Serial entrepreneur Krishna Yarlagadda joins Smartron board

NEW DELHI: Smartron, homegrown OEM and IoT company, has inducted Krishna Yarlagadda as an investor and strategic adviser. As a strategic adviser, Krishna will mentor the Chairman and the Board of the company in assisting Smartron scale operations globally.

Yarlagadda, a technology pioneer, based out of San Francisco, United States, is a serial entrepreneur with operational, investing and advisory experience in computing, communication and connectivity technologies.

Krishna is currently incubating several technology start-up companies as an investor and mentor. In an illustrious career spanning over 20 years, he is a renowned technocrat with experiences in microprocessor, DSP (digital signal processing) and system architecture/design.

He was the President of Imagination Technologies Inc. until November 2016. Prior to this, Krishna was the CEO of Hellosoft, before Imagination Technologies acquired it in 2010. Earlier, he was Chairman, President & CEO of ZSP (acquired by LSI Logic), where he pioneered the development of DSP based on RISC technology that is adopted by major semiconductor and system vendors and deployed in billions of devices. Krishna has been recognized as a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Welcoming Krishna Yarlagadda to Samartron’s Board of Directors, Mahesh Lingareddy, Founder and Chairman of Smartron, said, “Krishna is an outstanding technocrat and has commendable accomplishments. Our continued association stems from his outstanding contribution as an investor, mentor, and advisor at Soft Machines. He is a rare example of excellent leadership and will bring his experience as a strategic advisor to the company. His contribution to Smartron will be significant as we take on the global brands that are flooding Indian market. We look forward to working with him to make Smartron a successful global brand.”

Krishna Yarlagadda, on his appointment to the Board of Smartron said, “It is time that an Indian brand shines across the globe. IoT will open immense opportunities for the world in the next decade or so and being on top of the technology curve is crucial. Smartron aims to achieve that and I am glad that I could continue to be associated with a strong team. I look forward to working together to make Smartron a brand to be reckoned with globally.”

A seasoned entrepreneur, Yarlagadda has been involved with several successful companies as investor/advisor/board member including Silicon Spice (acquired by Broadcom), Pequre (became serverworks acquired by Broadcom), vEngines (acquired by Centillium), nBand (acquired by Proxim), Chiplogic (acquired by ADI), Intoto (acquired by Freescale), Valyd (acquired by EMC), Posedge (acquired by Imagination), Vivu (acquired by Polycom), Soft Machines (acquired by Intel), eSilicon, Invecas, Nod, Ineda, Innovium, Fungible and NetSpeed Systems. Krishna serves as senior advisor to Riverwood Capital, WRV and IvyCap Ventures.

Yarlagadda is a frequently invited speaker on DSP architecture and technology, and a contributor on DSP to industry journals such as Microprocessor report, Computer design, and EEtimes. He has a B.S and M.S in Electrical Engineering.

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