Mike Farmwald – Founder, Chairman

A serial entrepreneur with one of the most successful track records in Silicon Valley, Mike has more than 40 years of experience leading several successful tech startups. He holds a doctorate in computer science from Stanford University, where he was a Hertz Foundation Fellow, and has founded six companies, five of which were financed in part by Benchmark Capital, where he is a venture partner.


Crystal-Rose Galvan – Chief of Operations


Crystal-Rose is a highly organized strategic advisor with more than 15 years of experience in Silicon Valley working in technology, real estate and telecom industries. She was an integral member of global companies including San Leandro Dark Fiber, OSIsoft (now Aveva), and Morgan Stanley, honing her project management and negotiation skills. Crystal-Rose is dedicated to advancements in technology, helping underserved communities and bringing broadband for all to fruition.


Shawn Ronich – Director of Fiber Engineering


Shawn overseesĀ all day-to-day operations of Atherton Fiber’s fiber optic network. HeĀ has many years of experience and expertise in fiber optic design, evaluation, and rollout, and is highly skilled in creating designs and conducting surveys through both traditional and online formats. Prior to joining Atherton Fiber, he made impactful contributions at many companies including Foresite Group, Webpass, and Wave Broadband.


Adam Kelly – Chief Technical Officer


A veteran technologist, Adam has over 30 years of experience designing and building high-performance/high availability infrastructure platforms and networks for internet service providers, tier-1+2 banking institutions and exchanges, military bases, energy companies, state and federal governments, education institutions and commercial clients.


Ken Forbord – ISP Business Development Manager


Ken is a consummate professional dedicated to deciphering customer needs and delivering solutions. Renowned for his hands-on approach, Ken specializes in connecting C-Level Residences and Commercial clients, ensuring their seamless transition and setup process. Prior to his tenure at Atherton Fiber, Ken honed his skills in Mortgage Lending, then traversing the dynamic landscape at numerous start-ups. Passionate, dedicated, and adept, Ken embodies the epitome of customer-centric service and innovation.