Thomas Johannes Obenhuber (born 1955)

Born - 1955 (May 20) in Regenberg, Germany ( Source - [HL0061][GDrive] )

Died - 2003 (Dec 15), auto accident in California

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1955 (May) - Born in Regenberg, Germany

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1990 (July) - Thomas Obenhuber works at Sun Microsystems as Director, System Architecture

Source : 2001 (April 02) - UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ; FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2000 : TELOCITY DELAWARE, INC. / PDF of Report - [HC004X][GDrive] ; The important text (background for Thomas Obenhuber) is on Page 38 ( [HC005J][GDrive] ) and Page 39 ( [HC005K][GDrive] )

Note - No record of Thomas Obenhuber can be located at Sun Microsystems, aside from the 2001 Telocity SEC form

1995 (Jan) - Thomas Obenhuber joins Genuity (known then as IMN / Internet Media Network)

Source : 2001 (April 02) - UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ; FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2000 : TELOCITY DELAWARE, INC. / PDF of Report - [HC004X][GDrive] ; The important text (background for Thomas Obenhuber) is on Page 38 ( [HC005J][GDrive] ) and Page 39 ( [HC005K][GDrive] )

"[...] From January 1995 through July 1997, [Thomas Johannes Obenhuber (born 1955)] served as Vice President, Operations and Engineering at [Genuity Incorporated], a national backbone Internet service provider that he co-started. From July 1990 through January 1995, Mr. Obenhuber worked at Sun Microsystems where he most recently served as Director, System Architecture."

Note - No information available in the internet of Thomas Obenhuber's time with IMN or Genuity

Appears to have been scrubbed. 2021 Google Search results for "Obenuber" + "Genuity".

Note - Lmited information of collaboration between Thomas Obenuber and Rodney Joffe , even though they were both key founders of the company that became Genuity

2021 Google Search results for "Obenuber" + "Joffe".

1997 (May 7) - Patent Application for 61144638 - Multi-Tenant Unit

Primary inventors are Thomas Johannes Obenhuber (born 1955) and Rodney Lance Joffe (born 1954) .

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This application claims priority from U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/019,089, filed May 14, 1996, naming as inventors Thomas Obenhuber and Rodney Joffe, and assigned to the assignee of the instant application. U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/019,089 is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety for all purposes.


The present invention relates to computer networking systems and, more particularly, to systems and methods of providing Internet access to multiple users at a single location.

The Internet is a collection of thousands of computer networks around the globe. Internet usage has grown exponentially since 1993, mainly due to the world wide web (Web) and its electronic mail (e-mail) and web page capabilities. This interconnection of computers is possible because the Internet has adopted a communication standard (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol or TCP/IP) which allows computers with different operating systems to communicate with each other over a network of networks (an "internetwork").

By one estimation, over 8 million computers currently attach to the Internet. An estimated 40 million users worldwide access these computers ("hosts").

Corporations and private users increasingly demand easy, cost-effective, and high-speed (e.g., greater than 1 megabits per second or Mbps) access to public interoperable networks such as the Internet. Around the world, the demand for a technical infrastructure for building private networks on top of public networks also is increasing.

As the number of users on the Internet increases, so too do the users grow more sophisticated. Users are demanding greater bandwidth to support this sophistication.

In conventional systems a user might use several different suppliers and components to achieve connectivity and security. The user then has to change equipment and software protocols during his migration from a lower bandwidth (e.g., 56 kilobits per second or kbps) to a higher bandwidth (e.g., 1 Mbps or higher).

Accordingly, there is a need for a substantially simplified infrastructure to access public networks with a reduced number of components, a reduced number of software protocols, enhanced management capabilities for network components, and secure access to the public network.


The present invention provides systems and methods for providing multiple users with access to a public network like the Internet. A single high-bandwidth connection (e.g., fast Ethernet) allows the multiple users to communicate with the public network. Each user is allocated a specific bandwidth, and the user is able to freely communicate with the public network up to the allocated bandwidth. Additionally, the invention may be remotely configured to change bandwidth allocations. [...]

