General Partner and Managing Director
Innovation Acceleration Capital
LES-SVC Vice Chair
N. Darius Sankey, General Partner and Managing Director, Innovation Acceleration Capital LinkedIn
Darius is a seasoned executive in the venture capital and technology. He is currently a Managing and founding member of Innovation Acceleration Capital (IAC). IAC’s mission is to fuel open innovation by connecting the right people at the right times to solve challenging problems while rewarding both commercialization and the soup to nuts innovation behind it. Prior to IAC he served as the Co-President of Ocean Tomo China, an Ocean Tomo division operating in China in partnership with Sinofaith IP from February 2018 to December of 2019. He also served as the Chairmen and Director of 3Discovered, Inc. Darius has served as a Managing Director at Sway Ventures, and Ocean Tomo, leading their Innovation Management Practice. Before his work with Ocean Tomo, Darius served as a Senior Director of Portfolio Management at Intellectual Ventures, a Managing Director at DFJ – Zone Ventures, and has served as a board member for several companies including Unium, 3Discovered, Siimpel Corporation and Neven Vision (acquired by Google). Darius is also a member of the Finance Advisory Committee for SPIE (the International Society for Optics and Photonics), the advisory board and investment committee for Luminate, the largest optics and photonicsaccelerator within the Rochester based NextCorp incubator. Finally, Darius is also a board member for LES (Licensing Executive Societies Silicon Value Chapter. He has worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc. and held strategic planning, consulting, and R&D positions at RAND and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Darius holds a Ph.D. in Optical Engineering from the Institute of Optics (1993), University of Rochester and B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT (1988). He is also has served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at the Rady School of Business at the University of California, at San Diego (UCSD) since 2008.
Nitin J. Shah
LES-SVC Vice Chair
Nitin J. Shah, Principal Innovator, MITRE Engenuity LinkedIn
Nitin is an inventor, innovator and strategist, with experience in technology development, corporate and product strategy, marketing, and business development. Currently Nitin is Principal Innovator at MITRE Engenuity, a not-for-profit tech foundation for the public good, based in Silicon Valley. He was the architect of a proposal for the National Semiconductor Technology Center, in support of the CHIPS Act and the resurgence of the U.S. semiconductor industry, working with corporations, start-ups, academia and financial institutions. He was also the lead for a proposal to the DoD Microelectronics Commons for 6G mobile communications. Nitin orchestrated a successful technology and business proposal to NASA’s Tipping Point program for an award to Nokia for deployment of the first ever 4G/LTE network on the lunar surface. Nitin was in Nokia’s Tech Ventures initiative, to commercialize IP and technology from Bell Labs via partners and incubators. Nitin’s career spans AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, Nokia Bell Labs, several start-ups, and providing consulting and decision services for clients such as DoCoMo, Ericsson and Intel. He has expertise in mobile networking, digital media, consumer privacy and semiconductors. He has been an enthusiastic mentor and strategic advisor to founders and start-ups in the areas of cybersecurity and identity management, mobility AI/analytics for infrastructure and urban planning, datacenter cooling, design studio for complex r.f. and filter solutions, and next gen wireless infrastructure platforms. Nitin has a BA and MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Microelectronics from the University of Cambridge in England. Fun fact: Nitin is the sole inventor on a family of patents for “Airplane Mode.”
Founding Managing Counsel at STLG and CEO at Presque
Former LES Silicon Valley Chapter Chair
Soody Tronson, Founding Managing Counsel at STLG and CEO at Presque, Former LES Silicon Valley Chapter Chair LinkedIn
Soody is a counsel, serial entrepreneur, inventor, and trusted advisor with over 25 years of interdisciplinary operational experience in innovation, technology, management, law, and advocacy in start-ups, Fortune 100 companies, and non-profits. Soody counsels domestic and international clients in intellectual property and technology transactions in various sectors, including hardware, software, medical devices, and alternative energy. Soody lectures on IP, licensing, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship domestically and internationally. She serves in a board, advisory, and leadership capacities with multiple organizations. She is the co-author of the book “Women Securing the Future with TIPPSS for IoT: Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety, Security for the Internet of Things” and an inventor of several patents and applications. Soody is the CEO of Presque, a wearable health-tech platform in the maternity space. One of her most fun ventures has been as co-founder of HighNote Coffee.