Friday, March 17, 2006

Silicon Valley legend inspires entrepreneurs

This Silicon Valley millionaire has shown how Pinoy ingenuity is part of the engine that drives swift advances in information technology.

Entrepreneurs and educators got a rare, close-up glimpse of engineer and venture capitalist Diosdado Banatao, who is in the Philippines on a brief visit from Palo Alto, California, where he runs the $300-million Tallwood VC fund that invests in technology startup firms.

Banatao was known as one of the pioneers of the worldwide technology boom that began in the 1980s and has yet to stop.

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The Philippine Star 03/18/2006

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Diosdado Banatao (born May 23, 1946), popularly known by his nickname Dado, is a well-known serial entrepreneur as well as a recognized engineer working in the high-tech industry. A three-time start-up veteran, he co-founded Mostron (PC Motherboards), Chips and Technologies (PC Chip Sets, eventually acquired by Intel), and S3 Graphics (originally 2D graphics chips, renamed to SonicBLUE). It is Silicon Valley folklore that he choose the company name S3 to mean "Start-up number 3".

He is currently a managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital. Prior to Tallwood he was a venture partner with the Mayfield Fund. He has served on the board of directors and as chairman of several emerging companies, including Marvell Technology Group (MRVL), NewPort Communications (acquired by BRCM), and Cyras Systems (acquired by CIEN).

Dado holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.

Bio from Answers.com / Photo from filipinopeople.com

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