Arjun Gupta, Executive Chairman
Arjun Gupta is the Executive Chairman at Calient and has been the key investor in Calient for two decades. In addition Arjun is the Chief Believer and founder of Telesoft Partners (www.telesoftvc.com), a special situations venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Over the last twenty five years, he has invested in and helped build over 85 technology companies, of which over 50 companies have been acquired or gone public (combined market cap over $750 billion). Recognizable brands include DocuSign, Salesforce.com, T-Mobile USA, Uber and others. He was on the Forbes Midas List of Top-100 Venture Investors in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. Prior to Telesoft, Arjun was at McKinsey & Company where his clients included Apple, AT&T/PacBell, Verizon/PacTel and others. He was part of the Digital Transition Project for LA which launched Qualcomm CMDA against the industry standard of TDMA. He was also part of the Paradigm Project which led to the spinoff of General Magic from Apple. He started his career at Tektronix Inc, initially as an operating systems software engineer, then a field applications engineer and finally a product specialist covering new product introductions in the US, Germany and Japan. Arjun loves developing and scaling great technology products.
In 2001, Arjun launched a family foundation to support education, conservation and the performing arts. The foundation has supported over 100 projects in America, India and Africa. Arjun is a Trustee of Aspen Institute and the Aspen Music Festival. He is a co-founder and co-chair of YPO Gold Aspen. Arjun is an avid outdoorsman and has skied to the North Pole and to the South Pole, and was recently appointed a UN Mountain Partnership Ambassador to help with climate change initiatives. Since 2013, Arjun has been a member of the new ownership group of the Sacramento Kings NBA basketball team.
Arjun received his MBA from Stanford University, an MS and BS (Phi Beta Kappa) in computer science from WSU, and a BA (Honors) in economics from St Stephen’s College (India). He is an ALI Fellow at Harvard University and a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Arjun lives in San Francisco and Aspen.
Sun Jiexiao has served as Chairman of the Board and General Manager of SUZHOU CHUNXING PRECISION MECHANICAL CO., LTD. since December 16, 2008. He also serves as Chairman of the Board and General Manager in nine other companies, including Mitec Communications Ltd. He was Chairman of the Board and General Manager of a company in Shanghai and led its transition to an electrical company.
Carvin Chen was the Deputy GM/Executive VP at Suzhou Chunxing Precision Mechanical Co., Ltd., a leading company principally engaged in the manufacturing of precision aluminum and magnesium alloy structures as well as 3D glass, plastic structures for telecommunication, consumer electronics/IT, automobile and industrial market segments. Its products mainly include precision die casting products, machining products, 3D glass products, stamping sheet metal parts and plastic injection parts. Chunxing is also engaged in the business of designing, manufacturing and distributing RF conditioning products for wireless telecommunication infrastructure. He was responsible for the overall operations of the company with multiple sites and 8000+ employees globally. Carvin previously served as the Director of Operations at Andrew Telecommunications.
Dave Rickey served as CEO of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) for more than nine years. When he joined in 1996, it was a struggling private chip company. He gave it focus, rigor and a sense of urgency – and went IPO 21 months later, rode the telecom boom to over $30 billion market cap in 2000, before Nortel and other key customers deflated. Bought 14 private, public and carve-out entities, the biggest a $4.5 billion swap stock. Raised just under $1 billion in cash through equity, while other companies chose convertible debt, a decision we’d celebrate. More recently he has served on boards, for both public and private organizations. Dave was recently Chairman of the Board of Cytori Therapeutics (NASDAQ: CYTX). He is actively engaged in philanthropy through the Brenda & Dave Rickey Foundation. Dave studied math and physics at Marietta College, earned a second bachelor’s from Columbia University in metallurgy and, received a master’s in materials science at Stanford University.
Phillip Proujansky is a member of Cayuga Venture Fund since its founding in 1996. He is also a founding managing partner of Integrated Acquisition & Development (IAD), a diversified commercial real estate firm and a private equity investor. Phil was a principal investor in a number of technology-based businesses prior to CVF, including companies in the development of non-wireline cellular telephone MSA and RSA markets, as well as companies with expertise in artificial intelligence for industrial applications.
He began his career as a financial analyst and consultant after studying engineering physics at Cornell University. Phil has worked in Ithaca, NY since 1975, and serves on a number of advisory boards affiliated with Cornell University, the Paleontological Research Institution and several other nonprofit organizations.