EECS Entrepreneurial Startups

Start-ups Founded by EECS Faculty

 

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Berkeley EECS Involvement

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Algorex logo

Algorex
offered telecommunication products and services mainly for Broadband and Wireless technologies.

Ahmad Bahai
CTO and Co-Founder

Acquired for $21.5 million in 1999 by National Semiconductor Corp.

Andes Networks logo

Andes Networks develops ASIC-based web security products that are designed to remove the cost, complexity and performance obstacles to securing web infrastructure.

John Wawrzynek
Founder and Advisor

Startup since 2000.

Arch Rock

Arch Rock provides software, systems, and services that integrate Internet-scale networks with smart grid network technology and makes wireless network technology.

David Culler
CTO and Co-Founder

Startup since 2005.
May 15, 2007 - raised $10 million in a second round of venture funding which closed May 2. Investors in the Series B funding are New Enterprise Associates (lead investor) and Shasta Ventures, both of Menlo Park, Calif.; and Intel Capital, Santa Clara, Calif. All three were participants in Arch Rock's Series A funding round of $5 million in October 2005.

To be bought by Cisco at the end of 2010. Amount not disclosed.

BDTi logo

Berkeley Design Technology, Inc. (BDTi) is a technical services company that has focused exclusively on DSP.

Edward A. Lee
Founder and Senior Technical Advisor

Startup since 1991.

cadence logo

Cadence Design Systems licenses electronic design automation (EDA) software, sells or leases EDA hardware technology and intellectual property (IP) and provides design and methodology services worldwide to help manage and accelerate electronic product development processes.

Richard Newton
Co-Founder

Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Advisor and Member of the Board of Directors

IPO for $46 Million in 2001.
Key numbers for fiscal year ending December, 2006:
Sale: $1,483.9M
One year growth: 11.6%
Net income: $142.6M
Income growth: 189.0%

Celestry Design Technologies logo

Celestry was a leading provider of EDA tools and services that facilitate the design and manufacture of sub-micron scale semiconductor chips.

Chenming Hu
Founding Chairman

Acquired by Cadence Design System for >$100M in 2002.

Crossbow Technology Inc.

Crossbow Technology can help you target the appropriate sensors and instrumentation. The company manufactures inertial sensor systems for aviation, land, and marine applications.

A. Richard Newton
Co-Founder

Startup since 1995.

Cyclotomics logo

Cyclotomics, Inc. was a corporation which developed error-correcting code technology.

Elwyn R. Berlekamp
Founder

It was acquired by Eastman Kodak in 1985, and continued another decade under the name of Kodak Berkeley Research.

Discera logo

Discera is a global leader in chip-scale MEMS resonator technology, offers a broad portfolio of patented PureSilicon™ resonators proven reliable and used to create the industry’s most advanced and economical Frequency Control and RF Circuits.

Clark T.-C. Nguyen
Founder

Startup since 2001.

Dust Networks

Dust Networks makes reliable low-power wireless networking systems for sensors.

Kris Pister
Founder and CTO

Startup since 2002.
April 24, 2007 - GE Sensing Selects Dust Networks as Technology Partner for Wireless Sensing Solutions.

Electric Cloud logo

Electric Cloud
is the leading provider of software production management (SPM) solutions. Electric Cloud solutions automate, accelerate and analyze software build/test/deploy processes to optimize both physical and virtual IT environments. The company's patented and award-winning products help development organizations to speed time to market, boost developer productivity, and improve software quality.

John K. Ousterhout
Founder and CEO

Startup since 2002

ethertronics logo

Ethertronics is the leading developer and manufacturer of high performance internal (embedded) antennas for wireless devices. Their technology delivers a superior combination of network coverage, small antenna size and lower emissions than competing solutions. These benefits significantly reduce time-to-market and design risks, while improving connectivity, battery life and data rates for end-users.

Eli Yablonovitch
Co-Founder, Member of Board of Directors

Startup since 2000.

FastForward Networks logo

FastForward Networks developed network broadcast software for Internet broadcasting.

Abhay Parekh
Co-Founder

Acquired by Inktomi in 2000.

Flowgram, Inc. logo

Flowgram
is building a new multimedia-empowered way to communicate. The Flowgram product has captured the imagination of a prestigious group of individuals with exceptional track records.

Abhay Parekh
Founder and CEO

2008: currently angel funded.

Franz Inc. logo

Franz Inc. is the world's leading vendor of dynamic object-oriented development tools featuring Common Lisp, CLOS (the Common Lisp Object System), and AllegroCache, a persistent CLOS object store that is native to Common Lisp.

Richard Fateman
Co-founder

Privately held, founded 1984.

Illustra logo

Illustra was an Object-Relational Database Management System (ORDBMS). It supports SQL-3 and standard relational syntax and operations on tables. Illustra originated from Postgres.

Michael Stonebraker
Founder

Acquired for $400M in stock in 1996 by Informix.

Inktomi logo

Inktomi Corporation provided web search services for Internet portal and search destination sites.

Eric Brewer
Founder, Chief Scientist and Director

David Culler
Technical Advisory Board Member

Acquired for $225 million in 2003 by Yahoo! Inc.

LGC Wireless logo

With more than 7000 deployments worldwide, LGC Wireless is the leader in extending scalable, high-performance wireless coverage and capacity inside buildings and public facilities. LGC's products offer low-cost installation, end-to-end monitoring and management, and easy integration of emerging wireless technologies.

Kam Y. Lau
Co-Founder

Acquired by ADC. Completes in 2007.

Mark Logic logo

Mark Logic
is the leading content publishing provider. Building on standards such as XML and XQuery, Mark Logic extracts maximum value from content (document) assets. The flagship product Content Interaction Server (CIS) provides search-engine speed along with rich query logic for data cleaning, indexing and organization. CIS scales comfortably to terabyte repositories.

John Canny
Co-founder

Startup since 2001, backed by Sequioa Capital and Lehmann Brothers.

Matrix logo

Matrix Semiconductor was a fabless semiconductor company that has developed the means to create three-dimensional integrated circuits using standard manufacturing techniques and materials.

Vivek Subramanian
Co-Founder

Acquired for ~$200 million in 2006 by Sandisk.

Mercator MedSystems, Inc. logo

Mercator MedSystems, Inc. (formerly EndoBionics, Inc.) is a medical technology company focused on the treatment of vascular inflammation utilizing its catheter-guided, microfluid injection systems for site-specific, non-systemic delivery of therapeutic agents directly across any blood vessel.

Albert Pisano
Co-Founder and Director

Startup since 2000.
May 15, 2006 - Raises $2.25 million venture capital to advance clinical development of its MicroSyringe Infusion Catheter(TM) system, led by Palo Alto Investors, included Crocker Capital.

NCast logo

NCast Corporation is a privately held presentation capture and streaming media company.

Lawrence A. Rowe
Cofounder, Board Member and Technical Advisor

Startup since 1998.

Odyssia System

Founded in 1998, was a company that specialized in the development of IP-QoS systems.

Jean Walrand
Co-Founder, CTO

Acquired by Extreme Networks, August 2000.

On Wafer logo

OnWafer Technologies is the pioneer and global leader of the emerging Process Zone Control segment within the larger Process Diagnostics Metrology market.

Costas Spanos
Co-Founder and Chairman

Kameshwar Poolla
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist

Startup since 2000.
July 14, 2006 - unveiled its wireless PlasmaVolt SensorWafer product, which is designed to monitor and control sub-100nm plasma process applications.
Acquired by KLA-Tencor in 2007.

OPC Technology

Co-founded with PhD student Nick Cobb in 1996. Developed software for resolution enhancement in optical litography step of I.C. manufacturing. The solutions included software for Optical Proximity Correction (OPC) as well as design of Phase Shift Masks (PSM).

Avideh Zakhor
Ex-founder

Acquired by Mentor Graphics in 1998.

Quintic Wireless Innovationslogo

Quintic
is a fabless semiconductor company that provides wireless connectivity solutions for consumer electronics, computers, and peripherals.

Chenming Hu
Co-founder and Director

Founded in 2005 with Operations in Santa Clara, Beijing, and Shenzhen.

Relational Technology Incorporated (RTI)

A pioneer in the relational database industry; their flagship project was the Ingres database management system.

Michael Stonebraker
Eugene Wong
Lawrence Rowe

Founders

Sold to ASK Corp. in 1990 for $110 Million. ASK in turn was acquired by Computer Associates in 1994 for $310 Million. More recently, CA spun off Ingres Corp. as an independent company.

