Anyone who has started a company knows that landing the seed round of investment is just the beginning. There are many decisions to face. When to start building a sales team? What parts of the company’s infrastructure to outsource? How to price and promote your product? These are just a few of the questions to be answered. If your… Read More
For any invention, technical proof of concept or prototyping happens years ahead of the invention being infused into actual products. When we talk about 5nm chip manufacturing, a test chip was already prototyped in last October, thanks to Cadence and Imec. Details about this chip can be found in a blog at Semiwiki (link is given … Read More
Last week Charlie Cheng of Kilopass wrote about venture capital for semiconductor. This reminded me of something amusing that I came across years ago.
See also VC For Semiconductor: Dead or Alive?
All VCs have a portfolio page and often a second exit page. The first shows the companies in which they currently hold investments and… Read More
By Charlie Cheng, CEO of Kilopass.
Six years ago, I left my Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) role at a venture capital firm to join Kilopass as an “interim CEO”, thinking the venture world will eventually forget about semiconductor as an industry as it matures. So it’s interesting to me how, six years later, the venture investment… Read More
For a couple of years the GSA has had working group looking at funding of semiconductor investment. There is a general feeling, which I share, that it is hard to get a fabless semiconductor company off the ground (nobody would dream of trying to create one with a fab these days) due to the size of the investment and the relatively long… Read More
Brian Bailey at EETimes has an interesting interview with Kathryn Kranen. He says that the interview will be published in installments but the first one is up here. This first installment is mostly about how long-lived EDA companies (and others) have become since it takes a long time to build up enough revenue to be able to IPO.
She… Read More
This evening at Silicon Valley Bank was the first of what is planned to be a series about EDA startups. Apparently the seed of the idea was planted by Dan Nenni with Jim Hogan and Steve Pollock and the EDAC Emerging Companies committee ran with it.… Read More