Intel Capital

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Intel Capital is a division of Intel Corporation, set up to manage Corporate venture capital, global investment, mergers and acquisitions. Intel Capital makes equity investments in a range of technology startups and companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, mobility, consumer Internet, digital media and semiconductor manufacturing.


Intel Capital was set up in 1991 by Les Vadasz, and Avram Miller.[1] It was originally called Corporate Business Development or CBD. At that time, the company mainly invested in American companies, and in 1998 95% of investment was in the USA. Over time, investment in non-US companies increased, and by 2012 international investments accounted for about 57%. Intel Capital has invested more than US$10.8 billion in over 1,280 companies in 54 countries.[2] In that timeframe over 200 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and more than 325 were acquired or participated in a merger.[3]

In 2014, Intel Capital has 26 offices around the world. Countries include Belgium, Brazil,[4] China, India,[5] Germany, Ireland, Japan, Israel, Nigeria,[6] Poland,[7] Russia,[8] Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey,[9] UK, USA

Notable Investments[edit]

Intel Capital has made a number of well reported investments around the globe. These include Actions Semiconductor,[10] AlterGeo,[11] AVG,[12] Bellrock Media,[13] Box,[14] Broadcom,[15] Cloudera,[16] CNET, Citrix Systems, Elpida Memory, Gaikai,[17] Gigya,[18],[19] Inktomi, Insyde Software,[20] Integrant Technologies, Kingsoft,[21] LogMeIn,,[22] Marvell, Mellanox, MongoDB,[23] MySQL,[24] NIIT, PCCW, Red Hat,[25], Research in Motion (Blackberry),[26] Saffron Technology,[27] Sasken,[28] Smart Technologies,[29] Sonda,[30], TechFaith,[31] VMware and WebMD. In 2014 Intel Capital has made $62 Mn investment in 16 tech startups,[32]


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  8. ^ "Intel Capital Crosses into Russia". CNET. May 15, 2003. 
  9. ^ "Intel Capital Branches into Turkey". Financial News. June 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Intel Capital invests in Chinese Tech Firms". EE Times. 2006-06-26. 
  11. ^ "Unnamed Russian Banks Are Using AlterGeo’s Location Data For Credit Ratings". TechCrunch. 2014-04-23. 
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  13. ^ "BellRock Media Sounds its Horn". Wireless Week. March 2, 2007. 
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  17. ^ Leena, Rao (July 20, 2010). "Intel Capital Invests In Cloud-Based Game Streaming Service Gaikai". TechCrunch. 
  18. ^ Ha, Anthony November 4, 2014 Techcrunch. "Intel Capital Leads $35M Investment In Social Login Service Gigya"
  19. ^ Lokeshwarri, S.K. (November 16, 2011). "Intel Capital homes in on three Indian start-ups for investment". 
  20. ^ Wauters, Robin (November 22, 2011). "Intel Capital Invests $10M In Customized Android Distributions, Firmware Maker Insyde". TechCrunch. 
  21. ^ "Kingsoft Gains USD72mn Venture Capital". TMC.Net. August 23, 2006. 
  22. ^ "Intel Capital leads EUR10m investment in". Private Equity Wire. September 17, 2009. 
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  24. ^ "Intel, SAP among VCs investing $18.5M in MySQL". InfoWorld. February 13, 2006. 
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  26. ^ "Venture Capital: Should Intel Stick to Its Day Job?". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. October 14, 2001. 
  27. ^ "Saffron pulls in $7M to process data like a super-speedy human". VentureBeat. March 20, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Intel Capital pumps in more money in Sasken, Tejas". Silicon India News. September 8, 2004. 
  29. ^ Saitto, Serena (December 9, 2009). "Smart Technologies Said to Hire Banks for IPO in 2010 (Update1)". Bloomberg. 
  30. ^ "Sonda Raises $215 Million". PEHub (Reuters). November 4, 2006. 
  31. ^ "Techfaith Wireless (CNTF): Designed for success?". Seeking Alpha. April 13, 2005. 
  32. ^ "Intel Capital invests $62M in 16 tech startups". VentureBeat. November 5, 2014. 

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