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Roger Strauch

BS '78

Chairman
The Roda Group (Berkeley, CA)

Biography

Roger Strauch is chairman of The Roda Group, a venture development company, based in Berkeley, California. His firm, co-founded in 1997 with Dan Miller, provides entrepreneurs the environment, resources, and guidance to launch and grow their high technology businesses.

The Roda Group's focus on the creation of information technology companies has lead to seed and early stage investments in internet service, telecommunication, enterprise, and system software companies. These start-ups attracted industry leading investors as business partners.

He is the former CEO of Symmetricom, a communications equipment manufacturer in San Jose. In 1983, Mr. Strauch and Mr. Miller co-founded TCSI Corporation, a telecom software company based in Alameda, California. As TCSI's chairman and CEO, Mr. Strauch was responsible for growing the company from start-up to over $60M in annual revenues. In 1991 TCSI completed a successful IPO.

Prior to TCSI, Mr. Strauch was a senior staff engineer at Hughes Aircraft's Space and Communications Group where he was responsible for designing communications payloads for military satellites. Mr. Strauch is an executive member of the Board of Trustees of the Mathematics Science Research Institute in Berkeley and President Emeritus of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Mr. Strauch has endowed the Roger A. Strauch Chair in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and co-founded the William Saroyan Endowment for Armenian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Life Trustee of the Armenian Assembly of America.

Education

Mr. Strauch earned a BS degree, with distinction, from Cornell University and a MS degree from Stanford University, both in electrical engineering.

Board Affiliations

Mr. Strauch is on the board of directors of four Roda Group companies.