Philip M. Neches is a venture partner at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator in New York City. He is also an independent consultant working with early-stage companies in the information technology and communications service industries on their technical, market, and business strategies as an advisor, board member, and investor. A world-renowned authority on databases, he was the founder and chief scientist of Teradata Corporation. He began his career at Transaction Technology Inc., a subsidiary of Citigroup.where he led analysis of consumer banking networks, including the first large-scale deployment of automated teller machines (ATMs) in the United States. Later at Teradata, he pioneered the application of parallel processing to commercial applications. As senior vice president and chief scientist for NCR Corporation, he led both the repositioning of NCR’s computer product family and the product plan for a merger with AT&T. Dr. Neches served as vice president and chief technical officer of Multimedia Products and Services Group at AT&T Corporation. He has served on the board of directors of ExpandBeyond, Inc., and on the advisory boards of EarthLink, Tacoda Systems, Luxtera, and the Technology Group of Merrill Lynch. Other prior directorships include MCC, Semitech, Dayton Public Radio, DemoGraFx, MediaMap, PeopleLink, and VendQuest. He serves on the Caltech board of trustees and sits on its technology transfer committee and chairs the student experience committee. Dr. Neches holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Caltech.