Ford Tamer joined Khosla Ventures in September 2007 as an Operating Partner, investing and assisting to grow companies in cleantech and IT. At Khosla Ventures, he focuses on breakthroughs in mechanical and electrical efficiency, solar and IT. Ford has led Khosla Ventures’ investments in and is on the board of EcoMotors, Kaai, PVT, Ramu, Soraa, and Topanga. He also led Khosla Ventures’ investment in Firefly, and is on the boards of BNT, eASIC and PAX Streamline.
Prior to that, Ford was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the $1.2 billion Enterprise Networking Group at Broadcom. During his five years with the company, he grew the networking semiconductor business four fold to leading market share at tier one customers worldwide.
Ford co-founded and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Agere, Inc., a semiconductor manufacturer, until it was acquired by Lucent Microelectronics for $430 million. Following the acquisition, he served as Vice President of the Processing, Aggregation and Switching business unit at Lucent’s Agere Systems. Prior to founding Agere, he was part of the founding executive team at Dazel Corporation, which was acquired by HP, and MegaKnowledge, which was acquired by IntelliCorp.
Ford earned a Ph.D. and Masters of Science in engineering from MIT. He is an avid skier and on-again, off-again tri-athlete.