Session 3: Start-Up Business Strategies
A Discussion with Oshri Kaplan: A Technology VC Perspective
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
2:35 PM - 3:05 PM
Dr. Grupen-Shemansky is the Chief Technology Officer at SEMI for flexible electronics and advanced packaging. She leads R&D consortia and the FlexTech governing and technical councils.
Melissa has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry at various levels of management in research and development, manufacturing, business development, and technology strategy. Melissa began her career at Motorola, Semiconductor Products Sector and subsequently worked at Lucent, Bell Labs as Director of Interconnect and Design, and AMD/Spansion as Vice President of Packaging and Interconnect Technology. Prior to joining SEMI, Dr. Grupen-Shemansky was the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, Inc, a startup in 3D ICs and cybersecurity.
Dr. Grupen-Shemansky holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University. She has received various corporate and educational awards, has seven issued patents, numerous technical publications, and is a contributing author to Failure-Free Integrated Circuit Packages.
A technology focused venture capitalist, Osh has worked with numerous early stage companies on financing, partnerships and strategic growth initiatives, where he brings his passion to build and scale their businesses.
In his current role, Osh is a Partner at Silicon Foundry, a corporate innovation and venture platform that connects select corporations with top startups and emerging technologies to unlock actionable business opportunities, ranging from strategic customer relationships and partnerships, to investments, spin outs and acquisitions.
Prior to Silicon Foundry, Osh was a Managing Director of Flex Early Stage Venture Program, where he helps startups bring technologies to market that make tomorrow’s disruptive products possible.
Prior to his work at Flex, he worked at Deloitte, where he led the internal innovation and venture initiatives, and developing close ties to the Israeli VC community, focused on opportunities in enterprise software technology, big data analytics.
Osh began his investment career at Docor International Management, a Venture Capital and Private Equity firm from Israel.
Osh holds MBA degree from University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and LLB and BA degrees from IDC Herzliya in Israel.