Brian Hinman

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Brian L. Hinman (born August 22, 1961 in Bethesda, Maryland) is an entrepreneur and investor in high technology businesses, especially the computer-based communications industry.

Hinman founded three successful (annual revenues greater than $500 million)[1][2][3] high technology companies; PictureTel Corp. [4] (Videoconferencing), Polycom (Conference call), and 2Wire (Digital Subscriber Line). Both PictureTel Corp. and Polycom had Initial Public Offerings. Hinman and his co-founders took PictureTel public in November 1984, only three months after the company was founded, and two years before the first product was shipped.[5] 2Wire was acquired by set-top box maker Pace [6] in July, 2010. Technologies where Hinman has been granted patents include video compression [7] and conference calls.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Hinman, the son of Earl E Hinman, Jr[9] and Roberta D. Hinman, grew up primarily in Wheaton, Maryland[10]

Brian received a BSEE from the University of Maryland, College Park in December 1982, and an MSEE from MIT in June 1984. Hinman later sponsored an entrepreneurship program at University of Maryland, College Park [11] called the "Hinman CEOs".


From 2006 to 2015, Hinman worked at Oak Ventures as a Venture Partner [12] where he worked with Cleantech investments such as algae company Aurora Algae [13] and solar technology companies eSolar and GreenVolts.[14] Hinman has also been involved with public-private partnerships by buying and funding an underfunded fire station in Los Gatos.[15]

In 2012, Hinman co-founded Mimosa Networks, a gigabit wireless hardware company based in Santa Clara, CA.[16] Hinman serves as Co-Founder, CEO and President at Mimosa Networks.


Brian Hinman received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award[17] in 2004 and was a national finalist in 2005. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year© award is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, spanning more than 140 cities and 50 countries worldwide.[18]

In 2011, the Rochester Institute of Technology awarded him an honorary doctorate of science.[19]


  1. ^ "History of PictureTel Corp. – FundingUniverse". Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Polycom". 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  3. ^ "2Wire". 2010-07-26. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  4. ^ Gilpin, Kenneth N. (1986-01-16). "New York Times Picturetel". Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  5. ^ "PictureTel Corp". 
  6. ^ Dean Takahashi (2010-07-26). "Pace acquires 2Wire". Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  7. ^ "Motion compensation patent" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  8. ^ "Speaker phone patent" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  9. ^ Earl Hinman Obituary
  10. ^ "Innovation Hall of Fame". Retrieved 29 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "UMD Hinman CEOs program". Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  12. ^ Palo Alto Office. "Oak Investment Partners". Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  13. ^ "Aurora Algae". Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  14. ^ "GreenVolts". GreenVolts. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  15. ^ "Hinman funds fire station". 1970-07-26. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
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  18. ^ "Brian L. Hinman Chief Executive Officer, Mimosa Networks, Inc.". Bloomberg. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "RIT to Recognize 3,500 Graduates During Commencement Weekend, May 20-21". Retrieved 29 January 2017.