Rinera Networks logo

Rinera Networks, Inc.
was founded by Carnegie Mellon and U.C. Berkeley researchers who are leaders in Internet systems research. Rinera's Coordinated Video Distribution System (CVDS) offers tremendous benefits to content owners and network service providers that are participating in the dramatic rise in Internet video traffic by providing cost reduction, improved scale, improved QOS and consumer experience, and other benefits.

Ion Stoica
Chief Technology Officer, Founder

Startup since 2007.

Si Time logo

SiTime is a fabless integrated circuit Company developing silicon timing, clock, and RF chips, which incorporate Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) timing reference devices inside standard silicon electronic chips, eliminating the need for quartz crystals.

Bernhard Boser
Co-Founder, Chief Scientist

Startup since 2004.
Oct. 24, 2006 - introduced the smallest and thinnest megahertz resonator.

Sensys Networks logo

Sensys Networks products bring an unprecedented level of performance and simplicity to the growing need for traffic monitoring on freeways and arterials and traffic signal controls at intersections.

Pravin Varaiya
Co-Founder, Board of Directors Member

Startup since 2004.

TeraBlaze

Incorporated in 2000, was a privately held developer of Gigabit Ethernet switching solutions.

Jean Walrand
Co-Founder, CTO

Acquired by Agere, January 2004.

Tru Video logo

TruVideo mobile multimedia technology was developed by the leading experts in video processing at the University of California at Berkeley. TruVideo’s patented video technology and standards-based server products were designed to produce high frame-rate video with a small client footprint over narrowband networks.

Avideh Zakhor
Founder

Startup since 2000.

Truviso logo

Truviso, Inc. was founded in 2005 to solve the challenge of continuous data analysis in high-performance, low-latency decision environments. The company's software solution processes huge volumes of incoming data to enable continuous analysis, visibility and action across heterogeneous systems. Truviso's product fundamentally changes the way enterprise data is processed, analyzed and acted upon.

Michael Franklin
Founder

Startup since 2005.

Urban-Scan

Founded in 2005, Urban-Scan is in the business of developing methodologies for fast, automated 3D modeling of urban environments using a variety of sensors such as ground based and airborne laser scanners and cameras.

Avideh Zakhor
Co-founder

Acquired in May 2007; details of acquiring company to be released in 2009.

Vertica logo

The column-oriented Vertica Database revolutionizes performance, cost efficiency and ease of use for large scale data warehouse and data mart workloads enabling more users to answer more questions faster so they can better respond to customers, better manage businesses and out-think the competition.

Michael Stonebraker
Founder

Startup since 2005

Wirama logo

Wirama is a wireless locationing company whose patented RFID reader technology allows customers to precisely locate standards compliant passive RFID tags.

Kannan Ramachandran, Founder

Startup since 2006.

Start-ups Founded by EECS Alumni

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Berkeley EECS Involvement

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Above All Software logo

Above All Software publishes software which allows users to customize and integrate enterprise applications by cataloging and re-assembling existing software into a variety of composite applications.

Roger J. Sippl
Co-Founder and Chairman
BA CS 77

Roger Sippl's first start-up success was founding Informix Software in 1980. After Informix, Roger became co-founder and chairman of The Vantive Corporation. He also founded Visigenic Software. He is venture capitalist investing in companies, including Illustra (acquired by Informix), Broadvision, SupportSoft and Red Pepper (acquired by PeopleSoft).

Startup since 2002.

Aehr Test Systems logo

Aehr Test Systems engages in the design, engineering, and manufacture of test and burn-in products to the semiconductor manufacturing industry.

Rhea Posedel
Founder
BS EE 1965

Rhea Posedel has been CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors since its inception in 1977. Through May 2000, he has also served as President. Prior to founding the Company, Mr. Posedel held various project engineering and engineering managerial positions at Lockheed Martin Corporation (formerly “Lockheed Missile & Space Corporation”), Ampex Corporation, and Cohu, Inc.

Key numbers for fiscal year ending May, 2006:
Sale: $23.8M
One year growth: 48.0%
Net income: $0.8M

AmberPoint logo

AmberPoint provides Web services software tools that work with Microsoft's .NET technology and with Tivoli software from IBM.

Gregory A. "Greg" Batti
Founder
BA CS 1980

Greg served as director of Product Development for the Forte for Java development products at Sun. At Forte, Greg served as vice president of Engineering, responsible for managing and delivering all of the Forte products. Greg was the director of DBMS Development at Ingres Corporation.

April 23, 2007
AmberPoint raises $9 million:
SAP Ventures joins all existing investors in additional funding for SOA runtime governance leader.

ANADIGICS, Inc. logo

ANADIGICS, Inc. principal activity is to design, develop and manufacture radio frequency integrated circuit solutions for the wireless and broadband communications markets.

Charles Huang
Co-Founder
PhD CS 1975

Dr. Charles Huang is EVP & CTO of ANADIGICS, Inc., held since co-founding the Company in 1985. Dr. Huang is also an IEEE Fellow. Dr. Huang has over 20 years of design, development and production experience with GaAs technology for such companies as Hewlett-Packard, Avantek and ANADIGICS. Prior to co-founding ANADIGICS, Dr. Huang was Director of Gallium Arsenide Research & Development and Wafer Fabrication Services at Avantek.

Key numbers for fiscal year ending December, 2006:
Sale: $169.9M
One year growth: 56.9%
Net income: ($8.9)M

AnimateMe logo

AnimateMe wants to make animation easy and fun for everybody. Our animation tool - Puppet - gives you instant access to an extensive library of 3D content for quickly creating and animating your own characters.

Okan Arikan
Co-Founder
PhD CS 2004

Okan is an assistant professor at University of Texas, Austin. He has always been interested in computer graphics, games, and special effects but his utter lack of artistic talent forced him to follow a technical career path. He always thought animation ought to be easier than spending agonizing hours putting keyframes only to create an animation abomination. That's why he started AnimateMe to pursue easier and fun ways to create and animate.

Leslie Ikemoto
Co-Founder
PhD CS 2007
Leslie got her Ph.D. in animation research, notably applying artificial intelligence technology to make the resulting behaviors more believable with less effort. Not only has she published multiple papers about techniques for video games, but she has also helped studios integrate these ideas into games.

Startup since 2008.

Apple Computer, Inc. logo

Apple Computer, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets personal computers and related software, services, peripherals and networking solutions.

Steve Wozniak
BS EECS 1986

Electronics engineer who, with Steve Jobs, designed, built and introduced the Apple computer, a user-friendly alternative to IBM's personal computer in 1976. Jobs and Wozniak formed Apple and saw it grow into a billion dollar company. Wozniak left the company in 1985 and went on to pursue interests in home video.

Key numbers for fiscal year ending September, 2006: Sale: $19,315.0M
One year growth: 38.6%
Net income: $1,989.0M
Income growth: 49.0%

Aquest logo

Aquest Systems Corporation supplies automation equipment to the semiconductor manufacturing industry worldwide. The company was founded in 2004 by a group of seasoned semiconductor capital equipment industry veterans and a leading Silicon Valley venture capital investor.

Mihir Parikh
Ph.D. EECS 1974

From 1974 to 1984, Mihir Parikh held various engineering management positions with International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and Hewlett-Packard Company. Mini-environment and Standard Mechanical InterFace (SMIF) technology was developed under his leadership at Hewlett-Packard and commercialized at Asyst.

Aquest is privately owned.

Asyst logo

Asyst Technologies, Inc., founded in 1984, provides automation solutions optimized for the needs of our global customers in the semiconductor, flat panel display, and related industries. As the most experienced fab automation company, we are dedicated to helping our customers gain competitive advantage through the intelligent application of our wide range of productivity- and yield-boosting technologies.

Mihir Parikh
Ph.D. EECS 1974

From 1974 to 1984, Mihir Parikh held various engineering management positions with International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and Hewlett-Packard Company. Mini-environment and Standard Mechanical InterFace (SMIF) technology was developed under his leadership at Hewlett-Packard and commercialized at Asyst.

Asyst is privately owned.

Athena Capital Research logo

Athena Capital Research is a quantitative investment manager, specializing in fully automated trading strategies. Expanding the intersection of technology and finance, we’re taming the frontiers of the high-tech world to change the face of the financial industry. Our passions are technology, mathematics, and finance, and we unite these strengths to generate superior investment results.

Wesley C. Chow
Co-Founder; Managing Partner
Director of Technology
BS CS 2000

Wes co-founded Athena Capital Research in June 2003. At Athena, Wes is responsible for risk management and for overseeing the technological aspects of our automated trading infrastructure. Prior to Athena, Wes worked at Tower Research Capital as an Infrastructure Developer. While there, he developed key pieces of automated trading technology, gave input on risk management systems, and helped in developing tools to make strategy research faster and easier.

