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About

Established in January 2002, Narra Venture Capital (NarraVC) invests in private high-technology companies with potential for accelerated growth. It focuses its investments on companies with defensible barriers to competition, which are normally based on cutting edge technology or their efficient deployment.

In Silicon Valley and similar technology centers, NarraVC invests in companies developing semiconductors and semiconductor-related products, converged communication systems, computing platforms, and software & related services. More recently, it has also made smaller investments on promising Internet startups. The firm works with Silicon Valley based partners like Tallwood Venture Capital.

In addition, NarraVC’s role is to help bring Asia to these investments through introductions to markets or partners. In the Philippines and around the Asian continent, NarraVC seeks companies that take advantage of the synergy with advanced technology companies. These companies are in software services, electronic manufacturing services, design services, and information systems that are more customized for developing regions.

NarraVC manages two venture capital funds and has an established group of founding Limited Partners led by Dado Banatao, Managing Partner of TallwoodVC, and Ayala Corporation, one of the Philippines’ most respected business conglomerates. The same investors were joined by First Philippine Holdings, Inc. and the Lhuillier Group for Narra Fund II, which was formed in March 2007.

Management

Paco Sandejas

Managing Partner

Paco Sandejas, Ph.D. is the Managing Partner of NarraVC. He also serves as the Managing Director of BGN Ventures, a Philippine-based management and consulting company focused on technology ventures in the same space as NarraVC.

During his stint as Vice-President of H&Q Asia Pacific, Paco was directly responsible for profitable returns on US$30 million of venture investments in the fields of communications, semiconductors, and internet infrastructure. He was a member or observer on the boards of various US and Philippine HQAP companies.

Paco was also responsible for Product Marketing and Management for Applied Komatsu Technology’s Etch Product Division. AKT is now the flat panel division of Applied Materials, the world’s largest semiconductor equipment supplier. He has also worked as an Engineering Consultant to MEMS and microdisplay companies.

He completed his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and completed his Bachelor’s of Science of Degree in Applied Physics from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. At Stanford, Paco co-invented with Professors David Bloom and Olav Solagaard the world’s first Grating Light Valves, a silicon MEMS spatial light modulator.

The GLV is a fundamental technology that is being used by Silicon Light Machines (acquired by Cypress) and by Lightconnect for optical communication systems. The GLV is also being used by Sony to develop advanced display systems.

Paco is an active consultant with the Philippine Government and engineers to increase the economic contribution of IT companies to national growth. He sits on the board of Digital Philippines, and is part of the IT E-Commerce Council (ITECC) chaired by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He is a co-founder of the Brain Gain Network, a web platform connecting the Filipino diaspora, making their ideas into realities to help spur the Philippines’ growth technologically and economically.

Ernie Tarroza

Vice-President & Principal, General Manager of Xepto Computing

Ernie Tarroza is NarraVC’s Vice President & Principal and General Manager of Xepto Computing. He has extensive experience in managing technical teams and has strong skills in analyzing customers and business requirements. Ernie has 18 years of solid experience in the field of Information Technology (IT) and is skilled in project and bid management.

He started out as a Science Research Specialist in the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) doing research and development activities in the areas of Information Technology and Microelectronics. While in ASTI, he also became its Chief Science Research Specialist working on R&D and technology transfer efforts in the field of advanced software i.e. multimedia, Internet, computer networking, embedded systems and signal processing.

Later on, Ernie joined Sun Microsystems Philippines, Inc., and was recognized as one of its outstanding employees. As the Senior Team Lead/ IT Architect, he provided direction for a team of technical consultants for solutions and IT architecture. He also managed a group of technical consultants and product managers to provide technical support for SunPhil’s sales team as presales head. He also worked for BEENET Singapore Pte. Ltd. managing a group of consultants in the areas of e-commerce and managed services.

Ernie finished a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of the Philippines- Diliman and earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at the same institution where he was a consistent scholar. He also serves as a Senior Lecturer at his alma mater and teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Physics Department.

