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Princeton University, A.B.
Stanford University, MBA
Stanford University, M.S.
Stanford University, Ph.D.
University of San Francisco, Doctor of Laws degree

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Ed Zschau

Dr. Zschau (pronounced like the first syllable of “shower”) is a Visiting Lecturer with the rank of Professor at Princeton University in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Operations Research and Financial Engineering and in the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education.

After serving as a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Harvard Business School in the 1960s, Dr. Zschau was the founder and CEO of System Industries, a Silicon Valley computer products company, from 1968 to 1982.

He served as a director and Chairman of the American Electronics Association in the 1970s and as a U.S. Congressman representing the Silicon Valley area for two terms in the 1980s. In 1987, Dr. Zschau became a General Partner of Brentwood Associates, a California-based venture capital firm, and in 1988 he left to serve as CEO of Censtor Corporation, one of Brentwood’s portfolio companies, until 1993, when he became the General Manager of the IBM Storage Systems Division.

Dr. Zschau was a Professor of Management at Harvard Business School, teaching entrepreneurial management courses from 1997 to 2000, while also on the Princeton faculty.

Dr. Zschau is the Founding Chairman, Emeritus, and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, is on the Board of Scholars of the ACCF Center for Policy Research in Washington, DC, and is a Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology. Currently, he is Chairman of Princeton Power Systems, Inc. and StarTek, Inc. (NYSE), and a director and investor in several other private technology companies.

Dr. Zschau received an A.B. degree from Princeton University, MBA, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, and a Doctor of Laws degree (honoris causa) from University of San Francisco.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Nimbus Data 2007Angel$2M4
Odeo 8/2005Series A17



  1. Start-Up’s Profile: Nimbus Data Systems ( [edit]
  2. Odeo receives funding from Charles River (plus: Kapor, Kraus, O'Reilly, Kopelman, Conway...) ( [edit]
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