Athena is coming on its 5th year anniversary and has 12 employees. We've been profitable since about month 4, and are solidifying our position in the completely automated quantitative trading arena. After a few years of actively trying to keep the operations small, we decided to "let loose" and are allowing ourselves some controlled growth.

Atheros Communications logo

Atheros Communications is a leading developer of semiconductor system solutions for wireless communications products.

Teresa H. Meng
Founder and Director
MS, PhD EECS 1988

Teresa H. Meng, Atheros co-founder, has served on Atheros’ Board of Directors since the company’s inception in May 1998. From October 2000 through December 2006, Dr. Meng served as a consultant to Atheros’. From May 1998 to October 1999, Dr. Meng was Atheros’ president and chief executive officer.

Key numbers for fiscal year ending December, 2006:
Sale: $301.7M
One year growth: 64.4%
Net income: $18.7M
Income growth: 11.9%

Barracuda Networks logo

Established in 2002, Barracuda Networks, Inc., is the leading provider of enterprise-class spam firewall solutions for comprehensive email protection. Winner of numerous industry honors, including Network Computing's Editor's Choice Award and the 2004 and 2005 Well-Connected Awards, its flagship product, the Barracuda Spam Firewall, provides protection for over 30,000 customers throughout the world, including Adaptec, Knight Ridder, Caltrans, CBS, Georgia Institute of Technology, IBM, NASA, Pizza Hut, Union Pacific Railroad, and the U.S. Treasury Department.

Dean Drako
President and CEO
M.S. EECS 1988

Key numbers for fiscal year ending December, 2007:
Sale: $18.1 (est.)
Employees:200

Berkana logo

Berkana Wireless was a leading provider of highly integrated CMOS RF ICs for cellular and other multi-mode wireless applications.

Beomsup Kim
Co-Founder
Ph.D. EECS 1990

Cormac Conroy
Co-Founder
Ph.D. EECS 1994

Acquired by Qualcomm in 2006.

BeVocal, Inc. logo

BeVocal’s next-generation automated systems are a major breakthrough for service providers and enterprises. For the first time, there’s a hosted customer self-service system that allows you to cut the cost of customer care and at the same time increase revenues and improve customer service. BeVocal offers an integrated suite of powerful voice and data applications that will take your organization’s customer service to new levels of economy, quality and effectiveness.

Kevin Stone
Co-Founder
MS EECS 1995

Sold to Nuance Communications, Inc. in April, 2007.

BunchBall logo

Bunchball's Nitro platform drives user engagement on sites across the internet. Nitro distills concepts from behavioral economics and game design into a web service that major media companies, social networks, ISPs, and others are using to drive user behavior and increase engagement on their web sites.

Rajat Paharia
Founder
BA CS '92
Rajat Paharia is the founder and CEO of Bunchball, the leading provider of web catalytics solutions. An entrepreneur at heart, Rajat's skill set combines a unique understanding of technology and design that stems from a four year career at design firm IDEO where he was co-director of the Software Experiences Practice. While there he worked with clients including AT&T Wireless, Avaya, Microsoft, McDonald's, HP and Philips. Before IDEO, Rajat worked at Philips Consumer Electronics, IBM Research and ViewStar.

Venture funded startup with customers including NBC.

commandcad logo

CommandCAD, Inc. was an Electronic Design Automation (EDA) company operating in the emerging Design For Manufacturability (DFM) market. Our company specializes in software solutions that enable foundries and design teams to achieve strategically critical efficiencies in the development of next generation chips and technologies.

Frank Gennari
Ph.D. EECS 2004

Michael Lam
B.S. EECS 1992

Greg McIntyre
Ph.D. EECS 2006

Acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 2006.

ContractForge logo

At Contract Forge we understand the competitive nature of business: the pressure to reduce costs, improve efficiency and increase sales. Compliance and corporate governance can regulate the way we do business and often only the most flexible of organisations can respond quickly enough to the changes in their competitive environment. The team at contract forge are experts in business and document process automation. Our specialty is Contract LifeCycle Management solutions.

Timothy Kimball
Founder and CTO
BS EECS 2001
Timothy has over 15 years of international industry experience building high-end enterprise class solutions in a variety of business environments - from Datacom in New Zealand to Microsoft in Redmond to start-ups in Silicon Valley. Tim takes a strong, pragmatic, cost effective approach to the application of technology -- ultimately generating clean, pin-pointed high quality solutions to critical and complex business problems.

Startup since 2008.

DiffBot logo

Diffbot is a new web service that replaces traditional bookmarks and RSS, allowing users and organizations to effortlessly keep up to date with all their online content like never before. Diffbot has combined its novel automated page analysis algorithms with an intuitive user interface that all web users can take advantage of.

Michael K. Tung
Co-Founder
BS EECS 2004

Bootstrapped startup since 2005.

Digipede Technologies  logo

Digipede Technologies
is the leading provider of grid computing software developed specifically for Microsoft Windows.

Robert W. Anderson
CTO and Co-Founder
BA CS 1990

Mr. Anderson helped to found Energy Interactive, an energy information systems and services company. As the Vice President of Technology he was responsible for software development, product management, and staff development.

9/12/2006
Digipede Receives Top Honors in GRIDtoday Editors' Choice Awards

Digital Fountain logo
Digital Fountain software optimizes the delivery of digital media over any network. Our technology eliminates the common limitations associated with digital media distribution solutions over both private and public networks, maximizing our customers' existing infrastructure investments, and enabling expanded revenue opportunities.

Michael Luby
CTO and Co-Founder
Ph.D. EECS 1983

Michael is a world-renowned scientist, making significant contributions in the areas of coding theory, randomized algorithm design and analysis, networking protocols and cryptography.

Startup since 1998.

Enki logo
Enki is a Cloud Computing services provider and consultancy offering utility-billed virtual private data centers and full operations services.

Eric Novikoff
Co-Founder
BS EECS 1984

Eric brings extensive technical and management experience to the table at ENKI. Eric has over 20 years of experience in the electronics and software industries, over a range of positions from integrated circuit designer to software/hardware project manager, to Director of Development at an Internet Software As A Service startup, Netsuite.com. Eric's technical, project, and financial management skills have been honed in multiple positions at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies on a variety of product lines, including managing the development and roll-out of a worldwide CRM and sales automation application for Agilent's $350 million Automatic Test Equipment business.

Privately held, growing.

Erdyn consultants logo
Erdyn Consultants Erdyn is a « société anonyme » with a working capital of 105,000 € The company specializes in scientific and technical consultancy, aimed at industrial innovation. As a subcontractor, it also takes charge of contract research projects, on behalf of its clients.

Louis P. Drouot
Founder
MS EECS 1970

Active and Independant (Private shareholders).

EuroDecision logo
EuroDecision offers organisations a wide variety of global solutions in resource optimisation including consulting, feasibility studies, development of operational prototypes, software applications, integration into company existing information systems and their maintenance.

Louis P. Drouot
Founder
MS EECS 1970

Active and Independant (Private shareholders).

Euclid Media logo

Euclid Media is a web video tools startup focused on using revolutionary technology to monetize internet video. They are based in Menlo Park, California.

Ryan White
Co-Founder
PhD. EECS 2007

Bryan Feldman
Co-Founder
PhD. CS 2007

Founded Euclid Media in 2007. Previously they have worked at companies such as Nvidia, Pixar, Microsoft, and Lockheed Martin.
Bryan is National Science Foundation Fellow and Ryan is both a Mayfield and Department of Homeland Security Fellow.

Start-up since 2007.

Expert City logo

Expertcity, Inc. was the leading provider of Web-based remote-access and customer-support technologies. The company's award-winning screen-sharing technology enables users to view and control a remote computer via the Web.

Klaus Schauser
Co-Founder
Ph.D. CS 1994

Acquired for $225 million (50% cash and 50% stock) in 2003 by Citrix Systems, Inc.

Expresso Fitness logo

Expresso Fitness has revolutionized the indoor exercise industry by blending eye-popping virtual reality with a classic cardio workout. The result is a truly unique experience that continues to capture the interest of clubs and members alike.

Brian Button
CEO and Founder
BS EECS 1994

Startup since 2003.

Extreme DA logo

Extreme DA is a privately held electronic design automation (EDA) company focused on variation-aware parametric yield analysis, optimization, and specification sign-off of integrated circuit (IC) designs before transfer to manufacturing. Extreme DA solutions and technology facilitate robust designs and significantly improve IC design performance, power consumption, and manufacturing yields.

Yuji Kukimoto
Chief Scientist and Founder
Ph.D. EECS 1998
Kukimoto was previously Director of Engineering at Extreme DA. He joined the company in 2004 from Cadence Design Systems, where he was a senior member of the Consulting Staff. Before that, Kukimoto was a Member of the Technical Staff of Silicon Perspective Corporation, and a Member of the Technical Staff at Monterey Design Systems.

