We have been the earliest investor with dozens of
teams that have dared to pursue their vision


Many have created and led new markets
by redefining the possible


All have inspired us in some important way

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VxTel provided silicon solutions for next-generation carrier networks. The company’s products use a unique signal-processing architecture optimized for voice, data and telecommunication, and multimedia applications.

  • Founded: 1999
  • Round Partnered: Series A
  • Year Partnered: 1999
  • Fund: Prior Art
  • Clear Partner(s): Chris Rust, Rajeev Madhavan
  • Status: Acquired
  • Year Acquired: 2001
  • Acquirer: Intel Corporation (INTC)
  • Acquisition Price: $ 550,000,000
Chris is one of the smartest investor around who understands your business, customers, products and partners well and is truly a strategic thinker. Unlike many VCs, he is always ready to roll up his sleeves to help the company and support management and employees from an early stage to a successful company. Thanks Chris.
Shri Dodani, CEO
Chris is an articulate and strategic thinker with an ability to boil down complex business situations
into simple terms and advise entrepreneurs efffectively towards success. With Chris' help, strategic and product direction at VxTel evolved from silicon to software to systems perspective resulting in a significant commercial and financial success. I have personally benefited from the systems perspective throughout my career after VxTel.
Vijay Parmar, VP Marketing


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  • Samantha Reiss

    Head of Services

  • John DeNero

    Chief Scientist

  • Paula Shannon

    Chief Evangelist

  • Cassie McGruder

    Head of Finance

  • Omar Orqueda

    Head of Engineering

  • Ashwin Purohit

    Head of Technical Operations

  • Sylvia Borek

    Head of Revenue, AMER

  • Larry Gloss

    VP of Public Sector

  • Matt Mores

    Head of Revenue, EMEA

  • Alice Lulka

    Head of People


The 4 companies our team co-founded produced over $1.7 billion of market cap from 2 IPOs and 2 acquisitions

The 50+ early-stage companies we funded produced over $52 billion of market cap from 34 exits, with 8 going from seed/series A to IPO, 24 acquisitions

Some of our greatest learnings and closest personal partnerships have come from our losses

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