SNF Enterprise Forum, Wed. 3/5, 4 pm, CIS 101

Mary Tang mtang at
Wed Feb 20 17:23:58 PST 2008

Greetings labmembers --

As part of our enterprise forum series, we are hosting a visit by Shahin Farschi, from Lux Capital.  Following a brief presentation, Shahin is most interested in an informal discussion with researchers about the role of VC's in developing new opportunities.  This is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5, from 4-5 pm in CIS 101.  Shahin invites advance suggestions for specific topics of discussion -- just email him at the address below.

Shahin's talk will be on the following: The role of venture capital in the success of today's technology startups

Abstract: Ever-increasing market competition and narrow market windows further exacerbate the challenge of commercializing a novel semi/device technology.  These circumstances have altered the relationship between investors and entrepreneurs, from one where investors are passive explorers of new opportunities presented by entrepreneurs, to one where entrepreneurs and investors work together to find a timely development path to a market that would best leverage an innovation.  This seminar will introduce the audience to several examples of how venture investors can assist innovators at the very early stage, which will be followed by a Q&A session.

Background: Shahin Farshchi is an associate at Lux Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage semiconductor, energy, materials, and biotechnology companies, where he assists in the creation and evaluation of semiconductor and energy-related companies for investment.  Shahin earned his B.S. from the University of California at
Berkeley, followed by his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering with a focus on MEMS and analog IC design from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Shahin Farshchi, Ph.D.
Lux Capital Management, LLC
T: 925.323.2784
shahin.farshchi at

Mary X. Tang, Ph.D.
Stanford Nanofabrication Facility
CIS Room 136, Mail Code 4070
Stanford, CA  94305
mtang at

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