Acquired by Synopsys in 2011.

FaceKoo logo

Facekoo is a social networking web site, targeting users in China. We have face recognition based image search on celebrities and users, bulletin boards, chat rooms, and a suite of other fun applications and games that promote interactions among our users.

Wa Pak
Co-Founder, CEO
BS EECS 1995


David Yan
Chief Scientist and Founder
BS EECS 1995

We launched our web site on March 6, 2008 and we already have more than 40,000 registered users as of June 9, 2008.

FastForward logo

FastForward Networks developed network broadcast software for Internet broadcasting.

Steven R. "Steve" McCanne
CTO & Co-Founder
Ph.D. CS 1996

Dr. McCanne joined Inktomi following its acquisition of FastForward Networks, which he co-founded in May 1998.

Acquired by Inktomi in 2000.

FireEye logo

FireEye provides the only global, anti-botnet protection system to combat botnets and targeted, stealthy malware.

Ashar Aziz
Founder and CEO
M.S. Computer Science 1985.

Ashar Aziz holds over 20 patents in the areas of networking, network security, and datacenter virtualization. Before Terraspring, Ashar spent twelve years at Sun as a distinguished engineer focused on networking and network security.

Startup since 2004.

GlowLink logo

GlowLink is a recognized industry leader in the field of communications satellite monitoring and control.

Jeffrey C. Chu
Co-founder, President& CEO
MS EECS 1979

Glowlink is founded in January 2000. Closely held. One future outcome is IPO. Built-To-Last.

Groundwork logo

GroundWork provides software that helps organizations improve the performance and availability of their clouds, infrastructure, and applications.  

Robert D. Fanini
Co-founder
BS EECS 1981

Fanini has a strong track record of creating and growing successful technology companies, having founded several including Capital Technologies, Foglight Software, SiteROCK, SiteROCK KK, and CapTech Partners, LLC.

Startup since 2003.

Hot or Not logo

Hong and cofounder Jim Young began HotOrNot in 2000 as a way of collecting votes on the attractiveness of user-submitted photos. The site quickly became a hit among internet users and racked up millions of page views per day in short order. The site has since added online dating features and is said to generate several million dollars in revenue annually.

James Hong, Founder
BS EECS 1995

James Young, Founder
Ph.D. EECS 2004

Sold to Canadian company, Avid Life Media for $20 million.

H & Q Asia Pacific logo

H&Q Asia Pacific is an Asian private equity firm founded in 1986.

Ta-lin Hsu, Founder
EECS Ph.D. 1971

2008: H&Q Asia Pacific acquires Taiwan Sumida Electronics, second largest inverter manufacturer for notebook pcs.

IEnteractive Research and Technology logo

IEnteractive Research and Technology is an early startup created to invent and commercialize interactive entertainment related technologies for general purpose applications.

Thomas Y. Yeh, Founder
BS EECS 1997

Startup since 2007.

InnoMedia logo

InnoMedia is a manufacturer of computer telephony and videoconferencing equipment.

Lijen Tan
BS EECS 2004
Co-founder

Works closely with InnoMedia's chairman and CEO, Mr. Kai-Wa Ng to help to direct the company's strategy, growth, and business partnerships. Prior to InnoMedia, Dr. Lin was executive vice president at Digicom Systems, Inc., a leader in the development of internal, external, and software modems.

Startup since 1995.

IsACatch logo

IsACatch is a web service dedicated to making online dating more social.

Dr. Nan-Sheng Lin
Co-founder
BS EECS 2004

Charles Shieh
Co-founder
BS EECS 2004

Startup since 2008.

LaunchPoint Technologies logo

Using multi-disciplinary computational modeling, LaunchPoint optimizes products to meet specific design criteria derived from marketing requirements.

Brad E. Paden
Founder
PhD EECS 1985

Currently a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Mechanical Engineering Department with a joint appointment in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests focus on nonlinear control theory and its application to electromechanical systems.

Founded in 1992

LGC Wireless logo

With more than 7000 deployments worldwide, LGC Wireless is the leader in extending scalable, high-performance wireless coverage and capacity inside buildings and public facilities. LGC's products offer low-cost installation, end-to-end monitoring and management, and easy integration of emerging wireless technologies.

John Georges, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
PhD EECS 1994

Dr. Georges has more than twenty years experience in the telecommunications industry and is widely regarded as a pioneer of RF-over-fiber technology. Previously at Bellcore (now Telcordia), Dr. Georges was a member of the R&D team that built the world's first operational DWDM system in 1987.

Acquired by ADC Completes in 2007.

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Entertaining over 100 million users per month, Lolapps provides the largest network of social games and applications on Facebook and other leading social networks.

Annie Chang
Co-Founder
EECS '02

Kavin Stewart
Co-Founder
EECS '01

Founded in 2008

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Marvell Technology Group offers digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits for data storage and broadband communications applications.

Weili Dai
Co-Founder and COO
B.A. 1984 EECS

Has served as Vice President, Corporate Secretary and a Director since its inception in 1995. Since 1999, Ms. Dai has served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Communications Business Group. In this role, she is responsible for managing all of the Company’s communications product lines. Ms. Dai has also served as Executive Vice President and a Director of Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. since its inception.

Sehat Sutardja
Co-Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
PhD EECS 1988

Dr. Sehat Sutardja has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. since its inception and as Chairman of the Board since 1999. In addition, he serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and as a Director of Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.

Key numbers for fiscal year ending January, 2006:
Sale: $1,670.3M
One year growth: 36.4%
Net income: $331.4M
Income growth: 133.9%

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MEMS Insight helps your MEMS projects succeed. A broad range of product development services is available, including design, layout, fabrication, technical due diligence, technical IP evaluation, an evaluation of market and business opportunities, and technology assessment. Some areas of particular expertise include MEMS fabrication, valves, sensors, switches, gears, microfluidics, and BioMEMS.

Leslie Field
Founder and CEO
Ph.D. EECS 1991

Dr. Leslie Field founded the MEMS Insight consulting firm in January 2002, and enjoys working with a broad spectrum of companies on numerous technical and strategic projects in MEMS. She has an extensive background in Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Corporate R&D.

Startup since 2002.

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Movaris is now part of Trintech. To learn more about Trintech, go to www.trintech.com.

Nathan Hoover
Co-founder and VP Development, later Director of Engineering.
BS EECS '83

http://www.movaris.com/ now part of http://www.trintech.com/

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Mozy is an online storage product from Berkeley Data Systems, founded in 2005. Mozy’s backup service is split into two tiers, Mozy Home and Pro. Both are downloaded applications that upload selected files to Mozy’s servers for archiving.

Josh Coates
President, Founder
B.A. 1998 CS

Josh began research in large scale parallel systems at the University of California, Berkeley in the NOW and Millennium groups. He also spent some time working with Turing Award winner Jim Gray at Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center and then moved on to work on internet caching at Inkotmi Corp.

Startup since 2005.

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NetGeo is an Internet Geography Solution empowering companies to identify from where their web visitors are coming (country, state, city, ZIP), where they work, and even how they connect to the Internet. Companies are using patented NetGeo solution for online card fraud detection, geographical access control, content and advertisement targeting, web log analytics, legal compliance, digital rights management, criminal tracking, stolen/shared ID detection, and traffic management.

Michael Yang
Co-founder & Chairman of the Board
B.S. EECS 1983.

Founded NetGeo in 2000. Michael was previously founder and CEO of mySimon Inc., acquired by CNET in January 2000 for $700 million. Prior to founding mySimon, Michael worked for 15 years in successively senior technical, marketing, and management positions helping to build various Silicon Valley products and technology companies. In 1991, he created the first Internet-based bulletin board system in Korea and in 1995, he authored an Internet Guide book for businesses.

Startup since 2000.

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NextG Networks is dedicated to providing wireless service providers with flexible fiber networks that support DAS deployment in areas that would be difficult or impossible to cover using only traditional cell towers or rooftop antenna sites.

John Georges
Chairman, CEO and Co-founder
PhD EECS 1994

David Cutrer
CTO and Co-founder
PhD EECS 1998

Dr. Georges has more than twenty years experience in the telecommunications industry and is widely regarded as a pioneer of RF-over-fiber technology. Previously at Bellcore (now Telcordia), Dr. Georges was a member of the R&D team that built the world's first operational DWDM system in 1987.

Dr. Cutrer is a recognized expert on microcellular communication networks and holds multiple patents in the field.

Startup since 2005.

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NuvoMedia Developed electronic books and digital publishing systems.

