Archive for 2013
Monday, November 18th, 2013
Business Development Director
SKTA Innopartners LLC
SKTA Innopartners director Angel Orrantia spoke with the San Jose Mercury’s Peter Delevett on why Silicon Valley’s VC community has to start investing again in hardware.
Sure, as Orrantia infers, hardware is tougher (and will probably take longer) to get an exit out of. But hardware is how electronics ultimately works with its human users. So funding the hardware ecosystem in, say semiconductors, is absolutely crucial to Silicon Valley’s continued role as the mecca for high tech innovation.
That’s why Orrantia says it’s time to put the silicon back in Silicon Valley.
Read the article here.
Lee PR does work for SKTA Innopartners
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
My colleague Liz Massingill spoke with IPextreme CEO Warren Savage about her approach to PR, i.e., what she wants to accomplish on behalf of her clients.
The main message? It’s all about the story…the company’s story…and how Liz creates it, substantiates it, reinforces it. In the end, it’s all about putting a human face on the faceless company to give it personality, an image, a life. An entity that customers want to do business with.
Check out the video:
Monday, September 30th, 2013
There’s an EDA industry reunion at the Computer History Museum on October 16th. “EDA: Back to the Future” is being put on by EDAC along with several sponsors, and it looks like it will be a night to remember. To learn more about the event and purchase tickets click here.
Part of this event is a fund raising auction. I recently talked with Mike Gianfagna at Atrenta about the auction to understand what that part is all about.
Ed: Mike, I understand that part of the event on October 16th is a fund raising auction. Can you tell me a little about that?
Mike: Sure Ed. The Computer History Museum is working on an exhibit for EDA – one that captures the rich history of this industry and preserves some of its innovation in the form of physical artifacts and some of its pioneers in the form of oral histories, captured on video. It’s a terrific project, but we need money to keep the progress going. The auction on the evening of October 16th is focused on raising that money.
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Are you thinking of starting a hardware company? Although it takes a lot more for a hardware startup to become “venturable” than a software startup, viable funding can be found.
Ilgiz Akhmetshin, of SKTA Innopartners details several ways for hardware startups to raise additional funds in his blog: “How to Raise Seed Investments for a Hardware Startup.”
Lee PR does work for SKTA Innopartners.
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
Atrenta will discuss what RTL signoff requirements are needed for SoC designers in China, South Korea and Taiwan at their upcoming seminars in September and October.
Click here for more information.
LPR does work for Atrenta
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
We often think that we’ve got the timing job nailed down and that there aren’t any problems that we can’t easily, almost routinely solve. Using timing exceptions to optimize synthesis or P&R shouldn’t be a problem.
However, making an error when specifying timing exceptions can possibly shut down a design project.
Take a look at what Atrenta’s Shaker Sarwary, Ramesh Dewangan and Sridhar Gangadharan say about how to avoid this situation:
(Note: white paper download requires registration)
LeePR does work for Atrenta.
Monday, August 12th, 2013
Before the summer ends and the summer blockbuster movies and DAC become a distant memory (still shaking my head over The Lone Ranger’s flop), let me just share Mike Gianfagna’s vision for next summer’s blockbuster.
It’s a tad more like Terminator 2 than the masked man and Tonto. And it may not be too far from reality – that’s what’s exciting…..and scary.
Of course it’s about the semiconductor supply chain and how it might affect our lives in the future.
Click here to look into the future.
Monday, July 22nd, 2013
For those in fabless semiconductor or IP startup mode (or even thinking about how to start up and get funding), take a look at Paul McLellan’s report on a couple of panel sessions at the annual GSA Entrepreneurship Conference, held last Thursday, July 18 at the Computer History Museum.
Of note is that the first session’s panelists brought a variety of funding models to the table – from a traditional VC to Intel Capital to a brand new incubator on the scene – SKTA Innopartners. In fact, any of you fabless guys really should talk to Angel Orrantia at SKTA. They are focused on fabless semiconductors and enterprise software.
Below is an excerpt from Paul’s write-up:
GSA Entrepreneurship: Getting Money In and Out
Published on 07-18-2013 11:32 PM
This afternoon and evening I was at GSA’s entrepreneurship conference at the Computer History Museum. The first two panel sessions were essentially on getting money into companies to get them started (or growing them), and getting money out when you have built the business.
Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
SKTA Innopartners is participating in the flagship panel at the annual GSA (Global Semiconductor Alliance) Entrepreneurship Conference tomorrow, July 18, 2013, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
Angel Orrantia, founding business development director of SKTA Innopartners, will serve as a panelist on the 4:00 p.m. panel, Fueling Success and Innovation, the first of four panels at the event. According to GSA, this panel “will look at existing and alternative semiconductor funding models that are fueling innovation, spurring investment, and mitigating risk.”