John Muleta is the CEO of ATELUM LLC, a minority-owned and operated technology transfer firm specializing in mobile and web and internet services platforms. Prior to forming ATELUM, Mr. Muleta founded M2Z Networks, Inc., a venture-backed wireless broadband company based in Menlo Park, California, where he served as a board member and CEO. M2Z Networks, Inc., received funding from Kleiner Perkins (board member John Doerr), Charles River Ventures (board member Bruce Sachs), and Redpoint Ventures (board member Geoff Yang). DirecTV, Inc. also backed M2Z as an investor and business partner.
Immediately prior to M2Z Networks, Mr. Muleta was partner and co-Chair of the Communications Practice at law firm Venable LLP. In his legal career, Mr. Muleta distinguished himself through dedicated service in two federal government career positions. Between 2003 and 2005, he served as the head of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and was responsible for implementing the Commission’s policies for wireless spectrum, consumer wireless services, and public safety radio networks.
As head of the Wireless Bureau, Mr. Muleta was responsible for legal and regulatory review of the wireless industry’s biggest transactions, including the acquisition of AT&T Wireless by Cingular and the acquisition of Nextel by Sprint. Between 1994 and 1998, Mr. Muleta worked at Commission in the Common Carrier Bureau in several capacities including Deputy Bureau Chief of the Bureau and Chief of the Bureau’s Enforcement Division.
Mr. Muleta also has a distinguished private-sector record as an entrepreneur, most prominently serving as a Senior Vice President of PSINet, Inc., and as president of its infrastructure subsidiary PSINetworks. PSINetworks deployed telecom infrastructure (terrestrial and submarine fiber-optics systems, wireless, and satellite) in 28 countries spanning North America, Europe, South America, Japan, Hong Kong, India, and Australia. In this role, Mr. Muleta leads the company’s groundbreaking efforts as an ISP, including pioneering several first for ISP, including the acquisition and operation of dark fiber on a fiber-optic submarine cable system (FLAG FA-1), participation in “telco” consortium submarine cable system (Japan-US), and purchasing dark fiber encompassing CONUS (IXC, MFN, and 360Networks) to support growth and provide redundancy. Mr. Muleta also helped with the company’s acquisition and integration of 75 ISPs around the globe and was instrumental in helping the company raise and deploy over $2.5 billion in capital dedicated towards telecom infrastructure. Mr. Muleta helped lead the organization in acquiring and provisioning 50 data centers around the globe, while also serving as President of PSINet’s India, Middle East, and Africa (IMEA) unit and as the President of PSINet Ventures, the company’s $100 million corporate venture investment unit. After PSINet, Mr. Muleta served as Executive Vice President and officer for Navisite, Inc. (a data center company acquired by Time Warner Cable) and as Chairman and CEO of Tellus Technology, Inc. (a small venture-backed wireless OEM company) before rejoining the FCC as head of the Wireless Bureau under Chairman Michael Powell.
Mr. Muleta has also served as Chairman of HRsmart, Inc. (talent management ASP acquired by Deltek), member of the Board of Directors of FiberTower, Inc. (a publicly-traded mMwave backhaul provider acquired by Verizon), and as a member of the advisory boards of Good Technology, Inc. (wireless ASP acquired by Blackberry), PacketHop (an infrastructure-less mesh networking company acquired by SRI) and Cognio, Inc. (a wireless network management company acquired by Cisco).
Mr. Muleta holds an undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering and graduates degrees from the MBA/JD Joint Program at the University of Virginia. He served 12 years as a Trustee of Engineering School at the University of Virginia, as founder and co-Chair of the Engineering School’s Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and as a founding Trustee of the University’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, and Access (IDEA) Fund.