Mr. Patel is currently CEO of Gridco Systems, an early stage company developing Intelligent Electric Grid Infrastructure. Prior to Gridco Systems, Mr. Patel was an Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst Partners where he focused on investment opportunities in clean technology, advanced materials, and life sciences. Prior to joining General Catalyst, he was one of the four founding team members of Sycamore Networks where he made key contributions to Sycamore’s product development since its inception in 1998. In his role as chief technical officer, Mr. Patel aligned Sycamore’s technology and product strategy with the needs and requirements of global service providers planning to deploy intelligent optical networks. Mr. Patel holds B.S., M.S., and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is the holder of 18 patents. He is also an accomplished violinist and pianist, having won numerous national and international music competitions and having played at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall, amongst others.