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Ron is an entrepreneur and business executive who spent the first 24 years of his career in the high-technology operating world and the last 10 years as a venture capitalist. He joined NEA in 2010 as a Venture Partner and focuses on information and alternative energy technology investments. He currently serves on the boards of Boulder Wind Power, Drobo, Gainspeed, Ketra, Kumu, Leyden Energy and Solidfire and works closely with HelioVolt and Blue Jeans Network. Previous board memberships include Data Domain (acquired by EMC), HelioVolt, LifeSize (acquired by Logitech), Indicative (acquired by Nimsoft), Nicira (acquired by VMware), ProStor (acquired by Imation and Tandberg) and Redseal Systems.Prior to joining NEA, Ron was a Partner at Sequel Venture Partners and led the firm's investments in HelioVolt and Buzzwire. Ron previously served as a Venture Partner at Sutter Hill Ventures, where he led the firm's investments in Data Domain, Drobo, ProStor, LifeSize, Indicative and Redseal Systems. Prior to joining Sutter Hill Ventures, Ron worked for Cisco Systems as Vice President of Operations for the Product Technology Groups and the Service Provider Line of Business. He joined Cisco as part of the Growth Networks acquisition in 2000, where he was President and CEO. Ron co-founded Growth Networks, an internet switching fabric company, in 1998 while serving as an entrepreneur-in-residence at NEA. Prior to working with NEA, he spent more than seven years with Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) in roles including Senior Vice president and General Manager of the $1 billion-plus server division and President of the MIPS group, the microprocessor subsidiary of SGI. Ron was also Vice President of Engineering and COO of Edge Computer, a computer company he co-founded in 1983.Ron also serves on the boards of Open Network Summit (ONS), founding and former chairman of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA), chairman of the Cleantech Fellows Institute, Colorado School of Mines Advisory, Colorado State University Ventures and NREL VC advisory board. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology.