Irwin Federman General Information
Dr. Irwin Federman serves as Member of Advisory Board at Eucalyptus Innovation Capital. He serves as Advisor at US Venture Partners. He serves as Chairman & Board Member at Mellanox Technologies. He serves as President and Chief Executive Officer at Monolithic Memories. He served as Board Member at Intermolecular. He joined USVP in 1990 as a general partner with significant investment experience: as CEO of Monolithic Memories, he led his firm's investments in successful startups such as Cypress Semiconductor, Xilinx and Altera. During his tenure as CEO from 1978 to 1987, Irwin spearheaded MMI's turnaround from virtual bankruptcy to a $250 million revenue organization. When MMI merged with Advanced Micro Devices, Irwin assumed the post of Vice-Chairman of AMD. He is a former Chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association and served as a board member of the National Venture Capital Association. As an ex-CEO, and someone who has enjoyed a collegial relationship with many CEOs over the years, he is certain of one thing: CEOs run their companies; not Boards, not investors. "Ultimately every decision is made by the management team," says Irwin. "It is rewarding when I can share an experience that helps them sort out their alternatives." Irwin was a founding or lead investor in BeVocal, Blue Martini, Check Point Software Technologies, Centillium Communications, Crescendo Communications, Mellanox Technologies, MMC Networks, NeoMagic, Netro, Nuance Communications, Quick Logic, SanDisk and TelCom Semiconductor. As with other USVP partners, Irwin believes when you invest in a company, you invest in people. "It is particularly rewarding to receive a call from an entrepreneur who is wrestling with a thorny problem or is having difficulty reaching a significant decision. If he or she picks up the phone to share their angst and ask for your opinion, you know you have earned their trust. Nobody shares uncertainty otherwise." Irwin received a B.S. in Economics from Brooklyn College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science from Santa Clara University. He was a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty, the Exemplary Community Leadership Award from the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice, and was installed in Junior Achievement's Silicon Valley Hall of Fame. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from The International Business Forum and Silicon Valley Fast 500, an initiative of Silicon Valley Bank and Deloitte and Touche. He serves as a Trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA) and of his alma mater Brooklyn College. He also serves as Board Observer at Minerva Networks.