Kamran Elahian is a veteran entrepreneur with over 27 years of experience in the high-tech industry. He is currently Chairman of Global Catalyst Partners, a global venture capital fund for investments in communication product companies, which he co-founded in 1999. He also serves as Chairman of ten other companies.
Kamran co-founded ten companies: CAE Systems (’81) a software company; acquired by Tektronix for $75M, Cirrus Logic (’84) a fabless semiconductor company; IPO at $150M valuation, Momenta (’89) a pen-based computer company; failed within 3 years, NeoMagic (’93) a mobile multimedia IC company; IPO at $300M valuation, PlanetWeb (’96) a communication software company for Internet appliances, Centillium Communications (’97) a telecommunication IC company; IPO at $700M valuation, Actelis Networks (’99) a broadband telecommunications systems company, Informative (’99) a customer feedback solutions software company, Entopia (’99) a knowledge management software company, and Greenfield Networks (’01) a telecommunication IC company.
Kamran also founded Schools Online (’96) a non-profit pubic charity organization with the goal to bring the Internet to every school in the world, and co-founded Global Catalyst Foundation (’00).