Profile: David A. Hytha

David A. Hytha is Managing Partner at New Wave Partners Inc., an investment and strategic advisory firm. He advises major firms and incubates exciting new ventures in mobile/IoT, cloud computing including blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and Augmented Reality (AR). David’s career includes leadership roles bringing over $10B of mobile systems and cloud solutions to market in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Asia, as an operating executive and venture capitalist. He publishes on new technology applications, governance and ethics.

As an entrepreneur, an operating executive at industry-leading firms, and a venture capitalist at Sofinnova Partners (Paris) and Sofinnova Ventures (Silicon Valley), he has served as Executive Chairman/CEO, Chief Business/Strategy Officer, and/or Chief Financial Officer. Firms include NanoGlobal – bio and digital nanotechnology, Quixey Inc. – mobile app search, T-Mobile – mobile handsets (London and Bonn), Streamezzo Ltd. – mobile media (Paris, France, now Amdocs (DOX)), Silicon Wave (now Qualcomm), LGC Wireless (now ADC), Motorola handsets (Tokyo; now Lenovo), McCaw Cellular (now AT&T) – starting a major, new mobile carrier (Taiwan; FarEasTone), AT&T Network Systems (Tokyo; now Nokia Networks) and AT&T Microelectronics (Tokyo; now Intel and LSI Logic). He has served as advisor to InterDigital, Inc. (IDCC) – mobile patents, Upek Inc. – fingerprint sensor pioneer (now Apple (APPL)) and Inside Secure – NFC device pioneer (France; ISDCF).


David’s and his teams’ industry firsts include: the first search platform for mobile apps, the first flat-rate Internet mobile service offering, the first phones co-branded with Google, the first reverse auction for mobile phone sourcing, the first standard Bluetooth chip (Bluetooth v1.1), the first single-chip cable tuner, and the first 3G handset design win. He co-founded the first overseas department of Bell Laboratories, and the US-Japan HDTV committee (HDSCC). He contributed to the 801.11h WiFi standards, the Bluetooth PAN profile and FCC regulatory approval of radio modules and co-authored patents in data search services. He has published on mobile branding, international trade strategy and new technology applications.  His current research focuses on AI and regulation.


David holds an MBA in Operations Management and Finance from Columbia University, NY and a BA from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has served as an advisor on entrepreneurship to Stanford Research Institute (SRI), Columbia University and Cambridge University. He has a long commitment to social entrepreneurship through the Ashoka Foundation and Oakland Roots – training for the digital world, is involved in the transformation of education in Myanmar, and co-founded pediatric training software foundation, He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.