The radio show is Startups: The Vital Seeds of the Electronics Industry. It’s like a webinar but with a panel of experienced executives whom I will question and moderate the discussion. I have some questions of my own but I expect EE Times readers and listeners could come up with many more. So please send them along and I will try and pick the best.

The panelists are Dan Armbrust, CEO of Silicon Catalyst LLC (San Jose, Calif.), Stan Boland, former CEO of Neul Ltd. and Icera Inc., and Andrew Kau, managing director of venture capital firm Walden International.

This is a great line up with Walden International being one of relatively few venture capital firms that have kept faith with the hardware sector and that has broad overseas experience, including in China. Stan Boland has been CEO of three startup companies all successfully sold on. These were: Element 14, a spin-off from Acorn Computers sold to Broadcom in 2000, Icera Inc. sold to Nvidia in 2011 and most recently Neul Ltd. sold to Huawei in 2014.

Dan Armbrust is an experienced executive having previously served as CEO of Sematech, the US-based non-profit consortium that performs research and development to advance chip manufacturing. Before that Armbrust had a long career in manufacturing with IBM.

Armbrust’s Silicon Catalyst is a recently formed incubator/accelerator organization for startups in the semiconductor area that is backed by the Synopsys, TSMC, IMEC, Keysight Technologies, Advantest, PDF Solutions and Autodesk. The goal is reduce the cost of silicon entrepreneurship by supplying facilities, tools, mentors, networking and marketing acumen. And on top of all that the group expects to be able to provide funds.

The radio show takes place at 10am Pacific Summer Time, 6pm British Summer Time and 7pm Central European Time on Tuesday September 8 and you have to be registered and log-in to be able to hear it. And if you have any startup- and entrepreneurship-related questions you can send them to me at or go to the radio show page ahead of time and jot them down.

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