- Chairman – Twelve Winds
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 rapidly became the largest global market supplier of Bluetooth chips.
After raising a total of $85Million of venture, corporate and bank investment in four rounds, and breaking-even in 2003, CSR plc had grown to over 500 people and listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 2004 followed by entry in to the FTSE 250 list in July of the same year.
In the following year, CSR had gained its 1,500th Bluetooth customer product design win and had shipped a hundred million chips. In 2006, and just 7 years after foundation, CSR employed one thousand people and had become a £1.5Billion market cap company with $705Million in revenue and $154Million in pre-tax profit.
By 2015, CSR had shipped a total of more than 3 billion chips and employed more than 2,000 people in 23 offices around the world and CSR’s chips were embedded by its customers in high-volume consumer products that included phones, headsets, PCs, cameras and cars. CSR was acquired by Qualcomm, a US-based fabless semiconductor company then capitalised at over $100Billion, in September 2015 in a deal that valued CSR at $2.5Billion.
Phil helped grow CSR, as founding Managing Director, from a start-up of 9 in 1999 into a highly successful publicly listed company which became one of the UK’s greatest commercial success stories of the past decade.
In 2006, Phil left CSR to become an angel investor. At Twelve Winds, he works with the founders, boards and management of emerging companies as well as Universities wishing to exploit their intellectual property. As a Cambridge angel investor, Phil’s focus is on emerging technology-intensive companies, in both Cambridge and Cork, who have the potential to become global market leaders.
Dr Phil O’Donovan is an engineer who studied at the Universities of Warwick, Birmingham and Essex. He has worked in the communications industry for over 30 years both in very large and in very small companies where his roles have embraced product design, project management, consultancy and sales, directorship (executive and non-executive), board chairmanship and advisor to Government.