Andrew Beard, Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Beard is CEO and Co-Founder of VANU, Inc., a provider of innovative wireless infrastructure solutions. Founded in 1998, Vanu, Inc. pioneered the commercialization of software-defined radio and was the first company to receive FCC certification of a software-defined radio. Prior to serving as CEO, Andrew served as Chief Operating Officer from the inception of the company, with responsibility for oversight of all operations, including sales, engineering, support, finance, production. Andrew also has lead strategy for identifying, protecting and monetizing key intellectual property assets. Andrew helped to incubate and launch ventures such as VANU Rwanda, working with carriers, regulators and investors to define and implement strategies. Prior to joining Vanu, Inc. Mr. Beard practiced law with Foley Hoag LLP where his practice focused on corporate securities and transactional matters for technology-oriented companies. Mr. Beard has the personal distinction of serving on the m-Powering Development Advisory Board for the ITU.
Raymie Stata, Board Member
Raymond Paul “Raymie” Stata is currently the founder and CEO of Altiscale, a company that provides Apache Hadoop as a service with “big data in the cloud”. Prior to Altiscale, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Yahoo where he played an instrumental role in algorithmic search, display advertising and cloud computing. Prior to Yahoo, Ramie founded Stata Laboratories maker of the Bloomba search-based e-mail client and the SAProxy anti-spam filter. He previously worked for Digital Equiment Corporation’s Systems Research Center, where he contributed to the AltaVista search engine. He is an alumnus of MIT, where he received bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science and Engineering.
Barry West, Board Member
Mr. West was most recently a Strategic Advisor to Clearwire and President of Clearwire International. Prior to joining Clearwire, Mr. West was President of the 4G Business Unit for Sprint Nextel. He previously served as Sprint Nextel’s Chief Technology Officer as well as executive vice president and CTO for Nextel Communications Inc. Mr. West is an industry pioneer who helped deploy the first GSM networks while an executive at British Telecom.