1999 Honoree - Kamran Elahian
Chairman & Co-Founder, Global Catalyst Partners
Kamran Elahian is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur with over 23 years of experience in the hi-tech industry. In a single year, he co-founded Actelis Networks, Inc., Global Catalyst Partners, cahoots.com, and KangarooNet.
He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of NeoMagic, a multimedia semiconductor company which launched a $300 million IPO in its fourth year, PlanetWeb, an internet communication software company, and Centillium Communications, a telecommunication IC company developing X-DSL broadband solutions.
In addition to his business success, Kamran is Founder, Co-Chairman, and major benefactor of Schools Online, a nonprofit organization that has brought Internet access to over 5,000 schools in disadvantaged areas of 45 states and 10 countries. Born in Tehran, Iran, Kamran immigrated to the U.S. in 1972 and received a B.S. in computer science, a B.S. in mathematics, and a Master of Engineering in computer graphics from the University of Utah.
He was named "Master Entrepreneur" at the Northern California 1999 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in San Francisco.