Tony Pio de Roda

Venture Partner and CEO of Stratpoint

Tony Pio de Roda is CEO of Stratpoint and a consultant for Philippine IT projects with Narra Venture Capital. He is a senior executive armed with 26 years worth of experience working with various multinationals in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. Tony’s strengths include team leadership, sales and marketing of ICT products and services, and the ability to represent an organization to corporate clients and the general business community.

Tony began his career with IBM Philippines and held various positions leading teams in sales, marketing and technical support. Since then, he has served with Lucent as Country Manager for Business Communications Systems (later to become Avaya), Software AG Philippines as President, and Sun Microsystems, Philippines as Chief Operations Officer. Most recently, Tony served with Nortel as Managing Director, Philippines, from 2001 to 2008.

Tony has a BS degree in Business Economics and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Dan Wolbert

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Dan Wolbert is a consultant for the Financial Services sector with Narra Venture Capital. He has 13 years of experience working across the sector focused on US-based and developing market opportunities. This experience has included payments, consumer and small business lending, retail banking and asset management.

Prior to his graduate studies, Dan began his career at Capital One, a US-based credit card issuer. During his time there Dan led multiple customer segmentation and marketing campaigns across the direct mail, e-mail and telemarketing channels. In addition he was responsible for managing the credit policy and extension of credit during the transaction authorization process.

Following graduate school Dan joined the management consulting firm McKinsey and Company. While at McKinsey, Dan worked primarily on Marketing and Segmentation, Strategy and Operations Transformation projects within the Financial Services sector. Select projects include retail banking branch sales force productivity, retail deposit pricing strategy, small business lending profitability, and call center efficiency

Most recently Dan was a member of the Corporate Strategy group at Visa Inc. During his time there Dan had the opportunity to work extensively on developing market opportunities. Select projects include commercialization of a mobile money platform, partnerships with domestic payment systems, and payment gateway growth strategy.

Dan has Masters’ degrees in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Anthony Tacda

Finance Manager

Anthony is the Finance Manager at Narra Venture Capital.  He has more than 10 years of accounting and financial management experience in developing and implementing financial systems, strategies, accounting functions, and best practices.

He has various exposure to different industries including the academe, SME’s, Information Technology, Third Party Administrator, and NGO in the senior accounting and finance, audit and management advisory capacity.  Anthony also has had a stint in the government at the Department of Budget and Management as Budget and Management Analyst.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a Certified Public Accountant.  He is currently completing the requirements of the Institute of Financial Consultants for Certified Financial Consultants program.

Meg Montes

Analyst & Project Manager

Meg is Narra’s analyst and project manager. She manages the Brain Gain Network, an online platform which aims to counter the Philippine brain drain by allowing highly skilled professionals to become a resource for expertise.

Meg completed her B.S. Industrial Engineering, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines. She was a lecturer of statistical analysis in a teaching stint with UP College of Engineering, and worked as a consultant in Research, Education, and Institutional Development (REID) Foundation, Inc.

Meg is a soprano and was a member of the world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers (2007-2012). She has toured and performed with the group around Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Aside from serving UNESCO as Artist for Peace, her batch won the Guidoneum Award (Arezzo, Italy) and the Brand Laureate Premier Award (Penang, Malaysia).

Analyn Dandan

General Accountant

Analyn is General Accountant of the Narra Ventures Group of Companies. She began her career as part of the accounting staff in Hayakawa Electronics (Phils.) Corporation, a manufacturer of wire harness and automatic document feeders for copiers. She later on became an Accounting Officer at Hwa Sin Print Corporation, and was key person in establishing processes and internal controls to improve the efficiency of financial and administrative management. These controls include the preparation of financial statements, the handling and supervision of the accounting staff, accuracy checks and the timely submission of reports to government agencies.

Analyn worked as Accounting Officer in Seoul Metal Phils., Inc., and as an Accounting and HR Head in Asian Dream Trading, handling both financial and human resources of the company. She also worked as General Accountant in East Asia Traders, Inc. (of the Roxas-Chua Family).

