Primary Role
General Partner at DCM
Stanford University
Menlo Park

Person Details


With a focus on systems, software and components, Carl Amdahl works with DCM portfolio companies to optimize technology development strategies, create strong management teams and build strategic partnerships. Carl has 25 years of experience as a senior executive in the IT industry. During this period, he was a founder of three publicly-traded companies and actively participated in raising more than $300M in private and public funding. Carl’s technical background is broad, encompassing systems architecture, networking, semiconductors and software. He is a prolific inventor and named on 29 issued United States Patents.

Carl managed DCM’s investments in Arroyo Video Solutions (acquired by Cisco), Swan Labs (acquired by F5 Networks), as well as PGP Corporation (acquired by Symantec) as well as SandForce (acquired by LSI).

Prior to joining DCM, Carl was the CTO and Board Member of F5 Networks (NASD: FFIV). F5 was one of the top-performing IPOs in 1999.

Previously, Carl operated Amdahl Associates, an independent consulting firm serving Intel, Novell and Tandem Computers.

Carl also was a founder of NetFRAME Systems and served as Chairman and in various operating roles including CTO and CEO. Carl defined the “superserver” market segment and established key technical relationships with Intel, Microsoft and Novell. NetFRAME grew to a peak of $90M in annual revenue, went public in 1992 (NASD:NETF) and was acquired by Micron Electronics (NASD:MUEI) in 1997.

Previously, Carl was a co-founder of Trilogy Systems Ltd. (NASD: TRILF) and served as Vice-Chairman and Director. Trilogy engaged in the design and development of large-scale IBM System 370 compatible mainframe computers and sophisticated wafer-scale integrated circuit technology.

Carl was also a co-founder of Magnuson Computer Systems Inc. (NASD: MCSI) and served as Executive Vice President of Engineering and Director.

He was the principal system architect and central processor design engineer for two generations of IBM System 370 compatible mainframe computers.

Mr. Amdahl is a Stanford Sloan Fellow and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in Management from Stanford University.

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