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"What to know about investing in Semiconductor Startups"

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Jan 19, 2022 08:30 AM

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Cliff Hirsch
Publisher @Semiconductor Times
Technology executive with 30-year career highlighted by myriad successful sales, marketing and business development initiatives. Unique combination of inspirational leadership, deep strategic insight and tactical “get-it-done” mentality. Vast technology expertise coupled with exceptional business and financial acumen. Massive worldwide professional network developed by cultivating cross-domain relationships with the highest level of integrity, strong work effort, and “no-agenda” problem solving approach. Specialties: Extreme depth and breadth in semiconductors and related technologies, communications, data/telecom network infrastructure, and open source web technology. Analyzed >4,000 private and public companies in the semiconductor & comm/IT space. More information at http://www.semiconductortimes.com/
Junko Yoshida
Editor in Chief @The Ojo-Yoshida Report
Junko Yoshida has always been a “roving reporter” in the most literal sense. After logging 11 years of international experience at a Japanese consumer electronics company, Junko pursued a peripatetic journalism career, breaking stories, securing exclusives, and filing incisive analyses from Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Paris, New York, and China.Junko’s contacts and professional experience are global, multicultural, and multilingual. She writes and speaks authoritatively on consumer electronics, automotive, semiconductors, emerging technologies, and intellectual property, with a deep understanding of the business strategies that companies are pursuing to compete on a global scale. ‌ ‌During her three decades at EE Times, Junko rose up the ranks from Tokyo correspondent to West Coast bureau chief, European bureau chief, news editor, and editor-in-chief. She earned a reputation as an innovator, shepherding EE Times’ expansion into e-books.
Rajeev Madhavan
Founder & General Partner @Clear Ventures
Rajeev Madhavan is a founder and General Partner of Clear, where he focuses on early stage technology investments. Rajeev brings operational skills from founding, building and running (as CEO) two highly successful companies. He has the uncanny ability to deeply understand what entrepreneurs are trying to do, and to steer them onto a successful path. He has been a venture investor in over 35 companies. Rajeev’s notable exits include Apigee (IPO), YuMe (IPO), Virident (acquired), Magma (IPO), Groupon (IPO), VxTel (acquired), LogicVision (IPO) and Ambit (acquired). Prior to founding Clear in 2014, Rajeev founded three successful startups. The most recent, Magma Design Automation, became the 4th largest Electronic Design Automation company in the world under his leadership. Rajeev served as Magma’s Chairman and CEO from when he co-founded the company in 1997 through its acquisition by Synopsys in February 2012 for $580 million.
Emily Meads
Analyst @Speedinvest
Emily is a Physicist by training, holding a Bachelors and Masters in Physics from the University of Bath. She passionately supports Deep Tech companies and the Deep Tech ecosystem, and always strives to give scientific credibility to the VC side of the table. Understanding that key enabling technologies can sometimes get lost behind the walls of academia, she is excited the most by helping founders take their technology out of the lab and into the real world. Before joining Speedinvest, Emily worked for Fraunhofer IZM, as well as a software engineering startup where she first caught the startup bug. She then worked at Spin Up Science where she specifically supported innovators on their Deep Tech commercialization journeys. She draws upon these experiences everyday to sharpen her Deep Tech lens. Her most recent challenge? A Masters in Quantum Computing Technologies, which she is excited to complete to better support the dynamic Quantum ecosystem.
Owen Metters
Investment Manager @Foresight Williams Technology Funds
Dr Owen Metters is an Investment Manager at Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE). His core focus is sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities for the Foresight Williams Funds. These funds invest in UK-based deep technology businesses with disruptive and defensible IP and support investee companies by facilitating access to WAE’s engineering team and customer network. Since inception the Foresight Williams Funds have invested £48m into 27 companies operating across a range of sectors. The funds have supported six early-stage, UK-based businesses developing semiconductor devices or tools for the semiconductor industry. Owen has worked at Oxford University Innovation, the technology transfer organisation for the University of Oxford, supporting academics in the commercialisation of University IP leading to the formation of several successful spin-out companies which have then raised over £20m of VC funding & holds a PhD in Inorganic & Materials Chemistry from Bristol University
Dov Moran
Managing Partner @Grove Ventures
Dov Moran is the Managing Partner of Grove Ventures. He is one of Israel’s most prominent hi-tech leaders, entrepreneurs and investors. Dov is known as a pioneer of several flash memory technologies, most notably as the inventor of the USB flash drive. He was a founder and CEO of M-Systems (NSDQ: FLSH), a world leader in the flash data storage market. Under Dov’s leadership, M-Systems grew to $1B revenue, and was acquired by SanDisk Corp (NSDQ: SNDK) for $1.6B. This still ranks as one of the single biggest acquisitions in Israel. After the sale of M-systems, Dov founded Modu, an innovative company with a revolutionary modular phone concept. Modu’s assets were acquired by Google in 2011 and are the basis for Google’s modular phone Project Ara. Dov has invested in many successful start-ups across multiple sectors, and serves on the boards of RapidAPI, Wiliot, Neuroblade, TriEye and Ramon.Space. He was previously the Chairman of Tower Semiconductors (NASDAQ: TSEM
Bolaji Ojo
Publisher and Managing Editor @The Ojo-Yoshida Report
Veteran business, finance, and technology journalist Bolaji Ojo is a jack-of-all-media but an entrepreneur at heart. “Bola,” a former Bloomberg News reporter and lifelong media innovator, has been a publisher, media executive, business owner, and media market analyst and consultant, working at the nexus of politics, technology, and the global supply chain. After more than a decade with publications in Africa, Europe, and Asia, Bolaji joined UBM Media in 1999, working as a business editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief at titles including EE Times, Electronic Buyers’ News, and Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Magazine. He moved to global technology media giant AspenCore along with EE Times and other UBM properties. As AspenCore group publisher and global co-editor-in-chief, he expanded the company’s print, online, and event presence in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America.