Co-founder and CEO
Cloud Parity Inc
Dr. Edward (Ed) H. Frank is co-founder and CEO of Cloud Parity Inc, a stealth-mode social networking company based in San Jose. Previously, he was Vice President of Macintosh Hardware Systems Engineering at Apple, Inc. where he lead the development of four generations of Macintosh laptop and desktop computers. Before joining Apple in 2009 he was Corporate Vice President of Research and Development at Broadcom, where he was responsible for Broadcom's overall engineering execution and played a key role in corporate business and IP strategy. Prior to becoming Corporate VP of R&D, Frank co-founded and co-led Broadcom's Wireless LAN business, which is now one of Broadcom's largest business units. Frank joined Broadcom in May 1999 following its acquisition of Epigram, Inc., a networking startup, where he was the founding CEO and Executive Vice President. From 1993 to 1996, he was a co-founder and Vice President of Engineering of NeTpower, Inc., a computer workstation manufacturer. From 1988 to 1993, Frank was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he co-architected several generations of Sun's SPARCstations and was a principal member of Sun's Green Project, which developed the precursor to the Java cross-platform web programming language, as well as intellectual property for many aspects of today¹s mobile devices.
Dr. Frank holds over 50 issued patents. He serves on the Boards of Directors of Analog Devices (ADI) and eASIC, is an advisor to several venture capital firms and startups, and a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. Frank received BSEE and MSEE degrees from Stanford University and a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, here he was a Hertz Foundation Fellow. He is a Life Trustee of Carnegie Mellon University, served as the public-phase chairman of CMU's $1.2B Inspire Innovation Capital Campaign, and endowed Carnegie Mellon’s Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry, which recently led the discovery and decoding of Andy Warhol’s only known digital works.
Frank owns and operates Compass Vineyards, a boutique grower and producer in Oakville, focused on 100% estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon. He and his wife, Sarah Ratchye, an artist, are avid collectors of contemporary art and are very active in the Bay Area arts and cultural community.