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Srinivasa Rao Kakumanu
CEO & Co-Founder

Mr. Srinivas Kakumanu (commonly referred to as "KS") comes with more than 20+ years of experience in the Semiconductor industry sector. Not only has he co-founded First Pass Semiconductors Pvt Ltd in December, 2010, but over the past 20+ years, KS has been involved in more than 90 ASIC tape outs with respect to Communication, Networking, Consumer and Computing industries. Before First Pass KS worked as a General Manager for the VLSI group at InfoTech Enterprises in India. Even before that, KS worked for TTM inc., San Jose, US; TTM India (TTM was acquired by Infotech in Sept, 2008) Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad, India; Ikanos Communications, Fremont, US; QualCore Logic Ltd, India and HAL, Hyderabad, India etc.

KS also stays in touch with his professional teaching side by actively teaching Digital Design and Physical Design at Institute of Silicon Systems Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad, India. KS has worked in the US for about 7 years between 2000-2007 with TTM inc., and Ikanos Communications.

He has earned his degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University College of Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.

Giri Kondaveeti
GM Operations

Giri KondaveetiGiri has over 15 years of experience in the field of Management and Business development in VLSI industry and is an expertise on the operations front. Prior to Co-founding First Pass Semiconductors, he has worked with InfoTech Enterprises Limited and TTM India Pvt Ltd under the position of GM-Operations. He holds a bachelor's degree from Osmania University.

Presently he takes care of Human Resource, Finance, IT and Business Development at First pass and is also in charge of the operations and management at Institute of Silicon Systems.

Advisory Team

Bhanuprakash Cherukuri
Founder, Cherukuri Ventures

Mr. Bhanuprakash Cherukuri is one of our most accomplished technology executives. In a booming career more than 25 years, Bhanu has acquired major achievements in product development as well as management functions. Most recently he has managed executive responsibilities as Chief Strategy Officer and President – Strategic Initiatives at Infotech Enterprises Ltd (now known as Cyient Ltd.) where he brought up the setting for the hitech business unit among other achievements and also as Chief Executive Officer for Infotech Enterprises Information Technology Services Pvt. Ltd. Bhanu founded Cherukuri Ventures in Sep 2012 to focus on strategic management services and other entrepreneurial interests.

Bhanu is an inspiration who sets revolutionary growth aspirations, and motivates the teams to accomplish their goals with smooth and uniform regularity. He has a keen sense of curiosity and a deep understanding of the science & technology development process. Bhanu has extensive experience in providing products and services to the hitech industries like semiconductors and telecom, and established and nurtured relationships with several fortune 500 and global 500 enterprises.

Bhanu is an engineer with specializing in Computer Science from College of Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad and has done his postgraduation in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.


Venkata Simhadri
C.E.O Gigacom Semiconductor LLC

Mr.Simhadri has more than 24 years' experience in the Semiconductor Industry with a main focus on CAD, Physical design/Timing closure and Analog Layout.

Simhadri has worked at Integrated Device Technology (IDT) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) before founding Time To Market Inc., in 1998. Over the subsequent ten years, TTM became one of the leading ASIC design services company in Silicon Valley, with offices in San Jose, CA and Hyderabad/Bangalore, India. Time To Market Inc was acquired by Infotech Enterprises in 2008, a leading, global engineering design Services Company headquartered in India. Venkata continued to work for Infotech until 2012 and expanded the team to be one of the largest ASIC/ Embedded design services groups in the industry.

Santiago Fernandez-Gomez
Director of Design Engineering, Genia Technologies

Mr. Santiago Fernandez-Gomez has 20 years of experience in the Semiconductor Industry. He has managed some of the most complex and successful SoC designs in the Industry. Currently he leads Design and Platform architecture at Geniachip (A subsidiary of Roche Molecular Systems), developing the next generation silicon-based single-molecule-detect DNA sequencing technology. Before that, when he worked for Apple Inc. he led various groups in the development of SoCs for their iPhone and iPad product lines, and several SoC initiatives at AMD Inc. for their high-performance processors unit. His broad Industry background extends from Semiconductor Process Technology, Physical Design, and DFT, to Microprocessors, GPUs, Image Sensors, and Biotechnology. As a former consulting faculty at Stanford University, he actively collaborates with the University through co-authored papers and consultant in research activities.

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