CASE STUDY: Chilldyne — “If you build it will they come?”

January 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Knobbe Martens
12790 El Camino Real #100
San Diego, CA 92130
Anita Rusch
858-771-MIT1 (858-771-6481)

Many of the issues encountered by start-ups are quite similar.  Learn new solutions for your business through our case study program. The company will present an Executive Overview and their key challenges.  Then an assembled “Board of Directors” takes over and suggests possible solutions. But you can too — the audience often sees even better solutions.

Our program spotlights Chilldyne and their unique challenges.  Chilldyne makes cooling systems for data centers. One of the biggest costs for data centers is cooling.  Their goal is to vastly improve how electronics are cooled, and help reduce energy consumption, with cost-effective alternatives for air cooling.  The Chilldyne Cool-Flo® System is a direct-to-chip liquid cooling system that delivers coolant under negative pressure. Chilldyne’s technologies were designed specifically to eliminate the risks associated with liquid cooling while keeping deployment
and operating costs low. The Chilldyne system mitigates risk with its patented leak-proof design.  See video below.

Top challenges are:

1. How to overcome our small size to get into large vendors

2. How to build the business model for recurring revenue

3. How to attract investment dollars

Robert Spears, CHILLDYNE, President and CEO

Mr. Spears is an accomplished Senior Operations Executive with over 30 years’ experience in diverse industries including biohazards/homeland security, financial services, personal computers and robotics. He has American and international leadership experiences center on operations, finance and general management of organizations ranging in size from a dozen to 6000+ employees. Mr. Spears has a proven track record of successfully funding and growing small emerging technology companies, expanding market share and profitability.

Dr. Steve Harrington, CHILLDYNE, Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Harrington has over 27 years of commercial experience in the fields of fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and electronics cooling. His unique experience runs the gamut from consumer product development to science. He has been responsible for numerous successful product development projects and IP generations. He holds a dozen U.S. patents and is named on many more. Dr. Harrington also teaches the Senior Aerospace Design class at UCSD.


Chris Orlando, Co-Founder & Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, ScaleMatrix

Mr. Orlando leads the ScaleMatrix commercial and strategic efforts around sales, marketing, client engagement, and products. Prior to ScaleMatrix, Chris served as president of the Complex Drive Data Center Group for four years, and held a number of key leadership positions within the hosting and colocation industry. His favorite achievement: Launching highly disruptive and innovative technology (Dynamic Density Control™) into new markets.



Ron Hawkins, Director, Industry Relations, SAN DIEGO SUPERCOMPUTER CENTER

Ron Hawkins is the director of industry relations at the University of California’s San Diego Supercomputer Center, where he is responsible for developing industry partnerships and research collaborations in high performance computing and big data. Mr. Hawkins is a technology industry veteran, having held VP-level management, engineering, and product development positions at companies such as SONY, SAIC, and Titan. Mr. Hawkins’ technology background and interests include high performance and cloud computing, data-intensive systems, big data analytics, microelectronics, and embedded and real-time systems. Mr. Hawkins volunteers as a mentor for the NSF I-Corps program at UC San Diego, is a consultant or advisor to early stage technology companies, and is active on several HPC and big data committees. He received the Master of Information Systems degree from Virginia Tech and the BSEE degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.

John Beane, Founder & CEO, MemComputing

John Beane is a San Diego based serial entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience building startups from conception to scale. Together these firms raised just shy of $200 million in venture capital, and have resulted in 1 IPO and 4 acquisitions returning in excess of $1.5 Billion. Mr. Beane holds 14 (and counting) US and Foreign patents for the complex hardware-software products and solutions that his companies have been based upon. He considers the mentoring and motivating of the teams that build these systems with him among his competencies and certainly among his pleasures.

John is the cofounder and CEO of MemComputing, Inc. The MemComputing technology brings supercomputer performance to standard server based environments when computing today’s most complex mathematical problems. In particular, MemComputing performs especially well in dramatically improving the speed and accuracy of training neural networks and making quick work of the most difficult optimization problems faced in machine learning. MemComputing also has wide application in the computations associated with autonomous vehicles, electronic design automation, drug discovery, delivery logistics and targeted clinical therapies among many others.

John M. Reese, Chief Financial Officer, Neotech Aqua Solutions

John Reese is an accomplished financial executive with significant experience in strategic planning, raising capital, M&A, business analysis, forecasting and reporting, legal compliance and contract administration.  Mr. Reese has raised multiple rounds of capital and has orchestrated successful exits. He has broad experience in start-up, small, and large companies in the Semiconductor, Software and DOD industries.  His diverse background also includes responsibility for Risk Management, HR, and IT.  John volunteers as a mentor with the Springboard program at Connect and is a consultant to small and early stage companies.


5:30: Registration, Appetizers and Networking
6:30: Presentation
7:45: Audience Q & A
8:00: Program Concludes, Networking, Coffee & Dessert until 8:30

MITEF Members and MITEF Sponsors: Free
Non-members: $65
MIT Alums:  $50
​​On-Site: $75

NOTE:  Online Registration ends at midnight, the day prior to the event.  If you register online the day of the event, you will be charged $75, the on-site price.

PAYPAL is our payment processor and accepts ALL MAJOR Credit Cards.

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