Co-founder and Investor
Ron serves as a motivator and leader with the dual role of mentor/role
model to the CenterGate scientists and manager for business development.
A specialist in OEM/ISV software licensing business models, his track
record and history of success in technology companies between startup
and mid-life (<$20M) is invaluable.
At heart, Ron is
a networking and systems software entrepreneur who began his life as
a "Technology Angel" about 10 years ago following the sale
of his consulting group Lachman Associates to Eastman Kodak's Interactive
Systems subsidiary in 1989 (deal value roughly $20M). This was resultant
to his role as a joint developer of NFS with Sun Microsystems,
and the creation of Lachman Streams TCP that became bundled with
the Unix operating system.
benefits from Ron's diverse consulting experience. Following the sale
of Lachman Associates to Kodak, he served as the Executive Vice President
at Interactive Systems Corp, heading that business unit for Kodak for
four years. He is a co-founder of Praxsys, the developers of the WABI
product which emulates Windows on Unix, and sold Praxsys to Sun Microsystems
Ever the entrepreneur,
Ron reincarnated Lachman Technology to pursue new product ideas in networking
products, data archival and storage management. Lachman Technology/Associates
licensed roughly 4 million copies of networking protocols (mostly in
the Unix OEM marketplace), and was a technology leader in hierarchical
storage management. Legent Corporation acquired Lachman Technology in
1994 (deal value $30M gain), and Ron became vice president for Open
Systems strategy before leaving in 1995 to co-found, co-fund and build
the management team of a number of networking or software related companies.
Computer Associates acquired Legent in 1995.
Ron currently serves
as a senior advisor/board member capacity to thirteen
different technology companies in the fields of distributed computing
and Internet commerce.
He resides with
his wife and family in Chicago, enjoying life in the midwest and supporting
many charitable organizations and special programs (http://www.lachman.org/donations.html).