Marc Tarpenning
Co-Founder
BS EECS 1985

After earning a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, Marc started his career at Textron in Saudi Arabia. There he saw first-hand the marble airports and city-block-long houses that were paid for by America's dependence on foreign oil. This formative experience shaped Marc's views on global warming, the environment, and the use of the world's resources.

Sold to Gemstar/TV Guide in 2001 for $187M.

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OnWafer Technologies is the pioneer and global leader of the emerging Process Zone Control segment within the larger Process Diagnostics Metrology market.

Mason Freed
Co-Founder and Vice President, Software
PhD EECS 2001

His research focuses on the development of novel sensors for semiconductor manufacturing. During his undergraduate career Dr. Freed received the UC Berkeley Drake Scholarship (1993-1997), the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Scholarship (1993-1997), and the Levin's Award for Engineering Performance (1994).

Startup since 2000.

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Panoramic Technology Inc. is a software company that offers advanced semiconductor lithography simulation software. The company was founded in 1999 and is the leader in 3D rigorous lithography simulation. The main product, EM-Suite is used world wide by lithographers to study various aspects of photolithography.

Tom Pistor, Founder
PhD EECS 2001

Startup since 1999.

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Pixim chipsets are at the heart of over 200 security cameras worldwide, capturing and delivering clear, accurate images in all lighting conditions. Pixim’s Digital Pixel System ® technology revolutionizes the way video cameras capture and process images.

John Deng
Co-Founder
Ph.D.'97 EECS

Developed the first successful China Chip - the Starlight Multimedia Series. In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Deng has received numerous awards most recent of which include 2005 Man of the Year for China Economy, National 1st Class Scientific and Technology Achievement Award, National Scientific and Technology Award of Chinese Youth, etc.

Startup since 1999.

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Prides Capital is an investment firm specializing in strategic block, ownership investing in the small- and micro-cap arena.

Christian Puscasiu
Co-Founder
BS EECS '94

Developed the first successful China Chip - the Starlight Multimedia Series. In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Deng has received numerous awards most recent of which include 2005 Man of the Year for China Economy, National 1st Class Scientific and Technology Achievement Award, National Scientific and Technology Award of Chinese Youth, etc.

Started Spring 2004 with $60MM of assets under management; reached ~$500MM assets under management in 2007.

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Quantiva's patent-pending Quantiva Analysis System (QAS) is the first to apply next-generation behavior analysis algorithms and techniques to Web-based business transactions. We have developed sophisticated technology that automatically provides accurate statistical anomaly detection and automated detailed problem analysis – with zero administration required.

Ron Hiller
Co-Founder
MS CS '87

Quantiva was founded in 2000 and acquired in 2005 by NetScout.

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Polarate is dedicated to giving you an open environment to explore every view and every controversy. We are all about people expressing their beliefs. Every argument is submitted and voted upon by users. Using Polarate, you can create, discuss, and share polarized debates between two sides. You can post arguments in support of specific sides and build a community around your interests.

Eric Peng
Co-Founder
BS EECS 2007

Growth Phase.

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Quintic is a fabless semiconductor company that provides wireless connectivity solutions for consumer electronics, computers, and peripherals.

Kanyu "Mark" Cao
Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations
Ph.D. EECS 2002

Founded in 2005 with Operations in Santa Clara, Beijing, and Shenzhen.

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Recommendr is an online social shopping community. Recommendr was founded in 2006 and is located in San Jose, CA.

Ray Tanaka
Co-Founder and CTO
BS EECS ’98

Privately owned / Pre-funding.

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Retrevo is a product review search service focused solely on electronics. The site aggregates product information, reviews and articles from blogs, forums, websites and manufacturers. Retrevo does their best to provide unadulterated product reviews by filtering out ads, eBay pages and online electronic stores like Best Buy and Amazon.

Jiang Wu
Co-Founder and CTO
BS EECS 1993

Jiang Wu is responsible for the overall design of Retrevo's product. Jiangs prior work includes multi-dimensional visualization for data mining, unified access to structured and unstructured information, years of hands-on experience in data modeling, distributed software design, architecture and implementation.

2007: Secured $3.2 million in Series B venture financing led by Norwest Venture Partners (NVP). Series A investor, Alloy Ventures, also participated in the round.

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RightScale provides a platform and consulting services that enable companies to create scalable web solutions running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) that are reliable, easy to manage, and cost less.

Thorsten von Eicken
CTO and Founder
Ph.D. EECS 1993

Before joining RightScale Inc., Thorsten was Chief Architect at Expertcity.com and Citrix Online, makers of GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToAssist. He was responsible for the overall architecture of these online services and also managed the 24/7 datacenter operations which allowed him to acquire deep knowledge in deploying and running secure scalable online services.

Startup since 2007.

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Rinera Networks, Inc. was founded by Carnegie Mellon and U.C. Berkeley researchers who are leaders in Internet systems research. Rinera's Coordinated Video Distribution System (CVDS) offers tremendous benefits to content owners and network service providers that are participating in the dramatic rise in Internet video traffic by providing cost reduction, improved scale, improved QOS and consumer experience, and other benefits.

Dr. Hui "Tom" Zhang
President, Founder
Ph.D.'04 EECS

He was most recently a professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he did pioneering research in clean slate Internet design, peer-to-peer Internet video streaming, and Internet QoS. From 2000-2003, he was the Chief Technology Officer of Turin Networks, Inc.

Startup since 2007.

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Riverbed Technology is the pioneer and, with over 3,500 customers, the worldwide technology and market share leader in wide-area data services (WDS). Riverbed provides the first and only comprehensive WDS solution to a host of severe problems that have effectively prevented enterprises from sharing applications and data across wide areas.

Steven R. "Steve" McCanne
CTO & Co-Founder
Ph.D. CS 1996

Prior to founding the company, Dr. McCanne served as Chief Technology Officer, Media Division and later as Chief Technology Officer for Inktomi Corporation from October 2000 to March 2002. Dr. McCanne joined Inktomi following its acquisition of FastForward Networks, which he co-founded in May 1998.

Startup since 2002.

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SanDisk Corporation
designs, develops, manufactures, and markets NAND-based flash storage card products that are used in various consumer electronics products.

Sanjay Mehrotra
Co-Founder and CEO
B.S.'78, M.S.'80 EECS

Mehrotra is a co-founder of SanDisk and has served as director of memory design and product engineering, vice president of product development and senior vice president of engineering. His earlier experience in the semiconductor industry included work at Intel Corporation, Seeq Technology, Integrated Device Technology and Atmel Corporation in the area of design engineering and engineering management, mostly in EPROM and EEPROM product development.

Founded in 1998.

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Santa Fe DataBase Solutions (SFDBS)
founded SFDBS in 1997 to commercialize a new database technology.

Robert M. Pecherer
Co-Founder and CEO
PhD EECS 1975

The patent application is nearing final resolution. If the patent is awarded, the technology will be licensed for commercial use and to incorporate into products. Consulting services will be offered.

Scale Eight

Provided file storage solutions based on patent-pending Distributed Storage Software (DSS) technology.

Josh Coates
Co-Founder and CEO
B.A. CS 1998

Josh began research in large scale parallel systems at the University of California, Berkeley in the NOW and Millennium groups. He also spent some time working with Turing Award winner Jim Gray at Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center and then moved on to work on internet caching at Inkotmi Corp. In 1999 Josh founded Scale8, a venture backed startup that grew to support customers that included Microsoft, Viacom and Fujitsu.

Scale8 closed shop in 2003 and sold its intellectual property to Intel.

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Sentilla Corporation uses their unique Java-based software platform for pervasive computing to create solutions that address real-world business problems.

Joe Polastre
Co-founder and CTO
MS CS 2003, PhD. CS 2005

Founded Sentilla in December 2003 and was featured in a Wired magazine article. He has written many papers and gives numerous talks on pervasive computing.

Start-up since 2003.
Investors are ONSET Ventures and Claremont Creek Ventures.

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SiBEAM is a developer of semiconductor systems solutions for high-speed communications platforms- developing new, intelligent wireless technologies and leverages the latest manufacturing methods.

Chinh Doan
VP, RF & Analog Design, Co-Founder
MS EECS 2000

Dr. C. Bernard Shung Vice President, IC Engineering, Co-Founder
PhD EECS 1988

Chinh Doan led the research and development effort at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) from 1999 until the founding of SiBEAM in December 2004, exploring the limits of standard digital bulk-CMOS technology for use at frequencies above 20GHz, focusing on 60GHz.

Dr. Shung is responsible for high-speed DSP circuits implementation, digital MAC/SoC development and IC integration in the SiBEAM engineering team. Prior to co-founding SiBEAM, he was a Director of Engineering at Broadcom working on highly integrated Gigabit Ethernet and 10-Gigabit Ethernet network switching products. He joined Allayer Communications and led the engineering effort that resulted in Broadcom acquisition in 2000.

