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DON BARNETSON

CONSULTING | CTO | PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

Experience

Don Barnetson holds 24 patents in LED lamp products, a scientific degree, a business degree, and extensive corporate experience. Based in Campbell, California, he currently works as the Head of Technology at Zorlu Ventures, merging his varying expertise and working with international partners. Barnetson is an efficient, innovative, and empathetic thinker when it comes to technological business. He specializes in personalized reworkings of company’s structures, and setting them up for unprecedented success.

Don Barnetson holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary. After working for a few successful years as an Engineer with Celestica and PNY, he took on the position of Field Application Engineering Manager at Micron Technology, Inc., and discovered an natural skill and interest in corporate and technological management. He went back to school at the Haas Business School at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated in 2004.

Swiftly after graduation, Barnetson found a the crux of both his scientific and business education. He joined Samsung Electronics as their Director of NAND Marketing, and then moved on to Nanosys in 2006 where he served as the Director of Market Development where he assisted in the market development of a nano-crystal storage layer for flash memory, and worked with LED Lighting and Methanol Fuel Cells. Barnetson not only excels as a directorial figure in a team, but is an expert in facilitating product innovation, marketing, and growth.

In 2008, he joined SanDisk as the Director of Marketing, where he gained experience working with an international team, and then became the Director of Strategy, working on the retail to OEM transition, market analysis, and the management of a multi-billion dollar firm.

Don Barnetson has always had a knack for original ideas, and in 2010, co-founded TV Anytime, which provided the first ever DVR for streaming live video, and gave him hands-on start up experience.

Soon after he started his own company, he found the ultimate project in 2012. Tech company Lunera was struggling to remain afloat before Barnetson joined the team as their Chief Technical Officer and Chief Product Officer. Quickly, he jettisoned non-performing product lines, honed in on whitespace in the LED industry, and launched the remarkably successful Helen Lamp, the first type-A LED lamp. Requiring no electrician to install, and using 50% less power, the product has proven to be both profitable and sustainable. There is now an entire industry devoted to it, saving the company, and embodying Barnetson’s goals of efficiency.

Now, Barnetson is applying his unparalleled skills at Zorlu Ventures, the US Innovation hub of Zorlu Group, a conglomerate based in Turkey.  He seeks to bring innovative technologies to market rapidly by using corporate venture capital, licensing and sharing of innovative ideas and marketing techniques between Europe and the U.S.  He helps enable young companies to find their optimal position for success while leveraging the immense resources inside Zorlu Group’s $10B organization.

Past Positions

Chief Technical Officer, Chief Product Officer

Lunera

When I joined, Lunera Lighting was a turn-around with two struggling product lines – an LED fixture business and a custom lighting business with Apple’s retail stores. Neither of these supported the exit our investors desired nor were they sustaining on their own accord.

Co-Founder

 

TV Anytime

TV Anytime was the first DVR for Streaming Video – allowing you to record streaming video (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) on your Windows PC and watch it offline and download it to your iPhone, iPad and Android device. TV Anytime was released for iTunes (iOS), Android Marketplace and on CNET (PC) in Q4/11.

Consultant

 

3 Hands Consulting

Hands on consulting in the lighting, energy and semiconductor storage spaces. Clients to date include: Design Lights Consortium (DLC), Energy Solutions, Autani, Foreverlamp, Lunera, Trendfocus.

Skills

  • Strategy
  • Product Development
  • Start-ups
  • Mobile Devices
  • Go-to-market Strategy

Education


University of Calgary

B.Sc. Electrical Engineering

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University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business

MBA, Administration and Management, General

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