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Silicon Rising

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015


Avaya_SiliconCatalyst_smallaerSeveral months ago, I was talking to several partners of an Asian incubator.   They were focusing on “new technology,” various apps, other IoT-related areas, “not old ones, like semiconductors.”  Ugh!

I felt like I was part of the US steel industry and living in the rust belt.  ;-)

So it was quite a pleasant surprise to get the invitation to Silicon Sunrise, a coming out event put on by a new, months-old organization, Silicon Catalyst.   And I was curious, as I bet the other invitees and attendees were.  It looked like Silicon Catalyst was a new investment organization that possibly focused on silicon.


The Internet of Everything – What are we really facing?

Monday, July 21st, 2014


As we had previously announced, venture capitalist Jim Hogan moderated a panel at DAC regarding the IoT. 

_MG_7133-no-halo (2)_mediumIt was an eye opener about all things IoT……or maybe we should call it the IoE (The Internet of Everything), or as one prominent editor noted, the IoW (The Internet of Whatever).  Our panelists included:  Gary Smith, Market Analyst, GSEDA; Frank Schirrmeister, Group Director, System Development Suite, Cadence; Bernard Murphy, CTO, Atrenta; and Randy Smith, VP of Marketing, Sonics.

Very lively discussion among panelists, but also from the floor!  Most notably editor Gabe Moretti of Chip Design and Simon Bloch of Samsung.  Bloch, Sr. Director of R&D in mobile consumer wireless devices, posed questions and stimulated discussion to the point where he might be called the unannounced 6th panelist.

Over the next few blogposts, we’ll share snippets of that discussion.  Gary Smith will start us off…..


Tough job: SKTA Innopartners on rebuilding the semiconductor ecosystem

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Electronics360’s George Leopold explores SKTA Innopartners and their unique business incubator model in this article:

Technology Incubator 2.0 Seeks to Rebuild U.S. Chip Ecosystem

Accelerator Model

Accelerator Model



Predictions 2014: Angel Orrantia, of VC SKTA Innopartners, on the revitalized semiconductor ecosystem.

Sunday, January 19th, 2014


Next up in our series of 2014 forecasts we have the sage predictions of Angel Orrantia, Business Development Director at SKTA Innopartners LLC….



“Aside from some massive players, the rest of the chip industry has been forced to adopt capital light business models.  Simultaneously, we’re seeing the mask costs making advanced nodes prohibitively expensive.


What’s Silicon Valley without the Silicon?

Monday, November 18th, 2013


Angel Orrantia
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.




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How to become venturable

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.


Reinvigorating semiconductor startup funding

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

Paul McLellan


Paul McLellan

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.


Budding Semiconductor Entrepreneurs….come attend the GSA Entrepreneurship Conference Thursday July 18

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.”


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