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Bruce Sachs

MS '81

Charles River Ventures (Boston, MA)


Bruce joined Charles River in the fall of 1999, after twenty years of experience in the telecommunications, networking, internet and computing industries. Bruce started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories and then as a Director of Engineering at Memotec/Infinet. He joined publicly-held Xylogics as Director of Engineering in 1989 and ultimately became Chief Executive Officer. Bruce led the company through a dramatic reformulation of strategy and repositioning, and in 1995 sold Xylogics to Bay Networks. Bruce served as an Executive Vice President of Bay Networks (now part of Nortel Networks), completing four acquisitions in his first year. After leaving Bay Networks in 1997, Bruce joined publicly-held Stratus Computer as President and CEO. At Stratus, Bruce led the company's repositioning to focus on telecom software and services in addition to its traditional computing foundation. Bruce became Executive Vice President and General Manager of Ascend's Carrier Signaling and Management Group, and stayed on briefly as a consultant at Lucent Technologies upon its acquisition of Ascend.

Bruce was responsible for CRV's investments in Acopia Networks (sold to F5 Networks in 2007), BigBand Networks (IPO in 2007), Flarion Technologies (sold to Qualcomm in 2006), RiverDelta Networks (sold to Motorola in 2001) and Hammerhead Networks (sold to Cisco Systems in 2002), and was a board member of all five companies.


Bruce holds a BS in electrical engineering from Bucknell University, a Masters degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from Northeastern University.

Board Affiliations

Bruce currently serves on the boards of Carrier IQ (analytics for wireless carriers), Cedar Point Communications (voice switching equipment), Copivia (enterprise wireless solutions), iControl (online household monitoring services), M2Z Networks (wireless services), Nantero (memory chip technology licensing), and publicly-held Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc and BigBand Networks.