Full Interview with Kamran Elahian
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Unearthing Secrets from the Founder of 10 Multinational Companies

Kamran Elahian is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist with over 29 years of experience in the high-tech sector. He has co-founded 10 companies, 3 of which failed; 3 of which made exits, including CAE Systems, (acquired by Teletronix for $75 million), PlanetWeb, and Greenfield Network (acquired by Cisco Systems); and 3 of which went public, including Cirrus Logic (which had an IPO at a $150 million valuation and achieved a market cap of over $3.5 billion), NeoMagic (which had an IPO at a $300 million valuation and achieved a market cap of $600 million), and Centillium Communications (which had an IPO at a $700 million valuation and achieved a market cap of over $4 billion).

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He is currently the Chairman and Co-Founder of Global Catalyst Partners, an international, multistage, technology-oriented venture capital firm that has invested in leading-edge technology companies in the U.S., China, Japan and Israel. Mr. Kamran is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Global Catalyst Foundation, a private foundation established by the principals of Global Catalyst Partners.

 

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  • Anthony A.

    This was good video and I look forward to seeing more interviews of people in the field. It is always valuable to see where others have gained the inspiration to do what they do. It is also interesting to see how individuals see the world and find the connection to help others. In this case Mr. Elahian sees technology as a means to transfer information that can bring us together. Second he understands the value and idea of ‘profit’. He believes that he can get people to work together even with major disagreements because profit is a strong motivator. In taking his idea and company to a global scale he believes that a connection is easier made when people speak in terms of profit. Third he speaks about the idea of wealth and how that can be attributed in ones mind, in other words true happiness goes beyond materialistic wealth. I like the idea that the speaker is seeking to connect with society globally. In order to do this he has figured out to follow certain principals that work for him. I would probably look closer into these principals and continue to reshape them and seek alternatives to continue to improve the lives of the end users.

  • Beniamin Martis

    I believe that every human has the instinct,
    capacity and desire for leadership, but few have the courage and will to
    cultivate it because of this most die as followers. I understand Leadership as
    a trusted privilege given by followers. True leadership is not a technique but
    an attitude. I believe true leadership comes down to two fundamentals: Who you
    are and how you think.

  • I Mr. Elahian had great advice about working for a company before striking out on your own. I think there’s a lot of valuable experience to be gained by graduating college and going to work for a reputable company for at least a short time. That way you can see what works and what doesn’t in leadership and how to effectively run a business.

  • l2yza

    Indeed it does

  • l2yza

    Love his outlook on being fired as a learning experience. I can’t even imagine what that must have felt like to have something you built ripped out from under you.