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11.3.2014

Get to Know: Intel Capital

It makes perfect sense that one of the most successful VC firms in the world is the investment arm of the world’s largest and highest-valued chip maker.  Over the last two decades, Intel Capital climbed the VC ladder by investing over $11 billion in 1,396 companies in 57 countries.  In finance, such impactful entrepreneurial track-record wouldn’t go unnoticed. PrivCo, a leading financial intelligence company,  named Intel Capital the #1 most successful venture capital firm for three straight years (2012-2014).

While Intel Capital’s dominance is indisputable as a collective, the brains behind the firm’s success are also gaining equally notable accolades. Arvind Sodhani, Intel Capital’s President, is Global Corporate Venturing’s most powerful person in corporate VC in 2014. In the same year, Marc Yi, Managing Director at Intel Capital, also had his venture capital acumen recognized when he and Sodhani were named two of AlwaysOn’s Power Players in Digital Media.

In line with Intel’s commitment to use technology as a tool to improve lives across the globe, Intel Capital works with visionaries focused on but not limited to sectors surrounding datacenter software, internet of things (IoT), digital media, computing, security, smartphones/tablets, and wearables.

Since 1991, 209 of Intel Capital’s portfolio companies have gone public while 359 of the same participated in sizable mergers and acquisitions. According to VentureBeat, Intel Capital saw more exits in 2014 than any other VC titan including Greylock Partners, Ignition Partners, Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and even Google Ventures.

Intel Capital operates in perfect strategic alignment with Intel Corporation. As a VC firm, it contributes four differentiating factors that are instrumental in any company’s success: global reach, worldwide customer access, brand recognition, and technology expertise. This indispensable wealth of resources is key as PrecisionHawk ventures into the highly-competitive global environment and starts servicing a progressively large market sector.

“Drones hold the promise of revolutionizing many industries, some new and some very old, like farming,” said Jerry Bautista, vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Business Initiatives. “We are pleased to be working with PrecisionHawk, whose unique approach of combining versatile remote-sensing devices with powerful data analytics fits well with Intel’s strengths in hardware and software for the Internet of Things.”