Jeffrey Weiss is a Senior Venture Partner to CEV as well as an active early-stage venture investor and a managing partner of CEVG. He currently serves as a board observer at Voltserver Inc. (East Greenwich, RI) as a technical advisor to Sparkmeter (Washington DC) and was a board observer at Solantro Semiconductor (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) prior to its sale in 2018. His expertise is focused on supporting start-ups in the area of leadership team development, private and venture capital raising, refining their business strategy and supporting technology development, roadmapping and intellectual property strategy. His current focus is exclusively on clean energy startups which can help mitigate global GHG emissions.
Mr. Weiss has been a founder of and held various technical and management roles in a number of hardware and communications companies. Mr. Weiss was VP Engineering of Digital LightCircuits, which researched photonic switching devices at Brown University, co-founder and CTO of Omnia Communications (acquired by Ciena), and later served as VP of Systems Architecture for Ciena. He also co-founded Magnalink Communications (acquired by Telco Systems) and served as VP of technology for Telco Systems. He has been involved in engineering or management roles at a variety of other companies, including Motorola (Codex Corporation), Sphere Technology, Cryptall Communications, and IBM’s TJ Watson Research Laboratory. Mr. Weiss has been issued a number of patents pertaining to data encryption, data compression, switching systems, photonic devices, and parallel computer processing. He also has patents pending in power transmission and wireless communications.
Mr. Weiss received a B.S.E.E. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S.E.E. from Columbia University. He was elected and served for four years on Lincoln RI’s public School Committee (including two years as its chairman). Mr. Weiss formerly served as a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Brown University’s Electrical Engineering program, as an MIT Educational Counselor, and as a member of the finance committee for Northern Rhode Island Community Services.
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