|VCJ Fact Sheet for Bill Tai|
Born: May 29, 1962
Education: B.A. in electrical engineering from University of Illinois (1984); MBA from Harvard University (1987)
Career Path: Product marketer, LSI Logic (1984-1987); Established semiconductor practice/chip analyst, Alex. Brown & Sons (1987-1991); Walden Group of VC Funds (1991-1996); General partner with Institutional Venture Partners (1997-present; still manages past investments); General partner, Authentic Ventures (1999-2002; personal fund); General partner, Charles River Ventures (6/02-present)
Venture Focus: So-called foundational companies that have technology that is the foundation for a new market sector. Emphasis of chips and systems software for communications and computing. Prefers very early-stage deals as the lead or sole investor.
Investments: Microtune (NASDAQ: TUNE), Transmeta (NASDAQ: TMTA), Terayon Communications (NASDAQ: TERN) and Premisys Communications (NASDAQ: PRMS); IC Works; iAsiaWorks; Award Software International; ChemConnect; RLX Technologies; TradeBeam Family: Married with one son and one on the way.
Hobby: Windsurfing. Recently took up kite-surfing
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Did You Know? His wife, Michelle, was the “live action model” for Megara, the leading lady in Disney’s animated feature Hercules.
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