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The State of Venture Capital
Alan Olsen and Lou Dinardo, Partner at Cross Link Capital, discuss the current trends in Venture Capital.
About the Guest
Mr. Louis DiNardo (52) was appointed President, Chief Executive Officer and Director as of January 3, 2012. Prior to joining Exar he was a Partner at Crosslink Capital, a stage-independent venture capital and growth equity firm based in San Francisco, which he joined in January of 2008 and focused on semiconductor and alternative energy technology investment in private companies. Mr. DiNardo was a partner at VantagePoint Venture Partners from January of 2007 through January of 2008. Mr. DiNardo was President and Chief Operating Officer at Intersil Corporation from January 2006 through October 2006. Prior to his promotion, Mr. DiNardo held the position of Executive Vice President of the Power Management Business. He held the position of President and CEO as well as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors at Xicor Corporation, a public company, from 2000 until Intersil acquired the company in July of 2004. Mr. DiNardo spent thirteen years at Linear Technology where he was Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and General Manager of the Mixed-Signal Business Unit. He began his career in the semiconductor industry at Analog Devices Incorporated where he served for eight years in a variety of technical and management roles. Mr. DiNardo holds a B.A. from Ursinus College, 1981.
Mr. DiNardo currently serves on Board of Directors of Synapsense Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) energy efficiency products, located in Folsom, California. Mr. DiNardo also is Chairman of the Board of Directors of SoloPower Incorporated a manufacturer of thin-film solar cells and flexible solar modules, located in San Jose, California. Mr. DiNardo has held executive leadership positions with and served on the Board of Directors of a variety of privately held technology companies.