Robert Ackerman is the Founder of Allegis Capital and currently sits on the Boards of Apprion, Purewave and Driverside. His prior investments include LGC Wireless, IronPort Systems (CSCO), iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ), Comparnet (MSFT), StepUp Commerce (INTU) and Classroom Connect (ENL). Mr. Ackerman uses his more than fifteen years of general management, venture capital and strategic mergers and acquisition advisory experience to support the firm’s technology start-up companies. Prior to Allegis Capital, his operating experience includes the CEO of UniSoft Systems (a world leading UNIX systems house operating in the U.S., Europe and Asia) and the founder and Chairman of InfoGear Technology Corporation (the first internet appliance company; acquired by CISCO in 2000). Mr. Ackerman has been named as one of the Top 100 technology investors by both Forbes Magazine and AlwaysOn. He is a leading advocate and authority on matters related to collaboration between start-up companies, venture capital firms and strategic corporate investors.  He Chairs the annual Corporate Venturing and Innovation conference and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and contributor to publications on matters related to venture capital, innovation, security and public policy related to economic development. Mr. Ackerman is a member of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco-based Asian Art Museum. He is also an instructor on subjects related to venture capital and new venture finance at the University of California’s Haas Graduate School of Business at Berkeley and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.