On June 21, Silicon Catalyst and Google presented a Semiconductor Venture Capital Panel at the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco, CA.

What does the future hold for semiconductor industry startups?

While semiconductors were once a haven for entrepreneurism and startups starting back in the 1960's with companies like Fairchild and Intel giving birth to "Silicon Valley," startups are now more synonymous with consumer apps than the semiconductor industry. The industry is seeing a tremendous shift in terms of the number of seed and series A deals with semiconductor startups but megatrends around mobile, IoT, and data center are driving a new wave of semiconductor startups as well as semiconductor startup incubators and accelerators.

Silicon Catalyst's Startup Seminar panelists were from leading venture capital firms in the Bay Area including Lux Capital, Presidio Partners, and Stern Ventures who shared their thoughts on startups, venture capital, and the semiconductor industry. This event was organized by Silicon Catalyst, the industry's first incubator for semiconductor solution start-ups, and Google Developers Launchpad. The event was one of several conducted throughout the course of the year to enrich, enlighten, and inform members of the semiconductor startup community. If you haven't yet attended one of our events, we strongly encourage you to do so in the future.

Distinguished panelists included:

  • Shahin Farshchi, Lux Capital
  • Faysal Sohail, Presidio Partners
  • Cang Quach, Stern Ventures

Google Developers Launchpad is a mentorship-based global startup program. Launchpad works with startups through a range of tailored events, from accelerator bootcamps to technical training. Since 2011, Launchpad has delivered over 50,000 hours of mentoring to startups in more than 25 countries.

 If you are interested in attending, click here to link to our Eventbrite invitation.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 6:00p.m.
SILICON CATALYST PRESENTS WHEN EVERY DEVICE CAN SEE - AI & EMBEDDED VISION IN PRODUCTS - JEFF BIER
Techcode Accelerator, Mountain View, CA

Agenda:

6:00-6:30 pm: Meet and Greet

6:30-7:30 pm: Presentation from Jeff Bier

7:30-8:00pm: Q&A

Abstract:

In nature, intelligence and vision are tightly linked: virtually every species we consider to be intelligent has been equipped by evolution with vision. Similarly, to truly be intelligent, our devices and applications need visual perception. Most systems today lack vision because computer vision technology has been too expensive, too power-hungry, too complex – and too unreliable. But this is now changing with breathtaking speed. Accelerating advances in processors, algorithms, sensors, and development tools and techniques are increasingly making it both attractive and practical to equip all kinds of systems with vision, including high-volume, battery-powered devices. Artificial neural networks play a critical part of this transformation.

In this presentation, Jeff will share his unique perspective – informed both by product development projects and by interactions with many industry players – on the most important technology trends enabling the widespread use of embedded vision in products, with particular emphasis on deep learning. Jeff will also highlight examples of innovative products that illustrate the potential for vision to fundamentally change the capabilities of devices and to enable new business models.

Jeff Bier is the Founder of the Embedded Vision Alliance, a partnership of 60+ technology companies that works to enable the widespread use of practical computer vision. He is also the General Chairman of the Embedded Vision Summit (May 1-3, 2017 in Santa Clara, California) — the only conference devoted to enabling product creators to build better products using computer vision. Jeff is also president of BDTI. Jeff is a frequent keynote and invited speaker at industry conferences, and writes the popular monthly column “Impulse Response”.

 If you are interested in attending, click here to link to our Eventbrite invitation.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)


Summary: 

Silicon Catalyst, the startup incubator and accelerator for semiconductor solutions, is proud to present Dave Brusky a Semiconductor veteran for our next seminar on quality content in technical writing  and article writing   The event will be at Techcode, Mountain View..

Abstract:

When writing blogs, articles or other documents, understanding the potential readers and their reading skills can be a challenge. We live in a multinational environment with readers from Asia, Europe, South America, and the U.S. sitting side-by-side and trying to read what you have written. This mix of cultures and native languages puts the onus on the writers to use language that is clear, concise, and easy to understand. This is especially true for technical writing when trying to convey the operation of a circuit or the derivation of an algorithm

This short seminar goes through several facets of article creation, from initial concepts, structure and flow, and some grammatical aspects such as punctuation, tenses, use of pronouns, and extraneous verbiages.  