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1997 (July) - Thomas Obenhuber leaves Genuity, joins MachOne Communications (which later becomes Telocity Inc.) in August 1997

Source : 2001 (April 02) - UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ; FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2000 : TELOCITY DELAWARE, INC. / PDF of Report - [HC004X][GDrive] ; The important text (background for Thomas Obenhuber) is on Page 38 ( [HC005J][GDrive] ) and Page 39 ( [HC005K][GDrive] )

NOTE that Genuity Incorporated is not purchased by GTE Corporation until November of 1997. Source - [HC004M][GDrive]

Offer paperwork -

"[Thomas Johannes Obenhuber (born 1955)], one of our founders, has served [at Telocity, Inc.] as our Senior Vice President, Corporate Development since February 2000. From August 1997 to February 2000, Mr. Obenhuber served [at Telocity, Inc.]as Senior Vice President, Business and Product Planning. From January 1995 through July 1997, Mr. Obenhuber served as Vice President, Operations and Engineering at [Genuity Incorporated], a national backbone Internet service provider that he co-started. [...]"

1997 (Nov 13) - GTE Press Release (archived with Verizon) - "GTE Corp. to acquire Genuity, Inc."

Source - [HC004M][GDrive] / See Genuity Incorporated .

1998 (June) - Stock of MachOne Communications

2000 (Feb) - Thomas Obenhuber promoted to Vice President of Telocity Inc.

Source : 2001 (April 02) - UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ; FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2000 : TELOCITY DELAWARE, INC. / PDF of Report - [HC004X][GDrive] ; The important text (background for Thomas Obenhuber) is on Page 38 ( [HC005J][GDrive] ) and Page 39 ( [HC005K][GDrive] )

"[Thomas Johannes Obenhuber (born 1955)], one of our founders, has served [at Telocity, Inc.] as our Senior Vice President, Corporate Development since February 2000. From August 1997 to February 2000, Mr. Obenhuber served [at Telocity, Inc.]as Senior Vice President, Business and Product Planning. From January 1995 through July 1997, Mr. Obenhuber served as Vice President, Operations and Engineering at [Genuity Incorporated], a national backbone Internet service provider that he co-started. From July 1990 through January 1995, Mr. Obenhuber worked at Sun Microsystems where he most recently served as Director, System Architecture."

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2001 (Jan 05) - Telocity's CFO outlines competitive landscape (full interview) - Edward Hayes, Executive Vice President And CFO, Telocity


EDWARD (NED) HAYES is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Telocity, Inc. Mr. Hayes brings 20 years of financial management and business decision support experience to Telocity. He is the company's first Chief Financial Officer and has held that position since January 2000. He joined Telocity's management team from Lucent Technologies, where he was most recently Financial Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Global Service Provider Business - Lucent's sales, marketing and execution arm, responsible for supplying incumbent and emerging telecommunication and data networking carriers around the globe, generating approximately $20 billion in annual sales. Prior to joining Lucent, Mr. Hayes held Senior Financial Management positions with such diverse multinationals as Unisys Corporation, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), and Credit Suisse First Boston. He received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University and conducted his graduate studies in Accounting and Finance at New York University's Graduate School of Business. TWST: Start us off with a short overview and profile of Telocity.Mr. Hayes: Telocity was formed based on a belief that high-speed communications and multimedia-rich content would become more widely available to residential customers, similar to the way businesses currently enjoy intelligent, high-speed delivery of voice, video and data over their corporate networks. This vision was that of founders Peter Olson, a communications industry veteran and co-founder of voice-messaging leader, Octel; Kevin Grundy, Telocity's Senior Vice President in charge of Engineering, formerly a senior executive with Next Computer and Minerva Systems; and Thomas Obenhuber, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Telocity, previously Vice President Operations and Engineering at Genuity. In 1997 Peter, Kevin and Thomas began work on an intelligent residential gateway. It was envisioned at the time that this device would be a residential hub that would enable secure, high-speed communications and commerce to the home

2001 (June 12) - Telocity became DirectTV

Telocity Changes Name to DirecTV DSL

By MONICA HOGAN June 12, 2001

Digital-subscriber-line service provider Telocity Inc. officially announced its new service name Tuesday, DirecTV DSL. Telocity is also changing its company name to DirecTV Broadband Inc.

DirecTV Inc. parent Hughes Electronics Corp. closed its purchase of Telocity in April, and it has promoted the new brand on a limited basis through direct mail and on DirecTV's Web site.

Ned Hayes, president and CEO of DirecTV Broadband, said DirecTV DSL is just the first of many DirecTV-tagged names that will be introduced as the company unveils new features to take advantage of the broadband service, such as home networking.

