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Jeff Lawrence Detailed Background
Jeff Lawrence Additional Background




Clivia Systems April 2002 - Present
Founder, President & CEO


Jeff founded Clivia Systems in April 2002 after leaving Intel. Clivia is exploring a number of ideas and opportunities (including consulting, advising and investing). Jeff's interests include technology (e.g. communications, security, processing, information representation, autonomous systems, and complex/self-organizing systems), science and business.


Jeff currently sits on the following boards and advisory boards:
Organization Web Site Description
The Lawrence Foundation Private family foundation
Environmental Entrepreneurs Advisory Board Volunteer environmental advocacy organization
UCLA - School of Engineering and Applied Science Dean's Cabinet Public university - School of Engineering
UCLA Extension - Engineering and Management Advisory committee Public university - Technical management program
Providence St. Josephs Foundation - Financial Operations Committee and Cancer Center Campaign Steering Committee Community hospital


Common Grant Application March 2007 - Present
a project of Oceanpeak  
Co-founder, President


Jeff co-founded the Common Grant Application in March 2007. The Common Grant Application provides an efficient and inexpensive means for non-profit grant makers to receive, review and manage online grant applications and for non-profit grant seekers to create, submit and manage online grant applications.


Guidance Software May 2008 - Present


I joined the the Board of Directors of NASDAQ listed Guidance Software (GUID) in 2008. Guidance Software provides software solutions for government, corporate and law enforcement organizations to conduct thorough, network-enabled, and court-validated computer investigations of any kind, such as responding to eDiscovery requests, conducting internal investigations, responding to regulatory inquiries or performing data and compliance auditing.


The Lawrence Foundation May 2000 - Present
Founder and Trustee


The Lawrence Foundation is a private family foundation focused on making grants to non-profit environmental, education, health, human services organizations inside and outside of the US. The foundation is currently receiving over 500 grant requests per year and has made grants and commitments of over $2.5 million since its inception. The foundation makes both program and operating grants and has also organized and hosted a workshop of environmental economists from academic institutions throughout the US.


Intel Corporation August 2000 - March 2002
Director of Technology - Intel Communications Group (5000+ people)
Chief Technology Officer - Network Communications Group (5000+ people)
Director - Network Processing Group (1000+ people)


Jeff served in a variety of strategic and vision roles in the Network Communications Group (NCG) and then in the Intel Communications Group (ICG) after the Intel Corporation acquired Trillium in August 2000. The Intel Communications Group provided network infrastructure silicon and software building blocks for optical, Ethernet, broadband, wireless, storage, network processing and signal processing.


Trillium Digital Systems, Inc. February 1988 - August 2000
Co-founder, President & CEO (250+ people)


Jeff co-founded, with Larisa Chistyakov, Trillium Digital Systems in February 1988 and served as President & CEO prior to its acquisition by Intel in August 2000, at which time Trillium became a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel.


Trillium Digital Systems was a leading provider of communications software solutions to communications equipment manufacturers building the converged wireless, Internet, broadband and telephone infrastructure. Trillium licensed its source code software solutions to more than 300 companies throughout the world for use in a wide range of telecommunications products. Trillium's solutions consisted of software products and services for data, voice and high availability. Jeff, along with his team, built Trillium from 2 people, 0 products, $0 revenue and $1,000 initially invested capital at its founding in February 1988 to 250+ people, 100+ products consisting of millions of lines of source code and about $30 million annual revenue in 2000. During the first 11 years of its growth Trillium did this with no debt and no outside investors, purely funding its growth from cash flow. Trillium raised $14 million of private equity in 1999 in preparation for a public financing and was subsequently acquired by Intel in August 2000 for $300 million. Jeff led, built, motivated and grew a team with a unique and deep understanding of the communications software industry with a culture and commitment to the customer and success during a period of continual and rapid change in the technology, market, competitive and financial environment.

The comprehensive history of Trillium is described in a two part case study written for the UCLA Anderson Business School. It may be found at: "Trillium Digital Systems Case Study: 1996 - 2003" and "Trillium Digital Systems Case Study: 1988 - 1995".


Doelz Networks, Inc. February 1985 - February 1988
Member of Technical Staff


Managed, specified, designed and brought to production a new communications controller for protocol transparent LAN and WAN access products.


Amdahl Corporation - Communications Systems Division

(formerly Tran Telecommunications)

November 1980 - February 1985
Senior Systems Design Engineer


Managed and conducted market, competitive and technological analysis used to formulate product requirements for a next generation data switch. Managed, specified, designed and brought to production new features and enhancements for a high performance packet switch designed for the large enterprise and public network infrastructures.




Jeff received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1979. Jeff is an electrical engineer by training and a software engineer, systems engineer and entrepreneur by experience.




Jeff was co-recipient of the 1997 Greater Los Angeles Area Entrepreneur of the Year award and the UCLA School of Engineering’s Professional Achievement award. Trillium was recognized in a number of national and regional competitions including the Inc. 500, Software 500, National Fast 500 and Southern California Fast 50 for its fast growth as a private company. Trillium also received a number of product of the year awards from communications industry trade publications. Trillium was ISO 9001 registered and also a SEI-CMM Level 2 (Level 3 ready) certified software development organization.


Presentations and publications


Jeff has spoken at over 50 conferences, seminars, universities and trade shows throughout the world about business, technology and the communications industry. Some of these conferences have included the California Business Forecasting Project, Cal-Tech/MIT Enterprise Forum, National Communications Forum, ATM Market Strategies, CT Expo, IP Telephony Expo, NGN, Silicon Strategies, Bus & Board, Mobile Handsets, Opticon, Voice on the Net, Supercomm, World Telecom, Telecosm and California Association of Non-profits. In addition to speaking, Jeff has written numerous articles about the communications industry and technology for publications including EE Times, Internet Telephony, Communications Solutions, Integrated Communications Design, Communication Systems Design, Business Communications Review and others. Jeff also wrote a quarterly magazine column focusing on future direction of telecommunications technology for Communications Solutions magazine (


Jeff also wrote a chapter entitled "Entrepreneurs" for the book "Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation, and Opportunity" to be published by Prentice Hall in 2005.




Jeff is interested in bouldering, top rope and lead climbing. There are two videos of him climbing, one in a gym (.mpg) and the other outdoors (.wmv).




During his journey Jeff and Trillium underwent a number of changes. These are described in the presentation "A Founder's Journey Through Growth and Change". Risk and how it applies to individuals, businesses and industries is described in the presentation: "Risk, the Game of Life". Some of the ethical issues involved in growing a business are described in the presentation "A Founder's Journey Through Growth and Change - Ethical Considerations".




Some of Jeff's favorite quotes, insights and books.


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