Lip-Bu Tan is Founder and Chairman of Walden International (“WI”), a leading venture capital firm managing cumulative capital commitments of $2.8 billion; and Founding Managing Partner of WRVI Capital, a venture capital firm focused on investing in core technology companies. He concurrently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., and has been a member of the Cadence Board of Directors since 2004. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE), Schneider Electric SE (SU: FP) and SoftBank Group (OTCMKTS: SFTBY).
Lip-Bu focuses on semiconductor/components, cloud/edge infrastructure, data management and security, and AI/machine learning. With over 30 years of venture capital experience, he led or co-led investments in Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (XSHG: 688012 CH), Aquantia Corporation (acquired by Marvell), Ambarella (NASDAQ: AMBA), Alif, Altair Semiconductor (acquired by Sony), Annapurna Labs (acquired by Amazon), Aptina Imaging (acquired by ONSemi), Beceem Communications (acquired by Broadcom), Berkeley Lights, Centillium Communications, CNEX Labs, Credo Semiconductors, Endwave, Fungible, GoPro (NASDAQ: GPRO), Habana Labs, HiDeep, Innovium, Inphi (NYSE: IPHI), Integrated Silicon Solutions (acquired by a consortium led by Uphill Investment), Komprise, Leadis Technology, LightBits, MindTree Ltd (NSE: MINDTREE), MetaSwitch Communications, Montage Technology (XSHG: 688008 CH), Network Peripheral, Oryx Vision, Premisys Communications, Proteantecs, Quantenna Communications, Inc. (acquired by ONSemi), RF Pixels, S3, SambaNova, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (NYSE: SMI; HKSE: 981), Silicon Mitus, SolarEdge Technologies (NASDAQ: SEDG), Tagore Technology, Tilera (acquired by EZchip), Unisem (KLSE: UNI), Vayyar, VDOO, VeriSilicon Holdings and WekaIO.
Lip-Bu received his B.S. from Nanyang University in Singapore, his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his MBA from the University of San Francisco. Lip-Bu currently serves on the Board of Trustees and the School of Engineering Dean’s Council at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Global Advisory Board Member of METI Japan, the Board of Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), and a member of The Business Council and Committee 100. He also served as a Trustee of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore from 2006 to 2011; the School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the College of Engineering Advisory Board at University of California Berkeley from 2010 to 2013, and was a member of the Regent College Board of Governors from 2006 to 2012. Lip-Bu has been named one of the Top 10 Venture Capitalists in China by Zero2ipo and was listed as one of the Top 50 Venture Capitalists on the Forbes Midas List. He was the recipient of GSA’s 2016 Dr. Morris Chang’s Exemplary Leadership Award. In 2017, he was ranked #1 of the most well-connected executive in the technology industry by the analytics firm Relationship Science.