The company plans first to introduce the new DirecTV DSL brand to its high-speed Internet customers, as well as to its video customers, through electronic-mail and direct-mail campaigns. DirecTV DSL also plans radio campaigns in key markets within the next few weeks, and the company is working with DirecTV on an infomercial for its satellite-TV customers.

Next month, the company hopes to test its first retail introduction of DirecTV DSL. While Hayes said the specific retailer had not yet been signed, he added that it was likely to be one of the existing DirecTV retailers, such as Best Buy Co. Inc., RadioShack Corp. and Circuit City Stores Inc.

2003 (May) - Divorce Filing, Thomas Obenhuber vs Christine Obenhuber


2003 (Oct 13) - EDN : Board design revamped

San Jose, Calif. – A 19-person startup is pitching concepts for revamping high-end printed-circuit-board and chip-packaging design to hit board-level data rates up to 40 Gbits/second at the cost of current 2.5-Gbit/s interconnects. SiliconPipe Inc., based here, hopes to sell its intellectual property to a key OEM or contract manufacturer within the next six months.

SiliconPipe takes the radical notion of using twinax and coax cables to create a clean channel for a backplane that delivers twice to five times the data rate of pc-board traces over existing connectors.

At the line card level, the two-year-old startup says that it is developing four chip packages that can deliver data rates of as much as 20 Gbits/s using flex circuits, direct die attach and other techniques that the company has not yet fully disclosed

The new physical channels allow board designs to run high-speed signals, generally using existing techniques such as common-mode logic in current power envelopes of 60 to 100 milliwatts.

“Today, a Cisco router might use a 50- or 60-layer pcb costing as much as $20,000 for the backplane and requiring sophisticated counterboring techniques that only five or six companies in the world can handle,” said Para Segaram, chairman and chief technology officer of SiliconPipe. “We think we know how to make such boards at a fraction of the cost. If you are the purchasing person at Cisco, you will love this because you will be able to go to 300 companies who could make your backplane board.

The new approach also could eliminate months of engineering work that communications OEMs spend checking bit error rates and signal integrity on each trace of their backplane boards.

The trick for SiliconPipe is to convince a large OEM or contract manufacturer to invest in gearing up for its relatively simple but radically different way of making such high-end boards. Indeed, one senior engineering manager at Cisco Systems Inc. said native 10-Gbit/s backplanes were not a top design priority at this point.

“Over a decade ago, people were embedding coax cable into pcb fabrication processes for specialized government contracts. There might be a way to commercialize something like this, but I don't see us using it for a long time,” said Bill Jennings, a senior engineer in Cisco's networking group.

While most of the backplanes in Cisco's products now run at 3.125 Gbits/s, the company hits 40-Gbit rates in some line cards by aggregating the signals. Moving to a native 10-Gbit backplane is less important than getting Layer 3 switching silicon up to 10-Gbit rates and providing thermal management for high-end systems, Jennings said.

Inside the pipe

SiliconPipe has developed connectors that mate with Teradyne Inc.'s HSD and GSD backplane connectors. The Silicion Pipe connectors provide leads to which third-party manufacturers can attach conventional twinax cables. The cables can be bundled and shielded in what finally appears to be a pipe about the diameter of a penny. The resulting channel can deliver 15 to 20 Gbits/s.

The startup has also developed a method for attaching coax cables to its own backplane connector design to create backplanes that could hit 40-Gbit/s data rates.

To adopt the SiliconPipe technique, OEMs would lay out just power and ground signals on a 10- to 15-layer pc board, have a third party create the cable and backplane connector assembly based on the OEM's Gerber files, and then have the cables assembled onto the board.

Though the process steps are simple, they are not currently handled on high-volume production lines. Thus, SiliconPipe is talking with large OEMs and contract manufacturers about acquiring its intellectual property in preparation for offering such a service.

“All the things we do are standard manufacturing techniques; there's no tricks or specialty processes here,” said Thomas Obenhuber, vice president of product development for SiliconPipe.

Cabling the backplane traces gets users about 60 percent better system throughput, the company said. To get the other 40 percent, new packaging techniques would need to be employed to route signals from a line card's connector at least to the card's main ASIC.

SiliconPipe claims to have four such packages in development, though it is cagey about discussing them while some patents are still in the application process. One of the packages involves extending a flex-circuit lead from the line card connector to lead frames that extend from the ASIC's die right to the outside of the package, essentially avoiding the package substrate.

