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Faysal Sohail: Demystifying Venture Capital

Event Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010, 6:00 pm to 8:10 pm, LKSC

Profile of Faysal Sohail

Managing Director of CMEA Capital

Faysal Sohail is a venture capitalist at CMEA Capital in San Francisco, CA. Since joining the firm in 2002 as a Managing Director, he has led venture capital funding to several key start-ups in both the energy and technology sectors. He currently serves on the board of directors of AirTight Networks, Applied Wave Research, Danotek Motion Technologies, Evolution Robotics, Multigig, Pyxis Technology, Solaria Corporation and Symwave.

Before joining CMEA, Faysal helped to build three companies: Cadabra Design Automation, Silicon Architects and Actel Corporation (ACTL). Faysal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), where he also served on the College of Engineering Advisory Board (CEAB). Faysal currently serves on the Advisory Board of IVIE (Illinois Venture Investors & Entrepreneurs Forum).

Faysal?s support of entrepreneurialism is not only focused in Silicon Valley, but it extends globally. In spring 2010, Faysal was honored to serve as a delegate at President Barack Obama?s Summit on Entrepreneurship where 50 nations were represented by delegates chosen to promote global entrepreneurship. Faysal is a Charter Member of Silicon Valley?s OPEN, an organization dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and business leadership in the Pakistani-American community. In October 2010, Faysal was a member of the Silicon Valley Trade Mission to Russia to look for investment opportunities and to promote collaboration globally.

When he is not building companies, Faysal pursues a second passion - education, which he believes is the only true economic equalizer in the world. His work in education revolves around two specific goals: getting students in the developed world to college and students in the developing world to become computer literate. Faysal serves as Chairman of the Board of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, which is an organization dedicated to transforming Silicon Valley into a model for enhancing public education by leveraging partnerships and resources for public education so all students can realize their full potential. Faysal has dedicated time and resources to building computer institutes to help thousands of children in small villages inemerging countries in Asia and in Africa to become computer literate.

In his free time, you might see Faysal as a guest lecturer at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley or spending some much-coveted time with his wife and four children at their home in Silicon Valley.

Discussion topics include:

Faysal has kindly agreed to share his valuable time and insights with postdoctoral researchers at Stanford, where he will talk about how to think like a Venture Capitalist.