Fastback Networks enables mobile service providers and enterprises to deliver the speed, reliability and user experience demanded by consumers and businesses as they adopt a rapidly growing array of mobile service and data connectivity applications.
Fastback was established with the vision to develop the wireless backhaul technology needed for the coming 4G/5G LTE mobile infrastructure, recognizing that legacy 3G backhaul solutions are inadequate for pervasive, high density connectivity. With insights derived from experience building leading edge radio and data networking solutions – spanning silicon to systems across mobile technologies – the team solves backhaul challenges hindering ubiquitous, high density mobile data connectivity.
Co-founder, CEO, Member of Board
Kevin Duffy has 25 years of experience developing and monetizing advanced telecommunications and networking technologies. Formerly, Mr. Duffy was CEO, Proxim, where he led the company’s pioneering efforts in the convergence of new technologies, including wireless LAN, cellular backhaul, and multipoint access systems.
Previously, Mr. Duffy held a series of positions of expanding responsibility with Siemens in Germany, including VP & General Manager, and Director of Product Development for a variety of product lines including cellular handsets and home networking. In his early career, Mr. Duffy held positions with Nortel and Tracor Aerospace. BS Computer Science, University of Texas, US Air Force.
Co-Founder, CTO, Member of Board
Kevin J. Negus received the Ph.D. degree in Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada in 1988. His Silicon Valley career began in 1986 at the Fairchild Semiconductor Research Center in Palo Alto, CA. From 1988 to 1998 he held various R&D management positions with the Hewlett-Packard Company in San Jose, CA where he led the development of chipset solutions for numerous wireless communications systems.
From 1998 to 2002, Kevin was the Chief Technology Officer of then publicly-traded Proxim Corporation in Sunnyvale, CA where he was responsible for core technology strategy including silicon development, acquisitions, standards participation and intellectual property licensing. Since 2002, Kevin has been helping startup companies achieve business and technology leadership as well as providing expert witness consulting services to numerous companies large and small on patent related matters. His clients have included startup companies such as WiDeFi, Quantance, GainSpan, SiTime, Mojix and AirTight as well as wireless market leading companies such as Apple, Cisco, Blackberry, Motorola, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, HP, Dell, Sierra Wireless, Novatel and others. In his 30+ years of engineering, he has published more than 40 technical papers and holds about 25 US patents. Kevin has also provided public service as a member of the FCC’s Technical Advisory Committee and as a member of the Wyoming State Telecommunications Council.
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Stuart has extensive experience leading operational management, business development, sales and marketing for leading global wireless equipment providers. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Sub10 Systems. A dual national, Swiss and British, Stuart began his career in corporate audit with Motorola, based in the UK but with a global remit.
In 1999, he moved to Singapore where he developed and managed complex solutions sales throughout Asia-Pacific while also introducing and implementing successful critical business metrics.
Having moved back to Europe in 2002, to lead business development for Motorola Government & Enterprise in Eastern Europe, he was appointed General Manager for Russia with full P&L responsibility and an agenda for change. During his four years in Moscow, revenue grew 80% and transformed Russia into the major growth engine in the Europe, Middle East & Africa region.
In 2007, he returned to the UK as EMEA Director of sales, product management, marketing and technical support for Motorola Wireless Broadband. Stuart restructured and rebuilt the team and, under his leadership, Wireless Broadband became Motorola’s fastest growing business segment in revenue, market share and margin growth.
Educated in Switzerland, Stuart is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and completed his Master’s degree at the College of Europe, Bruges.
Vice President, Operations
Robert Barnett has 20 years of experience leading operations, systems integration and engineering teams for leading mobile technology organizations, as well as in early stage companies. During 12 years at Nortel, Robert held management roles for deployment of new mobile switching and aggregation technologies, including integration of the first CDMA RAN and GSM-R products, and the M&A integration team for DSL, IP router and fiber to fiber optical switch technologies.
