Mike Farmwald, General
Farmwald is a serial entrepreneur with one of the most successful track
records in Silicon Valley. Known for his unique combination of computer
engineering skill and market vision, Mike has founded six companies to
date, five of which were financed in part by Benchmark Capital, where he
is a Venture Partner.
Mike is probably best known for cofounding
Rambus Inc., a
developer of high-bandwidth interfaces for memories and other chips.
After founding the company in 1990, Mike served as Vice
President and Chief Scientist, overseeing the development of several key
innovations, including the 1992 introduction of the world's first 4 Mbit
In 1993, Mike cofounded Chromatic Research, a privately
held developer of media processors for the PC industry. Mike served on the
board of Chromatic Research until the company was acquired by ATI Technologies in November
1998. In 1996, Mike cofounded Epigram, creator of advanced semiconductor
home networking technology, which helped revolutionize high-speed
networking connectivity within the home. Epigram was acquired by Broadcom in April 1999.
In late 1997, Mike cofounded Matrix Semiconductor, a pre-IPO
start-up backed by Skymoon, Benchmark and Microsoft, among others.
Prior to his success at Rambus, Mike founded FTL in 1986. FTL, an
ECL supercomputing company, merged with MIPS in the same year. At MIPS, Mike
served as Chief Scientist for High End Systems. Following his experience
at MIPS, Mike was an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer
Engineering at the University of Illinois.
Mike holds a BS degree
in Mathematics from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from
Stanford University. He currently sits on the boards of Rambus (Nasdaq: RMBS), Matrix Semiconductor, and Circumnav Networks.
Mike's email is firstname.lastname@example.org and his personal
website is http://www.farmwald.com/.