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Dr. Craig Mudge AO FTSE FAICD has been Managing Partner of Pacific Challenge since 1997.

As director of the legendary Computer Science Lab at Xerox PARC in the nineties, Mudge nurtured the next generation Internet Protocol, built a management team to take responsibility for commercial results, and launched several Internet businesses, one of which, Placeware, was acquired by Microsoft and another resulted in a three hundred million dollar licensing contract.

He was founding CEO of a semiconductor startup, Austek Microsystems. Following a first-round financing of $US 6.7 million in 1984, the company developed the world’s first single-chip cache controller and other complex logic chips used by PC manufacturers in the U.S, Asia, and Europe, as well as the first asynchronous logic VLSI chip.

His experience includes computer design with Digital Equipment Corporation (now part of Hewlett Packard) in Boston, microchip research at the CSIRO VLSI Program, and faculty positions in computer science at Caltech, Carnegie Mellon University, and Flinders University. He co-authored "Computer Engineering" with Gordon Bell, has published over sixty papers, and holds six patents.

Recent service work included the International Business Advisory Group of NICTA, Australia’s well-funded new information technology research centres, and the North American Advisory Board of the Beachhead Program of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

In Sydney, Craig founded the Macquarie Institute for Innovation at Macquarie University where he was Professor of Innovation. Having done that on schedule, he has returned to industry sharing his time between Australia and Silicon Valley. In Silicon Valley, Craig is an advisor to Peninsula Equity, a venture capital firm investing in life sciences and information technology.

Mudge holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in mathematics, statistics, and economics from the Australian National University. His formal management education occurred at the Australian Graduate School of Management and Harvard Business School.

In August 2012 Mudge was inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame for “Distinguished lifetime achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the Australian Information and Communications Technology industry”. The award is named after Dr. Trevor Pearcey, who designed CSIRAC, Australia’s first digital computer.


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