Startup since 2004.

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Founded in 1997, Silicon Genesis Corporation (SiGen) is a leading provider of Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) process technology targeted for use in the production of engineered wafers that enable NanoTechnology applications with next generation products.

Francois J. Henley
Pres, Co-Founder, CEO
MS EECS 1982

Prior to SiGen, Mr. Henley was the co-founder, President, and COO of Photon Dynamics (NASDAQ:PHTN), the world leader in Flat-Panel Display LCD production test equipment and yield management solutions. Mr. Henley was also the founder and principal engineer of Dataprobe Corporation, a developer of laser-based test systems for semiconductor devices.

Startup since 1997.

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Silicon Image is a leader in driving the architecture and semiconductor implementations for the secure storage, distribution and presentation of high-definition content in the consumer electronics and personal computing markets.

David D. Lee
Founder
Ph.D. EECS 1989

Prior to launching Silicon Image in 1995, Dr. Lee was a principal investigator at Sun Research Laboratories; he also spent six years on the research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), leading a number of projects integrating high-resolution display technology with high-performance computing.

Deog-kyoon Jeong
Co-founder and Chief Technical Adviser
PhD 1989 EECS

Prof. David Hodges served on Board of Directors 1997-2007
Founded in 1995 and went IPO in Oct. 1999 (NASDAQ:SIMG), remain as a public company with $300M+ in annual revenue

 Simplex Solutions, Inc. logo

Simplex Solutions, Inc. provided software and services for the design and verification of integrated circuits (ICs) to enable its communications, computer and consumer-products customers to achieve first-time production success and rapid delivery of complex systems-on-chip. Its products and services weree used prior to manufacture to design and verify ICs to help ensure that they will perform as intended, taking into account the complex effects of deep-submicron semiconductor physics.br>

Res Saleh
Founder
MSc 1983, PhD 1986

Went public in 2001 at market valuation of $250M, sold to Cadence Design Systems in 2002 for $300M.

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Sipura Technology's products, comprised of VoIP CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) and station endpoint equipment, help bring an exciting new world of communication services to customers and profitable new revenue streams to operators.br>

Jan Fandrianto
Founder, President and CEO
B.S. EECS 1982

Over the past 10 years, Mr. Fandrianto led the core development of media processing technology used in multimedia chips for voice, video and data applications. This important work has been the basis for a host of successful telecommunications and consumer electronics products including analog telephony adapters, videoconferencing systems and DVD players. Mr. Fandrianto's innovations in this area are the foundation for the majority of the principal low-density IP telephony gateway products on the market today.

Cisco acquires Sipura in 2005.

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Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) is an American vendor of computers, computer components, computer software, and information-technology services, founded February 24, 1982.

Bill Joy
VP of Design Engineering, Co-Founder
MS EECS 1979

Bill Joy is founder and Vice President of Research at Sun Microsystems, where he has led the company's technical strategy, working on both hardware and software architecture. He is well known as the creator of the Berkeley version of the UNIX operating system, for which he received a lifetime achievement award from the USENIX Association in 1993. He received the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award in 1986. Joy has had a central role in shaping the Java language. He left Sun in 2003 and joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) as a partner in 2005.

Ranking: #187 on the Fortune 500 (2007)
Fiscal Year 2008 Q2 Revenues: $3.615 billion.

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Tapioca Mobile is a San Diego, Calif. startup that offers to monetize multi-media messages consisting of video and images, or just plain old text SMS. The company works with both publishers and advertisers to deliver content seeded with ads. Its executives come from Qualcomm, Nokia and OpenWave.

Sachin Deshpande
CEO and Co-Founder
BS EECS 1993

Sachin has 15 years of business and technical experience. Most recently, Sachin was Head of BREW Developer Relations at QUALCOMM where he built and led business relationships with leading media companies, content providers, and cutting-edge mobile developers.

The $5 million funding was provided by Venrock, according to Mashable. Venrock also gave Tapioca its seed round in September of 2007.

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Tatara Systems invents, develops, and deploys convergence products for service providers allowing them to offer converged mobile services to their subscribers across the widest base of available end-user devices (i.e. PCs and current mobile phones).

Asa Kalavade
Co-Founder
Ph.D. EECS 1995
Dr. Asa Kalavade has over 17 years of experience in the areas of wireless, multimedia services, and real-time embedded systems. Asa co-founded Tatara Systems in 2001 with the vision of the convergence of IP and mobile networks.

Startup since 2001.

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Telegent Systems is a leading fabless CMOS semiconductor company providing high-performance, single-chip solutions enabling worldwide free-to-air and pay-per-view mobile TV in mobile handsets, portable devices and consumer electronics.

Weijie Yun
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Ph.D. EECS 1992

Samuel Sheng, Chief Technical Officer, Co-Founder Ph.D. EECS 1996

Dr. Yun is a serial entrepreneur. As the founding President and CEO of AIP Networks, he led the development of switching subsystems for optical networks. His broad business experience encompasses stints at BEI Technologies and SiTek, Inc. where he served as founding Director and was responsible for business strategy and product development.

A world-renowned expert in CMOS RF and DSP development, Dr. Sheng has extensive experience in architecting and designing leading-edge CMOS RF and DSP chips for silicon tuners, ADSL transceivers, magnetic recording and DVD RF/servo technologies. He has a proven track record of sampling first silicon for all the chips developed under his leadership.

Startup since 2004.

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Telseon was a a Metro Ethernet Service Provider

Robert W. Klessig
Co-Founder
Ph.D. EECS 1971

Founded in 1999- Sold to OnFiber Communications in 2002.

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Tesla Motors designs and sells high-performance, highly efficient electric sports cars — with no compromises. Tesla Motors cars combine style, acceleration, and handling with advanced technologies that make them among the quickest and the most energy-efficient cars on the road.

Marc Tarpenning
Co-Founder
BS EECS 1985
After earning a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, Marc started his career at Textron in Saudi Arabia. There he saw first-hand the marble airports and city-block-long houses that were paid for by America's dependence on foreign oil. This formative experience shaped Marc's views on global warming, the environment, and the use of the world's resources.

Company has ~250 employees, now just delivering cars, 18 months of back orders.

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Triscend developed configurable system-on-chip devices and customizable microcontrollers.

Stanley S. Yang,
Co-founder
BS EECS 1986

Mr. Stanley Yang is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of NeuroSky, Inc., a gear system and fabless semiconductor company.

Aquired by Xilinx, Inc., March 8, 2004.

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Truviso, Inc. was founded in 2005 to solve the challenge of continuous data analysis in high-performance, low-latency decision environments. The company's software solution processes huge volumes of incoming data to enable continuous analysis, visibility and action across heterogeneous systems. Truviso's product fundamentally changes the way enterprise data is processed, analyzed and acted upon.

Sailesh Krishnamurth
Founder and Chief Architect
Ph.D. CS 2006

Truviso is at this point a Series A company.

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Asa Kalavade
Co-Founder
Ph.D. EECS 1995

Dr. Asa Kalavade has over 17 years of experience in the areas of wireless, multimedia services, and real-time embedded systems. Asa also co-founded Tatara Systems. Asa spent several years at Bell Labs where she invented patent-pending technologies for wireless multimedia streaming, reconfigurable network interfaces, and real-time multiprocessor DSP systems. She is frequently invited to speak at a variety of international organizations, conferences, and universities.

Startup since 2008.

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Verifia, a leader in Internet Intelligence, provides NetGeo, Internet geography solution and TiP(Theft of Identity Protector), user transparent strong authentication solution.

Michael Yang
Co-founder & Chairman of the Board
B.S. EECS 1983

Michael Yang, President and CEO, and Dr. Sanku Jo, CTO, founded Verifia in 2000. Mr. Yang was previously founder and CEO of mySimon Inc., acquired by CNET in January 2000 for $700 million. Prior to founding mySimon, Mr. Yang worked for 15 years in successively senior technical, marketing, and management positions helping to build various Silicon Valley products and technology companies.

Startup since 2000.

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Vimicro International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, and marketing of mixed-signal semiconductor products and solutions for the consumer electronics and communications markets in the People's Republic of China. It offers mixed-signal multimedia processors for personal computer and embedded notebook cameras, as well as for mobile phones. The company provides system-level solutions that include integrated semiconductors, customizable firmware and software, software development tools, reference designs, and applications support.

John Deng
Co-Founder
Ph.D.'97 EECS

Tom Zhang
Co-Founder
Ph.D.'04 EECS

Developed the first successful China Chip - the Starlight Multimedia Series. In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Deng has received numerous awards most recent of which include 2005 Man of the Year for China Economy, National 1st Class Scientific and Technology Achievement Award, National Scientific and Technology Award of Chinese Youth, etc.

