FF SIG: The Entrepreneurial Life - Finding Higher Purpose



  • This meeting will focus on what it means to live the entrepreneurial life, and what exists over the IPO rainbow.

    Pre-registration is closed.
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    Kamran Elahian (bio), Entrepreneur - www.kamranelahian.com

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    Presentation Overview

    The Entrepreneurial Life - Finding Higher Purpose

    To help us with our discussion, we're delighted to announce our guest speaker, Kamran Elahian. Kamran is a true Silicon Valley legend, who has founded ten high-tech startups and a VC firm, including three IPO success stories: Cirrus Logic, NeoMagic Corporation, and Centillium Communications. Perhaps even more impressive is that fact that he has also founded two non-profit organizations, the Global Catalyst Foundation and Schools Online, that may ultimately change the world even more than his business successes. Schools Online has already brought Internet access to more than 5,800 schools in 25 countries, including war-torn Afghanistan.

    As usual, we will restrict attendance to the first 25 founders and CEOs that sign up, so sign up fast!


    About our Guest


    Kamran Elahian, Entrepreneur

    Kamran is a veteran entrepreneur with over 28 years of experience in the high-tech industry. He has co-founded ten high-tech companies, one venture capital firm and two non-profit organizations:

    • CAE Systems, Inc. (1981)- software company which was sold to Tektronix Corporation for $75M within three years of its founding.
    • Cirrus Logic, Inc. (1984)- fabless semiconductor company, IPO (valuation: $150M) in less than five years. Its revenue grew to over $1B within ten years.
    • Momenta Corporation (1989)- pen-based computer company, failed within three years.
    • NeoMagic Corporation (1993)- fabless semiconductor company IPO (valuation: over $300M) within four years of the founding date.
    • Planetweb, Inc. (1996)- Software Company, developing communication software for Internet appliances.
    • Centillium Communications, Inc (1997)- telecommunication IC - IPO (Valuation over $700M) within three years of the founding date.
    • Actelis Networks (1999) - broadband telecommunication systems.
    • Global Catalyst Partners, L.P. (1999) - global venture capital fund.
    • Informative(formerly Cahoots) (1999) - Internet communication software.
    • Entopia, Inc.(formerly KangarooNet) (1999) - knowledge management software.
    • Greenfield Networks (2001) - telecommunication ICs.

    He also founded Global Catalyst Foundation (2000) - private foundation (www.global-catalyst.org), and Schools Online (1996) - non-profit public charity organization with the goal to bring the Internet to every school in the world (www.schoolsonline.org).

    Kamran is currently the chairman of Centillium Communications (www.centillium.com), Planetweb (www.planetweb.com), UltraPhotonics (www.ultraphotonics.com), Greenfield Networks (www.greenfieldnetworks.com), Informative(formerly Cahoots) (www.informative.com), Entopia, Inc.(formely KangarooNet) (www.entopia.com), Actelis Networks (www.actelis.com), Probix (www.probix.com), Global Catalyst Foundation and Schools Online (www.schoolsonline.org).

    Kamran received a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Mathematics (at the age of twenty) and a Masters of Engineering degree in Computer Graphics from the University of Utah.

    For more information on Kamran, visit www.kamranelahian.com


    Event Logistics


    Pre-registration is no longer available.
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    111 West Saint John, Suite 200
    San Jose, CA 95113
    Phone: 408-494-8378

    Note: the building doors lock at 7:00pm. If you arrive after 7:00pm,
    please call 408-494-8378.



    6:00pm-6:30pm - registration
    6:30pm-8:30pm - discussion


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