fnMentoring functions accelerate your startup and expand your high-tech network through mentoring sessions with founders and featured guest experts. Functions are free to members but require your RSVP. If you are not a member you can apply here. Next week’s featured guest will be:Lak Ananth, Director, Corporate Development at Hewlett-Packard
Name: Lak Ananth
Lak leads corporate development for the Cloud and Enterprise groups at Hewlett-Packard (HP). In this role, he is responsible for developing strategies and driving all aspects of M&A for businesses with over $35 billion in revenue. Prior to joining HP, Lak worked in the corporate development at Cisco Systems. There, he led multiple transactions including acquisitions,investments, joint ventures, and divestitures. Most notably, he led the $2.9 billion acquisition of Starent Networks. Before Cisco, Lak was a venture capital investor in Silicon Valley, where he participated in investments in several companies such as Cortina Systems, Digital Chocolate, IMVU, Jasper Wireless, and Open-Silicon. Earlier, he was a Director with Cambridge Technology Partners, managing product development teams. Lak earned an MBA, with Distinction, from INSEAD, and holds an MS in Electrical Engineering. He is a member of the Society of Kauffman Fellows, an elite group of the world’s most promising venture investors.
Hewlett-Packard is the world’s largest technology company. Hewlett-Packard brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure at the convergence of the cloud and connectivity, creating seamless, secure, context-aware experiences for a connected world.
fnMentoring is on Wednesday, September 5th beginning at 10:30 am. RSVP here to participate in this event.
Location: First Republic Bank
Street: 2550 Sand Hill Road Suite 100
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