Betting On Power And Deep Learning

Jim Hogan, managing partner of Vista Ventures, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about what investments deliver the biggest returns, how quickly, and why there are so few investors in some big growth areas. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: What are you investing in these days and why? Hogan: I have about 15 active deals right now. I generally invest in things that interest me and have four attributes. One, it needs to be a big market. Two, it has to be disruptive and serve the market in a sustainable way—or a way I can protect it, meaning I want patents around it. Third is what the team looks like. Sometimes I will invest in the team irrespective of the market. And fourth, I look at…


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