I have 35+ years in the technology industry, built a successful tech career at Cisco (#2 executive), been the CEO of a public company, invested in several other leading technology companies, and founded the Canary Foundation in 2004 to focus on early cancer technology. I currently serve on nine boards, am the CEO of RapidAI, and also serve as a technology partner at Sequoia Capital and Rally Ventures.

Don Listwin

With a focus on developing networking and data center technologies for the Internet, I began my career in 1980 at Develcon in Canada, marketing data switching technology for the mini-computer era. In the mid-1980s, I relocated to Silicon Valley and joined Cisco Systems in 1990. During a 10-year tenure at Cisco, I built the IBM business unit, the Access business unit, and the Service Provider line of business —overseeing business totaling more than $12 billion in annual revenue. In 2000, I became CEO of Openwave, which invented much of the early mobile Internet technology.

After 25 years of senior leadership operating experience, I founded the Canary Foundation in 2004 and dedicated myself to philanthropic work in science and technology for the early detection of cancer. The Canary Foundation is the world’s first non-profit organization focused solely on the funding, discovery, and development of tests for early cancer detection. I continue to be deeply involved with other cancer-related organizations. In 2009, I was appointed to the National Cancer Institute’s Board of Scientific Advisors. I am a member of the Stanford Advisory Board for the Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection at Stanford and in 2018 I was honored to be awarded the Dean's Medal—the highest honor bestowed by the School of Medicine to individuals whose contributions have significantly advanced the mission of Stanford Medicine. I am also a consulting professor at Stanford University.

In 2018, I joined RapidAI as CEO. RapidAI is the worldwide leader in cerebrovascular imaging analysis, delivering the proven software tools that healthcare professionals around the world use to successfully identify and treat more stroke patients than ever before.

I live part-time in Belize where I scuba dive daily and work on restoring and protecting the barrier reef. In 2010, my wife and I built the non-profit to support local community and education initiatives and have created a partnership with Stanford to deliver eye care for the local community.

A native of Canada, I hold a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada where I continue to actively support student entrepreneurs.

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BelizeKids Canary Foundation (Founder & Chairman) AwareX Calix D-wave  POET Technologies RapidAI Robin Systems Teradici

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President and CEO of RapidAI


Since 2018, I have been leading an experienced group of neurologists, radiologists, and technologists to expand the business five-fold, positioning RapidAI among the biggest public health improvements in the last decade. RapidAI is redefining stroke care, empowering physicians to push boundaries and improvement outcomes. As the leader in brain imaging analysis, we are advancing stroke care and helping healthcare professionals save more lives.

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My investments range from seed through sizable stakes in public entities.

I like helping to solve technology and market development problems. As an engineer and entrepreneur, I think just about any problem can be fixed with the right amount of leadership, intellect, and time. I believe in a systematic approach that involves many disciplines collaborating to share information and working together around the world to give an edge. This is how we do groundbreaking work bringing new products to market.


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