Saturday, June 30, 2007 Intel's VC arm gets more aggressive

"Sodhani is turning the chip maker's sprawling investment arm - one of the world's largest and most active corporate venture capital organizations - in a dramatic new direction.
Once a back-seat investor that let others "lead," or structure deals, Intel Capital is displaying a new aggressiveness.
It is stepping more nimbly, spending more money and shedding its reputation for slow decision-making. It also expects to improve profits.
While the new, faster pace may someday set the standard for other corporate VCs, it already is attracting the notice of dealmakers up and down Sand Hill Road, the main artery of Silicon Valley's thriving venture capital business.
Intel Capital invested in more U.S. deals last year than several local VC heavyweights, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital."

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