup seminars around the world. As an entrepreneur himself, Alan Feinberg has personally experienced the major business challenges along the road to startup success. The lessons learned have been distilled into a process-oriented and pragmatic approach known as "Adventure Capital™".

Roger Thorpe is Chief Technical Officer. Roger Thorpe is a seasoned entrepreneur and product architect who has been helping emerging companies to develop new products for over 20 years. He has a strong background in establishing sound engineering practices and liaise with executive management to ensure corporate success. Prior to establishing Advanced Architectures in 1993, Roger Thorpe spent 15 years in computer development culminating as the Vice President of Engineering for a Supercomputer manufacturer.

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