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U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) has helped build great companies for nearly three decades. Since its inception in 1981, USVP has invested more than $1.8 billion in over 350 companies. Throughout, USVP's partners have worked diligently and consistently with early-stage companies, many of which have become industry leaders.
The USVP team consists of accomplished venture investors, former CEOs, senior executives and technology company founders that span four generations of high-technology venture investing. This engenders a perspective on business cycles, "hot" market trends, technology evolution and revolution that is not present among all early-stage investors. Together, we have more than 150 years of operating experience and 100 years of investment expertise. Founding partner Bill Bowes, who has 50 years of venture investment experience, was also the founder of Amgen, a $70 billion pharmaceutical company.
Our investment interests include components, software, systems, services, and life sciences. Areas of current focus include semiconductors, software as a service, networking solutions for storage, wireless data, the Internet version 2.0, biomedical devices and new drugs with profound social benefits.
U.S. Venture Partners
Arati Prabhakar joined U.S. Venture Partners in 2001 after 15 years of working with world-class engineers and scientists across many fields to brew new technologies. At USVP, her focus is fabless semiconductor and semiconductor manufacturing opportunities. She serves on the boards of Kilopass, Kleer, Lightspeed Logic, Pivotal Systems, and SiBeam. She previously served on the board of Leadis Technology (NASDAQ: LDIS).
Arati was a program manager and then director of the Microelectronics Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency from 1986 to 1993. At DARPA, she supported R&D in company and university labs in semiconductor manufacturing, imaging, optoelectronics and nanoelectronics. In 1993, President Clinton appointed Arati Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she led the 3,000 person staff until 1997. Arati then joined Raychem as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. She was subsequently Vice President and then President of Interval Research Corporation. Arati began her career as a Congressional fellow at the Office of Technology Assessment.
Arati received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University. She received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology. Arati is a Fellow of the IEEE.
||3Ware is the leader in high-capacity Serial ATA (SATA) and ATE RAID storage solutions. Part of AMCC (Applied Micro Circuits Corporation), 3Ware controllers combine enterprise-level performance and reliability.|
||APTUS Endosystems Developing systems for treatment of peripheral vascular disease, including a new device to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms.|
||Kleer (formerly ENQ Semiconductor) develops ultra low-power RF solutions for wireless digital audio.|
||Leadis Technology (LDIS) Designs, develops and markets mixed-signal semiconductors that enable and enhance the features and capabilities of small panel displays.|
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