Breaking Barriers

Founded in Switzerland by Dr. Amin Shokrollahi, a university professor at EPFL and renowned mathematician, we're answering that very question by revolutionizing wired connectivity. To do so, we must break barriers. To do so, we must fly in the face of traditional thinking and convention, much like our spirit animal, the humble bee. It shouldn't be able to fly. Its wings are too small, its body is too big and yet fly it does; achieving what shouldn't be possible. It is this spirit we operate with when pollinating new ideas and seeking true innovation. Bees were even the inspiration for our name — Kandou means "beehive" in Farsi.

The collaborative approach found in beehives extends to our relationships with customers, investors and Tier 1 suppliers. We want to evolve the semiconductor and electronics industries to become the I/O engine behind the world's biggest brands. Unlocking the power of your technology. We Kandou it.

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Senior Management

Dr. Amin Shokrollahi

CEO & Founder

Dr. Amin Shokrollahi

CEO & Founder

Amin has been at the forefront of research in information communication for the last 20 years. A Fellow of IEEE, he has published 150+ papers, and has 150+ granted and filed patents in the area of information transmission.

Amin was the Chief Scientist of Digital Fountain, a company specializing in the transmission of data on unreliable networks, which was acquired by Qualcomm, Inc., in 2009. Amin also invented Raptor codes, a class of codes that has been standardized by 3GPP,DVB, IPTV, and other standards bodies. He is the co-recipient of the 2002 IEEE Information Theory Society best paper award, the co-recipient of the 2008 IEEE Eric E. Sumner award, and the recipient of the 2008 joint IEEE information theory and communication theory society best paper award as well as the 2014 ISSCC Jan van Vessem Award for Outstanding European Paper presented at the ISSCC.

In 2012, Amin was awarded the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, one of the most prestigious awards of the IEEE.

Frank Lavety

General Manager

Frank Lavety

General Manager

Frank joined Kandou in October 2018 as VP Operations responsible for building Kandou’s fabless manufacturing operations. In September 2019, Frank assumed the role of General Manager, leading engineering, manufacturing and the commercialization of Kandou’s products.

After 7 years with the medical device manufacturer Haemonetics Corporation, Frank returned to the UK from Boston joining Wolfson Microelectronics in 2001, a fabless semiconductor start-up based in Edinburgh. Wolfson successfully IPO’d on the FTSE in 2003, eventually reaching a market cap of £1bn. During his 10 years at Wolfson, Frank established manufacturing capabilities to support revenues of $231m per annum and as VP Operations led a team capable of shipping billions of mixed signal IC’s to the world’s largest consumer electronics brands, establishing Wolfson as a world leading brand in audio technologies.

In 2012, Frank joined Adlens Ltd, an Oxford University spin out, developing adaptive lens technologies used in AR/VR applications. During Frank's 7 years at Adlens he was SVP Operations, COO and CEO. Frank has a Bachelor's Degree with Honors and a MBA from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Anant Singh

VP of Engineering

Anant Singh

VP of Engineering

Anant is responsible for Engineering operations at Kandou. He was Product Design Manager at Innovative Silicon S.A., responsible for the development and deployment of Z-RAM® based memory IP for both the embedded and DRAM markets. The technology was licensed by AMD and Hynix Semiconductor and the company was acquired by Micron Technologies in 2010.

Anant started his career at Intel Corporation in 1998 where as Senior Member of Technical Staff he was instrumental in productization of Low Voltage Swing technology on Pentium® 4. He has designed caches and custom high speed ALU components on various generations of Intel Pentium® III and Core™ microprocessors.

Anant has 15 granted and pending patent applications and several publications in IEEE JSSC, ISSCC and VLSI. He holds an M.S.E.E. from University of Washington, Seattle and a B.S.E.E. from Delhi University.

Subhash Roy

VP of Product Management

Subhash Roy

VP of Product Management

Subhash heads up Product Management at Kandou. Prior to joining Kandou, he has help launch new product categories including Mobile Application Acceleration at Kwicr, and Packet over Glass (APM). He has had many senior executive roles at multiple startups and public companies including Kwicr, AMCC, Cape Semiconductor, Kodiak Venture Partners, and TranSwitch Corp, and has served as either a board member or advisers for multiple private venture backed companies.

Subhash has 33 granted and pending patent applications. He holds a M.S. in Bio-Medical Engineering and a B.S. in Material Science both from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Jeff McGuire

VP of Business Development

Jeff McGuire

VP of Business Development

Jeff leads Kandou’s Business Development efforts focused on all aspects of selling our devices and licensing our technology to our customers. Prior to Kandou, Jeff was a Director of Business Development focused on IP and technology licensing for Rambus.

Jeff’s technology career started at HP where he was responsible for supplier management for LaserJet® printer ASICs and microprocessors, including sourcing of microprocessor cores from Motorola, AMD, Intel and ARM for HP’s first integrated SoC solutions. Following Agilent Technologies’ spin-off from HP in the late 1990s, Jeff helped the networking/computing ASIC business extend to new external customers including Cisco. Jeff also owned worldwide sales of EDA tools and IP solutions for enterprise customers while at Cadence. Jeff holds a B.A. in Accounting and had extensive experience in Finance and Operations prior to his technical career. He also holds an MBA from Arizona State University.

Overall, Jeff brings to Kandou more than 25 years of experience building partnerships across semiconductor and IP ecosystems.

Brian Holden

VP of Standards

Brian Holden

VP of Standards

Brian is responsible for the standards strategy of Kandou. Brian was a co-founder of StrataCom, a frame relay and ATM switching equipment company that was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1996 for 4 Billion USD. Brian was the founder and CEO of Network Synthesis, which was acquired by IgT in 1996, where Brian remained as CTO. IgT was acquired by PMC-Sierra in 1998, where Brian remained until 2007, serving as their Director of Standards. He is active at the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), IEEE802.3 and the OCP. He has been active in many other standards efforts including several at JEDEC and served as Fellow, Technical Chair & President of the Hypertransport Consortium. He has written three books.

Brian has 47 issued U.S. Patents. He holds a Bachelor of Science with highest honors in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Davis and an MBA from Cornell University, where he took most of his electives in EE & CS. He has also completed 1000 lecture hours of continuing education.  Brian lives in Silicon Valley.

Bob Irvine

Chief IP Counsel

Bob Irvine

Chief IP Counsel

Robert leads Kandou’s intellectual property group and is responsible for curating and enforcing all aspects of Kandou’s IP.  After working as an engineer in Motorola’s Corporate Research labs, Robert began his legal career at the Chicago law firm of Niro Scavone Haller & Niro. He was also an equity partner at MBHB in Chicago, prior to starting up a new in-house patent prosecution team at InterDigital Communications in the Philadelphia area. Robert has both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from Northwestern University.

Karen Lathaen

Head of HR

Karen Lathaen

Head of HR

As head of Human Resources, Karen is responsible for the development of Kandou’s global HR strategy and organizational development through people, technology and compliance. Karen brings to Kandou more than 20 years of professional HR experience, building strong relationships and developing exceptional careers across the semiconductor industry.

Before joining Kandou, Karen was HR Director, UK & Ireland for the global, semiconductor design and manufacturing company Texas Instruments Limited (TI). Whilst at TI, Karen was instrumental in shaping the long-term direction of this multi-billion-dollar, international organization by adapting HR strategy, policies, procedures and the organizational development to a constantly changing environment.

Karen holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management, and is trained to British Psychological Society (BPS) level B+ as well as being Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) accredited