Board of Directors
Edward Hamburg – Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Thrupoint
Mr. Hamburg headed business development and mergers and acquisitions activities from 1986-1992 for SPSS Inc., a multinational computer software company that provides predictive analytical technology and services to over two hundred thousand customers in business, government and higher education.
Mr. Hamburg received a PH.D. from the department of political science at The University of Chicago in 1982 and became an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago through 1986. His areas of expertise include American political behavior and organization, statistics and research methods, and comparative Middle Eastern politics. His academic awards include a research fellowship from the National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago.
Guy de Chazal – Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Venture Partners
Guy de Chazal is a former Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and a former Managing Member of Morgan Stanley Venture Partners IV, which manages Morgan Stanley Venture Partners investment funds. Mr. de Chazal joined Morgan Stanley in 1986. He is also a director of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. (LIOX), and the National Venture Capital Association.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. de Chazal was a Vice President of Citicorp Venture Capital from 1981 through 1985. From 1976 to 1981 he was a consultant with McKinsey & Co.
Mr. de Chazal is chairman of the Board of Directors of Fountain House—a rehabilitation and housing program for the emotionally handicapped in New York—and a member of the Board of Directors of the Squam Lakes Association in New Hampshire.
Cliff Higgerson – Venture Partner at Walden International
Cliff has more than 35 years of experience in research, consulting, planning and venture investing. Combining the market insight of an analyst with a keen ability to identify blockbuster technologies early in their development, Cliff has backed some of the most successful companies in the communications industry. He focuses his investments on telecommunications with an emphasis on carrier systems and equipment.
Past investments and board seats include Astute Networks, Hatteras Networks, Kotura, Lambda OpticalSystems, Ygnition, and Xtera Communications. Prior to investments include such industry leaders as Advanced Fibre Communications (Nasdaq: AFCI); America Online; Ciena (Nasdaqa; CIEN); Digital Island (acquired by Cable & Wireless); Digital Microwave, now Stralex Networks (Nasdaq: STXN); Tellabs (Nasdaq: TLAB); MCI (Nasdaq: MCIP); Octel (NYSE: OTL); and Tut Systems (Nasdaq: TUTS).
Cliff was a Founding Partner of ComVentures and a General Partner with Vanguard Venture Partners. He has also served as a Managing Partner and Director of Research for Hambrecht & Quist, and as a Special Limited Partner and Director of the Communications Group for L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin.
Cliff holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BS from the University of Illinois.
Merritt Lutz – Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Merritt M. Lutz is an Advisory Director for Morgan Stanley. He is also Chairman of MSIT Holdings. He is responsible for the oversight of Morgan Stanley’s strategic technology investments and MSIT joint ventures.
Mr. Lutz joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 as a Managing Director in charge of the Application Programming Group. He was in charge of developing and launching Morgan Stanley’s early Internet strategy, Morgan Stanley’s offsite software development joint ventures, and the firm’s Client Technology initiatives. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Lutz was President of Candle Corporation (then one of the world’s largest privately-held software companies), a Managing Partner of PDi (a software industry partnering and consulting company), and a Group Vice President for Informatics General Corporation (NYSE).
Mr. Lutz is a Director of SPSS and Interlink Electronics. He is also a Director for Business Engine Software Corporation and SendMail. He is a member of the Chairman’s Committee of the Computerworld Foundation Honors Awards Program. Mr. Lutz serves on the Board of Michigan State University School of Music and is also the Chairman of American Friends of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He is a former Director of the Information Technology Association of America and the NASD Industry Advisory Committee.