Dr. Zhang also serves as a director of the Microsoft-Vimicro Multimedia Technology Center and the Tsinghua-Vimicro Semiconductor Research Center, and Secretary General of Mobile Multimedia Technology Alliance (MMTA).

Vimicro was listed on NASDAQ stock exchange in the United States as the China's first NASDAQ public semiconductor company.

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VMware
, an EMC company, is the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems. The world's largest companies use VMware solutions to simplify their IT, fully leverage their existing computing investments and respond faster to changing business demands. VMware is based in Palo Alto, California.

Mendel Rosenblum
Co-founder and Chief Scientist
Ph.D.'92 EECS

Diane Green
Co-Founder, President and CEO
M.S.'88 CS

Mendel Rosenblum is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he leads a group focused on operating systems research. Together with his students, he developed the Hive operating system, the SimOS machine simulator and the Disco virtual machine monitor. In 2002, he received the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award for his creativity, innovation and vision in operating systems research.

Under Diane's leadership, VMware created the market for mainstream virtualization and VMware definitively leads what is now a virtualization software industry. Diane has held technical leadership positions at Silicon Graphics, Sybase and Tandem and was CEO of VXtreme. Diane serves on the board of VMware and Intuit.

On August 14, 2007, EMC Corporation released 10% of the company's shares in VMware in an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock debuted at 29 USD per share and closed the day at 51 USD.

Volterra Semiconductor Corp. logoVolterra Semiconductor Corporation designs, develops and markets, high-performance analog and mixed-signal power management semiconductors for the computing, storage, networking and consumer markets.

David Lidsky
VP of Design Engineering Co-Founder
PhD EECS 1988

David Lidsky co-founded Volterra and has been the Vice President of Design Engineering since July 2004. Dr. Lidsky has held various positions at Volterra, most recently as the Director of Design.

The company was founded in 1996 and has headquarters in Fremont, CA. Volterra became a public company via an initial public offering of its stock at $8.00 per share on July 29, 2004.

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WiChorus Inc.
an industry leader in smart 4G core infrastructure products. Its SmartCore platform's unmatched performance with network intelligence enables operators to deploy smart 4G networks that optimize network resources, deliver new revenue generating services and monetize the Internet.

Mustafa Ergen
Co-Founder
PhD EECS 2004

Mustafa Ergen is known contributor to OFDM and  wireless networking with his research at UC Berkeley and his development efforts at his startup. Dr. Ergen recently authored widely used book titled “Mobile Broadband – Including WiMAX and LTE”  by Springer in 2009 and co-authored the book titled “Multi Carrier Digital Communications: Theory and Applications of OFDM” by Springer in 2004. He completed four programs from UC Berkeley including PhD, MA, MOT, and MSEE and  author of many works in wireless field. He serves in the board of trustees of TOBB Economy and Technology University in Ankara.

Startup since 2005. WiChorus was acquired by Tellabs for $200M total in 2009.

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Zest Egg
is a recent web startup with a simple goal: help people manage their money. It currently provides personal finance advice and seeks to revolutionize the way its user community builds wealth.

Adam Cataldo
Founder
PhD EECS 2006

Adam found Zest Egg to combine his software design skills with his passion for helping his family and friends with their money woes. He has technical expertise in a wide range of areas, from signal processing and control systems to programming languages and user interface design, and a desire to work on anything that helps people solve real problems.

Startup since 2008.

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Zina Kao Exclusives
has grown from that small Valentine's day gift to a thriving business with jewelry in over 300 stores, web sites, and museums across the United States.

Wayne Wonchoba
Co-Founder and VP
PhD EECS 1995

Startup since 2003.

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3Plus1 Technology is a fabless semiconductor company leading the design and development of next generation ultra low power, scalable, and programmable processor family called CoolProcessors based on its proprietary COOL Processor Architecture.

Jan Rabaey
Technical Advisory Board

John Wawrzynek
Technical Advisory Board

Krste Asanovic
Technical Advisory Board

Startup since 2003.
January 22, 2007 — announced the addition of Dr. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli as an Advisor and member of their Technical Advisory Board.

Bluespec, Inc.

Provides advanced Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions for the design of complex semiconductor chips. Bluespec’s Electronic System Level (ESL) Synthesis toolsets significantly accelerate hardware design and modeling & reduce verification costs.

Krste Asanovic
Technical Advisory Board

Startup since 2003. Raised $13M in two rounds of funding.

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Catalytic Inc. (name changed to Agility Design Solutions) develops software tools that dramatically shorten the design cycle for DSP engineers who use MATLAB®.

Kurt Keutzer
Advisor

Startup since 2001.

After merging with Celoxica’s ESL (electronic system level) business, name changed to Agility Design Solutions Jan. 23, 2008.

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CollabWorks pursues next generation open source. At its core, open source software is about developers sharing and improving code. CollabWorks is similar to open source except CIOs instead of developers are collaborating to share code, methodologies, best practices, processes, and resources.

David Messerschmitt
Member of Board of Advisors

Startup since 2006. Formerly OpenIT Works.

Coverity logo

Coverity is a software engineering company that provides automated source code analysis tools to improve the software development process.

Kurt Keutzer
Advisor

Startup since 2002.

CoWawre logo

CoWare designed software and related services allow chip engineers to evaluate different chip architectures, then design and verify complex system-on-a-chip (SoC) integrated circuits.

Kurt Keutzer
Technical Advisory Board Member

Startup since 1996.
May 14, 2007 - announced that Fujitsu Limited, Tokyo, Japan, has adopted CoWare’s Virtual Platform Product Family for completing its next-generation SoC design flow.

Crossbow Technology Inc. logo

Crossbow Technology can help you target the appropriate sensors and instrumentation. The company manufactures inertial sensor systems for aviation, land, and marine applications.

Shankar Sastry, Technical Advisory Board

Startup since 1995.

Cymer logo

Simon says, "Cymer makes lasers." The company is the leading manufacturer of excimer lasers used in semiconductor manufacturing. (The term excimer comes from excited dimer -- an excited molecule with two atoms.) Cymer's deep-ultraviolet (DUV) lasers achieve finer resolution than older mercury arc lamp models, enabling semiconductor makers to put more circuits on a chip and to produce more chips per wafer.

William G. Oldham
Board of Directors

Cymer went public in September 1996 at an offering price of $4.75 per share.

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General Motors Corporation (GM)is primarily engaged in automotive production and marketing, and financing and insurance operations. GM designs, manufactures and markets vehicles worldwide, having its largest operating presence in North America.

Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli
Scientific Advisory Committee

Key numbers for fiscal year ending December, 2006:
Sale: $207,349.0M
One year growth: 7.7%
Net income: ($1,978.0)M

Gradient Design logo

Gradient Design Automation provides solutions for the temperature issues facing designers of nanometer-scale digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) and power-sensitive designs for the networking, wireless, communications, computer, and consumer market segments.

Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli
Board of Directors

Startup since 2003.
07/12/2006 - Former Synopsys Inc. executive and longtime EDA veteran Edmund Cheng named Ppresident and CEO.

Inxight Software

Inxight Software can see into your corporate data. Inxight (pronounced "insight") develops content management and data access software for corporate enterprises and the government.

Michael Jordan
Advisory Board

Startup since 1997.

Jan. 31, 2007 – After reporting revenue growth of more than 50 percent Y/Y for FY05, Inxight announced that the company had again achieved record revenues for the year, with growth of more than 33 percent Y/Y in FY06. It also reported a record fourth quarter.

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KDH Systems
develops healthcare management software that is flexible and self-organizing, with an emphasis on serving physician and nursing staff.

David Messerschmitt
Member Board of Advisors

Startup since 2003.

Log Savvy logo

Log Savvy is the leader in social networking analytics that enables online communities and digital media Websites to mine the dynamics of social networks for driving new revenue and activating viral marketing.

Joseph M. Hellerstein
Technical Advisor

Startup since 2005.

Metreo logo

Metreo (now known as Symphony Metreo) provides price optimization software that is used for tasks such as managing customer sales requests and negotiations with suppliers.

Christos Papadimitriou
Advisory Board

Startup since 2000.
Key numbers for fiscal year ending December, 2005:
Sale: $3.4M

February 2006 the parent company of SymphonyRPM, Symphony Technology Group, acquired the assets of Metreo.

Microfabrica logo

Microfabrica manufactures microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices used in automotive, consumer electronics, military, and wireless applications.

Albert Pisano
Advisory Board

Startup since 1999.
May 9, 2007 - Announced that two new executives joined its management team, Messrs Paul Burmeister and Ira Feldman. Both gentlemen will be working in the capacity of Vice President, Business Development, addressing different market segments.

