dadoHBSAOC Event: What do Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise, and Incredible Investment Success Have in Common?

Members of the Harvard Club of Southern California are cordially invited to attend this special event, organized by the Harvard Business School Association of Orange County.


The answer is Dado Banatao. Dado has created not one, not two, but THREE very successful companies and invested in many more. Join us as he discusses innovation, entrepreneurship, and his passion to change a nation.

Register now through the HBSAOC website. Harvard Club members will be given the Partner club rate.

CONSIDER THIS: without Dado’s innovations, the computing power we have today would not exist! Dado is the man who invented a graphical chipset that took us from black screens with green writing to the dynamic displays we have today. Still moving, he brought GPS to consumers, and then created the PCI Bus which paved the way for “plug and play” with our computer hardware peripherals. He then conceived the concept of a “fabless” semi-conductor company, and was able to transform an entire industry by crushing the capital driven barriers to entry and making it possible for small players to enter the market; this paradigm shift naturally resulted in increased competition, technological advancements in semiconductors and massive benefits to consumers and society.

Mr. Banatao’s start-up, Chips & Technology (C&T), dramatically launched, making over $12 million in its first four months. IPOed, a follow on launch, after only 22 months, was the fastest selling stock in the US at the time with revenues of over $650 million in less than four years.

S3 Graphics, Mr. Banatao’s third company, quickly became a market leader, expanded quickly via an IPO and in less than five years, became the third most profitable company in the world, subsequently exiting via an acquisition to Intel for over $300 million less than five years later.

In 1999, Mr. Banatao started Tallwood Ventures as the sole investor, capitalizing the platform with $100 million in assets. The Tallwood platform continued the story of success: it was the early stage investor in a small start-up that, in less than a year, with fewer than 20 employees, sold for over $1 billion. Dado also invested in Marvell and owned 9% of that company when it went public.

Join us on August 29th as we visit with this incredible innovator, entrepreneur, and investor.

5:00 pm – Registration, Hors d’ouevres, and networking
6:00 pm – Fireside Chat
7:30 pm – Conclusion

$30- HBSAOC Partners Pre-Registered Online with promo code
$50- At the Door (Subject to Availability)

Click here to register through the HBSAOC website.

Free Parking available across the street at the Fashion Island Mall


Harvard Business School Association of Orange County, or (626) 427-2629

Dado Banatao is the managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital. With his past experiences as an entrepreneur, Dado provides Tallwood with a unique perspective in technology investments. Tallwood invests in unique and hard-to-do semiconductor technology solutions for computing, communication, and consumer platforms.

Prior to forming Tallwood, Dado was a venture partner at the Mayfield Fund. He co-founded three technology startups: S3 (SBLU), Chips & Technologies (INTC) and Mostron. He also held positions in engineering and general management at National Semiconductor, Seeq Technologies, Intersil and Commodore International. Dado pioneered the PC chip set and graphics acceleration architecture that continue to be two of the foundation technologies in every PC today. As an engineer, he is credited with developing several key semiconductor technologies and is regarded as a Silicon Valley visionary.

He was honored with the prestigious Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by Ernst & Young, Inc. magazine and Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services. He has been on Forbes Midas List multiple times. Dado received the highly respected Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is awarded to U.S. citizens who contribute significantly to an ethnic group or country. The Asian Business League of San Francisco bestowed its Distinguished Asian Leadership Award upon him for his leadership skills in the public, private and non-profit sectors of the community. For his tireless efforts in spreading the importance of preserving and promoting the Philippines, President Fidel V. Ramos presented Dado with the Pamana Ng Filipino Award. He was featured by ABC KGO Television in “Profiles of Excellence” honoring outstanding Bay Area Asian Pacific Americans. President Gloria Macapagal conferred the Order of the Golden Heart, rank of the Grand Cross to Dado. He is also the Philippines' first Special Envoy for Science and Technology.

Dado serves as Chairman of Ikanos (IKAN) and InPhi, and is on the board of directors of Wave Semiconductor. He also served as Chairman and led investments in SiRF Technology, acquired by CSR; (CSR); Marvell Technology Group (MRVL); Acclaim Communications, acquired by Level One (INTC); Newport Communications, acquired by Broadcom (BRCM); Cyras Systems, acquired by Ciena (CIEN); Stream Machine, acquired by Cirrus Logic (CRUS); and Wilocity, acquired by Qualcomm (QCOM).

Dado holds a B.S.E.E., cum laude, from the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.


Tuesday, 08/29/17 at 5:00pm - 7:30pm | iCal


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