Senior Advisor

Wufu Chen

Wufu is a renowned serial entrepreneur and top ranked venture capital investor.  He has a proven track record in identifying key niches, commercializing new technologies, attracting experienced management teams, securing key customers, accessing financing, and executing successful exits. He has early access to a proprietary deal flow based on his long-standing and established industry relationships and reputation.  During his career, Wufu has founded many high-tech companies that range from optical switching to high-end ATM chip technology. He is best known as co-founder and VP of Engineering of Cascade Communications where he steered Cascade through its IPO and USD 10 billion valuation shortly thereafter.  Wufu also co-founded and acted as chairman and CEO of Arris Networks (acquired by Cascade), Ardent (acquired by Cisco), Shasta (acquired by Nortel) and Navini Networks (acquired by Cisco).  In Asia, he also founded Cameo Communications (IPO on Taiwan Stock Exchange), Gaohong Data Networks (IPO on ShenZhen Stock Exchange) and Xinwei Technology (IPO on Shanghai Stock Exchange, also achieved USD 10 billion equivalent market cap).  Wufu also was previously Vice President of Technologies at Cisco Systems.  


Wufu also founded several early stage venture investment firms in US, Taiwan and China, including Acorn (Acorn Angel Club, Acorn Campus, Acorn Asia and Acorn Taiwan), Genesis Campus and ID Innovations.  


The industry has recognized Wufu’s operational and entrepreneurial excellence with numerous awards.  He has been described as a “Legend in Silicon Valley” and was recognized by Red Herring magazine as one of the “Top Ten Entrepreneurs of 2000.” Forbes Magazine consistently ranks him as one of the Top 100 Venture Investors in the U.S. Wufu has been featured on the front page of the “Wall Street Journal,” where he was referred to as the “Germinator” for his start-up activities. “Light Reading” Magazine once called Wufu the “most influential person” in optical networking. He is also the recipient of the Life Time achievement award by Optix, and the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Florida.


Wufu is a member of the Board of Directors in over a dozen companies and public and private institutions. Wufu 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.