Chairman Twelve Winds & Co-founder of Cambridge Silicon Radio

Philip O’Donovan is one of our internationally-renowned speakers at FTE, co-founder of Cambridge Silicon Radio


Phil O’Donovan is a co-founder of Cambridge Silicon Radio, the fabless semiconductor company that created the world’s first single chip Bluetooth device and which became the largest global market supplier of Bluetooth chips.

CSR plc listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 2004 and became a FTSE 250 company in July of the same year. In the following two years, CSR had gained its 1,500th Bluetooth customer product design win and had shipped a hundred million chips. The next year (2006), and just 7 years after foundation, CSR employed one thousand people and had become a £1.5Billion market cap company.

Phil helped grow CSR, as founding Managing Director, from a start-up of nine in 1999 into a highly successful publicly listed company with $705Million in revenue and $154Million in pre-tax profit in 2006 when he left to become an angel investor. CSR was acquired by Qualcomm, a US-based fabless semiconductor company, in September 2015 in a deal that valued CSR at $2.5Billion. As a technology start-up, CSR is one of the UK’s greatest commercial success stories of the past decade.

At Twelve Winds, Phil works with the founders, boards and management of emerging companies as well as Universities wishing to exploit their intellectual property. His focus is on emerging technology-intensive companies, in both England and Ireland, who have the potential to become global market leaders.

Phil is an engineer and has worked in the communications industry for over 30 years in both very large and very small product and consulting companies and holds a number of non-executive directorships.

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