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Mike Lyons


Chairman, Shadow Networks
Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University

Mr. Lyons currently serves as Chairman of Shadow Networks, a cyber security company based upon technology developed through a tech transfer partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Executive Chairman of CypherPath, a cyber security training company. He is also a Managing Director of NewLine Ventures, LLC, a management consulting firm. From 2008 to 2011, he also served as a Venture Partner with the Paladin Capital Group in Washington, D.C. and as a Venture Partner for ePlanet Ventures I and II. He was a co-founder and General Partner of Zilkha Venture Partners (Fund closed out in 2003), an early stage venture capital partnership focused on seed and first round investments in IT and bio-technology companies, principally located in Silicon Valley. He founded SafeView, Inc. in 2002, a Government Laboratory (PNNL) spinout, to address aspects of the anti-terrorist physical security market; the Company closed A and B rounds totaling more than $23M led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, ePlanet Ventures, GE/Invision, Paladin Capital Group, and Novak Biddle. He served as Chairman until its sale to L3 Communications in March, 2006. He currently serves as a Director of Real-Time Innovations, a privately held software company focused on advanced real-time integration of complex systems. He is a key advisor to three other stealth technology companies.

Concurrently, Mr. Lyons is a Consulting Associate Professor at the Stanford University Department of Management Science and Engineering. Serving in the Stanford position since 1988, he was a co-developer of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program with Prof. Tom Byers and the founding professor of Technology Venture Formation, one of the most highly rated courses in the School of Engineering. He also co-teaches Entrepreneurship in Civil and Environmental Engineeering in Civil and Environmental Engineering department of the School of Engineering. He is a co-founder of the Innovation Institute focused on creating training platforms for entrepreneurial education.

From 1980 to 1991, he was a co-founder, a Vice-President, and a Director of Integrated Systems Inc. (INTS, founded 1980), a leading implementer of high-performance real-time control systems for aircraft, automotive, and manufacturing applications. The Company was merged with WindRiver Systems in 1999. WindRiver was acquired by Intel in 2009.

Mr. Lyons received a Bachelors and Masters (equivalent) in Engineering Physics from Cornell University, an MSEE from Stanford, and an MBA, with Distinction, from the Pepperdine Presidential/Key Executive Program. He is a graduate of the Stanford/AEA Institute for the Management of High Technology Companies and a Price-Babson Fellow in Entrepreneurship Education.