Advisory Board

Andy Bechtolsheim

Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Inc. and employee number one, is Chief Architect and Senior Vice President for the Systems Group, and is also a member of Sun’s executive management team. In this role, Bechtolsheim drives the rapid productization of next generation network server technologies.

Bechtolsheim brings with him over 25 years of Network Computing knowledge and expertise. He was a co-founder of Sun Microsystems where he held a variety of roles including Vice President of Technology and Chief Architect of Sun’s highly successful workstation product line. He invented the “Stanford University Network workstation” that eventually became the Sun-1 Workstation and was instrumental in launching other successful Sun products, including the SparcStation 1.

Bechtolsheim left Sun in 1995 to found Granite Systems, a Gigabit Ethernet start-up company, that was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1996. Andy became Vice President of Engineering and later Vice President General Manager of Cisco’s Gigabit Systems business which developed the Catalyst 4000 family, the industry’s highest volume modular Ethernet switching platform.

Bechtolsheim returned to Sun via the Kealia, Inc. acquisition, a company which he co-founded to develop advanced server technology. Bechtolsheim received a MS in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976 and he was a PhD student in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1977 to 1982. He has been honored with a Fulbright scholarship, a German National Merit Foundation scholarship, the Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, the Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla was a co-founder of Daisy Systems and founding Chief Executive Officer of Sun Microsystems where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. Vinod serves on the boards of Ausra, eASIC, Spatial Photonics, and Xsigo. Sun was funded by Kleiner Perkins and in 1986 Vinod switched sides and joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). In 2004, driven by the need for flexibility and a desire to be more experimental, to fund sometimes imprudent “science experiments,” and to take on both “for profit” and for “social impact” ventures, he formed Khosla Ventures. Khosla Ventures focuses on both traditional venture capital technology investments and clean technology ventures. Social ventures include affordable housing, microfinance among others. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon.


Larry Rosenstock

Larry Rosenstock taught carpentry for eleven years, after law school, in urban high schools in Boston and Cambridge. He served as staff attorney for two years at the Harvard Center for Law and Education, and was a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for five years. Larry was principal of the Rindge School of Technical Arts, and of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. He directed the federal New Urban High School Project, was president of the Price Charitable Fund, and is the founding principal of High Tech High in San Diego. Larry’s program, “CityWorks,” won the Ford Foundation Innovations in State and Local Government Award in 1992, and he is an Ashoka Fellow.


Graham Spencer

As the Chief Technology officer, Graham Spencer designed and built the JotSpot application wiki foundation. He currently spearheads all technology design and development for the company. Prior to JotSpot, Graham spent three years as a co-founder of, a consumer rights organization that works to preserve consumers’ existing digital rights as well as get passed into law its Consumer Technology Bill of Rights. He continues to run as a non-profit. Graham was formerly the original Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of, the popular Internet search engine and portal. Graham is widely recognized as one of the first technologists developing search technologies for the mainstream. He has teamed with Joe Kraus, JotSpot co-founder, on technology and company entrepreneurial efforts for the last 12 years. Graham holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.


Deborah Stipek

Deborah J. Stipek, Ph.D. is the James Quillen Dean and Professor of Education at Stanford University. Her doctorate is from Yale University in developmental psychology. Her scholarship concerns instructional effects on children’s achievement motivation, early childhood education, elementary education and school reform. In addition to her scholarship, she served for five years on the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences and chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Increasing High School Students’ Engagement & Motivation to Learn. Dr. Stipek served 10 of her 23 years at UCLA as Director of the Corinne Seeds University Elementary School and the Urban Education Studies Center. She joined the Stanford School of Education as Dean and Professor of Education in January 2001. She is a member of the National Academy of Education.


Kim Totah

Kim is a co-founder and partner of McCabe & Totah, LLP, a firm providing accounting, tax and family office services to high-net-worth families. Prior to starting the firm in 1992, Kim was a tax manager at Ernst & Young where she worked with a range of clients including individuals with complex financial situations. She has a M.S. in Taxation degree from San Jose State University and a B.S. degree in Accounting from Santa Clara University.


Jimmy Wales

Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales, is an American Internet entrepreneur best known for founding, as well as other wiki-related organizations, including the charitable organization Wikimedia Foundation, and the for-profit company Wikia, Inc.Wales received his Bachelor’s degree in finance from Auburn University and his Master’s in finance from University of Alabama. He was appointed a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School in 2005 and in 2006, he joined the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Creative Commons.In January of 2001, Wales started, the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit and today Wikipedia and its sister projects are among the top-five most visited sites on the web (comScore, January 2009). In mid-2003, Wales set up the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization based in St. Petersburg, Florida, to support The Foundation, now based in downtown San Francisco, boasts a staff of close to thirty focusing on fundraising, technology, and programming relating to the expansion of Wikipedia. Wales now sits on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, and as founder continues to act as a key spokesperson.In 2004, Wales co-founded Wikia, Inc., a for-profit company that enables groups of people to share information and opinions that fall outside the scope of an encyclopedia. Wikia’s community-created wikis range from video games and movies to finance and environmental issues. Wikia, Inc., attracts more than 30 million unique visitors per month to its 10,000+ enthusiast communities.In 2007, The World Economic Forum recognized Wales as one of the “Young Global Leaders.” This prestigious award acknowledges the top 250 young leaders for their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society and their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. In addition, Wales received the “Time 100 Award” in 2006, as he was named one of the world’s most influential people in the “Scientists & Thinkers” category.