Emerging Technologies and Corporate Investment
Keith R. Larson
Managing Director, Strategic Investments, Intel Capital Intel Corporation, US
Keith Larson manages a team of professionals focused on making minority equity investments on behalf of Intel in the Manufacturing and Digital Health Sector. This includes investments in semiconductor equipment and materials, EDA tools, disruptive memories, biotech, and nanotech areas. Previously at Intel Capital he managed investments and identified strategic acquisition opportunities of networking, broadband, and storage building block-related companies. In addition to several acquisitions, he and his team have invested in many successful companies including Berkeley Networks (acquired by Fore Systems), Elpida (public on Toyko Exchange), Globespan (GSPN), Recourse Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Symantec), Research in Motion (RIMM), Rocketchips (acquired by Xilinx), Telera (acquired by Alcatel), and XLNT Designs (acquired by Intel). Prior to joining Intel in 1996, Keith cofounded a venture capital fund (InterVen II, L.P.) where he was a general partner for over 9 years. Keith’s investments while at InterVen II included Protocol Systems, Inc. (PCOL), Northwest Pipe and Casing (NWPX), and Sports Incorporated (acquired by adidas America). He and Intel Capital were the focus of a Harvard Business School Case Study published in 2000 examining how Intel obtains strategic value from its investments. He is on the Board of Regents of the University of Portland, and was appointed by the Governor to the Oregon Council for Knowledge and Economic Development to advise the Legislature and Governor. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Oregon Graduate Institute and Portland State University.
INTEL CAPITAL AND INTEL CORPORATIONIntel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Intel Capital, Intel’s strategic investment program, is one of the largest worldwide corporate venture programs investing in the technology segment. Our selection criteria for companies blends strategic focus with financial discipline. Intel Capital focuses on equity investments and acquisitions to grow our computing and communications businesses. We invest in companies to establish industry ecosystems, help fill strategic gaps, gain visibility on emerging trends, and support development of technology in geographies outside North America.