Affif Siddique

Affif Siddique brings two decades of entrepreneurial, financial, and executive expertise to FPGACentral. Prior to FPGACentral, Affif founded A&A Technology, a $400M Value Added Reseller business for the high-tech IT industry and a cutting edge online parking reservation company. Affif is an advisor to several companies, including Rhinolabs (Embedded), USI Networks (IT) and mPallette (Telemedicine). He currently serves as CMO of IEEE Comsocscv and VP of strategy & Business Development at Whizz Systems.

Affif has grown startups from the ground up; he has experience working with top-tier executives, establishing strategic alliances, acquiring customers, building revenues, creating marketable products, and disrupting established markets. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, he worked as an engineer at Apple Computers. He has held board positions with Fremont Chamber, Ohlone College and other Business advisory groups. Affif holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering & Commerce. 

Navin Kumar

Navin brings extensive experience and overall strategic direction to whole company. Having worked with technology multinational corporations like Nortel, Broadcom, LVL7, Woolworth, Aditya Birla Group etc. in various capacities for 14+ years, he has strong approach to process, compliances and healthy financial needs. He has Master degree in Engineering & MBA in Marketing. 


Dhruti Shah
Business Manager

Dhruti holds a MBA degree with extensive experience in Marketing, Sales and Business Development. She has consulted small to mid-sized businesses and provided them with strategies to increase their revenue and sales. Her specialty lies in internet marketing, client relationships and customer interaction. Dhruti develops an impeccable understanding of the market place that her client engages in, which helps her identify gaps in a company’s marketing plan and take the necessary measures to bridge that gap. In the past, Dhruti has successfully provided her expertise to technology companies for expanding their business and venture out in untested waters. Her meticulous planning with an acute eye for detail helps her clients reach their goals, within budgets.

Suzanne Cunningham
Senior Media Marketing Manager

Suzanne, a bay area native, brings 10+ years of experience in marketing, sales and business development. While being a part of several start up and enterprise companies, Suzanne has developed many online and new media campaigns for her clients. Most recently, while at UBMTechweb and (video game industry), Suzanne developed new media divisions, both immediately resulting in revenue channels for each company. Suzanne brings a wealth of knowledge in building and managing sales and marketing teams. While at various software companies Suzanne had a knack for expanding new territories and multiple verticals.
Suzanne is a dynamic, goal oriented professional who consistently delivers results for her clients.

Board of Advisors

Dr. Eric Bogatin
Advisor & Contributor

Eric is currently a Signal Integrity Evangelist with Bogatin Enterprises, a LeCroy Company, a world leader in signal integrity training. He received his BS in physics from MIT and MS and PhD in physics from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has held senior engineering and management positions at Bell Labs, Raychem, Sun Microsystems, Ansoft and Interconnect Devices. Eric has written 6 books on signal integrity and interconnect design and over 300 papers. His latest book, Signal and Power Integrity- Simplified, was published in 2009 by Prentice Hall. He has taught over 5,000 engineers in the last 20 years. In addition, his first science fiction novel, Shadow Engineer, was published in 2009 and is available on Many of his papers and columns are posted on the web site.

Dave Orecchio
Advisor & Contributor

Dave has 24 years of semiconductor industry experience at four venture backed companies with a focus on semiconductors, ASIC and FPGA design and development.   His leadership brought three of the four companies to successful exits for the investors.  Prior to GateRocket, Dave held executive positions in marketing, sales and general management at LTX, Viewlogic Systems, Synopsys, Innoveda, Parametric Technologies and DAFCA.
Dave Orecchio has recieved both his BS & MS degree in Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.