SVASE VC Breakfast Club with Len Rand, Managing Director, Granite Ventures Focus: Communications and Components
Start: 09/17/2009 - 8:00am
End: 09/17/2009 - 9:30am
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Greenberg Traurig LLP
1900 University Avenue, 5th Floor
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Granite Ventures, www.granitevc.com
Granite Ventures has been helping early-stage technology companies build solid foundations for success since 1992. We focus our investments on two sectors where our partners have deep domain expertise, broad industry knowledge, and significant investment experience: Communications and Components and Software.
Granite has managed over $1 billion in venture capital and has invested in more than 90 private companies. We partner with promising and successful entrepreneurs to create businesses that have a competitive edge and help them achieve category leadership.
Our team has been involved with some of the most dynamic and successful companies in the technology world. We have founded companies, held senior executive positions inside notable corporations, bought and sold companies, and guided our investments through significant milestones including Initial Public Offerings. In short, we understand what entrepreneurs are experiencing because we have been there. We know what it takes to build a viable business that can survive in the public markets because we've done that. And we help companies map out their future — whether it's going public or getting acquired. An investment from Granite provides access to our collective expertise.
Granite's team of investment professionals has a history of backing leading companies, including: Digimarc (NASDAQ:DMRC), DigitalThink (acquired by Convergys Systems), InfoGear (acquired by Cisco), Internap (AMEX:IIP), NetBoost (acquired by Intel), Nexabit (acquired by Lucent), Siebel Systems (NASDAQ:SEBL), Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR), SnapTrack (acquired by QUALCOMM), Tumbleweed Communications (NASDAQ:TMWD) and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN).
Len Rand, Managing Director, Granite Ventures
Len Rand joined Granite Ventures in May 2002, after spending nearly three decades working inside both public and private companies. As CEO of four private companies, he successfully turned them into public entities through acquisition. Prior to joining Granite, Len was General Manager of Strategic Marketing and Global Alliances for the Intel Communications Group (ICG) at Intel Corporation.
Len joined Intel after serving as CEO and Founder of NetBoost Corporation, which was acquired by Intel Corporation in 1999. NetBoost was a developer of network processor silicon, subsystems and software development systems. Granite Ventures was a lead investor in the company. Prior to NetBoost, Len was Co-founder of Internet Middleware, Inc., an Internet proxy caching company acquired by Network Appliance, Inc. in 1997, as well as CEO of The Whitewater Group (acquired by Symantec). Len was also CEO at the Rand Group (acquired by Intergraph Corporation), and was Vice President & General Manager at both Intergraph Corporation and Autodesk, Inc.
Len has extensive technical and operational background in the semiconductor and communications industries, and focuses his investments in communications and components companies. He serves on the Boards of Directors for Aspen Avionics, Ozmo Devices, Plato Networks and PowerGenix.
Len holds several degrees including a B.S. degree in Building Sciences, a B.S. degree in Engineering, a BArch degree in Architecture, and an M.S. degree in Structural Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
WHEN: Thursday, September 17 8 – 9:30 AM
LOCATION: Greenberg Traurig LLP, 1900 University Avenue, 5th Floor, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Members - $25; Affiliates who advertise this event - $39; General Public - $49.
This event is intended for entrepreneurs seeking feedback on their startup ideas and funding strategies. Please do not register if you do not fit this profile.
This event is co-sponsored by Greenberg Traurig LLP, www.gtlaw.com.
Official Website: http://www.svase.org/?q=node/2258
Added by svaseinfo on August 1, 2009