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The Management Team

John Moussouris

Managing Partner

Before founding VenEarth, Mr. Moussouris was founding CEO and Chairman of MicroUnity Systems Engineering, Inc., a developer of broadband microprocessor technologies licensed widely across the computing industry. Earlier he cofounded MIPS Computer Systems, where he led development of processors used in Sony Playstations, Cisco routers, and other innovative products. He taught at Stanford University and was a research staff member at IBM's Watson Lab and at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. He received an A.B. in physics from Harvard and a D.Phil in mathematical physics with Sir Roger Penrose as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. His interest in climate mitigation dates back to a low-pollution combustion engine company he cofounded in college. Enthusiasm for sustainable agriculture took root during summers on his grandparents' traditional organic farm on the Greek island of Cephalonia.

Tom Buckmaster


In addition to being a founding Partner at VenEarth, Mr. Buckmaster is President of MicroUnity Systems Engineering, Inc., where he has also served as Chief Operating Officer during his nineteen years with the company. Previous to MicroUnity, he spent two years at Performance Semiconductor and five years at Avantek. Mr. Buckmaster received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.

Craig Hansen


In addition to being a founding Partner of Venearth Group, Craig Hansen has been chief architect of MicroUnity since July 1990. Mr. Hansen was formerly chief architect at NeXT and at MIPS, where he was responsible for the original MIPS integer and floating-point architecture. Prior to MIPS, he was the architect of graphics, RISC and floating-point chips at Weitek. He began his career at HP, where he worked on the math architecture of PA-RISC. Mr. Hansen is an inventor of 62 granted U.S. Patents, and received his BSEE from Cornell and MSEE from Stanford University.

Jerry Harrison


Prior to being a founding Partner of VenEarth Group, Jerry Harrison was a member of the Talking Heads from 1977 through their dissolution in 1995, He was a member of the Modern Lovers from 1971-1974. He has recorded three solo records and been a successful music producer since 1981. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has won MTV's video of the year, multiple Surround Awards and received Grammy nominations for both music production and album design. He was the cofounder of now iLike -- the predominant musical engine of social networks: Facebook, Hi5, and Orkut. He is on the board of directors of MicroUnity Systems, The Independent Online Distribution Alliance and iLike. He taught design at Harvard University. He received an A.B in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College and studied Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.

Michael Cyrus

CEO, Sunlight Photonics and VenEarth Group Advisor

Michael Cyrus is CEO of Sunlight Photonics., a VenEarth Group investment, and a member of the VenEarth Group Board of Advisors. Previously, Michael was CEO of Inplane Photonics, a leader in photonic integration acquired by CyOptics/Avago in 2007. He was Chairman of Kodeos Communications, a signal processing technology company acquired by Finisar in 2007, CEO of Defense Photonics Group, and President and CEO of Cyrospace Inc. Previously he was at Lockheed Martin Space Systems for sixteen years, the last six as VP of Operations with 5000 employees leading the R&D, engineering, and operations of many advanced programs including Lunar and Mars.

Craig Sams

Executive Chairman, Carbon Gold and VenEarth Group Advisor

Craig Sams is Executive Chairman of Carbon Gold and a member of the VenEarth Group Board of Advisors. Previously, Craig was cofounder and President of Green & Black's Organic Chocolate, and a director and Chairman of the Soil Association, the leading UK certification and advocacy organization for sustainable agriculture. He was cofounder of Whole Earth Foods, and author of four books on organic food and agriculture. Craig has a B.Sc. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

David Wilson


David Wilson has almost thirty years of experience in the fields of intellectual property, corporate and securities law. He began his career at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. He subsequently practiced for over twenty-five years in Silicon Valley, primarily as a partner in the Corporate Finance and Technology Transactions Groups at Morrison & Foerster LLP, an international law firm. His practice focused on the representation of privately-held technology companies and complex licensing and intellectual property transactions in the life sciences and information technologies fields. Among other clients, Mr. Wilson represented MicroUnity Systems Engineering, Inc. for almost twenty years. He received his bachelors degree in computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

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