Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
Before Nantero, Greg Schmergel was Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy for About, Inc., at the time the 5th largest Web property. Previously he was President and CEO of ExpertCentral.com, Inc. Greg founded ExpertCentral.com to provide consumers and small businesses with access to thousands of experts to use as an online resource for important questions on a wide variety of topics (later acquired by About, Inc.). Before that, he was a Case Team Leader for Bain & Company and held a senior position at TowerGroup, which he helped start (acquired by Reuters). Greg stays active in supporting the entrepreneurship and business community including being a guest speaker at entrepreneurial classes and groups, a past judge in MIT business plan competitions, a Board member on the Mass Technology Leadership Council, Venture Partner at Rubicon Venture Capital, member of the Board of Trustees of the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and of the Lahey Clinic Foundation and a judge in the MassChallenge entrepreneurship program. He holds an AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Greg was selected as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner in New England, in the emerging technology category, 2006.
Dr. Thomas Rueckes
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer
Thomas Rueckes, Ph.D. is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Nantero where he directs engineering, development and research activities in CNT chemistry, process integration, circuit design, device, product and test engineering. He is the inventor of the NRAM® carbon nanotube memory concept and co-founded Nantero to commercialize this invention in 2001. He is inventor on 163 granted patents with more than 160 patents pending. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 2001.
Vice President, Licensing and Business Development
Sohrab was previously the Vice President, Technology Licensing and Business Development for Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. (SST), where he was one of the first employees. Sohrab was responsible for starting and leading SST’s licensing business. SST became a leading licensor of embedded nonvolatile memory. He was also in charge of litigation and enforcement of licensing agreements. From 1991-1997, he was Senior Manager, Device Physics at SST. From 1989-1990, he was a Senior Device Engineer at Altera, and before that he was a Senior Device Engineer at Xicor Corporation, working on EEPROM. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from UCLA, and has eighteen issued US patents in the field of nonvolatile memory.
VP of Design
Previously, Lee was Senior VP of Engineering at Sipex and Exar (mixed-signal semis), and then VP of Engineering/COO at Kilopass (embedded nonvolatile memory). Before that, he was in charge of flash design at Spansion and AMD and led the design of MirrorBit flash as well as many other flash products. Lee holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Robert O. Lindefjeld
General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel
Robert Lindefjeld was previously a Partner at Jones Day, one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world where he was in charge of the Pittsburgh Office Intellectual Property Group. He has been lead counsel and second-chair in numerous intellectual property infringement matters in state and federal courts, district court, arbitration, and the International Trade Commission in a wide variety of technologies including computer chips. He has also been Senior Vice President and General Counsel, iVentureLab.com, where he was responsible, as now, for a host of legal issues for the company, including intellectual property law, securities law, employment law, real estate law, environmental law, and a broad range of other commercial agreements. Before that he was a Law Clerk to The Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He holds a Juris Doctor JD from Widener University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He holds a BS in Biology from Norwich University, Military College of Vermont, and thereafter served as a Lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry. He is a Registered Patent Attorney and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, America’s Best Lawyers for Business, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Massachusetts Super Lawyers. In addition to his role as chief legal officer for Nantero, Rob was elected in 2014 by his peers nationally to serve as a “Fellow” of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and presently serves as the Chairman of the AIPLA’s Amicus Committee, the committee charged with making recommendations on amicus briefs to be filed in intellectual property cases pending before the United State Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the regional Federal Courts of Appeal throughout the United States. He is also a Past Chairman of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, the world’s largest organization of intellectual property professionals, with a wide range of responsibilities including helping formulate our country’s national policy in the area of patents, trademarks, and copyrights before the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Copyright Office, and our nation’s courts. He is a Past Chairman of the AIPLA’s Licensing and Management of IP Assets Committee, the substantive committee tasked with monitoring and shaping legal developments in the area of patent licensing. Rob has also served as a member of the Local Patent Rules Committee for the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and as a “Master” for the Q. Todd Dickinson American Inn of Court and is a frequent speaker and interviewee on legal issues around the United States and the world. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Norwich University Applied Research Institute, the research and development entity of his alma mater.