Meet our team

Prakash Murthy
CEO, CTO & Founder

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Michael Raam
President

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Dave Anderson
COO

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Katsuhiko “Kats” Nakazawa
Vice President, Japan Operations

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Saïd Boumsellek, PhD
Senior Director - Instrumentation

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Karthik Madathil
Director of Algorithms & Analytics and Director, India Operations

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Nicholas Brathwaite
Founding Managing Partner, WRVI Capital

Nicholas Brathwaite is a Founding Managing Partner of WRVI Capital. He is also the CTO of Katerra and also co-founder and partner of Riverwood Capital.Nicholas has spent over 25 years developing technology and building technology-oriented businesses.. Previously, he was CTO of Flextronics.

Yuichi Kawakami
Director, IVF

Mr. Kawakami joined NEC Corporation in April 1975. While working at NEC, he succeeded in commercialising the world’s first Digital Signal Processor. He has served as President of NEC Electronics America, and Chairman of the Board of Renesas Electronics America. While there, he was involved in investments, tie-ups and training with Silicon Valley venture startups. Mr. Kawakami remains an advisor to venture businesses.

Prakash Murthy
CEO & CTO

Mr. Murthy has two decades of experience in engineering management and entrepreneurial ventures. A prolific technology entrepreneur with a flair for leadership, he has co-founded Inspiration Technologies, C2Silicon and Atonarp in addition to serving as the CEO of Core Solutions. As the CTO of Atonarp, he has authored many of our core technology patents. Mr. Murthy holds a BE from Kuvempu University, India.

Michael Raam
President

Michael Raam has over 35 years of experience in the high tech industry with a diverse background in VLSI design, processor development, networking, video, flash and storage. He was recently CEO of SandForce Inc., a successful SSD controller company, until its acquisition in 2012 by LSI, where he served as VP/GM of the Flash Components Division of LSI until 2013. Mr. Raam has also held various executive positions (Mobilygen, Procket Networks, Toshiba, Nexgen Microsystems & ROLM Corporation) and served on the board of directors of CNEXLABS, Liqid and Atonarp. He has also held advisory positions at GetToChip acq. by Cadence, Virsto acq. by VMWare, and is currently advisor to Nantero and BigStream. Michael holds an M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from U of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Ken Yasunaga
Managing director, INCJ

Mr. Yasunaga has served as a Managing Director at Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) since 2013. Before joining INCJ, he served as a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Entrepia Ventures. He spent nine years in New York and Silicon Valley investing in IT-related US venture companies. He also served as a director of Japan Venture Capital Association between 2010 and 2013. Mr. Yasunaga started his career at Nissho Iwai Corporation, where he managed IT-related investments valued above $500 million.

Takehito Yogo
Director, Corporate Planning Headquarters, Certified Public Accountant, Nipro Corporation

Mr. Yogo started his career at Yamaichi Security Corporation. He has served as a Director of the Board, Corporate Planning HQ at Nipro Corporation of Japan (NIPRO) since 2015. Before joining Nipro Corporation, Mr. Yogo served as a President & CEO of Goodman Co. Ltd. for six years, a Director of the Board of Goodman, CFO for three years and Managing Director of Corporate Planning HQ for two years. Before joining Goodman, Mr. Yogo had eight years’ experience as a Certified Public Accountant at Ernst & Young.

Daisuke Kaihoku
Director, INCJ

Mr. Kaihoku has over 15 years of experience in IP strategy management and business development. He serves as a Vice President at Innovation Network Corporation of Japan since 2011. At Ricoh Company, Ltd, he helmed many Patent Portfolios preceding which, he served as a Patent Attorney with prosecution, license negotiation and litigation at Fujimoto Patent and Law Office. He started his career in sales and business Planning at Toppan Printing Co., Ltd in 1998. Mr. Kaihoku has three Master’s degrees in Information Science (from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Business Law and MBA (from Hitotsubashi University Graduate School).

Kyoichi Matarai
Observer, IVF

Mr. Matarai joined NEC Corporation in 1985 and has over 25 years of experience in marketing, business development, and management in the semiconductor and electron device business. He has served as Vice President of Renesas Electronics America and Senior Vice President of Renesas Electronics China. Mr. Matarai is a Labor and Social Security Attorney.

David King
Observer, Independent

Mr. King is an experienced lawyer and executive with deep and broad experience in the growth and funding of new entrepreneurial ventures in a number of industries, especially those relating to life sciences. As a Partner at Morgan Lewis, he was the leader of the venture capital and emerging business practice. He was CEO of Principia Pharmaceutical Corporation, which was acquired by Human Genome Sciences Inc. He was co-founder and the CEO of BioRexis Pharmaceutical Corporation, which was acquired by Pfizer Inc. Mr. King was a Venture Partner with Quaker Partners, a life sciences venture capital firm with $700 million under management. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

Tomoyoshi Sato
Founder

Mr. Sato has over 30 years of experience in engineering management and entrepreneurial ventures. He has designed and built high performance microprocessors/DSP targeting digital audio compression/visual coding like MPEG-1/-2 and MIMO implementation. He has been a CTO/Founder of IPFlex raising $75M in equity and CEO/Co-Founder of Atonarp, raising $11M. He holds BS in Physics/ Chemistry from Ibaraki University.

Ganapathy “Gani” Subramaniam
Partner with WRV Capital

Mr. Subramaniam has 25+ years of experience in the Semiconductor Industry and is currently a Partner with WRV Capital. He is the Chairman of Cirel Systems, provider of Analog and Mixed Signal ICs and serves on the board of Aura Semi and Tonbo Imaging. He co-founded Cosmic Circuits in 2005 and was CEO till its exit. Prior to Cosmic Circuits, Mr. Subramaniam held senior management roles in Texas Instruments, including Director-Mixed Signal Technology Center & Director WLAN Engineering. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Trichy. He has served as executive council member of Indian Semiconductor Association from 2011-2013 and was awarded Silicon India Youngest Entrepreneur award in 2012 and EDN ASIA Innovator award in 2000.

Daniel Rubin
CCO - Capital Equipment Group - Celestica

Mr. Dan Rubin has an established entrepreneurial leadership and a strong commercialization track record in the high-tech & semiconductor business sectors. He served as the CEO of Impakt Holdings (2016-2018) that culminated in its successful acquisition by Celestica in Jan 2019, where he now assumes the role of Chief Commercial Officer for the Capital Equipment Group. Previously, Dan served as Ichor's Vice Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer. His experience also includes a major tenure as the President and COO of Ichor, SVP of Corporate Sales at KLA-Tencor, as well as senior executive roles at Integrated Materials, Jetalon, and Synos (acquired by Veeco). Dan sits on the boards of several other companies in the high technology and semiconductor industries

C.S. Park
Independent

Mr. C.S. Park was formerly Chairman and CEO of Hynix Semiconductor (2001-2002), the world’s second largest semiconductor memory producer and held various executive positions at Hyundai Electronics from its inception in 1983 until being restructured and transformed into Hynix Semiconductor. Previously, C.S. was CEO of Maxtor Corporation, a leading storage company, from 1995-1995 and from 2003 until its acquisition by Seagate Technology in 2006, when he then served as Seagate’s board member until October 2018. Mr. Park has also served on the board of a number of corporate and non-profit entities including DLA Piper, Brooks Automation, Computer Sciences Corporation, Enphase Energy, Ballard Power, Dot Hill Systems, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.