Holdings, Inc. was formed in early 2003 as a holding company
for launching opportunistic technology ventures identified, researched
and developed under the direction of the company’s principals. AXT provides
management, capital, and technology resources to its majority owned
companies, although its objective is to recruit and develop a dedicated
management team. AXT’s companies typically use a rapid prototyping
approach whereby at least one customer is driving the product
specification and requirements.
The company and
its subsidiaries operated from a central facility in Tempe, Arizona.
Company operations have been funded initially by capital contributions
from its founders while continued growth is sustained from cash from
founder, President & CEO
As President and
CEO of AXT Holdings, Rick is responsible for the company’s overall
corporate direction and performance. Rick has held several management
positions in early stage technology companies including corporate
finance, business and corporate development, and operations. In 1999,
he co-founded a genre specific media company in one of the earliest
efforts to distribute video and audio content to targeted audiences
via the Internet. Under his leadership, the company successfully released
the first ever book by a New York Times bestselling author as an eBook,
or electronic format.
Prior to his career in start up ventures, Rick started and
managed the NASDAQ trading desk for one of Arizona’s largest retail
brokerage firms. As the head trader of NASDAQ market making, he closely
covered Arizona technology companies. In 2001, Rick founded The Aviary
Group, and along with Mark Thompson provided due diligence and services
to investors with technology related private equity portfolio holdings.
Since 2003, Rick has managed all high-level transactions on behalf of
AXT Holdings Inc, the parent company of Solid State Networks.
Rick holds an MS in Economics from Arizona State University
and a BS in Economics from Florida Atlantic University.
founder, CTO & Chief Software Architect
Mark has been in commercial software development for more than 15
years, having worked on numerous commercially released and successful
software projects. In the video game space he has worked as a first
party licensee for both Sega and 3DO, and a third party licensee
for Sony. He has worked as a contractor for developers such as Spectrum
Holobyte, Blizzard North, Epic Megagames, and Panasonic.
Prior to joining
The Aviary Group in 2002, Mark was the former Chief Software Architect
for Aerocast, a joint venture between Liberty Media and General Instrument.
Aerocast was a technology company focused on video distribution over
the Internet to the cable set top box. After Motorola’s acquisition
of GI in 2001, Motorola acquired Liberty Media’s interest and
absorbed the company. As Chief Software Architect, Mark has been included
on over 30 patent applications for technology related to large file
distribution and video streaming over the Internet.
Mark is well known
in the US and Europe as the developer of AnalogX.com, an award winning
site that distributes the many software utilities that he has written.
AnalogX is known as a trusted brand in software utilities, guaranteed
to be lightweight, high performance, and free of malicious code. Some of Mark's utilities have also been used by Microsoft (as XP PowerToys) as well as PC Magazine.
Mark has a BS in
Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley
founder, VP of Strategic Development
Chris has been
involved in private equity and real estate development for the past
5 years. His extensive business network has provided The Aviary Group
the ability to participate in a variety of transactions, including
real estate acquisitions and venture capital level investments. His
network provides AXT’s portfolio companies to access decision
makers and key personnel of target partners and customers.
Chris has a BA in
Marketing from the University of Nebraska