Mel Bracken, Founder and General Partner:
Mel Bracken brings more than 25 years of solid experience to ReadiSuite and has held senior management positions in information technology, operations, facilities and real estate. Prior to opening ReadiSuite, Mr. Bracken held the position of VP of Operations for Internet incubator Campsix. Supporting the rapid growth of the incubator, its partners and portfolio, Mr. Bracken expanded the facility to 75,000 sq. ft. supporting as the business grew from 5 to 200 workspaces in 6 months time. Mr.. Bracken developed a proprietary (patent pending) Incubator template and operations cycle process facilitating the rapid deployment of expansion sites and defining the process by which a portfolio company would be inducted, incubate and transition out to their respective offices.
Prior to Campsix, he consulted, built and directed many innovative information systems solutions for fast-growth Silicon Valley companies, large and small. In his most previous capacity, Mel delivered network solutions, customized auction server technology, e-commerce and office automation systems as senior director of information technology at market maker Adauction.com. Prior to Adauction, Mel founded & managed San Jose-based Network Systems Design (NSD), which built complex networks for local and enterprise-wide computing.
Before he established NSD, Mr. Bracken led an engineering team as president of Sunnyvale-based Philosoft, which developed C++ object-oriented broker server pioneering the way for web server technology. Prior to Philosoft, Mel served for seven years as Director of IT Operations at industry-leading veteran technology company Novell, where he was responsible for the worldwide corporate information systems. At Novell, Mel and his team of 45 MIS professionals designed, integrated & implemented the worldwide network to include LAN-based e-mail servicing to 57 sites in more than 26 countries.
Early in his career, Mr. Bracken designed flight simulators at Singer-Link and was instrumental in pioneering TCP/IP based networking in the public sector during the late 70ís and early 80ís at Excelan, Inc. Mr. Brackenís many hardware designs included the first network card for Sun Microsystems.