George SollmanChairmanMr. Sollman is Chairman and founder of Arabesque Investments LLC, Atherton, CA.He is the former co-founder, president & CEO, of @Motion Inc., acquired by OpenWave, for about $400M in 2000.
Begun in 1997, @Motion was a venture-backed startup, created to pioneer Internet voice portal servers.Lead venture capital was DCM (Doll Capital), and investors included Deutsche Telekom
and Intel Capital
. Before founding @Motion, Mr. Sollman was the president and CEO of Centigram Communications Corporation, a leading voice messaging company, from 1985 through 1997.
The company grew from a privately-held firm with revenues about $1M to more than $120M as a publicly-held company, with its IPO in 1991.Prior to joining Centigram, Mr. Sollman was VP/GM for Sales and Marketing at Shugart Corporation, a leading disk drive company in the period 1976-84.
During this time, the company grew from about $6M to $240M, during which it was acquired by Xerox
. Mr. Sollman has served on a number of private and public company boards.Currently, he serves also on the Board of Advisors of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University (Chairman from 2001-2004).He was active previously with the American Electronics Association (AEA), where he served on the National Board of Directors from 1993-1997, during which he was elected National Chairman, representing its 3,200 member companies.
In 1994, Mr. Sollman
received a Presidential appointment to ARPA's Semiconductor Technology Council
. He received his BSEE from Northwestern University and an MSEE from Northeastern University.
In addition, he
has received five patents.