Sheldon Breiner
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  Sheldon Breiner
New Ventures West                       
Palo Alto, California 94301
Sheldon Breiner is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, inventor and a geophysicist specializing in the exploration and the scientific and cultural research on and in the earth.
As a typical Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, Breiner uses New Ventures West, a sole proprietorship, as his personal business incubator to conceive and launch high-tech start-ups.  He is Executive Chairman of Potential Energy LLC providing products and services for direct detection of hydrocarbons from aircraft over land and from deep-towed sensors offshore to identify and map oil fields and to determine drill locations for shale gas.   He is also a founder of a startup, UBIQ Networks, Inc., for large-scale smart-phone- connected data-gathering million-person field-force recruited on Facebook and Twitter to create an on-demand, information utility, world-wide.

As Breiner’s first startup experience, he was the founder and CEO of Geometrics one of the major world-wide airborne geophysical contractors and principal manufacturer of geophysical instruments for airborne, marine and land exploration (sold to EG&G, later OYO of Japan); co-founder and CEO of PML developer of thru-casing resistivity technology for oil-behind-pipe (sold to Baker Hughes); and founder and CEO of Syntelligence, Quorum Software and Solis Therapeutics. He was a Director of ESP, Inc., an environmental software company acquired by IHS, a public company for databases for the energy and environmental industries, and Director and interim CEO of 3DGeo, Inc. for seismic imaging for oil, merged in late 2008. He was a member of the Advisory Board of Silicom Ventures, on the board of (‘yahoo’ of Russia, but headquartered in NY), and a member of the Band of Angels in Silicon Valley.

He received a patent for a chip that will mitigate the negative consequences of using a cell phone while driving and patent-pending technology to halt texting while driving and using the chip as a means of anonymously collecting roadway, traffic and environmental conditions for state and federal agencies.  Breiner has patents pending in other technologies.
He is on the Board of Directors of SEAM, the leading-edge technical non-profit company owned by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the principal organization in the world dedicated to technology for oil and mineral exploration. SEAM’s mission is to conduct computer modeling of oil exploration data for the world-wide benefit of finding large deposits of hydrocarbons all financed and assisted by the world’s leading oil and oil service companies. Breiner was recently the Moderator of the Executive Forum, the official kickoff session for the technical program of a recent Annual international Meeting of the SEG
Much of Breiner’s career involves remote sensing for mineral and cultural resources through airborne, oceanographic and land based geophysical surveying. He has also been a pioneer in unconventional applications of magnetometers, for example, earthquake prediction, geophysical techniques for archaeological exploration, search for buried and sunken objects, and various marine and airborne magnetic methods for military or security purposes. As a former consultant to various branches of the US government, he has been involved with detection of submarines, mines, tunnels, weapons and other ordnance.  For example, he was involved the search for two sunken U.S. submarines; with Howard Hughes’ organization, a secret (then and somewhat now) search for a Soviet submarine in the Pacific (code-name Project Azorian); and, at the request of the White House, he conceived and demonstrated, in 1968, the gun detector now the standard for security at airports and buildings around the world.
He has been involved with many archaeological projects including such published examples as the discovery in Italy of the ancient, buried Greek city of Sybaris (Science, 150, 1965, The Rubidium Magnetometer in Archaeological Exploration), and over 100 colossal monuments buried for 3,000 years in the jungles of Mexico (American Scientist, Vol. 60, 1972, Magnetic Exploration of the Olmec Civilization with Michael D. Coe, co-author), the latter earning him both the 'Best Presentation Award' at the International Meeting of Society of Exploration Geophysicists. A current project operating under a permit issued by the Mexican government, Breiner is the technical leader of a team that has used a cesium marine magnetometer to discover offshore Mexico a Manila galleon, the San Felipe, circa 1576, containing several tons of Ming porcelain, silk, beeswax--and other such cargo.
He is currently preparing several papers on widely varying topics: his role in using  magnetometers to record the magnetic effects of the ‘Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)’ from a 1.4 million ton hydrogen bomb, detonated 4,000 miles away high over the Pacific in 1962, a military experiment which led to the creation of the Internet and possibly the Cuban missile crisis; a possible cause of Alzheimer's; and a hypothesis for the sudden and mysterious demise (mass extinctions) of most of the species on earth at four occasions over the past half-billion, the latter two sharing a common nexus with the direct detection of hydrocarbons.
His M.S. research resulted in the first quantitative method (based on Euler’s Theorem) and device for using a magnetometer for exploration and mapping of oil and gas deposits from aircraft and ships, a concept which he then patented. This project was the stimulus to his being the first to use high-resolution optically-pumped magnetometers for geophysics. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the subject of earthquake prediction on the San Andreas fault in California and Japan.
Breiner is a Fellow, by invitation, in the Explorers Club of New York, appears in Portraits of Success: Impressions of Silicon Valley Pioneers. He is a co-founder and former trustee of the Peninsula Open Space Trust, a conservation group which as has acquired, for public enjoyment, more than 70,000 acres in the San Francisco Bay area; was on the advisory Board of the School of Earth Sciences of Stanford University, Chairman of the Geologic Safety Committee of the Town of Portola Valley, California. Breiner was a member of the Advisory Board of Benetech on a project to aid in finding and removing landmines around the world. He is an occasional lecturer in the Graduate School of Business and the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University, the Heiland Lecturer at Colorado School of Mines. He has designed an online seismograph for the new Town Center of his town (transected by the San Andreas fault) and has arranged for a high sensitivity, online cesium magnetometer nearby at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve of Stanford University for earthquake and other research purposes. He has written and/or presented several hundred technical papers and the industry-standard reference on the use of magnetometers for geophysics, military and archeological purposes with a million copies in print and, now online.
Breiner has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., all in Geophysics, from Stanford University.  He has run ten marathons, enjoys skiing, hiking, photography and has traveled extensively to over one hundred countries. He is married with two grown children and resides near Palo Alto, California.
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