Skyera appoints Tallwood’s Banataro to board of directors

Flash storage maker Skyera has appointed Dado Banatao to its board of directors. Banatao is a managing partner at Tallwood Venture Capital.


SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Skyera Inc., the leader in highest density, all-flash, arrays (AFA) that maximize data center efficiency, today announced that technology innovator Dado Banatao has joined the company’s Board of Directors.

Banatao is the managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital. Prior to forming Tallwood, Banatao was a venture partner at the Mayfield Fund. He co-founded three technology startups: S3 (SBLU), Chips & Technologies (INTC) and Mostron. He also held positions in engineering and general management at National Semiconductor, Seeq Technologies, Intersil and Commodore International. Banatao pioneered the PC chip set and graphics acceleration architecture that continue to be two of the foundation technologies in every PC today. As an engineer, he is credited with developing several key semiconductor technologies.

Banatao serves as Chairman of Ikanos and Inphi Corporation and is on the board of directors of Wave Semiconductor. He also served as Chairman and led investments in SiRF Technology, acquired by CSR; Marvell Technology Group; Acclaim Communications, acquired by Level One; Newport Communications, acquired by Broadcom; Cyras Systems, acquired by Ciena; Stream Machine, acquired by Cirrus Logic; and Wilocity, acquired by Qualcomm.

Banatao holds a B.S.E.E., cum laude, from the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

“Dado’s success as an entrepreneur, an investor, an executive and as a person makes him an extremely valuable addition to Skyera and we are excited to have him guide us to greater success as a company,” said Frankie Roohparvar, CEO of Skyera. “His years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the technology market will help us better navigate our way to the top of the industry. I welcome Dado to our board and look forward to his assistance with expanding the reach of our high density, all-flash arrays to organizations throughout the world.”

About Skyera
Skyera solid-state storage architecture leverages the most advanced NAND flash, delivering the highest density, lowest power consumption and flash optimized enterprise software features – all within the industry’s smallest footprint. Data centers designed with Skyera’s high performance, cost-efficient, purpose-built solutions occupy up to 99 percent less space and consume up to 97 percent less power compared to traditional enterprise storage systems. For more information, visit


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