Gareth Keane is an Investment Manager with Qualcomm Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Qualcomm Technologies, and is based in the Bay Area. His career to date has stretched from engineering roles to venture capital investment. Gareth currently serves as a board member or observer for 360fly, LifX, Pelican Imaging, Skycatch, and Swift Navigation.
Previously, Gareth worked for National Semiconductor in a corporate development/mergers and acquisitions role. Before National Semiconductor, Gareth was an MBA student; during that time he interned with Emerald Stage2 Ventures, an early-stage IT-focused fund based in Philadelphia and working with Firecrest Clinical, an early-stage SaaS company based in Ireland.
Before starting his MBA at Wharton, Gareth spent eight years working for PMC-Sierra, a leading fabless semiconductor firm. His role there included defining and driving the company’s semiconductor technology roadmap across multiple generations of silicon process.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Gareth graduated from the MBA program at The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. While at Wharton, Gareth was selected as a Leadership Venture Fellow and a Non-Profit Board Leadership Fellow. He was awarded a PhD by Queen’s University Belfast in electronic engineering, and a BE by the National University of Ireland, Galway, also in electronic engineering.
Gareth is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys skiing, climbing, mountaineering, kayaking and biking. He helped lead a group of peers from Wharton to Antarctica in early 2010 as part of Wharton’s Leadership Ventures program.
He is also passionate about social responsibility and is currently engaged in a number of not-for-profit activities.
Gareth is a member of Class 15. He served his fellowship under the mentorship of Bart Schachter at National Semiconductor.