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David Liddle

Partner Emeritus, U.S. Venture Partners

David Liddle joined SRI’s Board in 2011. Liddle is a partner emeritus of U.S. Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm he joined as a partner in 2000. He serves on the boards of AltoBeam, Ltd., B612 Foundation, Inphi and the Public Library of Science. He also serves on the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, responsible for recommending national telecommunications policy to Congress. His past public board experience includes Sybase, Broderbund Software, Borland Software, Maxlinear, Inc., Ticketmaster, Karmasphere, Inc., Klocwork, Inc., the SETI Institute, LineStream Technologies and The New York Times Company.

From 1992 to 1999, Liddle was CEO of Interval Research Corporation, which he co-founded with Paul Allen, a Microsoft co-founder. Interval was a Silicon Valley research laboratory and incubator for new businesses focused on broadband, consumer devices, interaction design, and advanced technologies.

Prior to joining Interval, Liddle was the co-founder and CEO of Metaphor Computer Systems, which was acquired by IBM in 1991. He spent the previous 10 years at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he led product development efforts on the personal computer graphical user interface, office laser printing, and Ethernet.

Liddle earned a B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in EECS at the University of Toledo. His contributions in human-computer interaction design have earned him the distinction of Senior Fellow at The Royal College of Art.

Liddle served on the Board of the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose for many years. He was also on the Board of the College of Engineering at Stanford University and has served in similar roles for both the University of Michigan and the University of California, Berkeley. During the mid- to late 1990s, Liddle was chair of the Board of The Santa Fe Institute.

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