Primary Role
General Partner at InterWest Partners
Stanford University

Person Details


Flip Gianos has been part of InterWest's IT team since 1982. With a background in engineering, he has invested in multiple areas of information technology, including semiconductors, computing and networking equipment, and infrastructure and applications software.

He is chairman of the board of Xilinx (XLNX), a publicly held company, and is a board member of several privately held companies, including Convey Computer, Microfabrica, Nanostim and Pelican Imaging.

Flip is also actively involved in InterWest's investments in AMEC and Brite Semiconductor, serves on the advisory board of Storm Ventures II, and is a past president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists.

Prior to joining InterWest, Flip was with IBM for eight years in engineering management. He managed both chip design and systems integration for several IBM office automation products.

Flip earned his M.B.A. from Harvard University and received his M.S. and B.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He has one international and two U.S. patents.

Prior Investments: (Acquired by Valassis in 2012) CIENA (IPO 1997, CIEN), Copper Mountain Networks (IPO 1999, CMTN), Edify (IPO 1996, EDFY), Kalpana (Acquired by Cisco in 1994), Lightera (Acquired by CIENA in 1999), Nanogen (IPO 1998, NGEN), Network Computing Devices (IPO 1992, NCDI), PlaceWare (Acquired by Microsoft in 2003), Power Integrations (IPO 1997, POWI), Ramp Networks (IPO 1999, RAMP), Rendition (Acquired by Micron in 1998), RocketCash (Acquired by NetZero in 2000), SiTerra (Acquired by Vitesse in 2000), SpectraLinear (Acquired by Silicon Labs in 2011), Stratacom (Acquired by Cisco in 1992)

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