Segaram claimed that a 130-nanometer die typically provides up to 10-Gbit/s throughput, but chip packaging typically slows that rate significantly.

“If you put a probe right on a ball connection at the base of a chip, you will see about 30 percent of the signal eye is already closed,” Obenhuber said.

2003 (Dec 15) - Los Altos Town Crier : "I-280 car crash claims one life off Magdalena"

Published: 23 December 2003 Written by Tim Seyfert - Town Crier Staff Writer / Source : [HN01G5][GDrive]

A fiery one-car crash on Interstate 280 in Los Altos Hills last week claimed the life of a San Francisco resident, marking the second fatal accident to occur on that particular stretch of highway in just over a month.

Thomas Obenhuber, 48, was driving a 1998 Toyota Dec. 15 when he apparently lost control of the vehicle at around 6:45 p.m. while traveling north on I-280 near Magdalena Ave.

For unknown reasons, the vehicle veered down a grassy embankment and hit a tree, where it caught fire with Obenhuber still inside, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Prior to the collision, witnesses said, the car was traveling in the middle lane at a speed of about 80 mph when it suddenly crossed over onto the right-hand shoulder and turned into the embankment, according to an official report.

Responding firefighters declared the driver dead at the scene. Investigators were still looking into the cause of the accident.

The tragedy was preceded by a similar incident on the I-280 Nov. 13, involving an Isuzu Rodeo that overturned just south of El Monte Road, killing driver Hanh Do, 19, and passenger Amber Bazan, 16, both of San Jose. Do was apparently trying to change lanes to avoid a collision, according to reports.

Anyone with information on either accident is asked to contact the Redwood City California Highway Patrol office at 369-6261.

Dec 15, 2003, is a Monday

2003 (SS info) for Thomas Obenhuber[HL0061][GDrive]

Notes on accident - (from 2015 MercuryNews comments board)

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  • Q Years ago, a dear friend of mine named Thomas Obenhuber perished a few days before his wedding while trying to avoid one of those deer running across Interstate 280. He was on his way home to San Francisco after work when he lost control and hit a tree on the side of the road. Hans [...], Palo Alto

  • A Thomas was killed near Magdalena Avenue in 2003. Caltrans is considering installing a fence to reduce crashes involving deer along 280. There are about 50 such incidents a year and most occur during the fall mating season. - Not one "Obenhuber" mention anywhere in North America, in 2003 or 2004 . No mention of accident.

2003 (Dec 31) - Estate request filed from Inessa Obenhuber

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2014 (Feb) - Tribute video to Thomas Obenhuber

"Scales" by Jeff Sidlosky

Live version on Youtube : / Image : [HV00EG][GDrive] / Download the video : [HV00EH][GDrive]

"Playing my song "Scales", the first and only song I've written. I dedicate it to Thomas Obenhuber, of whoms passing inspired me to create it and to Rachel Lofthouse, my cousin of which growing up as a child always inspired me to play."

INESSA OBENHUBER (future bride)









Inessa is a serial entrepreneur, business advisor, executive trainer, and angel investor who has spent many years identifying and connecting innovative companies and executives around the globe. As CEO and founder of Global Privat, Inessa drives technology investment and growth through a system designed for success. Global Privat is a boutique economic development firm focused on creating a global ecosystem ​among​ investors, universities, corporations and the innovative companies around the world. ​Founded in 2012 by Inessa, ​Global Privat educates​ and empowers​ board directors and ​executives ​of both​ public and private companies to​ create stable and scalable companies.​ Global Privat’s​ experts identify, invest in and grow​ innovative companies​.​ ​The team​ provides​ ​the ​professional development​, advice and expertise ​​investors, executives and entrepreneurs need to ​ensure their​ companies grow and thrive​. ​The firm ​deliver​s​ educational programs, mentoring​, board development, ​and investment opportunities on 3 continents for more than 600 companies, individuals and economic development agencies.

