About Us

Corporate Leadership

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Dr. Bob Roohparvar
30+ years experience in the power management industry at Flextronics, Flexpower, and Broadcom. Redesigned the original iPhone charger, reducing size by over 50%. Holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.
Frankie Roohparvar
Chairman & Inventor
30+ years experience in solid state storage and memory technology industries. Prior positions include serving as CEO of Skyera, Vice President at HGST, WD, Vice President and GM at Micron Technology. Currently holds over 500 US patents in complex electrical systems. Holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University, and M.B.A.s from Columbia Business School and Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.
Peter Pietrangelo
VP of Product
25+ years experience in product packaging design for high volume manufacturing of HDDs and camera modules. Served Sr. Director positions at DOC and GLO-USA as well as Global Design Manager at VPT/Flextronics taking charge of camera module packaging for over 1,000 camera designs including the iPhone4 and Microsoft Kinect cameras.
Mitchell Nishi
VP Finance
20+ years of financial experience in both public and private companies. Served as VP Finance at Skyera as well as senior financial management positions at Echelon Corporation, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Johnson Controls and New Holland in Japan. Passed CPA exams in California, and holds a B.S. in business from California State University and an MBA from the Marshall School at the University of Southern California.
Sammy Saloum
Advisory Board
- Strategy & Business Development
Over twenty years of progressive operations, merchandising, marketing and P&L leadership for "big box" computer and electronics retailer CompUSA and auto parts retailer CSK Auto, small box retailer Radio Shack and several international business conglomerates ($20B-$70B).


George E. Blomgren, Ph.D

George began his career at Union Carbide doing theoretical research in ionic liquids and electrolytes. His interest in these studies led to a transfer to the Battery Products Division (now Energizer Batteries) and the study of primary batteries. His work on lithium batteries resulted in the discovery of many of the first liquid cathode batteries including lithium-thionyl chloride cells and lithium-sulfuryl chloride cells. Work on transition metal sufides as cathodes led to the lithium-iron pyrite battery which is still a major product of Energizer Battery. Dr. Blomgren retired from Energizer as Senior Technology Fellow, the highest technical position. Then followed a position of Chief Scientist for Imara Battery Co. developing early high rate lithium ion batteries for power tools. He has won numerous awards for his battery work from the Electrochemical Society and the International Battery Materials Association.

Bob Lilienfeld

Bob Lilienfeld is Editor of The ULS Report, a highly respected and widely read newsletter aimed at spreading the benefits of source reduction. Both Bob and The ULS Report have received significant national attention via features in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report. Bob has appeared on a wide variety of network television and radio programs including CBS Late Night, CNN, MSNBC, Nova, VH-1 and National Public Radio's Morning Edition The Environment Report and Living on Earth. He provided commentary for public radio and hosted Use Less Stuff on Fox, a monthly segment for FOX TV's morning news. His work in the areas of source reduction and waste prevention are known internationally as well. He is the co-author of Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are, and has been published in The International Herald Tribune and Le Temps Strategique.

Regis McKenna

McKenna helped launch some of the most important technological innovations of the last thirty years including the first microprocessor (Intel Corporation), the first personal computer (Apple Computer), the first recombinant DNA genetically engineered product (Genentech, Inc.), and the first retail computer store (The Byte Shop). Through most of the 1980’s, he was the only non-employee to serve on Apple’s Executive Management Staff. He was a General Partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. As an angel investor, he has provided seed financing to WebLogic, the first application server. McKenna also was co-founder of BroadWare Technology which was acquired by Cisco in 2007. McKenna served on the International Advisory Board of Toyota Motor Company. He was founding member of Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology & Society, and a trustee Emeritus of Santa Clara University. He is on the board of directors of Nanosys, an advanced materials company .



Forté Ventures actively collaborates with a cadre of corporate strategic partners to identify the most innovative and promising technology companies to invest in throughout North America.


SK Telecom Americas is the business development and venture capital arm of SK Telecom, Korea’s largest wireless operator and a global technology leader.