Alain joined Crosslink in 2006. He focuses on the firm's Energy Technologies and Computing & Semiconductor venture investing activities.
Alain has spent more than 25 years in the semiconductor industry as a technologist, senior corporate executive and an investor in high-growth early-stage companies.
Before turning to venture capital, Alain developed breakthrough process technologies that kept semiconductor manufacturers on track with Moore’s Law. First as a research scientist at Bell Laboratories and later as Chief Technical Officer at Novellus Systems, now part of Lam Research (NASD: LRCX). Here he championed a total copper metallization solution for advanced semiconductor manufacturing – a disruptive move that made Novellus a category leader and helped catapult the company across the $1 billion revenue threshold.
Prior to joining Crosslink, Alain co-founded Compass Venture Partners and became a founding investor in Tesla Motors (NASD: TSLA). Other investments include: Applied Microstructures, Atherotech (acquired by Behrman Capital), Boxer Cross (acquired by AMAT), Luxim, NuvoMedia (acquired by Gemstar), Photodigm, RF Therapeutics (acquired by Boston Scientific), Ripfire (acquired by BEA/ORCL), SoloPower,Torrex Equipment Corp. (acquired by AMAT), and Twin Creeks Technologies.
Alain has authored and co-authored more than 30 technical papers, is a co-inventor on six patents, and frequently presents at international conferences.
BS, Mathematics and MS, Physics, University of Paris XI at Orsay, France
Ph.D., Solid State Physics, Temple University in Philadelphia
Alta Devices, Intematix, ReVera