Leadership Team

Eric Chen

Eric Chen

Founder & CTO

As Relay2’s Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Eric is responsible for leading the company’s product development and technology solutions to support business strategy.

He founded Relay2 in 2011 with the vision of the next generation cloud controller as a platform. He was the CEO until 2013 and has led the company from its birth through the early stages. Prior to Relay2, Eric was a senior member of the CTO Office at Nokia Networks Systems and was granted one US and International patent during his tenure at Nokia. Previously, he was a senior software engineering manager at Asus Computer International, Tahoe Networks, and Cisco Systems, Inc.

Eric holds a B.S. degree from National Taiwan University as well as an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University.

Jay Ryu

Jay Ryu

Director of Business Development

Jay Ryu heads business and corporate development at Relay2. He is responsible for the company’s strategic partnering and fundraising activities.

Before joining Relay2, Jay was a Director at Draper Athena, a venture capital firm that made early investments in Relay2. Jay has worked closely with the Relay2 team since 2011, first as an investor and board observer while at Draper Athena ahead of joining the company full time in 2015.

Jay earned his M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. While at Stanford, he also completed a multidisciplinary M.S. degree focused on energy and smart city infrastructure. Jay completed his undergraduate studies at Berkeley, where he earned his B.A. in architecture.

Richard Shao

Richard Shao

Director of Product Marketing

As Director of product management, Richard Shao leads Relay2’s product platform strategy and roadmap to support company vision and drive business growth.

Richard Shao brings in rich product management experiences and technology expertise from his multiple senior product management roles at Cisco. In those roles, Richard led product strategy and execution of multiple product lines. He also brought several new, innovative products to markets spanning networking and security technologies and segments that include service provider, enterprise, commercial, SMB, and public sector. He also served as a business lead for his product portfolio where he spearheaded overall business strategy and operations, including GTM, technology partnership development, and ODM/JDM management.

Richard holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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