Kamran Elahian

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Kamran Elahian
کامران الهیان
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NationalityIranian American
Spouse(s)Zohre Elahian

Kamran Elahian (Persian: کامران الهیان‎) is an Iranian-American entrepreneur who is the chairman and co-founder of Global Catalyst Partners, an international, multistage, technology-oriented venture capital firm. GCP has invested in leading-edge technology companies in the U.S., China, Japan and Israel. Kamran serves on the boards of Actelis Networks, Beceem Communications, iKoa and SoundHound.

Early life and education[edit]

Kamran was born in Tehran in 1954. He immigrated to the United States before the Iranian Revolution. He received a B.Sc. in Computer Science, a B.Sc. in Mathematics (at the age of twenty) and a Master of Engineering degree in Computer Graphics from the University of Utah.


Global Catalyst Partners[edit]

A veteran entrepreneur with over 29 years of experience in the high-tech industry. Kamran co-founded 10 companies: CAE Systems (’81) acquired by Tektronix for $75M; Cirrus Logic (’84) IPO at $150M valuation/achieved market cap of over $3.5B; Momenta (’89) failed; NeoMagic (’93) IPO at $300M valuation/achieved market cap of over $600M; finally sold for less than $50m after investing hundreds of million in the company, PlanetWeb (’96) acquired by MTI in 2009 for less than $10m; Centillium Communications (’97) IPO at $700M valuation/achieved market cap of over $4B, sold for less than $15m; Actelis Networks (’99) a broadband communications systems company; Informative (’99) failed; Entropia (’99) failed; Gre field Networks (’01) - failed in 2006.

Global Catalyst Foundation[edit]

He is also chairman and co-founder of Global Catalyst Foundation. Global Catalyst Foundation is a private foundation established by the principals of Global Catalyst Partners. Its mission is to improve peoples' lives through the effective application of information technologies.

Kamran is Co-Chair of UNGAID, The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID) is a United Nations global forum that comprehensively addresses cross-cutting issues related to ICT in development.

Kamran is Chairman Emeritus of Relief International-Schools Online, a humanitarian Nonprofit organization that provides emergency relief, rehabilitation, development assistance, and program services to vulnerable communities worldwide. Schools-Online is a non-profit public charity organization with the goal to bring the Internet to disadvantaged schools in the world (to-date 6,400 schools in over 36 countries); founded by Kamran in 1996 and merged with Relief International in 2003.

Leadership, Mentorship and Social Impact[edit]

In 2013, Kamran was a mentor for Unreasonable at Sea, a technology business accelerator for social entrepreneurs seeking to scale their ventures in international markets. Founded by Unreasonable Group, Semester at Sea, and Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.[1]


In December 2006, The Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award which recognizes individuals for their exceptional contributions to drive the development, innovation, growth and long-term opportunities for the fabless semiconductor industry was presented to Kamran.


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