Agenda: 

6:30pm-6:45pm Registration and Networking

6:45pm-7:00pm Introductions by Silicon Catalyst and Techcode 

7:00pm-8:00pm Technical writing seminar by  Dave Bursky

8:00pm-8:30pm Q&A and Networking

Dave Bursky Bio

Dave Bursky, a Contributing Editor for Chip Design magazine, is also president of PRN Engineering, a Technical Writing and Market Consulting company. In addition to contributing to Chip Design magazine, he was the technical editorial manager at Maxim Integrated Products, and prior to Maxim, Dave spent over 35 years working as an editor and engineer.

 If you are interested in attending, click here to link to our Eventbrite invitation.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:30p.m.
PROTECTING YOURSELF AS A FOUNDER
WITH RYAN HOWARD
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, CA

Silicon Catalyst, the startup incubator and accelerator for semiconductor solutions, is proud to present serial entrepreneur and startup founder Ryan Howard for our next seminar on how startup founders can protect themselves when building their company.  A seasoned entrepreneur, Ryan Howard will share some of the common pitfalls many founders face when ramping up a new company.  He will offer tips for how to mitigate these risks and pitfalls as well as best practices on building a cohesive team and board.  Ryan will also share pointers on early stage funding and selecting corporate counsel.

6:30pm-6:45pm - Registration and Networking
6:45pm-7:00pm - Introductions by Silicon Catalyst and Wilson Sonsini
7:00pm-8:00pm - Protecting yourself as a Startup Founder with Ryan Howard, Founder and CEO of iBeat
8:00pm-8:30pm - Q&A and Networking

Ryan Howard is the founder and CEO of iBeat, a heart-monitoring smartwatch that saves lives. He is social entrepreneur with a focus on delivering better health and saving lives through the use of technology, and the founder and former CEO and chairman of Practice Fusion.  He founded Practice Fusion in 2005 and grew it into the largest EHR (Electronic Health Record) platform for doctors and patients in the US. Serving over 110 million patients, the platform connects doctors, pharmacies, labs, and imaging centers to solve healthcare’s biggest challenges.
 
Ryan has been recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 by the San Francisco Business Times, Silicon Valley 100 by Business Insider, 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2013 by Goldman Sachs and was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.  He has spoken on health technology and innovation at Microsoft, Stanford, UC Berkeley, HIMSS, SDForum, VentureBeat’s HealthBeat, Health 2.0, Vator, and Commonwealth Club events and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Wired as an innovative leader in the sector.

 If you are interested in attending, click here to link to our Eventbrite invitation. 

On August 24th, Silicon Catalyst held its fourth screening meeting at Texas Instruments' offices located at 2900 Semiconductor Drive in Santa Clara. Five promising startups made it to the the Q3 final screening event, showcasing innovations in Radar Enabled Cameras, Ultra Low Power Wireless Communication for the IoT, analog and digital mixed IC and related software platform, Non-Volatile Memory, and Fabless Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems Integrated Sensors (MOEMS-IS).

Silicon Catalyst Q3 Screening Meeting

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 6:00p.m.
HOW TO CREATE LEAN PR PROGRAMS SEMINAR WITH MARIA CANUL
TechCode Accelerator, Mountain View, CA

Silicon Catalyst, the semiconductor solution startup incubator and accelerator, is pleased to have PR expert Maria Canul present "How to Create Lean PR Programs that put Startups on the Map" at TechCode Accelerator in Mountain View. This course will identify many misperceptions about how to engage the media, best practices for building relationships with key reporters, and tips on how to establish leadership with new audiences that may not even be aware that your technology or market exists.

6:00-6:15pm - Registration and Networking
6:15-6:30pm - Introductions by Silicon Catalyst
6:30-7:15pm - Writing a working press release draft
7:15-8:00pm - Overview of PR distribution tools
8:00-8:30pm - Tips on how to pitch journalists
8:30-9:00pm - Q&A and Networking

Maria Canul has more than 10 years of experience putting Silicon Valley technology startups on the mediamap.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from San Jose State University and has worked for Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and for Sound Research Corporation, a Synopys partner. She has applied her problem-solving skills and understanding of practical methodology to her experiences successfully evangelizing emerging technologies to both new and traditional media. For the past 3 years, she has been serving the Silicon Valley startup community as a consultant, and teaching lean startups how to create grassroots PR, social media, and content management programs.