Subsequently, as VP Engineering for Photon Dynamics, Robert managed all architecture, and engineering functions responsible to develop Gen 5,6,7 glass substrate products, and was instrumental in driving product margin and market share gains through tool capability. Previous experience includes management roles with clean tech startups. BSEE, University of Florida, MBA, Stockholm School of Economics Masters in Management
Vice President, Engineering
With 25 years engineering management experience, Kirk Blattman has lead development teams for innovative network products for both large established market leaders and innovative startup companies. As VP Engineering for Arroyo Video Solutions, Kirk built and led the engineering team, including all aspects of product development and quality. Following Cisco Systems acquisition of Arroyo, Kirk continued to lead engineering development of the product line as Director of Engineering, Video and Content Platform Business Unit, which secured engagements with 30 global service providers, growing to revenue approaching $100M.
Prior, Kirk was VP Engineering, Calix Networks, where he built and led the start-up telecommunications system provider’s hardware and software engineering teams. Previously, Kirk held a series of executive engineering positions with 3Com including, VP Engineering, Business Connectivity Group, as well as management positions in the Ethernet Products Group, and the Network Adapter Division. Kirk began his career in engineering positions with Hewlett Packard, Measurement and Control Systems, ASIC engineering and Instruments Divisions. BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, Graduated with High Honors
Vice President, Product Management
Dave Koberstein has 25 years of experience managing engineering and product management teams for pioneering wireless infrastructure companies both large and small. AsVP Product Line Management, Proxim, Dave managed priorities, schedules and roadmap for 100 projects, 8 product lines, and 3 product categories worth $115M/Y in revenues and $5M/Q in engineering investment, with responsibility for COGs and product performance of all company products.
In a prior executive roles at Proxim, he led customer engineering services, sales engineering, and OEM services. Previously, Dave held engineering and product management positions focused on waveform synthesizers, signal simulators, digital ad servers, and video on demand servers with Hewlett-Packard, Stanford Park and Video Communications divisions. BS ECE, BS Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, MSEE, Ohio State University.
Board of Directors
Managing Director, Granite Ventures
Eric Zimitis joined Granite Ventures in 2000. Prior to Granite, Eric was Managing Director and head of the Communications Research Group at Hambrecht & Quist and Chase H&Q. Eric was one of the first research analysts to cover internet infrastructure and related IP technologies and services including security, content delivery and hosting. Prior to H&Q, Eric was a General Partner at Volpe, Welty & Company.
Eric serves on the Boards of Directors for AirTight Networks, Empowered Careers, Pelican Imaging, Quantance, and RGB Networks. He was responsible for Granite’s investments in Speakeasy, acquired by Best Buy, RF Magic, acquired by Entropic (NASDAQ: ENTR), RipCode, acquired by RGB Networks, Percello, acquired by Broadcom, Localmind, acquired by Airbnb, and Ozmo Devices, acquired by Atmel. Eric received a B.S.E. in biomedical engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business.
General Partner, Matrix Partners
Stan Reiss has worked as a venture capitalist for more than a decade with a focus on early stage investments in systems, components, and software. His investments include Acacia Communications, Qualtre, Xtalic, Intelliden (IBM), and Hyper9 (Solarwinds). Prior to joining Matrix Stan worked in McKinsey’s electronics practice.
He also developed Ethernet chips at National Semiconductor.Stan has a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and holds Master’s degrees in electrical engineering and operations research from MIT as well as an MBA from Harvard.
President, Sprint Prepaid & Wholesale Service
Jim Hyde is President, Sprint Prepaid & Wholesale Service and Fastback Executive Chairman. As President, Sprint Prepaid & Wholesale Services, Jim Hyde leads development and strategy across the Boost Mobile, Sprint Prepaid and legacy Virgin Mobile USA business, as well as wholesale relationships with mobile virtual network operator partners.
a fiber-based, enterprise infrastructure and bandwidth transport company from October 2011, immediately following its separation from nTelos, through April 2012 and was a Non-Executive Board Director at Lumos from October 2011 until August 2014. Previously, Mr. Hyde was employed by Deutsche Telekom and VoiceStream Wireless from 1997 to 2009 and was appointed CEO and Managing Director of T-Mobile, UK (a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom) in January 2006, and served as a member of the T-Mobile International Management Committee and as an Executive Advisor to the T-Venture Funds. Mr. Hyde has served on the Board of Directors, and was Vice Chairman of the Board for the Competitive Carriers Association (formerly the Rural Cellular Association), and also served on the Board of Directors of CTIA, the largest wireless trade association in the United States. Jim was a member of the 1988 USA Olympic Weightlifting Team that competed in the Summer Games of the XXIV Olympiad in Seoul, South Korea.