Lip-Bu Tan

Lip-Bu Tan


Tech Executive and Venture Capitalist

Chairman, Walden International

Lip-Bu Tan is Founder and Chairman of Walden International (“WI”), and Founding Managing Partner of Celesta Capital and Walden Catalyst Ventures, with over $5 billion under management. He formerly served as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., and now serves as an Advisor and has been a member of the Cadence Board of Directors since 2004. He currently serves on the Board of Schneider Electric SE (SU: FP), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), and Credo Semiconductor (NASDAQ: CRDO).

Lip-Bu focuses on semiconductor/components, cloud/edge infrastructure, data management and security, and AI/machine learning. With over 35 years of venture capital experience, he led or co-led investments in Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (XSHG: 688012 CH), Aquantia Corporation (acquired by Marvell), Ambarella (NASDAQ: AMBA), Alif, Altair Semiconductor (acquired by Sony), Annapurna Labs (acquired by Amazon), Aptina Imaging (acquired by ONSemi),, Beceem Communications (acquired by Broadcom), Berkeley Lights (NASDAQ: BLI), Centillium Communications, CNEX Labs, Credo Semiconductors (NASDAQ: CRDO), DataChat Endwave, Fungible, GoPro (NASDAQ: GPRO), Greenstone Biosciences, Habana Labs (acquired by Intel), HiDeep, Innovium (acquired by Marvell), IonQ (NYSE: IONQ), Inphi (acquired by Marvell), Integrated Silicon Solutions (acquired by a consortium led by Uphill Investment), Katana Graph, Komprise, Leadis Technology, LightBits, Lion Semiconductor (acquired Cirrus Logic), MindTree Ltd (NSE: MINDTREE), MetaSwitch Communications (acquired by Microsoft), Montage Technology (XSHG: 688008 CH), Network Peripheral, NuVia (acquired by Qualcomm), Oryx Vision, Premisys Communications, Prosimo, Proteantecs, PsiQuantum, Quantenna Communications (acquired by ONSemi), RF Pixels, Rivos, S3, SambaNova, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (XSHG: 688981 CH), Silicon Mitus, SolarEdge Technologies (NASDAQ: SEDG), Speedata, Tagore Technology, Tilera (acquired by EZchip), Unisem (KLSE: UNI), Vayyar, VDOO (acquired by JFrog), VeriSilicon Holdings (XSHG:688521.SS), Voltron Data, and WekaIO.

Lip-Bu received his B.S. from Nanyang University in Singapore, his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his MBA from the University of San Francisco. He also received his honorary degree for Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of San Francisco. Lip-Bu currently serves on Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)’s Board of Trustees and the School of Engineering Dean’s Council, and on Fuller Theological Seminary (FTS)’s Board of Trustees. He’s a member of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)’s Executive Council, the University of California Berkeley (UCB)’s College of Engineering Advisory Board and their Computing, Data Science, and Society Advisory Board, a Global Advisory Board Member of METI Japan, and a member of The Business Council and Committee 100. He also served on the board of the Board of Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), as a Trustee of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore; the School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a member of the Regent College Board of Governors. Lip-Bu has been named one of the Top 10 Venture Capitalists in China by Zero2ipo and was listed as one of the Top 50 Venture Capitalists on the Forbes Midas List. He’s the recipient of imec’s 2023 Lifetime of Innovation Award, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) 2022 Robert N. Noyce Award, and GSA’s 2016 Dr. Morris Chang’s Exemplary Leadership Award.

Areas of Expertise

  • Technology

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