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Exclusive: Qualcomm Ventures Loses Its Head

January 22, 2016, 7:41 PM UTC
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Nagraj Kashyap is stepping down as head of Qualcomm Ventures, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. No specifics yet on his next stop, except that it is expected to be with another corporate investment arm.

San Diego-based Kashyap has spent more than 12 years leading Qualcomm Ventures, which has backed such companies as Fitbit (FIT) and Waze (acquired by Google). He also launched the QPrize business plan competition and created the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator.

Kashyap’s own portfolio companies have included Brain Corp., Sotera Wireless, Magic Leap, Airvana, Avaak, Bitfone (acquired by HP), Clicker (acquired by CBS), Gaikai (acquired by Sony) and Novarra (acquired by Nokia).


He will be succeeded by current managing director Quinn Li, who joined Qualcomm Ventures (QCOM) in 2005 from IBM.

A Qualcomm spokeswoman declined to comment, while a message left for Kashyap has not yet been returned.

Additional reporting by Stacey Higginbotham.