 If you are interested in attending, click here to link to our Eventbrite invitation. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:00p.m.
LEGAL 101 FOR STARTUPS SEMINAR WITH
GREG WRENN, MAREK ADAMO, ANDREW T. OLIVER AND MARK WHITE.
Advantest Inc., San Jose, CA

Silicon Catalyst, the semiconductor solution startup incubator and accelerator, is pleased to have lawyers Greg Wrenn, Marek Adamo, Andrew T. Oliver and Mark White present a "Legal 101 for Startups" for our next monthly seminar series. The 2 hour session will cover legal topics for startups including startup incorporation and corporate governance fundamentals, employment issues for startups, intellectual property issues for early stage semiconductor companies, and international and commercial deals.

6:00-6:15pm - Networking
6:15-6:30pm - Introduction
6:30-7:00pm - Startup Incorporation and Corporate Governance with Greg Wrenn
7:00-7:30pm - Employment Issues for Startups with Marek Adamo
7:30-8:00pm - Intellectual Property Issues for Early Stage Semiconductor Companies with Andrew T. Oliver
8:00-8:30pm - International and Commercial Deals with Mark White
8:30-9:00pm - Q&A followed by Networking

Greg Wrenn is a veteran Silicon Valley general counsel. He has over 25 years of legal experience, including 20 years of in house practice, ten of which was spent serving as General Counsel and Secretary for publicly traded companies in the software and Internet services areas.
Marek Adamo is a business lawyer at Paradigm Counsel, representing emerging companies, investors and public and private corporations. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Marek practiced corporate and securities law at Jones Day and Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Squire Sanders) in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
Andrew T. Oliver is an intellectual property lawyer with Amin, Turocy & Watson LLP. Andrew represents clients ranging in size from individuals to multinational corporations in a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright, and other issues. 
Mark Cameron White is a founding partner of White Summers Caffee & James LLP (formerly White & Lee), and leads the firm’s international practice. Mark’s practice principally covers corporate, technology, financing and corporate partnering matters for a wide variety of private and public company clients.

 If you are interested in attending, click here to link to our Eventbrite invitation. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:00p.m.
SEMICONDUCTOR STARTUP CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL PANEL WITH ADRIAN WOOLLEY, AYMERIK RENARD, GARETH KEANE, KEITH LARSON AND RAJESH SWAMINATHAN.
Wilson Sonsini, Palo Alto, CA

 

What does the future hold for semiconductor industry startups?

While semiconductors were once a haven for entrepreneurism and startups starting back in the 1960's with companies like Fairchild and Intel giving birth to "Silicon Valley," startups are now more synonymous with consumer apps than the semiconductor industry.  The industry is seeing a tremendous shift in terms of the number of seed and series A deals with semiconductor startups but megatrends around mobile, IoT, and data center are driving a new wave of semiconductor startups as well as semiconductor startup incubators and accelerators.  Join Silicon Catalyst's startup seminar in April 2016 to get the perspective directly from a panel of leading corporate venture capitalists in the semiconductor industry.  VC's from leading companies including Applied Ventures, Cypress Semiconductor, Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, and Sandisk Ventures will share their thoughts on startups and the semiconductor industry.  This event is organized by Silicon Catalyst, the industry's first incubator for semiconductor solution startups.

PANELISTS:

  • Adrian Woolley, Cypress Semiconductor, Vice President of Strategic Marketing
  • Aymerik Renard, Sandisk Ventures, Director
  • Gareth Keane, Qualcomm Ventures, Investment Manager
  • Keith Larson, Intel Capital, Vice President
  • Rajesh Swaminathan, Applied Ventures, Investment Director

 If you are interested in attending, click here to link to our Eventbrite invitation. 

WHEN
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
WHERE

Advantest Inc. - 3061 Zanker Rd San Jose, CA 95134

 

Workshop Leader:

Dave Millman came to Silicon Valley from MIT in 1981, and has worked with startups in engineering, sales and marketing roles ever since.

In this two-hour interactive workshop, you will learn how to identify the assumptions hidden in your business and product plans, and how to validate those assumptions with the one audience that matters: customers.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone responsible for planning products, especially in fast-moving markets, should attend this workshop. If you’ve ever had to speculate about functionality, guess about demand, or anticipate user requirements, you will leave this workshop knowing how to get customers to give you the answers you need.

Case Study: Steve Wozniak’s Biggest Failure:

Hands-On Exercises: Up to two attending companies will have their elevator pitch picked apart to identify every assumption. The payoff? A validation plan, created on-the-spot using techniques from the workshop, describing which assumptions to accept, which assumptions can kill you, and how to validate the reality with customers.

 If you are interested in attending, click here to link to our Eventbrite invitation. 

 

Dan Armbrust of Silicon Catalyst, the world's only startup incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions, delivers keynote at 10th Anniversary SSIA Summit in Singapore.

Realizing the next growth wave for semiconductors - A new approach to enable innovative start ups. SSIA Abstract
The presentation described the key financial and innovation trends of the semiconductor industry, whose advances underpin a broad set of industries that depend on ever more useful and cost-effective electronics. For context, comparisons with the structure and evolution of related industries were made. Progress in establishing the incubator, screening startups and executing Silicon Catalyst's business model with support from across the semiconductor industry's stakeholders using lean innovation principles were described in detail. Opportunities for public and private partnerships and global expansion to other high technology regions using this incubation model to accelerate commercialization was covered.

Some interesting revelations at the meeting included the following:
• McKinsey estimates that IoT manufacturing has the potential to generate savings of up to $3.7 trillion by year 2025.
• Gartner predicts 33 billion to be the number of connected devices by 2020.
• GE sees that the "industrial internet" has the potential to add $10-$15 trillion to global GDP over the next twenty years.
• In 2016, startups were responsible for 50% of IoT innovation solutions.
• According to Gartner, this will result in a growth of 30% for the semiconductor industry through 2020.

Panel discussion with Silicon Catalyst's Dan Armbrust at SSIA Summit in Singapore

 
 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
BRANDING SEMINAR WITH CHUCK BYERS AND KEVIN HENEY OF PIVOT BRANDS.
ITRI North American Office, San Jose, CA

Join us in starting 2016 with our startup seminar series brought to you by Silicon Catalyst, CASPA, and the Taiwan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) at ITRI. The 90-minute interactive workshop at CASPA's Entrepreneurship Workshop will be led by two industry branding veterans who will focus on helping startup entrepreneurs and interested attendees understand the value of a brand, even at the entry level in technology B2B markets, and how managing a brand effectively can impact the bottom line.

6:00-6:30 - NETWORKING
6:30-7:00 - INTRODUCTION
7:00-8:30 - BRANDING WORKSHOP
8:30-9:00 - Q&A FOLLOWED BY NETWORKING


Chuck Byers is the Chief Brand Strategist for Pivot Point Brands and he has over 25 years of brand marketing and public relations experience. He has directed strategic communications initiatives at Business Practicum, TSMC, Actel, and Hayes Public Relations.
Kevin Heney has over 25 years managing the creative side of brand for high tech companies including Tandem Computers, Informix and Quantum. He also served as a senior brand manager at Informatica and Adobe. He founded and has directed the Silicon Valley Brand Forum for the past 15 years.

 

 
 

Tarun Verma of Silicon Catalyst delivers keynote at MEPTEC / SEMI Symposium in Santa Clara

Enabling the next generation of semiconductor startups
This is one of the most exciting times to be innovating with semiconductors. Mega-trend opportunities in IoT, biotech, wearables, energy, transportation, and mobile will all have new semiconductor innovation at their core. These markets enable novel and valuable products that do not require leading-edge technologies and enormous R&D budgets. However, many of these startups require innovative packaging solutions both from a product design and technology perspective to meet cost performance and form factor requirements. This presentation will provide real examples and insights into such innovations.

These new semiconductor startups face challenges including fierce competition for funding, expensive design costs, and complex processes for bringing new designs to market. Reducing upfront costs creates startups that become much better investments and follow-on funding can go to true innovation and value creation. Developing an ecosystem of leading companies and experienced individuals that offer needed capabilities under a framework that recognizes the challenges of this space is an approach that is gaining traction. Startups in this space need an ecosystem of silicon experts encompassing tools, testing, packaging, production, and financing to make this happen.

Tarun Verma is a Partner at Silicon Catalyst, where he is an interconnectologist – driving the integration of packaging value proposition onto product portfolio development. He is a semiconductor technical and operations executive with more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of back-end semiconductor engineering including supply chain management and fabless semiconductor operations. Previously he was Senior Director of Packaging Engineering at Altera. 

 
 

Silicon Catalyst, the world's only startup incubator focused exclusively on semiconductor solutions, was named the Winner of the Prestigious UBM Canon’s ACE (Annual Creativity in Electronics) Awards for 2015 Startup Company of the Year. 

The awards program honors the people and companies behind the technologies and products that are changing the world of electronics. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, July 21, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, during the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley.

The 2015 ACE Awards, presented by EE Times and EDN, showcases the best of the best in today's electronics industry, including the hottest new products, startup companies, design teams, executives and more. It celebrates the promise of new talent and innovation.

“We were honored to be recognized with this Award. It is a validation of Silicon Catalyst's unique business model whose time is now,” said company co-founder and board chairman Mike Noonen. “We were clearly in distinguished company alongside our fellow nominees. There is no more important award for us in the technology sector than the Ace Awards. It is a privilege to accept this award on behalf of our company and my fellow partners,” added Noonen.

“We are continually amazed at the level of creativity in the design, innovation and technology exemplified by these award winners,” said Suzanne Deffree, Executive Editor at UBM Canon's EDN. “The ACE Awards celebrate the highest achievements in innovation and creativity in electronics design, and selecting one organization or individual that stands out above the rest is incredibly challenging. We are pleased to be able to celebrate their achievements.” A panel of EE Times and EDN editors narrowed down the entries to three finalists in each category, based on the criteria set forth in an online submission form. Winners are determined from among the finalists by a panel of independent judges.

Tweet This: @Silicon Catalyst wins the 2015 ACE Award for Startup Company of the Year

 

For more information on the awards program visit:

http://ubm-ace.com/

About UBM Canon

UBM Canon is the leading B-to-B event producer, publisher, and digital media company for the world's $3 trillion advanced, technology-based manufacturing industry. Its print and electronic products deliver trusted information to the advanced manufacturing market and leverage its proprietary 1.3 million name database to connect suppliers with buyers and purchase influencers. UBM Canon produces more than 50 events and conferences in a dozen countries, connecting manufacturing professionals from around the globe. UBM Canon is part of UBM plc (UBM.L) a global provider of media and information services for professional B-to-B communities and markets.

 
 

"The coming decade may be one of the brightest for chip investors"

Tiernan Ray - BARRON'S

From 11.02.15 issue - "For 50 years, the computer-chip industry has ridden a road of economic miracles, but now it’s reaching an end, and a potential crisis is unfolding for some of the industry’s biggest names.

“The semiconductor industry is up against an economic problem,” says Linley Gwennap, a longtime chip-industry analyst. “Now that you can’t automatically reduce the cost to get the same performance, Intel and the rest are stuck trying to justify the investment.” The industry’s response has been to circle the wagons. This year, there has been more than $136 billion worth of announced semiconductor mergers and acquisitions, according to Bloomberg, an unprecedented volume. Companies are busily streamlining costs and merging portfolios to eke out profit, rather than investing in new innovation. At the same time, another even more important challenge is brewing for traditional chip makers.

 The economic impact of the new direction in semiconductors—chips that think rather than simply compute—could lead to a renaissance in the industry.

As a result, the coming decade may be one of the brightest for chip investors. The implications go far beyond Wall Street’s near-term view.

THE VERY NATURE of most chips is archaic and in need of rethinking."

BARRON'S - 11.02.15

 
 

Silicon Catalyst is helping startups address challenges moving from idea to realization.

Silicon Catalyst held its inaugural Silicon Sunrise startup event at the newly opened Avaya Soccer stadium to a crowd of over 700 Silicon Valley technology and business leaders. Noted author Michael Malone delivered a keynote speech at the event where he declared: "Now, at the fiftieth anniversary of Moore's Law, the moment is right to remember where we came from, the engine of the digital age, the wellspring of everything we have accomplished in this Valley. And what better way to do that than to begin growing the next generation of semiconductor startups -- the companies that will lead us into Silicon Valley's next great era. Silicon has at last returned to Silicon Valley. This is a moment to celebrate -- and in light of what is to come, to remember. Congratulations, Silicon Catalyst."

The company announced the initial startups admitted into the Silicon Catalyst incubator which include ACP Semiconductor, BuzzTagg and zGlue. ACP Semiconductor develops power conversion and power management integrated circuits for high volume markets such as Smart Energy in the Internet of Things (IoT). BuzzTagg provides low-cost RFID alternatives for enterprise environments such as factories and hospitals. zGlue is developing a unique active interposer solution to enable IoT through 3D chip stacking in an affordable, small form factor.

Building upon its founding partners, Synopsys, TSMC, Keysight and imec, Silicon Catalyst welcomed its newest participants: Advantest, the leader in automated test equipment (ATE) solutions, PDF Solutions, Inc., provider of yield improvement technologies and services for the IC manufacturing product life cycle and Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. All of the participants are providing access to their relevant capabilities and services to address the typical design, prototyping, test and characterization needs of Silicon Catalyst startups.

 
 
 
 

Silicon Sunrise 2015 Kickoff Event at  Avaya Stadium