Analyn’s diligence and wide range of expertise in the accounting discipline has set her edge in helping companies attain targets, by providing sufficient, timely, and reliable data – both quantitative and qualitative – to management and external customers.

Analyn obtained her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Maragondon Extension. She is an active member of the pro-life prayer group Rosary for Life Philippines, which established the Grace to be Born facility to provide shelter for women in crisis pregnancy situations.

Rochelle Raneses

Executive Administrator

Rochelle Raneses is the Executive Administrator of Narra Venture Capital. She started as an encoder at Electronic Power Development, Inc. and handled the company’s weekly status and quarterly accomplishment reports.

Rochelle joined Smart Communications Inc. as Technical Coordinator under Network Planning and Engineering and handled the validation and preparation of Purchase Requisitions and the Purchase Orders of her team. She also worked as the Executive Secretary to top management and took on the responsibilities of coordinating meetings and presentations and preparing the monthly reports on operation and capital expenses.

Rochelle has a degree in Banking and Finance from University of the East in Manila.

Limited Partners

Investment Advisers

Tallwood Investment

Partners, L.P.

Ayala Corporation

First Philippine Holdings

P.J. Lhullier Group

Brain Gain Network Limited

Dado Banatao

Managing Partner of
Tallwood Venture Capital

George Pavlov

General Partner of
Tallwood Venture Capital

Dr. David Bloom

Founder of Alces Technologies

Elpido L. Ibanez

President & COO of
First Philippine Holdings, Inc.

Arthur Tan

CEO of Integrated Microelectronics, Inc.

Jean Henri Lhuillier

President & CEO
PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies

Portfolio

Alphion develops and manufactures innovative integrated photonic components for signal regeneration, conditioning, wavelength management, and monitoring. www.alphion.com

Amulaire, a thermal management company based in San Diego, California, offers heat dissipation products that effectively solve customers' thermal challenges, for both commercial and military applications. www.amulaire.com

Astute Networks is the leading provider of bladed storage solutions for edge applications such as Telecom Network Control, IPTV/VoD, Military C4I, and video surveillance. www.astutenetworks.com

Calypto Design Systems empowers designers to create the highest quality and lowest power electronic systems by providing best-in-class power optimization and functional verification products. www.calypto.com

Ikanos develops robust, high performance semiconductor and software products. Its advanced communications processors, broadband DSL and other devices power access infrastructure and customer premises equipment for many of the world’s leading network equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. www.ikanos.com

Inphi delivers high-speed precision electronic components that enable equipment-makers to build the highest performance, most cost-competitive computing, communications, and instrumentation systems. www.inphi-corp.com

Phunware leads the mobile application revolution globally and is reinventing the mobile application experience for consumers. Phunware has introduced category-defining applications that challenge the outer limits of the best mobile devices on Earth and is defining the future standard for mobile application experiences. www.phunware.com

PSI Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of power semiconductor assembly and test services to the power semiconductor market. The company provides comprehensive assembly and test services to a diverse customer base, which includes most of the major power semiconductor manufacturers in the world. www.psitechnologies.com

Stratpoint specializes in best-of-breed web and mobile technologies for consumer and enterprise applications. www.stratpoint.com

Quintic Corporation is a fabless semiconductor company that provides low-power cost-effective wireless connectivity solutions for consumer electronics, as well as personal computers and its peripherals. www.quinticcorp.com

News

Astute Networks Announces Support of Openstack to Provide Flash Storage to Accelerate Critical Application Performance for Public and Private Clouds

February 11, 2014

Astute’s Cloud Service Provider and IaaS Partners and End User Customers to Benefit from ViSX All-Flash Storage Appliance Delivering Industry’s Highest IOPs at Unprecedented Price... Read More

Astute’s Cloud Service Provider and IaaS Partners and End User Customers to Benefit from ViSX All-Flash Storage Appliance Delivering Industry’s Highest IOPs at Unprecedented Price Points

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – February 11, 2014 – Astute Networks™,Inc., the leading provider of Networked Flash™ appliances, today announced its support of OpenStack, an open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. By supporting the OpenStack Cinder standard as both an iSCSI target and a NFS server, Astute’s ViSX appliance offers end users and cloud service providers alike a flexible and cost effective method for meeting their storage and application performance requirements when deploying infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

