Wu-Fu Chen, managing member and co-founder of SVT Angels, is a renowned serial entrepreneur and investor. Mr. Chen founded more than a dozen high tech companies including Cascade Communications where he was the founder and vice president of engineering. In 1994 he steered Cascade through its IPO, being instrumental in the company’s acquiring over $10 billion in capitalization. Most recently, he was a vice president at Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) where he led their integrated voice, data, and video access product development. Mr. Chen has served as chairman and CEO of leading edge start-ups such as Ardent Communications (acquired by Cisco Systems) and Arris Networks (acquired by Ascend Communications) (NASDAQ:ASND). He has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and chosen one of the top ten entrepreneurs of 2000 by Red Herring. Light Reading once called Wu-Fu Chen the “most influential person” in optical networking.
Mr. Chen received an MSEE from the University of Florida in 1976 and a BSEE from National Taiwan University in 1972. From 1976 to 1977 he was in the doctoral program in computer science at UC Berkeley.
Mr. Chen is actively involved in the development of portfolio companies and plays an important role in attracting deals as well as top talent to Acorn Campus Ventures and its portfolio companies.