Rajesh Shah is a serial entrepreneur with more than 26 years of experience in engineering and business development of semiconductors and systems. His strength lies in identifying and unlocking the optimal value for customers in technology products and services.

Prior to Softnautics, Rajesh Shah started Sibridge Technologies, an IP company which was a pioneer in System Verilog based Multi Methodology capable VIP, which was acquired by large EDA Company. Durign Same time, Rajesh as CEO had successfully turned-around Strix Systems, a Wireless Mesh company.

Rajesh started his career as an UltraSPARC design engineer at Sun before leading an ASIC at PipeLinks (acquired by Cisco). In 1999, Rajesh joined as a founding employee of Photuris (acquired by Meriton Networks Inc.). After Photuris, Rajesh founded and managed as CEO, Networking ASIC company, Xpedite Communication (successfully acquired by Multilink Technologies, now part of Micro Semi). In 2003, Rajesh joined as Founding Employee, and had managed the IP and System Solutions group for Open- Silicon, one of the fasted growing fabless ASIC companies in the industry.

Rajesh is active Angel investor and serves as board member for multiple companies.

Rajesh is a graduate from University of Texas Austin alumni with a Masters in Electrical Engineering


Amit Vashi is an executive with over 26 years of experience in engineering and product management within semiconductor industry. Amit is a decisive and pragmatic executive known for achieving profitable revenue growth.

Prior to Softnautics, Amit was a Vice President of Marketing at QLogic, a Cavium company. At QLogic, Amit played a key role in increasing company’s revenue by completing 3 major acquisitions. Amit earned the CEO award for integral contributions to QLogic’s acquisition of strategic Ethernet assets from Broadcom. Under Amit’s leadership, company’s Fibre Channel HBA revenue share grew from 15% to 57%. Amit played a key role in company’s success by implementing right product/pricing strategies and applying focused product marketing efforts. Under Amit’s leadership, company’s 10GbE server Ethernet controller/adapter revenue share grew from 0 to 18%. Amit managed a high organizational efficiency and grew product management and marketing organization from 5 to 60 employees.

Amit started his career as an ASIC Design engineer at NCR and continued the same at HP. After HP, Amit worked at Symbios as well as LSI in a pre-sales organization. In 2001, Amit joined QLogic as a Field Application Engineer. Since then, Amit held several responsibilities namely product management, product marketing, program management as well as strategic planning.

Amit has a Master in Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.

Vice President

Manish is very accomplished and successful executive with expertise and success in field of mobile, video, audio, cloud, analytics and VLSI. Manish has over 27 years of experience with technology start-ups and large corporations in USA.

Prior to Softnautics, he co-founded a company called mParallelo, which developed a cloud-based video surveillance service (mPowr). Manish has worked for several companies in key positions before mParallelo namely Audience (VP of Marketing), ST Microelectronics (Director of DisplayPort & Monitor Business), Mobileygen acquired by NVIDIA (Vice President of cellular marketing), NVIDIA (Senior Director of marketing), MediaQ acquired by Maxim (Vice President of Marketing) and Synplicity (acquired by Synopsys). Earlier in his career, he was a design and verification engineer at Sun Microsystems. Manish holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology.


Simon Westbrook brings extensive experience in company-building, operations, and finance. Throughout his career, Mr. Westbrook has been involved in three initial public offerings, two secondary public offerings, and multiple public and private M&A transactions on both sell and buy side, and countless rounds of venture capital and angel financing.

He is currently Chief Financial Officer of Softnautics, specializing in financial consulting services. Prior to joining Softnautics, Mr. Westbrook was CFO of Amber Networks, Inc., and the Chief Financial Officer at Sage, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAGI), a Silicon Valley company specializing in flat panel displays. Before joining Sage, Mr. Westbrook held a number of senior financial positions at Creative Technology (NASDAQ: CREAF), a leading PC multimedia company, and Atari Corp (AMEX: ATC), the video game and home computer company both in the USA and overseas. At various times, he has held positions as an advisory board member of the Silicon Valley Financial Executives institute, and various technology start-up companies where he has assisted in strategic planning, fund raising and team development. Simon is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge University.