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Semiconductor, Hardware & Networking Business Plan Development

Our experience in semiconductors, hardware, and networking spans the following areas:

Semiconductor, Hardware & Networking Business Plan Development
  • Cellular Networking Equipment
  • Circuit Design Equipment
  • Computer Hardware & Peripherals
  • Data Centers
  • Displays & Monitors
  • Graphics Chip Sets
  • Integrated Circuits & Microprocessors
  • Mobile Devices
  • Network Security Appliances
  • Networking Equipment
  • Optical Networking Equipment
  • Scientific Instrumentation
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment
  • Semiconductors & Semiconductor Materials

Semiconductor, Hardware & Networking Industry Experience

Our experience in various hardware-related fields, either as consultants, entrepreneurs, or employees in the industry, includes the following:

  • Semiconductor Equipment: Developed the business plan and presentation slide deck to help a semiconductor equipment startup raise financing for a new radiation source that would be used in the production of advanced semiconductors. The plan consisted of the sales/marketing plan and strategy, financial analysis, technical roadmap, and strategic partners needed to have a successful product line.
  • Semiconductor Industry Long-range Forecast: Prepared long-range forecasts for the semiconductor industry and its demand for silicon wafers. These forecasts were the basis for long-range investments in new manufacturing facilities by MEMC, then the world’s largest manufacturer of silicon wafers for the semiconductor industry.
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment: Prepared initial financial plans for Applied Photonics Research, Inc., a manufacturer of specialty cleaning equipment, based on proprietary ozone technology, for use in the fabrication of integrated circuits.
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Supplies: Wrote business and financial plans for California Quartzware Corporation, which was developing a revolutionary concept for making the quartz boats which hold integrated circuit wafers during the fabrication process.
  • Semiconductor Business Acquisition: Prepared the plan for the possible acquisition of MEMC, then the largest supplier of silicon wafers to the semiconductor industry, by a private group led by former MEMC senior executives.
  • Semiconductor Business Divestiture: Planed and managed all financial aspects of the divestiture of Monsanto Corporation’s LED device and gallium-arsenide materials business units. Divestiture included major manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Malaysia, and a worldwide marketing effort. Final price exceeded Board approval by approximately 10%.
  • Graphics Systems vendor: Advised founders on raising first equity capital, including business plan preparation, investor presentations, and product strategies. Company successfully capitalized and shipping first products.
  • Analog Gate-Array ICs: As interim Chief Operating Officer, stabilized operations and led launch of 3rd generation products while CEO focused on raising new investment capital.
  • Society for Information Displays: As Executive Director, led restructuring of headquarters operations, cutting operating budgets for international non-profit, while improving member services.
  • OLED Flat-Panel Displays: As division GM, led commercial sales efforts for new FPD technology aimed at cellular phone applications.
  • Graphics Chip-set vendor: As interim VP of Sales & Marketing, led restructuring and commercial re-launch of graphics chip-sets for notebook PC market.
  • Analog Building Block ICs: As interim VP of Marketing, led marketing and marketing communications efforts for early leader in analog building blocks, leading to its divestiture and sale to US-based leader.
  • Cellular Service Divestiture: Prepared private placement documents, including market research, financial modeling and operating plans to support MBO of Asian operations from leading US cellular service provider.
  • Graphics Workstation: Founded graphics workstation company to serve high performance visual simulation and location-based entertainment markets. Using PC platforms with custom-designed graphics adapters, developed systems offering Silicon Graphics performance at PC prices. Developed OpenGL libraries to support customer application development.
  • Japanese IC vendor: As VP of Marketing for US operations, led major restructuring and streamlining initiatives, resulting in sales increase of over $400M in 3 years. Reorganized into strategic business units and refocused sales networks to improve customer service. Developed early CRM system based on Lotus Notes.
  • PC Completion Chip-sets: As CEO, successfully raised capital and launched chip-sets to serve the 386SX platform from Intel. Won several design wins in Far East leading to use in production systems from PC industry leaders. Sold company to Taiwanese PC company.
  • Gate-Array Commercial Launch: As VP of Sales & Marketing, led commercial launch of industry’s highest pin count and densest gate count arrays. Pioneered first gate array logic synthesis tool suite to support user designs for major companies in the computer and workstation segments. Company bought by Japanese gate-array company.
  • Microprocessor Development and Commercial Launch: Led efforts to develop market launch for industry’s first RISC microprocessor in parallel with first tape-out. Landed engagement with large MNC resulting in first commercial sales when prototypes were ready.
  • Microprocessor Development Systems: As division GM of MNC, led development, manufacturing and marketing of customer development systems for micros and digital signal processors. Developed proprietary logic analyzers, SW operating systems and language compilers.
  • Optical Telecommunications Equipment: Developed a business plan, financial forecast, investor presentation, and supporting materials for a startup that developed new polymer-based optical components for telecommunication applications.
  • Optical Telecommunications Infrastructure: Developed a business plan, financial forecast, investor presentation, and supporting materials for a startup that created a new fiber-optic transmission technology for optical telecommunication applications.
  • Optical Telecommunications Equipment: Founded -- and developed a business plan, financial forecast, investor presentation, and supporting materials for -- a startup that created a new signal processing technology for optical computing and telecommunication applications. Secured seed venture capital funding as well as government SBIR contracts.
  • Network Security: Developed a business plan, financial forecast, and investor presentation for Global Gateway, a provider of secure gateway solutions for virtual private networks (VPNs) and other applications. The company has developed several proprietary technologies that enable secure, efficient, and inexpensive transmission of data over next generation networks. "The Cayenne team is knowledgeable, responsive, and prompt," said Paula Giordani. "They have a deep understanding of what investors need to see, and how they need to see it."
  • Optical Components: Held COO and VP of sales and marketing positions with a venture backed optical components startup, turning around poor performance and leading the technology development and introduction of first commercial product.
  • Optical Telecommunications Equipment: Created market launch strategy for an all optical switch and long-haul optical transport network using Raman amplifiers for a venture-backed optical networking startup. A leading service provider acquired the company.
  • Data Networking Equipment: Developed the business plan and managed the market launch of carrier class high-density edge access router targeted at ISPs. Company acquired by a leading telecommunications equipment vendor.
  • Mobile Devices: Led the development and launch of a product that created the Palmtop PC category from concept to market success. The activities included international market research to decide product configuration, strategic relationship with leading software companies for operating system and built-in applications, marketing and business development plan development, and worldwide launch coordination.
  • Customer-centric Microcontrollers: Led technical efforts to develop customer-specific microcontrollers and firmware for consumer customers Sony, Canon and Matsushita. The shift to OEM-developed firmware improved customer product cycle times and project profitability in a traditionally very aggressive fast-turnaround, high-volume, low-margin commodity business.
  • Custom ASIC Development: Collaboratively developed the business plans and mass-market financials for individual ASIC development projects. Further led the technical design, development, verification, tape-out and post-production QA for these projects, which recently have included a Bitcoin mining ASIC and a mixed-signal system for a 10-to-1 improvement over DSL over twisted pair.

