CVC Forum: Virtual Investing in a Corporate Environment

CVC Forum: Virtual Investing in a Corporate Environment

Date: August 27, 2020 Time: 12:00 - 1:30 Zoom

Art of doing deals in the current environment
Unique Challenges faced for new and follow on investments


Varsha Tagare
Managing Director
Qualcomm Ventures
Varsha oversees the Qualcomm Ventures India fund, a $150M allotment dedicated to India and cross border investments. Varsha also leads security investmetns for the US market. Some of her investments includes cross border companies like Capillary, Mindtickle and Zinier. Prior to her current role, Varsha was at Intel Capital investing in US and Indian companies. Varsha also brings strong operating experience from her career at IntelnCorporation. Varsha has a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from VJTI, University of Bombay. Varsha also holds 2 patents in VLSI Design.

Outside of work, Varsha is a trained Indian Classical Dancer.

Srinivas Ananth
Intel Capital
Srini is a Director at Intel Capital where he led investments in VeriSIM Life (AI enabled biosimulation), Babblelabs (Speech AI), Ayar Labs (Optical I/O), OnScale (Cloud CAE), Joby Aviation (electric VTOL), and Keyssa (Wireless Comms). Srini was also involved in investments in Delta ID (acquired by Fingerprint Cards), and Volocopter. He currently serves as a Board Observer at Ayar Labs, OnScale, and VeriSIM Life. His areas of investment include Deep Tech (autonomous systems, robotics, energy efficiency) and Vertical AI.

Srini has over a decade of operating experience in high-tech industry spanning product development and management as well as business development across a diverse set of technologies such as cybersecurity, IoT, mobile, and media. As an electrical engineer, Srini designed components that powered millions of mobile phones and tablets, generating more than $1.5B in revenue at Texas Instruments.

Paul Asel
Managing Partner
Nokia Growth Partners
Paul is Managing Partner of NGP Capital. He has realized over 20 successful investments, including 5 IPOs and four $1B+ exits of which UCWeb and Ganji are two of the largest technology acquisitions in China. Other successful exits include KongZhong (KZ: NASDAQ), DQ Entertainment (DQEN.BO), Gridsum (GSUM: NASDAQ), Morpho (IPO Japan), Madhouse (Blue Focus Group), Whistle (Mars Petcare), CityMaps (TripAdvisor) and Intermedia (Madison Dearborn Partners). He has completed acquisitions and IPOs valued cumulatively at over $25 billion.

Paul is currently on the Boards of Fetchr, Gigwalk, and Workfusion as well as an investor in Lime, Juvo, Next Trucking, Scoop, Xnor, Zoomcar, and Zum. Prior to NGP Capital, Paul led Asia technology investments at the International Finance Corporation. Previously, he oversaw M&A and investments at Cadence Design Systems and worked at Merrill Lynch in investment banking.

He received an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Dartmouth. Paul is co-author of Upward Bound: Lessons of How Nine Leaders Achieved their Summits. He has taught International Entrepreneurship at the George Mason School of Public Policy.

Christopher Chu
Vice President and Managing Director
Samsung Catalyst Fund
Christopher Chu is Vice President and Managing Director of Samsung Catalyst Fund, Samsung Electronics’ evergreen multi-stage venture capital fund that invests in the new data economy and strategic ideas for Samsung’s mobile, device solutions and consumer electronics groups. Investment spans across Automotive, Robotics, Digital Health, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Infrastructure, and Device-Level Solutions.

Chris has been a Partner at Pacific Venture Partners where he led investments in communications, consumer electronics, and semiconductor technologies. Combined with his previous investment roles at Crescendo Ventures, Worldview Technology Partners, and CMEA Ventures, he has helped to manage investments in dozens of startups for over 15 years. Chris has also held business and engineering positions at VLSI Technology (Philips), AnyDATA, National Semiconductor, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and IBM Watson Research. In addition, he was a member of the charter class of the Kauffman Fellowship in venture capital.

Chris holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and BS in Electrical Engineering from The California Institute of Technology.


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