Mr Navin Chaddha
Navin Chaddha is a proven serial entrepreneur and venture investor. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009 and has ranked on the Forbes Midas List of top 100 dealmakers for several years. He invests in the enterprise, telecom, energytech, Internet and semiconductor sectors in the U.S. and is the founder of Mayfield’s dedicated India Fund, which he oversees. He currently serves on the board of directors of Brighter, Gigya, Pano Logic, SolarCity, StorSimple, Tejas Networks and WideOrbit and is also involved with Mayfield investments in Consim, LatticePower, Pulse, SeedFund, ShineOn and SMiT. Navin has made over 30 investments of which 11 have had IPOs and another 9 have been acquired. Some of his notable investments include Akamai, Qwest Communications, MakeMyTrip, and Rhythms Net Connections which had successful IPOs on NASDAQ, and IL&FS Investsmart, Persistent Systems, Provogue and Suzlon which had IPOs on Indian Stock Exchanges. Other investments that have had significant exits through acquisitions include Ankeena Networks (Juniper Networks), CPower (Constellation Energy), Indya.com (News Corp), LVL7 Systems (Broadcom), Mimosa Systems (Iron Mountain Inc.), Neopath Networks (Cisco Systems), and WiChorus (Tellabs Inc.).
Prior to joining Mayfield Fund, Navin was a partner at Gabriel Venture Partners and EIR at Mobius Venture Capital. As an entrepreneur, he was founder and CTO of VXtreme (acquired by Microsoft) which became Windows Media. Navin served in various management roles at Microsoft after that. He was also the co-founder of iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ IPO) and CEO and founder of Rivio (acquired by CPA2Biz).He holds 35 patents and serves on the advisory board of Stanford Engineering Venture Fund.
Navin holds an MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University (received Stanford and IBM Graduate Fellowships) and a B.Tech degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi (received the Director’s Medal for being first in his class) and was honored with the prestigious distinguished IIT Alumni Award in 2006.
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