In addition to leading Global Privat, Inessa holds investments with Seraph Group, Astia Angels and Keiretsu Forum. She also serves on the board of several companies in both the arts and technology. In the past, Inessa was one of founding members of PC Magazine in Russia and Ambassador of the Media Institute for Social Change at the USC Cinematic School. She also holds several global patents. A graduate of Moscow University, her personal passion is to increase diversity within companies and in the corporate boardroom. Leveraging her experiences, Inessa coaches, advises and frequently speaks about ways women and minority executives can play key roles as investors and board executives. To learn more about Inessa visit

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Specialty Food AssociationInessa O-Childs, Treasure8


P3R Publicity, a full service public relations firm is pleased to announce a new client relationship with investment capital professional, Inessa Obenhuber. P3R Publicity will be responsible for all of Inessa Obenhuber's publicity initiatives.

“We are very excited about beginning this new relationship with business industry leader Inessa Obenhuber,” says Ola Danilina, CEO/Owner of P3R Publicity. “We look forward to enhancing her brand initiatives while demonstrating our commitment to excellent service.”

Inessa Obenhuber is an angel investor and international business expert. She is a member and investor at Seraph Group, a growing global investment angel boutique fund and co-founder Kiventures, a company that assists U.S. and Russian tech companies with operations, outsourcing and fundraising. Ms. Obenhuber is a native Russian who lives and works in Silicon Valley for more than 20 years, and who supports technology companies in Silicon Valley and Russia. She served as one of the founding members of the Russian Language edition of PC Magazine, and currently is an expert in the IT cluster at Skolkovo (Russian Silicon Valley).



Gabriel Perez, Inessa Obenhuber

A night of trains -- one in vain / The ultimate in elegance accentuates opera opening

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Catherine Bigelow


Chronicle Staff Writers

Sep. 13, 2004

Updated: Jan. 26, 2012 10:47 a.m.

Another version of the train came on the back of a buttery black leather skirt worn by Inessa Obenhuber, who paired it with a fitted crisscross tulle top, both by Trussardi.

NOT ONE HIT ON NEWSPAPERS - "Inessa Obenhuber" (with or without quotes)

LinkedIN - Inessa O'Childs (Obenhuber)

1996 (June 17) - working in sales dept at Nordstrom ?

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Inessa Bamberg in the U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1


Inessa V Bamberg in the U.S., Index to Public Records, 1994-2019


Former Securities Lawyer Sentenced To Six Years Of Imprisonment For Securities Fraud

Disbarred Marin attorney also ordered to pay more than $4.5 million in restitution to defrauded investors

SAN JOSE – James Seltzer, a former attorney and resident of Marin County, was sentenced to 72 months’ imprisonment for securities fraud, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch, FBI Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett, and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Michael T. Batdorf. The sentence, issued today by U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh, follows a guilty plea entered September 14, 2016.

According to his plea agreement, beginning no later than October of 2007 through at least May of 2011, Seltzer, 69, formerly of Belvedere, defrauded and deceived multiple individuals in connection with the purchase and sale of securities. Seltzer admitted he misrepresented to the investors that he would use their money to make certain investments for their exclusive benefit but instead diverted the funds to other uses. Seltzer acknowledged that in many cases, he diverted all or virtually all of the monies he had obtained from his investors and spent the monies on his own personal and business expenses after depositing the funds into his own personal bank accounts. The court found Seltzer defrauded 16 investors of more than $4.5 million and ordered Seltzer to pay restitution to his victims in the amount of $4,646,555.

According to papers filed by the government, Seltzer’s victims included several women with whom he conducted personal relationships in order to gain their trust as a precursor to stealing from them. During today’s sentencing proceedings, after hearing from several of Seltzer’s victims, Judge Koh described Seltzer’s conduct as “callous.” Furthermore, in addition to the victims in his criminal case, bankruptcy filings reveal Seltzer accumulated a debt of well over $20 million to numerous other individuals. Seltzer fled the country in 2010 and remained overseas for 5 years.

On June 18, 2015, a federal grand jury indicted Seltzer charging him with five counts of securities fraud, in violation of 15 U.S.C. § 78; one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1341; and three counts of money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1957. He was apprehended in Hawaii in September 2015, and, pursuant to the plea agreement, pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud. The remaining counts were dismissed.

In addition to the prison term and restitution, Judge Koh also sentenced Seltzer to serve a three-year period of supervised release. Judge Koh ordered Seltzer to surrender no later than April 19, 2017, to begin serving his sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy Lucey and Arvon Perteet are prosecuting the case with the assistance of Laurie Worthen. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

2015 (Sep) - At the NASDAQ 25th anniversary