MoSys Inc. logo

MoSys Inc., formerly Monolithic System Technology, Inc., designs, develops, markets and licenses memory technologies used by the semiconductor industry and electronic product manufacturers.

Chenming Hu
Board Member

IPO for $50 million in 2001.
Key numbers for fiscal year ending December, 2006:
Sale: $14.9M
One year growth: 21.4%
Net income: ($5.3)M

MySimon logo

MySimon is one of the first services to provide web-based comparison shopping.

Joseph M. Hellerstein
Technical Advisor

Purchased by CNet for $708 Million

Nanometrics logo

Nanometrics Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, markets, sells, and supports process control metrology systems used in the manufacture of silicon and compound semiconductor substrates, devices, and integrated circuits.

William G. Oldham
Board of Directors

On July 21, 2006, the Group acquired Accent Optical Technologies, Inc.

National Semiconductor logo

National Semiconductor creates high performance analog devices and subsystems. National's leading-edge products include power management circuits, display drivers, audio and operational amplifiers, communication interface products and data conversion solutions.

Ahmad Bahai
Chief Technologist

Q2 FY06 revenues were $544 million, up 10% from Q1 FY06 and up 21% from last year’s Q2
GAAP net income was $114.7 million, or 32 cents per share
Gross margin was 57.2%, up from 56.2% in Q1 FY06 and 50.6% in Q2 FY05. Revenue outlook for Q3 FY06 is sequentially flat to down 3%
Announcing additional $400 million stock buyback program.

PDF Solutions, Inc.

PDF Solutions, Inc. is a provider of technologies and services that enable semiconductor companies to improve the yield and performance of integrated circuits, by integrating the design and manufacturing processes.

Costas Spanos
Technical Advisory Board Member

IPO for $75 million in 2001.
Key numbers for fiscal year ending December, 2006: Sale: $76.2M
One year growth: 3.0%
Net income: ($0.4)M

Sandburst Corporation logo

Sandburst Corporation was a leading provider of semiconductor solutions for scalable packet switching and routing systems-on-a-chip (SoCs).

Krste Asanovic
Consultant

Founded in 2000. Acquired by Broadcom for $80M in March 2006.

SenSage logo

SenSage (formerly Addamark Technologies) provides data management software that customers use to analyze network activity and manage enterprise assets.

Michael Stonebraker
Technology Advisor

Joseph M. Hellerstein
Technology Advisor

Startup since 2000.
May 4, 2007 - hired Rick Schultz as VP of worldwide sales and Ed Chopskie as VP of corporate marketing. Schultz was a VP of worldwide sales at Fox Technologies. Chopskie was VP of marketing for Creekpath.

SiBEAM logo

SiBEAM is a fabless semiconductor company developing intelligent millimeter wave technologies and leveraging the latest manufacturing methods to meet the demand for high-bandwidth services.

Ali Niknejad
Scientific Advisory Board

Startup since 2004.
August 22, 2006 - Secures $21 Million in Series B Funding from New Enterprise Associates and U.S. Venture Partners.

Silicon Access Networks, Inc. logo

Silicon Access Networks, Inc. (SNI) is a privately held, Silicon Valley company focused on developing OC192/10G Ethernet and above chipsets for the next generation Internet infrastructure.

Dave Patterson
Technical Advisory Board

Startup since 1997.

Sonics Inc. logo

Sonics Inc. supplies circuit designs to speed SoC creation.

A. Richard Newton
Technical Advisory Board
Jan Rabaey
Technical Advisory Board
Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli
Board of Directors

 

Stretch Inc. logo

Stretch Inc. a fabless semiconductor company, provides software-configurable processors for the most compute-intensive applications.

Kurt Keutzer
Advisor, Technical Advisory Board Member

Startup since 2002.

Swivel logo

Swivel is a place where curious people explore data.

Joseph M. Hellerstein
Chair, Technical Advisory Board

Startup since December 2005.

Telegent Systems logo

Telegent Systems is a leading fabless CMOS semiconductor company providing high-performance, single-chip solutions enabling worldwide free-to-air and pay-per-view mobile TV in mobile handsets, portable devices and consumer electronics.

Bob Broderson
Technical Advisory Board

Paul Gray
Technical Advisory Board

Chenming Hu

Technical Advisory Board

Startup since 2004.

Tensilica logo

Tensilica a leader and innovator in configurable-processor technology, provides high-performance, low-power 32-bit processor cores for system-on-a-chip (SOC) designs.

Kurt Keutzer
Advisor, Technical Advisory Board Member

Startup since 1997.

Tilera Corp. logo

Tilera Corp. is a fabless semiconductor company developing embedded multicore processors and associated compilers.

Krste Asanovic
Technical Advisory Board

Startup since 2004.

Ubicom logo

Ubicom develops communications and media processor (CMP) and software platforms that address the unique demands of real-time interactive applications and multimedia content delivery in the digital home.

Randy Katz
Board Member

Startup since 1996.

UPEK logo

UPEK provides a variety of biometric authentication products including fingerprint sensors, biometric algorithms, and software.

Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli
Board of Directors

Startup since 1994.

Start-ups with EECS Faculty Angel Funding

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0-In Design Automation logo

0-In Design Automation (now Mentor Graphic Corporation) is an electronic design automation (EDA) company creating products that verify multi-million gate application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and system-on-chip (SoC) designs.

Kurt Keutzer
Series A Investor (1998)
Technical Advisory Board Member

Acquired for $50 million in stock in 2004 with an additional cash earn-out by Mentor Graphics Corporation.

Cadabra logo

Cadabra is the leading provider of automated transistor layout (ATL) tools for the creation of cells used in the standard cell and semi-custom IC design process.

Kurt Keutzer
Series B Investor (1999) and member of Board of Directors.

Acquired by Numerical Technologies in 2001 (Numerical was subsequently acquired by Synopsys in 2003)

Catalytic logo

Catalytic Inc. (name changed to Agility Design Solutions) develops software tools that dramatically shorten the design cycle for DSP engineers who use MATLAB®.

Kurt Keutzer
Pre-Series A Angel Investor and Technical Advisory Board Member

Startup since 2001.

After merging with Celoxica’s ESL (electronic system level) business, name changed to Agility Design Solutions Jan. 23, 2008.

CommandCAD, Inc.

CommandCAD, Inc. is an Electronic Design Automation (EDA) company operating in the emerging Design For Manufacturability (DFM) market. Our company specializes in software solutions that enable foundries and design teams to achieve strategically critical efficiencies in the development of next generation chips and technologies.

Kurt Keutzer
Angel Investor (2005) and advisor.

Acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 2006.

Coverity logo

Coverity is a software engineering company that provides automated source code analysis tools to improve the software development process.

Kurt Keutzer
Angel Investor (2005) and advisor.

Startup since 2002.

Dust Networks logo

Dust Networks makes reliable low-power wireless networking systems for sensors.

Abhay Parekh
Angel Investor

Startup since 2002.
April 24, 2007 - GE Sensing Selects Dust Networks as Technology Partner for Wireless Sensing Solutions.

Everest Design Automation logo

Everest Design Automation was a leading developer of computer-aided design software solutions for chip assembly and interconnect design in deep-submicron semiconductor process technology.

Kurt Keutzer
Series A Investor (1998 and advisor.

Acquired by Synopsys in 1998.

Right Track CAD logo

Founded by Prof. Jonathon Rose and Vaughn Betts in 1999. Right Track CAD focused on place and route software for FPGAs. Right Track CAD also developed FPGA architectures and architectural evaluation tools.

Professor Kurt Keutzer
Sole investor (1999)

Acquired by Altera for $56M in May 2000.

Rio Design Automation logo

Rio Design Automation was an electronic design automation (EDA) company bridging the gap between the design of high-performance integrated circuits (ICs) and packages, and a chip's integration with the rest of the electronic system.

Kurt Keutzer
Angel Investor (2004) and advisor.

Startup since 2003. Aquired by Magma in 2006.

Stretch Inc. logo

Stretch Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company, provides software-configurable processors for the most compute-intensive applications.

Kurt Keutzer
Series A Investor (2003)
Technical Advisory Board Member

Startup since 2002.

Tensilica logo

Tensilica a leader and innovator in configurable-processor technology, provides high-performance, low-power 32-bit processor cores for system-on-a-chip (SOC) designs.

Kurt Keutzer
Series A Investor
Technical Advisory Board Member

Startup since 1997.

Wirama logo

Wirama is a wireless locationing company whose patented RFID reader technology allows customers to precisely locate standards compliant passive RFID tags.

Abhay Parekh
Angel Investor

Startup since 2006.