RALPH ESCHENBACH

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MEMBER NETWORKS

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ABOUT RALPH

Ralph Eschenbach is retired and has been a member of SHA since 2004 and has served as President (1 year), Treasurer (3 years) and board member (6 years). He has been in Silicon Valley all of his career which started at HP Labs. It was at HP that he developed the first commercial GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver in 1976 that demonstrated the potential for addressing a low cost market for a positioning sensor. That design was acquired by Trimble Navigation in 1982 and became the basis of Trimble's GPS technology. He joined Trimble in 1983 as VP Engineering and later had P&L responsibility managing the Marine and Aviation divisions of Trimble. He became CTO at Trimble in the late 1990's and retired in the mid 2000's.

He currently serves on the board's of about 6 startup companies in the valley and enjoys finding and mentoring startups.

He enjoys running, bicycling, and skiing. He just retired from the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol after 41 years and in 2012 he ran in the Boston Marathon.

He and his wife Carol enjoy active travel. They have bicycled, run, and hiked on all continents (except for Antarctica)

Mr. Eschenbach received his BSEE from UC Berkeley in 1968 and MSEE from Stanford University in 1970. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

 

 

 

VITALS

EDUCATION
Stanford University, MSEE 1968 - 1970, University of California, Berkeley, BSEE 1963 - 1968

EXPERIENCE
Stanford University, MSEE 1968 - 1970, University of California, Berkeley, BSEE 1963 - 1968

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE
Consumer Products,Engineering, Energy, Management Consulting, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate Technology

SKILLS
Board Director, Engineering, General Management

INVESTMENT INTERESTS
Consumer Products, Energy, Financial Technology, Hardware, Internet/Web Services Software