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We provide up to $1M seed fund to accelerate core technology startups. We’ll match your early stage company with strategic partners in your field. We provide the legal and financial support as well as the business tools to ensure your idea emerges market-ready. We prepare your venture for a successful exit. You focus on developing your dream.

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Oct 31

SKTA Innopartners Welcomes another Startup to the Innovation Accelerator

SUNNYVALE, CALIF.–October 30, 2014 – SKTA Innopartners welcomes Bay Storage Technology into the Innovation Accelerator in Sunnyvale. By leveraging leading-edge software architecture together with standard enterprise class hardware, Bay Storage provides datacenter storage solutions that deliver much higher performance than flash arrays, with no changes to existing applications. Bay Storage Technology joins N42, eTopus Technology and Pavilion Data Systems as the fourth startup to be funded by SKTA Innopartners in 2014.

Bay Storage Technology was founded in 2010 by an experienced team of technologists with a proven track record in high-performance systems and interconnects. They want to deliver an advanced network-connected storage with higher performance and lower cost than any other solution available in the market. Combining a unique low latency protocol with a highly optimized software stack running on standard hardware allows them to deliver on their vision. The CEO and co-founder, Tom McWilliams is an industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in storage and enterprise software. Prior to Bay Storage, Tom was the CTO and Chairman of Schooner Technologies, which was acquired by SanDisk in 2012. Tom was also CEO and co-founder of PathScale, which was acquired by QLogic, and co-founder of Valid Logic Systems, which went public in 1983.

About SKTA Innovation Accelerator

SKTA Innovation Accelerator is a different kind of accelerator based in Silicon Valley. We seed core technology startups by matching entrepreneurs with Strategic Partners committed to providing technical and market guidance for rapidly developing the minimum-viable product for the right market segment. SKTA Innovation Accelerator identifies and cultivates tomorrow’s IT infrastructure today, providing startups with up to $1 million in funding, development tools and state-of-the-art facilities to jumpstart the technology ecosystem needed to power the next wave of innovation. For more information visit

About SK Telecom Americas

SK Telecom Americas (SKTA) is the business development and venture capital arm of SK Telecom, Korea’s largest wireless operator and a global technology leader serving 25 million customers with $16 billion in revenue. In 2011, SK Telecom was the first provider in the world to offer a publicly accessible 4G LTE network, and in 2013 it was first to offer an LTE-Advanced network.

For SKTA Innopartners:
Shana McCord

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