Engineer, Venture Capitalist
Managing Principal of
Global Catalyst Partners
Kamran Ehahian; Iranian venture capitalist is a man of many accomplishments -
In 1975, at the age of twenty, he had earned both a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Mathematics from the University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1977, he earned a Master of Engineering in Computer Graphics from the University of Utah, SLC. In 1978, he worked for Hewlett Packard designing automation software. Then Elahian began co-founding companies:In 1981, CAE Systems, Inc (sold to Tektronix Corp for over $75 million within 3 years of founding).
In 1984, Cirrus Logic, Inc (revenue grew to over $1 billion within 10 years); in 1989, Momenta Corp (failed within 3 years but led to other companies and to personal growth); in 1993, NeoMagic Corp (achieved IPO valuation of over $300 million within 4 years); in 1996, Planetweb, Inc; in 1997 and Global Catalyst Partners. Kamran Elahian is also one of co-founders and has served as Chairman of the Board of Centillium Communications since they started operations in April 1997.
He co-founded 3 more companies - Actelis Networks, cahoots.com and KangarooNet.
(GCP) is a cross-border venture capital firm formed in 1999 by prominent investors and technologists to identify and invest in compelling U.S., Europe, Israeli and Asian high-growth companies. Focusing on seed and early-stage investments, GCP is known for its intensive, hands-on investment approach to turn compelling ideas into successful companies. GCP 's Limited Partners include leading corporations and financial institutions from a wide variety of industries, including Mitsubishi, Fujistu, Sumitomo, Denso, Secom, Sevin Rosen, Walden International, Vertex Management, Silicon Valley Bank, Holman Group, Dow Chemical, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati LLP, GKM and the CLAL Group.
Global Catalyst Partners offers venture capital, industry knowledge and a global network of resources to early stage information technology companies. Our vision is to leverage the competitive strengths of the best start-ups with the technical, manufacturing, legal, marketing and financial expertise in our network. We believe that supporting visionary entrepreneurs with these resources can transform emerging companies into market leaders.
As the market for information and communication technologies has become global, start-ups must navigate an increasingly complex competitive terrain faster and faster in order to achieve success. The best technology, sufficient capital and the strongest management team are merely necessary precursors to market leadership. Information technology firms must rely on an experienced global network of resources in order to succeed.
Global Catalyst Partners supports entrepreneurs in realizing their technological and marketing goals with this global perspective. The partners actively work to provide portfolio companies with added value, bringing a worldwide appreciation of markets, competitors, products, technologies, industries, strategic partners, and customers. Principals, partners and advisors may, for example, help a company to tap into Israeli research expertise, acquire Japanese experience in manufacturing, and utilize U.S.-based resources for marketing and financial exit strategies. With the committed support of key IT companies, experienced advisors, and innovative service providers, we implement a transnational approach to execute growth strategies for highly promising technology companies.