Speakers Bio
VC-Meet III, March 16, 2004

Ghassan Bejjani : Mr. Bejjani is a Manging member at Morgan Stanley Venture Partners. Mr. Bejjani joined Venture Partners in 1998 following 13 years with Morgan Stanley's Information Technology Group, where he was most recently responsible for building and managing that organization's worldwide business development and strategic investment efforts. He received an Engineering Diploma in Public Works from L'Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1983 and an M.S. in Civil Engineering, Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985.

Mr. Bejjani is currently a Director of Band-X, Freightquote.com, Valoris, VBrick Systems and XS, Inc. He was previously on the board of Commtech, which was acquired by ADC Telecom in 2001.


Jonathon Linner : Jonathon is the founder and CEO of Enpocket. Jonathon's career spans two continents, three successful start-ups and a range of media, broadcasting and technology businesses.

Before founding Enpocket, Jonathon was worldwide head of the Engage wireless business and was a member of the pioneer team that developed the company's industry-leading media analytics offering, AdKnowledge, in San Francisco.

Prior to this Jonathon led product management, outbound marketing and strategic planning for the Silicon Graphics Internet products group. His other career highlights include work to develop the Internet server and software offerings that comprised Sun Microsystems' Netra product line and set-top box & digital cable access strategies at Cox Communications, where he started his career.

Jonathon graduated from the University of Miami and has an MBA from Cornell University.


Andrew Garman: Andy Garman is a Managing Partner at New Venture Partners. Andy Garman focuses on the firm's Software and Services and Networking and Communications investment areas. He currently works with the following NVP portfolio companies: Andrew, a.p. solve, Azure Solutions, E-Ink, Evolved Networks, iBiquity Digital, Intrado, Microwave Photonics, Psytechnics, Visual Insights and Watchmark.

Prior to joining Lucent, Andy was Managing Director of BT Ventures at Bankers Trust Company. There, he created and managed a portfolio of internally generated business-to-business e-commerce companies.

Andy previously was Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, of Xerox New Enterprises, where he helped grow Xerox's internal venture portfolio, primarily derived from innovations at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, to three public and eight private companies. He was also a General Partner at CommTech International, an incubator and venture capital firm, in Menlo Park, California, with exclusive rights to commercialize the technology of SRI International.

He has been a founder, director, and/or early stage investor in numerous private and public companies, including Amati Communications, ColoRep, AcuPrint, Placeware, dpiX, InXight, Certco, Globeset, Document Forum, Aether Technologies, E-Ink, Visual Insights, Lucent Public Safety Systems (now Intrado), Celiant, and Watchmark.

Andy holds an engineering and applied physics degree from Harvard College, a Masters degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Stanford University, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He recently served as President of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Summit, New Jersey.


Dennis O'Connell: Mr. O'Connell is a partner at Dolphin Equity Partners. Mr. O'Connell joined Dolphin in April 2001. Mr. O'Connell presently serves on the Board of Directors of Netifice Communications, NetMotion Wireless, Aligo and RateIntegration. In addition, Mr. O'Connell serves on the Board of Directors of AboveNet: the leading U.S. provider of business-to-business network infrastructure services.

Mr. O'Connell brings to Dolphin 20 years of operating experience in all segments of the communications industry - local, long distance and cellular. Prior to joining the Dolphin team, Mr. O'Connell served as the North Region President of XO Communications, a leading integrated communications provider, where he led market operations in the Northeast and Midwest, successfully building and launching six markets.

Before joining XO Communications, Mr. O'Connell was the Northeast Region President for AT&T Wireless. He led AT&T Wireless operations in New York and Pittsburgh and oversaw the launch of Washington, Philadelphia and Boston markets. Previously, Mr. O'Connell was with McCaw Cellular for 10 years, from the initial launch of McCaw's cellular business in 1985 through its sale to AT&T in 1995. While at McCaw, Mr. O'Connell had a variety of senior operating responsibilities in the Southwest, Midwest and New York.

Mr. O'Connell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland.


Hemant Taneja : Hemant Taneja is a Principal at General Catalyst Partners. Hemant concentrates on connectivity platforms, infrastructure, and applied technology in wireless and communications. Additionally, Hemant works closely with m-Qube and Millennial Net, which are both active General Catalyst investments.

