FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER
Erik Smith has worked in technology and international business for over 25 years. Erik has a background in advanced processing equipment, materials and manufacturing in the nanotechnology, semiconductor and solar industries. For most of his professional career he has been living and working internationally focusing on bringing enabling technologies to market. Erik started his business career at Ultratech/Veeco running its Asian operations out of Tokyo. After moving to Silicon Valley, he held numerous positions at Ultratech becoming its SVP of Sales and Marketing. Since then he has held senior executive and board positions at both public and private companies with a focus on operations, sales and marketing.
Erik’s recent positions have included head of Flextronics’ $400M Solar and Semi Division (Flex), CEO and founder of Alta-Energy, Inc. which provides analytical and deployment services to commercial companies deploying solar, COO of Alchimer, SA a company focused on using a wet process for atomic layer material growth and the CEO of Sol Voltaics, a nanowire based GaAs solar thin film company with the target of boosting standard solar panel efficiencies by 40%.
Erik has a BA in International Relations with minor studies in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT., and has worked and lived in Japan, China, the U.S. and Europe.