Dr. Prabhu Goel is an active private venture investor, serving on the Board of Directors of several private companies in the US – FusionOps Inc, QuanticMind Inc., and Prana Studios Holdings. He is actively involved in renewable energy projects across Europe and in India. He has also served on the Boards of two public companies (SYNP – Synopsys on Nasdaq and CDN – Cadence Design Systems on NYSE). Since 1991 he has invested in over 30 private companies and served on many of their Boards. Dr. Goel was the CEO/Chairman of Gateway Design Automation Corporation, which was acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 1989. Prior to that at IBM, he received the IBM Corporate Award for Outstanding Innovation. Dr. Goel also won the 2003 IEEE Industrial Pioneer Award for his work on design modeling and design verification through Verilog and Verilog-based design. Dr. Goel graduated from IIT Kanpur and was the recipient of the President’s Gold Medal for academic excellence. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a founding member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneur) www.tie.org – the largest organization of entrepreneurs in the word – with chapters in 42 countries. Dr. Goel is also an active philanthropist and founded the Foundation for Excellence (also known as FFE), which has funded over twelve thousand students in India – at the high school and college levels.