Note: Some items reflect experience gained by a consultant prior to his or her association with Cayenne Consulting LLC. Cayenne Consulting does not offer any services that require licensing or registration with the NASD or other federal or state authorities.

Semiconductor, Hardware & Networking Business Plan Consultants

Our team of industry specialists includes the following consultants:

William Archibald - Principal Consultant, Business Plan Consultant

William Archibald - Principal Consultant

Austin, TX

William is a serial entrepreneur and technology executive with a track-record of delivering innovative solutions on-budget and on-time. He specializes in technology trend analysis, product development, product management and business...
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Jon Cooper - Senior Advisor, Business Plan Consultant

Jon Cooper - Senior Advisor

Denver, CO

Jon has over 20 years of entrepreneurship, business strategy, planning, product management and marketing experience. He has started a number of companies in different industries, and worked with dozens of...
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Shyam Jha, MBA - Principal Consultant, Business Plan Consultant

Shyam Jha, MBA - Principal Consultant

Tucson, AZ

Shyam’s consulting practice focuses on iOS and Android mobile apps, e-commerce, Internet hardware and software, software-as-a-service, consumer electronics, medical devices, and other high technology venture areas. He is certified by...
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Tom Miller - Principal Consultant, Business Plan Consultant

Tom Miller - Principal Consultant

Phoenix, AZ

Over the past 30+ years, working independently as a serial entrepreneur as well as a serial intrapreneur within multi-national corporations, Tom has focused on recognizing outstanding new technology opportunities and...
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Dennis Pape, Ph.D. - Principal Consultant, Business Plan Consultant

Dennis Pape, Ph.D. - Principal Consultant

Orlando, FL

Dennis brings over twenty nine years of experience with high technology companies, from research scientist to manager to startup founder to entrepreneur, corporate, and investor advisor. His primary expertise...
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