Most recently, Hemant served as the Senior Vice President of Field Operations at JP Mobile, a wireless software and solutions company, where he led all customer-centric operations including sales, alliances, professional services and product marketing. Prior to JP Mobile, he co-founded Isovia, a Boston-based mobile software and applications company that was acquired by JP Mobile in December of 2001. As Chairman, President and CEO of Isovia, he built the management team, and oversaw business and product direction. Prior to co-founding Isovia, Hemant consulted to supply chain executives at Fortune1000 firms, including Bose, and Osram Sylvania, to help define and implement global supply chain strategy. Earlier in his career, he spent two years with Analog Devices where he helped develop stochastic models and simulation software for optimizing semiconductor fab operations.

Hemant is a frequent speaker at industry-leading wireless events, including the Enterprise Wireless Forum, DCI and Gartner. He is a charter member and technology chair of the Boston chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a non-profit organization focused on helping entrepreneurs of South Asian heritage.

Hemant earned a M.S. in Operations Research from the Sloan School of Management at MIT where he conducted doctoral studies, and helped teach the MBA curriculum in operations management. He also earned an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and a B.S. in Biology & Biomedical Engineering; all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Tony Fascenda
Mr. Fascenda is the Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Koolspan.

In 28 years of developing wireless technologies, Tony Fascenda has been awarded ten individual patents and has taken three separate wireless companies from startup to acquisition. Tony's first foray into wireless began in the late 70's with the development of a first-of-its-kind wireless timing and scoring system for Formula One and Indy 500 auto racing. Tony built his first company, Dataspeed, around the wireless timing system, and adapted the technology to create the QuoTrek, the first handheld, wireless device for real-time tracking of stock quotes. Tony took Dataspeed public in 1982, and it was then acquired by Lotus in 1985. The QuoTrek devices are still in use today under the Signal brand. Tony then formed Newspager Corporation of America which developed and marketed the Newspager device for tracking real time financial information. Newspager devices were licensed in 18 countries and licensed for manufacture to Uniden, Motorola, Philips, and Oi Electric. Newspager was acquired by Motorola in 1997. In the late 1990's, Tony worked with Mobeo to develop a real time foreign currency rate reporting system. Mobeo was acquired by Aether Systems in 1999.

A professional interest in RF and Wi-Fi technology led Tony to form KoolSpan with two former colleagues from Aether. With KoolSpan, Tony saw an opportunity to solve the problem of gaps in Wi-Fi security with an elegant, inexpensive security product based on pre-existing and highly secure smart cards already widely used in GSM wireless phones.Tony has filed eleven patents covering the KoolSpan solution both broadly and specifically.

Tony holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University. At Penn State, Tony developed a master's thesis on Formula One racing that eventually lead to the creation of his first company and his work in wireless.


John Delaney

John Delaney: John F. Delaney is a partner in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster, where he serves as Co-Chair of the office's Technology Transactions Practice Group.

Mr. Delaney has concentrated his practice on intellectual property and high-technology matters. He has advised clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to early-stage "Silicon Alley" start-ups on licensing and liability issues. Mr. Delaney has also counseled clients on copyright and other intellectual property issues in connection with corporate finance transactions and mergers and acquisitions. He has negotiated complex IT outsourcing contracts and service level agreements, Joint Ventures, Web site development and hosting relationships, software and content licenses, Internet co-branding and "private label" agreements, and many other types of technology-related contracts. In addition, Mr. Delaney has substantial experience in advising companies on issues such as privacy, contests and sweepstakes, advertising, digital signatures and electronic contracts, auctions, domain names, copyright and trademark registration, unfair competition, and trade secrets. His clients include companies such as A&E Television Networks, The Harry Fox Agency, Hertz, Miramax Films, Multex, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Yahoo! and Zomba Records.

Mr. Delaney has also represented clients in a wide range of intellectual property–related disputes. For example, he worked on the team that represented Fujitsu Ltd. in its landmark software copyright arbitration with IBM. He represented Chips and Technologies, Inc. in a series of widely publicized patent infringement and unfair competition actions and in an International Trade Commission investigation concerning memory controller chips used in personal computers. He served on the trial team that successfully defended Acuson Corporation in a patent infringement suit involving Acuson's sophisticated diagnostic ultrasound technology.

Mr. Delaney is a frequent lecturer and author on technology and intellectual property law developments, and has been quoted in publications such as Newsweek, Advertising Age and The Wall Street Journal on emerging intellectual property law and business issues. He has appeared on the cover of the American Lawyer as one of the "lawyers for the new economy" and on the cover of New York Lawyer as one of "fifteen lawyers 40 and under shaping the law for the 21st Century." Crain's New York Business recently included him in its "Technology 100," a list of individuals "likely to shape the direction and growth of New York's economy for years to come."

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Mr. Delaney received his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1986, graduating with honors. In 1989, he received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was an Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and the Arts. Mr. Delaney is a member of both the California Bar and the New York Bar.