A recent report by 451 Research, titled, “OpenStack-related business revenue to exceed $1bn by 2015,” predicts OpenStack-related revenue will grow from $600m in 2013 to $1bn by 2015. Astute Networks is well positioned to address this burgeoning opportunity with its adaptive ViSX storage appliances that accelerate application performance by 10x or more, enhances user productivity and lowers IT costs for physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Applications such as virtualized databases, SharePoint and VDI have demanding I/O performance characteristics that legacy storage architectures were never designed to support. The Astute ViSX performance storage appliance was purpose-built to address these I/O-intensive applications. ViSX eliminates all critical I/O bottlenecks that affect application and virtual desktop (VDI) performance and delivers unprecedented random IOPS performance and IOPS per dollar.

ViSX delivers competitive advantages for cloud service providers to offer their customers a new high-performance datastore tier of Networked Flash to performance-constrained environments to enhance user productivity and lower IT costs. ViSX provides the most cost-effective way to deploy solid state flash storage with an easy to install appliance. ViSX quickly deploys in minutes with no application changes and no disruptive rip and replace, or forklift upgrades for installed servers and storage.

“We see that OpenStack is developing significant momentum with the many organizations that understand the tremendous value of this project, and we know that our ViSX appliance will help these organizations capitalize on this value with high performance flash based storage for their private and public cloud initiatives,” said Keith Klarer, founder and vice president of engineering, Astute Networks. “OpenStack deployments for VDI and for relational database consolidation are two applications in which users can see an immediate and meaningful ROI by deploying our flash storage systems. There is also significant interest in our flash storage when implementing object database systems in environments that need high object access performance, or low access latency.”

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About Astute Networks

Astute is the leading provider of Networked Flash™ appliances that accelerate application performance by 10x or more, enhance user productivity and lower IT costs for physical, virtual and cloud environments. The company’s ViSX family of Networked Flash appliances is based on a 100% solid state flash technology that cost–effectively delivers a high number of sustained IOPS to dramatically increase application performance. Powered by its patented DataPump Engine™, ViSX overcomes performance limitations by non-disruptively delivering shared performance to all servers and virtual machines over pervasively deployed Ethernet networks. ViSX is available through the company’s network of authorized AstuteNET channel partners. For more information, please visit www.astutenetworks.com.

Astute Networks, Networked flash, ViSX, DataPump Engine, AstuteNET and FlashWRX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Astute Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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PR Contact:
Sabrina Sanchez
The Ventana Group, for Astute Networks
ssanchez@theventanagroup.com
(925) 785-3014

Phunware and Cisco’s CMX showcased at the “Big Show” 2014

February 7, 2014

Last month at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Big Show, the Phunware team joined Cisco as a key engagement partner for enhanced in-store mobility with Connected Mobile Experiences... Read More

Last month at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Big Show, the Phunware team joined Cisco as a key engagement partner for enhanced in-store mobility with Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX).

“We built mobile application integration into CMX to engage the end-users on mobile apps and mobile devices, which is a key theme for 2014 at NRF” stated Andy Greff, our VP/GM of Product during the show. “Retailers are concerned with ‘how do I get end-users to come to my store, how do I engage end-users when they do come into my store, and then how do I engage them when they leave my store to get them to come back over and over again.”

To answer this question Phunware built an entire venue solution, a turnkey mobile application infrastructure and iOS and Android application for retailers. Andy emphasized “Whether they want take our out-of-the-box solution and configure themselves or take our SDK’s and customize it within their own existing applications…venues are able engage their end-users, manage their application portfolio as well as monetize those users onsite and offsite.”

Mobility was a key element of NRF 2014 and its no wonder. Up to 28% of Internet traffic is now originating from mobile devices and tablets, and this continues to increase year over year. Venues and Retailers alike will be wise to implement strategies that put equal emphasis on mobile and their end-users mobility. Cisco’s enhanced CMX is the answer they don’t know they’re looking for…yet.

