Press Release

Computer History Museum Appoints Valley Veterans Raymie Stata and Rich Redelfs to Board of Directors

Mountain View, California  |  November 01, 2010

The Computer History Museum (CHM), the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society, today announced the appointment of two new trustees to its Board of Directors: Raymie Stata, Chief Technology Officer at Yahoo!, and Rich Redelfs, General Partner at Foundation Capital. 

Stata and Redelfs bring decades of search, networking and communications experience to CHM as it prepares for the opening of its major new exhibition in January 2011. “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing,” the world’s most sweeping exploration of computing history, is a 25,000-square foot wonderland of more than 1,000 artifacts, 100 media stations and several hundred stories of the people and technology that created the global impact of computing. 

“We’re delighted to welcome these Silicon Valley veterans to our Board,” said John Hollar, CHM’s president and CEO. “Mr. Stata and Mr. Redelfs bring experience, relationships and insights from their combined years at some of the Valley’s most innovative companies.  As we prepare to open Revolution, their support will be invaluable.” 

As CTO, Stata is responsible for managing technical strategy and long-term direction at Yahoo! He also plays an instrumental role in the ongoing development and implementation of its cloud infrastructure and open source strategy. Previously, Stata was Chief Architect for Yahoo! and prior to that, he was Chief Architect of the Search and Advertising Technology Group, where he helped initiate the Hadoop project, provide technology leadership for numerous efforts in search, and was the founding architect for APT, Yahoo!’s new  advertising platform. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Stata founded Stata Laboratories, maker of the Bloomba search-based e-mail client, which he sold to Yahoo! in 2004. He’s also worked for Digital Equipment’s Systems Research Center, where he contributed to the AltaVista search engine, and was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz. Stata received his PhD in Computer Science from MIT in 1996. 

Redelfs joined Foundation Capital in 2004 after more than 20 years in networking and communications, amassing a combination of start-up entrepreneurial as well as large company intrapreneurial experience. Most recently, he was president and CEO of Atheros Communications, which he helped build into the leading provider of Wi-Fi wireless semiconductors. It was subsequently named "Silicon Valley's Fastest Growing Private Company" by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and PricewaterhouseCoopers for the 2001—2003 period. In 2003, Redelf received Frost & Sullivan's prestigious "Wireless LAN CEO of the Year" award. He currently serves on the boards of Dust Networks, Prematics, ACCO Semiconductor, Transphorm, and Ventiva, and was previously on the boards of Azimuth Systems and Atheros Communications. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSIE from Purdue. 

Stata and Redelfs were elected at the Board’s October 28 meeting in Mountain View, Calif.

The Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, Ca. is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history, and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images. 

CHM brings computer history to life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, onsite tours, as well as physical and online exhibits. Current exhibits include, “Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 2,” and “Mastering the Game: A History of Computer Chess.”. The online exhibit, featuring the Timeline of Computer History and over 600 key objects from Visible Storage, is found at:  “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing” will open physically and online in January 2011.  For more information and updates, call (650) 810-1059, visit, check us out on Facebook, and follow @computerhistory on Twitter.

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Amy Jackson
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