About us

ANDREW CONRU

Andrew Conru

Andrew is no stranger to the fields of business and technology spanning two decades as a successful entrepreneur. He founded his first Internet website development company (Internet Media Services) in 1993 while acquiring his PhD at Stanford University. Since then, Andrew founded several organizations including Focalink Communications/AdKnowledge, the first company to centralize Internet banner advertising, WebPersonals.com, the first online personals site, W3, the first commercial website personalization software company, Medley.com Ad Agency, one of the largest affiliate networks and Friend Finder Network the world’s largest online personals with 300 million members that also included other services such as a 3rd-party personal info verification service, alumni locators, Chinese business networking, remote customer service and restaurant review guide. He holds a PhD in Engineering Design from Stanford University, an MSME in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a BS in Economics and Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Andrew’s career spans in various areas in business technology strategy, marketing and advertising, social networking ventures and teaching. Besides starting new internet projects, he enjoys teaching and has taught courses in Santa Clara University and San Jose State University.

JONATHAN BUCKHEIT

Jonathan Buckheit

Like Andrew, Jon received his Ph.D. from Stanford (in statistics), and became part of the entrepreneurial world of Silicon Valley. For ten years until its sale in 2007, he was the founder and CEO of Yield Dynamics, Inc., a provider of enterprise software to increase the manufacturing efficiency of semiconductor chip and flat panel display devices. He developed much of Yield Dynamics’ early technology, and was also involved in developing some of the earliest websites at Stanford University and software released by Stanford to perform image and signal processing, at the time believed to be one of the most widely used such platforms in the world.

Jon has also served on various non-profit boards, currently the Steinway Society of the Bay Area, which in addition to being a classical music series in the Bay Area, provides scholarships for music instruction. His experience also spans private venture capital investing, and he is familiar with funding software and technology development.

At compute.org, Jon is part of the team that matches the best funding opportunities submitted to compute.org’s pool of available resources.