Dirk Gates is executive chairman and founder at Xirrus, bringing more than 15 years of executive management experience as well as a track record of success evolving a high-tech startup into a world-class, publicly traded company. Having founded Xircom in 1988 on the premise of delivering Ethernet connectivity to mobile computers, he attracted venture funding from Greylock, grew the company to 2,000 employees, and achieved revenues of $500 million and a market cap in excess of $2 billion. During his tenure as chairman and CEO, Gates led Xircom into the wireless arena through partnerships and acquisitions that positioned the company to deliver mobility solutions based on IEEE 802.11, GPRS, and Bluetooth technologies. He subsequently negotiated the sale of Xircom to Intel in March of 2001.
Gates holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from California State University at Northridge and an MBA from Pepperdine University.