For more than two decades Krish has built successful technology businesses which have created multi-billion dollar markets, and he has led companies through explosive revenue growth and global expansion. In the last 6 years, as both a General Partner at the GXO venture firm and privately, his investments of both financing and mentoring, have build companies such as, Prysm, mBlox, Altierre, Oberon Media, Teknovus (sold to Broadcom), Stratalight (sold to Opnext), Dilithium Networks (sold to OnMobile), ReachLocal (IPO in May, 2010), enLighted, PINC Solutions, Silverback Learning Solutions and Sand Hill Finance.
From 1999 to 2007 he was Chairman, CEO and President of @Road, Inc., a worldwide leader in Mobile Resource Management solutions. Mr. Panu built the start-up company from 1998, raised more than $80 million in venture funding and brought it through a successful IPO in 2000 and a successful secondary offering in 2003. In the years to follow, Mr. Panu successfully acquired and integrated several companies into @Road. Under his leadership, @Road became one of the first profitable Software As A Service companies (SaaS). In February, 2007, Mr. Panu successfully negotiated and completed a merger between @Road and Trimble Navigation Ltd. for almost half a billion dollars.
Prior to @Road, Mr. Panu served as Vice President and General Manager of the Logic Products division of semiconductor manufacturer Atmel Corporation, where he directed the engineering, manufacturing, software development and marketing groups. Prior to Atmel, Mr. Panu held executive sales and marketing roles at Catalyst Semiconductor, Datapoint Corporation and Xicor.
Through his many experiences in building successful technology businesses, Mr. Panu has developed a broad network of relationships in venture capital, investment banking and entrepreneur communities. Additionally, Mr. Panu serves as President of Panu Foundation, a nonprofit corporation which provides grants to educational institutions and supports healthcare research and other charitable activities around the world.
Mr. Panu holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. in Computer Engineering and an M.B.A. from Wayne State University in Michigan.