Dirk Gates

Dirk-GatesDirk Gates brings more than 15 years of executive management experience to Xirrus, as well as a track record of success evolving a high-tech startup into a world class, publicly traded company. Having founded Xircom, Inc. in 1988 on the premise of delivering Ethernet connectivity to mobile computers, he attracted venture funding from Greylock, grew the company to 2,000 employees, achieved revenues of $500M and a market cap in excess of $2B. During his tenure as Chairman and CEO, Mr. Gates led Xircom into the wireless arena through partnerships and acquisitions that positioned the company to deliver mobility solutions based on IEEE 802.11, GPRS and Bluetooth technologies. He subsequently negotiated the sale of Xircom to Intel Corporation in March of 2001. Mr. Gates holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from California State University at Northridge and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Articles by Dirk Gates

Six Steps To Public Wi-Fi Security

Wi-Fi has enabled the mass adoption, use and innovation of connected devices. We have come to expect ubiquitous Wi-Fi wherever we go: coffee shops, hotels and airports all offer public access Wi-Fi networks. Even the London Underground is meeting the connectivity demands of our ‘always connected’ society. Our modern, nomadic workforces rely on internet connectivity …


Wi-Fi on Wheels: The Evolution of the Connected Car

Each year in Monterey, California, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the most prestigious classic car show in the world takes place. While most are beautiful and desirable as well as valuable in the right condition, it’s fair to say the cars of that era lack technology – when the owner of 2015 ‘Best of Show’ …