Alan Kramer is currently an Angel Investor with the Bank of Angels and the Managing Partner of AHK Enterprises LLC, a consulting company focused in the areas of intellectual property and technology strategy. Prior to his work as a consultant, Alan was the Vice President and General Manager of the Government and Access Control Business at AuthenTec, Inc., a position he held from late 2010 when AuthenTec merged with UPEK, Inc. until late 2012 when AuthenTec was acquired by Apple, Inc. in the largest public-company acquisition by Apple at the time.
Prior to his stint at AuthenTec, Mr. Kramer was the Founder, President and CEO of UPEK, Inc., a pioneer in the area of silicon fingerprint authentication which he spun-off from STMicroelectronics in early 2004. During his tenure at UPEK, Mr. Kramer grew revenues from $5M to $70M and established a worldwide organization of 120 employees based in California, Prague and Singapore. Through a technology strategy that he defined and executed, UPEK’s growth during this period was fueled by sales of silicon fingerprint sensors to most of the world’s top PC OEMs including IBM/Lenovo, Dell, Sony, Toshiba and others.
Prior to the spin-off of UPEK, Mr. Kramer spent a decade as a Vice President with ST Microelectronics, the early part of that time as Director of the Innovative Systems Design Group within the Central Research and Development Division, and the latter part as the Director of the TouchChip Business Unit, where he pioneered the silicon fingerprint sensing business within ST.
During and immediately following his years in graduate school, Mr. Kramer worked as a researcher at both AT&T Bell Labs and Intel, where he was an early pioneer in the fields of neural networks, adiabatic computing, and intelligent silicon sensors. Mr. Kramer is named as an inventor on more than 50 patents obtained while with UPEK, STMicroelectronics, Bell Labs, Intel and AuthenTec.
He attended Graduate school at UC Berkeley Department of electrical engineering and computer sciences, where he focused on neural networks and analog computing and during which time he was awarded both a Robert Noyce Memorial Fellowship from Intel and a Hewlett-Packard Fellowship from HP. Mr. Kramer holds a BSEE from Yale University where he was a Sterling Scholar.