But Miller certainly knows his way around a microprocessor. Prior to founding Slam Dunk Networks, he was founder and CEO of NeTpower, a now-defunct microprocessor company. Before that, he was CEO of MIPS Computer Systems, which developed one of the first 64-bit microprocessors and was subsequently acquired by Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) (NYSE: SGI).
ONStor, founded in October 2000, has 55 employees and is in good financial shape, Miller says. ONStor has received $40 million in funding to date from Foundation Capital, Mayfield Fund, and WorldView Technology Partners (see Agile Smiles With $26M Round).
Miller was recruited to ONStor by Kevin Fong, managing partner at Mayfield, also an investor in Slam Dunk Networks. "The company had reached a point where the focus had to be go-to-market," Miller says. "I've had a lot of experience in introducing products, and I was very interested in the technology."
Now the ONStor team is just crossing their fingers that the folks from OnStar Corp. don't come a-knocking with a cease-and-desist letter.
Todd Spangler, US Editor, Byte and Switch