CALIENT Technologies

Move the light, not the fiber

Board of Directors

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Arjun Gupta, Executive Chairman

Telesoft Partners

Arjun Gupta is a contrarian investor with extraordinary persistence and belief. He is the founder of TeleSoft Partners, a special situations venture capital firm focused on high-tech and energy value chain companies. He has over 20 years of experience working with technology companies in venture capital, consulting and design engineering roles. At TeleSoft, Arjun manages capital commitments of $625+ million and has established Corporate Partnerships with Alltel, Bechtel, Deutsche Telekom, Nexant,, and Symphony. In 2001, Arjun also started a foundation to support community projects in education, medical research and the arts. The foundation has helped provide partial funding for about 90 projects to date. He is a member of the Stanford Business School Management Board, Trustee of The Aspen Institute, Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Institute, Officer of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) Colorado Chapter, Trustee of Natural Resources Defense Council, and Member of the Board of Governors and President of the Western Regional Association of the National Association of the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA).


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Jack Sun


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.


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Carvin Chen

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.


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Dave Rickey

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.


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Phil Proujansky

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.