This is a quick demo video for the following Cisco CMX Components:
1. CMX App Engage
2. CMX Visitor Connect
3. CMX Analytics


Posted by Vincent Montero on Fri, Feb 07, 2014

Inphi to Present at Stifel Nicolaus 2014 Technology, Internet & Media Conference

February 5, 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif., February 5, 2014 – Inphi Corporation (NYSE: IPHI), a leading provider of high-speed mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications and computing... Read More

SANTA CLARA, Calif., February 5, 2014 – Inphi Corporation (NYSE: IPHI), a leading provider of high-speed mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications and computing markets, today announced that John Edmunds, Chief Financial Officer, will be presenting at the Stifel Nicolaus 2014 Technology, Internet & Media Conference on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:25 p.m. PT at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

This event will be available via webcast at its referenced start time. Please visit the following link to listen to the webcast: http://investors.inphi.com.
About Inphi
Inphi Corporation is a leading provider of high-speed mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications and computing markets. Inphi’s end-to-end data transport platform delivers high signal integrity at leading-edge data speeds, addressing performance and bandwidth bottlenecks in networks, from fiber to memory. Inphi’s solutions minimize latency in computing environments and enable the rollout of next-generation communications infrastructure. Inphi’s solutions provide a vital interface between analog signals and digital information in high-performance systems, such as telecommunications transport systems, enterprise networking equipment, enterprise and data center servers, and storage platforms. To learn more about Inphi, visit www.inphi.com.

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Inphi, the Inphi logo and Think fast are registered trademarks of Inphi Corporation. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

Corporate Contact:
Kim Markle
Inphi Corporation
408-217-7329
kmarkle@inphi.com

Careers

BGN Ventures, Inc. (an affiliate of Narra Venture Capital) is an exciting and innovative venture capital and high-technology consulting firm that assists entrepreneurs in the Information Technology industry. We work with leaders in the Information Technology world of the Philippines and Silicon Valley, California.

Narra-BGN is located in Alabang’s Northgate Cyberzone, a PEZA zone of innovation surrounded by call centers, high-tech companies, young vibrant people, clean air and an energetic work-environment. We offer competitive compensation and benefits with added bonus to successful, long-term employees.

Send resumes, college transcripts, and references to HR@narravc.com or fax to +63(2) 552-1177 for attention to the HR Manager.

If you are interested or simply want to be considered in the future when Narra-BGN and its partners are hiring when we start new companies or are in search of new talent, please sign-up and accomplish your profile at the Brain Gain Network website.

Brain Gain Network (BGN)

 

Initially founded to be a network for technology entrepreneurs intended to address and increase the level of high, value-added technology business in the Philippines, it has grown to accommodate and open itself to other professions such as those in government service, development work, food and agriculture, banking and consumer-manufacturing to name a few. It maintains an extensive database of a global network of Filipinos (and non-Filipinos alike) dedicated to Philippine development and progress.

BGN offers its members opportunities to:

  1. Market yourself by promoting your portfolio – talents, skills, expertise, patents and ideas.
  2. Expand your professional networks here and abroad.
  3. Build opportunities for Filipinos by venturing into projects for social and livelihood needs.
  4. Seek and gain access to a pool of industry experts.
  5. Contribute in the Philippines’ development such as public-private sector partnerships to formulate better public policies regarding trade and investments, boosting research and development, among others.

Select information and access to site applications will be made available free to all registered members while premium services will be created for corporate users such that they conduct their operations more efficiently.

We aim to make the Brain Gain Network the resource portal that will bring all Filipinos to work altogether towards a better and globally competitive Philippines.

Contact Us

Narra VC is located in the booming Alabang,
Muntinlupa City at the outskirts of Metro Manila.

Address

Unit 2202, 22nd floor
Asian Star Building
Filinvest Corporate City
Alabang, Muntinlupa 1781
Metro Manila, Philippines

Telephone

PHIL +63 (2) 552-1175
US +1 (650) 331-1134

Fax

+63 (2) 552-1177

Inquiries

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