Rubicon’s team of industry veterans includes technology leaders from Apple, Amazon, Pixar, Adobe, Cisco, Broadcom and many successful startups. The team has over one hundred patents between them, and have worked together successfully in five companies.
Chief Executive Officer & Board Member
Before joining Rubicon, Richard was VP of Business Development at image-recognition startup IQ Engines (acquired by Yahoo in 2013). Prior to that he was CEO and co-founder of F/11 Optics, a smartphone camera IP startup that was formed as a spin-out of PPG Industries (NYSE PPG). Between 2004 and 2009 Richard was CEO of Inapac, where his team built stacked-memory IP that shipped in over 50M of Motorola’s iconic RAZR phones. As a senior executive at Hotrail and CEO of Aeluros, Richard led teams that built significant stakeholder value with acquisitions by Conexant and Netlogic, respectively. Previously, Richard held a variety of sales and marketing management positions at LSI Logic and other technology companies.
Chief Product Officer
Rod began his career building Internet technology as a software engineer for Cisco. At Cisco he designed protocols and security for wide-area networking, mobile IP, and data protection. Next, Rod joined Apple as a senior software engineer and an early member of the FairPlay team. There, he worked on DRM used to protect music and video for Quicktime and iTunes on iPod, Mac, iPhone, and AppleTV. That led to a technical lead engineering position at Adobe, where he helped architect and develop product for Primetime DRM, which provides protection for video content across a complex set of devices, platforms, and distributors. Rod holds a BS in Applied Computer Science from the University of North Carolina and a Certificate of Excellence in Business from UC Berkeley. He holds five patents with several more pending.
Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer
Dave’s career includes roles at HP, Pixar, and Apple, where he led product design of the iMac, Titanium PowerBook, and other iconic products. He left Apple in 2001 as Director, Portable Product Design, to join Global Locate, a startup that delivered GPS in mobile devices. After Global Locate’s sale to Broadcom in 2007, Dave ran Broadcom’s Location-Based Services with P&L responsibility for cloud-based location services to hundreds of millions of mobile devices. Dave holds a BE from Stevens Tech and an MSME from MIT. He holds over 70 US patents with many pending.
Gary’s career began at Singer-Link, developing F-16 flight simulators for the US and Israeli Air Forces. After working on NASA’s International Space Station, he joined Apple, where he helped create the groundbreaking QuickTime media architecture and met Rubicon’s founders. Building on leadership roles at Discreet Logic through their sale to Autodesk, Gary founded Unthinkable Research—his consultancy that counts AMD, Apple, and Logitech among its clients. Prior to joining Rubicon, Gary led a team developing a low-latency, secure, electronic trading platform with automated risk controls for a Chicago-based, high-frequency trading firm. He is also a technical advisor to Austin’s SXSW festival. Gary has published many technical articles, speaks at technical conferences, and holds BSEE and MSCE degrees from the University of South Carolina.
Prior to joining Rubicon Todd was a Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS) helping companies build highly available, secure and scalable cloud enabled services. Todd specialized in containerized microservices that leverage the compute, analytics and CI/CD capabilities provided by AWS. Todd joined AWS from Zynga where he worked as a hands-on, Engineering Manager building a web and mobile based franchise that reached over seven million Daily Average Users. Before becoming Engineer Manager Todd worked as a team lead and full-stack engineer responsible for managing a group of engineers, designers, and artists to maintain a strong cadence of product releases. Todd started his technical career working as a game engine programmer developing cross-platform titles for Activision.
VP Product Marketing
Julia Cline is VP of Product Marketing at Rubicon Labs, a venture-backed startup building a secure identity platform for the IoT. Julia leads Rubicon’s efforts in product strategy, direction and marketing communications. Prior to Rubicon Labs, Julia was Director of System Engineering at Rambus, where her organization was responsible for system design, validation and test of high performance semiconductor IP for both consumer and enterprise verticals. In addition, she held positions at Rambus managing system research and development teams, production engineering, and started her career in project management and as a circuit designer. Outside of work, Julia has spent time helping run scholarship funds for technology and mentorship programs for women in science. And, has spent many years as a ski instructor on the East Coast and at Squaw Valley, Calif.
Julia has a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brown, and is the holder of three patents and another pending.
Co-founder & Special Advisor
Wil began his career developing Apple’s PowerPC. Following Apple, Wil joined LifeSize Communications, where he developed breakthrough video and audio conferencing products. After Logitech’s acquisition in 2009, Wil spent time pursuing the technology foundations of Rubicon and filed patents covering our unique solutions. Wil holds a PhD in Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science from University of North Carolina. He holds 33 US patents with many pending.
Whit is often considered the father of modern-day cyber-security. In 1976, Whit with Martin Hellman created a new method of solving cryptographic key distribution, which is became known as Diffie-Hellman key exchange. For their work, they won the 2015 Turing Award.
Rubicon Labs is honored to have Whit as a founding member of its Technical Advisory Board.
Third Point Ventures, Board Member
Since June 2000, Mr. Schwartz has been Managing Partner of Third Point Ventures, the Menlo Park, California based venture capital arm of Third Point LLC, which is a registered investment adviser based in New York and the investment manager of the Third Point Funds. Mr. Schwartz is presently a director of CloudVelox, Apigee (Nasdaq:APIC), Upstart, Formation Data Systems, SentinelOne, Kumu Networks, R2 Semiconductor, Yellow Brick Data, and Rubicon Labs. Previously he led investments in Radia Communications (acquired by Texas Instruments), LitePoint (acquired by Teradyne), Elastica (acquired by BlueCoat), Global Locate (Acquired by Broadcom), EnPhase Energy (Nasdaq : ENPH), Apigee (Nasdaq : APIC), and IQ Engines (Acquired by Yahoo!). Mr. Schwartz was named to the annual Always On List Of Top 100 Venture Capitalists. Previously, for 23 years, Mr. Schwartz was the President of RF Associates North, a privately held communications semiconductor manufacturer’s representative firm. Mr. Schwartz holds a multi-disciplinary engineering degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Pelion Venture Partners, Board Member
Carl Ledbetter joined Pelion Venture Partners in 2003. Before joining Pelion, Carl was a senior executive in engineering of operations at Novell, Control Data Corporation, ETA Systems, Hybrid Networks, Prime Computing, Sun Microsystems, and IBM. Also, Carl was President of AT&T’s Consumer Products Division. He was a dean and a professor of mathematics at universities on both coasts. Carl has been a leader in the computer industry in many ways. He was Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on the Computer Industry of Minnesota under the administrations of two governors; he was a member of the board of directors of the Wireless Industry Association, and completed a term as a member of the Technology Advisory Committee to the Joint House-Senate Committee on Science and Technology. For five years, he was a member of the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association and served as Treasurer of that organization. He has been the invited keynote speaker at more than twenty international conferences on supercomputing, computer networking, computer security and encryption. As the holder of six patents in computing and telecommunications and the former CEO of a venture-backed startup himself, Carl has firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to run a young company in the technology sector. He acts as the firm’s technology expert and often lends his technical, engineering, and operating expertise and provides industry connections on behalf of our portfolio companies. Carl earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Clark University, his Master’s degree in mathematics from Brandeis University, and a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Redlands.
Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Akamai is the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, making the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its customers. The company’s advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere.