In this talk, Kishore will share his experience and learnings as an entrepreneur and a cofounder of MaxLinear, a modern communications IC company, from its inception in 2003 to its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2010. He will cover the gamut of topics that an entrepreneur’s journey entails, which includes the challenges of building a cohesive team, germinating product ideas, navigating a treacherous competitive landscape, working with venture capitalists, dealing with investment bankers, and most importantly, embracing the role of a leader of a public company.
Dr. Kishore Seendripu has served as the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of MaxLinear since the company’s inception in September 2003 and is also a cofounder of the company. MaxLinear operates in the highly-competitive semiconductor industry and is valued at $ 1.56 Bn (~ Rs10000 cr). MaxLinear is a technology leader with over 200 unique products, 2000 patents, employing close to 550 highly-educated people with 70% of them having Master’s and Doctoral degrees from leading universities. Prior to founding MaxLinear (1996 to 2002), Kishore served in both engineering & engineering management roles developing integrated radio frequency & mixed-signal systems-on-chip solutions addressing wireless and broadband communications markets. He has previously worked at Rockwell Semiconductor Systems (predecessor of Skyworks), Broadcom Corporation, and Silicon Wave Inc. (acquired by Qualcomm). From 1990 to 1996, Kishore served as a graduate research assistant at the Lawrence Berkeley Livermore National Laboratories, and at the Electronics Research Laboratory, U.C. Berkeley. Kishore received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Materials Science Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, a B. Tech degree from IIT Bombay, India, and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. The magazine Inc.com said this about Kishore in the context of MaxLinear being America’s fastest growing hardware company “MaxLinear CEO Kishore Seendripu took bootstrapping to the next level by recruiting seven founders to work for free.. There's bootstrapping, and then there's bootstrapping. When Kishore Seendripu decided to start MaxLinear in 2003, he invited seven people he had worked with at previous employers to join him in Carlsbad, California. The catch was that anyone who wanted to be a founder would have to agree to work for free until the company had developed a working prototype of a radio frequency integrated circuit that would enable broadband video content to be displayed on devices such as digital televisions, mobile phones, and navigational displays in cars. All seven signed up. Two years later, the company had its prototype and its first customer, consumer electronics giant Panasonic. Five years after that, in March of this year, MaxLinear went public, raising $82.9 million..” – inc.com, 1st Sep 2010 The San Diego Union Tribune had headlined Kishore as “People to watch” as early as May 2007. Kishore does his alma-mater proud by leading technology innovation, creating value, wealth, and high paying jobs for more than 500 highly educated people in a fast growing publicly listed company that he founded, and by generously supporting IIT Bombay.