Dr. Craig Mudge AO FTSE FAICD has been Managing Partner of Pacific Challenge since 1997.
director of the legendary Computer Science Lab at Xerox PARC in the
nineties, Mudge nurtured the next generation Internet Protocol, built a
management team to take responsibility for commercial results, and
launched several Internet businesses, one of which, Placeware, was
acquired by Microsoft and another resulted in a three hundred million
dollar licensing contract.
He was founding CEO of a
semiconductor startup, Austek Microsystems. Following a first-round
financing of $US 6.7 million in 1984, the company developed the world’s
first single-chip cache controller and other complex logic chips used
by PC manufacturers in the U.S, Asia, and Europe, as well as the first
asynchronous logic VLSI chip.
includes computer design with Digital Equipment Corporation (now part
of Hewlett Packard) in Boston, microchip research at the CSIRO VLSI
Program, and faculty positions in computer science at Caltech, Carnegie
Mellon University, and Flinders University. He co-authored "Computer
Engineering" with Gordon Bell, has published over sixty papers, and
holds six patents.
Recent service work included the
International Business Advisory Group of NICTA, Australia’s well-funded
new information technology research centres, and the North American
Advisory Board of the Beachhead Program of New Zealand Trade and
In Sydney, Craig founded the Macquarie Institute for Innovation at Macquarie University where he was Professor of Innovation. Having done that on schedule, he has returned to industry sharing his time between Australia and Silicon Valley. In Silicon Valley, Craig is an advisor to Peninsula Equity, a venture capital firm investing in life sciences and information technology.
holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in mathematics, statistics,
and economics from the Australian National University. His formal
management education occurred at the Australian Graduate School of
Management and Harvard Business School.
In August 2012 Mudge was inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame for “Distinguished lifetime achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the Australian Information and Communications Technology industry”. The award is named after Dr. Trevor Pearcey, who designed CSIRAC, Australia’s first digital computer.