John Cambier is a founding general partner at IDEA Fund Partners. Over the past 10 years, John has used a deep understanding of technology commercialization and company formation, along with his experience managing intellectual property, licensing and contracts, to help grow technology companies throughout the Southeast. At IDEA Fund Partners, John holds responsibilities for finance and investor relations functions, in addition to serving as a key member of the investment team and advisor to portfolio companies. John also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of NC IDEA and an advisor to its grants program, playing a key role in the company selection and mentoring process. John's investments include Unitive Electronics (acquired by Amkor), Ziptronix, ISIC Corporation, Hexatech, Brightdoor Systems and Social Solutions. He currently serves as a director on the board of Brightdoor Systems and is an observer on the boards of Axial Exchange, Hexatech and Social Solutions. Working in the technology sector since 1994, John has held various operational roles and was involved in the spin-off of four companies from MCNC, including the formation and ultimate sale of Cronos Integrated Microsystems to JDS Uniphase for $665 million in 2000. John received a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lister Delgado is a founder and general partner at IDEA Fund Partners. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and company formation, and has been an early stage investor and advisor to entrepreneurs since 2001. During his career as an investor spanning more than 10 years, Lister has led the evaluation of over 1,000 companies and has been a close advisor to more than 50 startups. In his role at IDEA Fund Partners, Lister is responsible for all aspects of the venture process, from deal sourcing and negotiation to management of portfolio investments. Currently, Lister serves on the boards of three IDEA Fund Partners portfolio companies, Argyle Social, Oncoscope and Windsor Circle. In addition, he represents the fund as an observer in two other portfolio companies, NextRay and StatSheet. Previously, he served on the boards of Triumphant (a.k.a. Chorus Systems) and RadarFind (acquired by TeleTracking Technologies). Since 2006, concurrent with his investment responsibilities, Lister has led the design and implementation of the NC IDEA grants program. Under Lister's leadership, NC IDEA has awarded over $2 million to over 50 companies. Lister brings to his job a broad range of technical skills in diverse industry sectors, from ASIC design to software development and systems engineering. Prior to IFP and NC IDEA, Lister worked for 5 years in the telecommunications and semiconductor industries, first at AT&T Bell Labs, and later at Lucent Technologies. Lister received a Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, an M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Scott Faris is the Founder and President of Astralis Group LLC which he started in 2002. Scott is also the Founder and CEO of Planar Energy Devices, Inc., a newly formed energy storage company based upon a portfolio of innovative technologies from several national labs. Scott was previously Managing Director of Corporate IP Ventures, a specialized investment company that starts and invests in companies created from corporate research activities. He also served as the Chairman and CEO of Waveguide Solutions, Inc., a leading developer of planar lightwave circuit and microsystem products based upon sol-gel material matrices. Scott has been involved in the start-up of over 20 technology companies and brings together a background of finance, technology commercialization and operating experience to emerging growth technology companies. At Ocean Optics, a precision optical component and fiber-optic instrument company, he was a Founding Director and the Chief Operating Officer. Scott attracted financing, led acquisitions, and was responsible for establishing the company's precision optical components division which was based upon a proprietary technology to pattern thin film filters. Scott was also involved with the company's sol-gel optical sensor group in identifying OEM opportunities for the technology. Prior to Ocean Optics, Scott was the Founder and CEO of Enterprise Corporation, a technology accelerator organization that raised over $50 million in capital to new and existing technology firms through a private investment forum. Scott was also the Director of the State Venture Capital Fund in Florida, and the Director of Technology Commercialization at the Center for Microelectronics Research. He began his career as an Associate with Zero Stage Capital. Scott is active the Florida technology community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida High Technology Corridor Council, Metro Orlando Economic Development Council and the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce. Scott is also a Founding Board Member of the Central Florida Technology Forum.
Richard Fox is currently with Astralis Group LLC and has twenty years of experience in the creation of new companies from well funded defense and aerospace technology. Richard's first company was a spin-out of an operation of Westinghouse, with a machine vision system derived from a military target recognition system. Based on that success, Richard pioneered innovative concepts for nurturing and growing entrepreneurial high tech businesses. As President of the Central Florida Innovation Corporation, Richard guided the launch of several companies based on military technologies. Richard was also the co-founder of MetaTech Ventures, LLC. MetaTech works with existing corporations to identify core competencies, adjacent market opportunities, and potential spin-outs. Client companies have included Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Agere Systems, and high growth potential entrepreneurial companies. Richad was a member of the senior management team of ENDOlap, Inc., a medical products company that designed and marketed products used in minimally invasive surgery. Six years after its founding, ENDOlap was recognized as the 13th fastest growing company in the State of Florida, and three years later, it was acquired by Cardinal Health, Inc., a Fortune 100 company. Richard served on the Florida Seed Capital Board and has been a member of several task forces for the State of Florida on venture capital and seed capital investing. He is presently a member of the board of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds. Richard is a frequent speaker on the subject of new company creation by professional teams. He earned his B.S. degree in physics from M.I.T., and holds 16 patents on the application of computers to industrial processes, and on medical devices.