About Lanza techVentures

Lucio LanzaWelcome to Lanza techVentures, the early stage investment firm that transforms innovative startups into high-value companies through unique vision, insight and a profound understanding of technology and its trends. Founded in 2001 by technology luminary Lucio Lanza, Lanza techVentures has acted as a strategic partner and advisor for early- to mid-stage companies in the design software and intellectual property (IP), semiconductor and biotechnology market sectors.

Every computer and chip design done today directly benefits from the critical role that Lanza techVentures has played in bringing key technologies to market. It has invested in more than 50 companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. Many of these companies continue to be growing concerns, while others have reached successful outcomes through an initial public offering (IPO), or by merger or acquisition with other companies.

The Lanza techVentures philosophy is simple: Investment is a by-product of service to the greater whole.

Key questions we ask of any entrepreneur, maker, pioneer or opportunist:

  • What is your product doing and how can it be used to the utmost benefit to the community you serve?
  • How far can we take it and will it ultimately advance humanity?

If you share this same philosophy and have an idea that can help revolutionize your community, contact us.

“I first met Lucio Lanza when I was the founder and CEO of CadMOS Design Technology. We arranged to meet with him when we were looking for funding. We gave him an overview of our vision and the corporate presentation. Within three hours, Lucio had committed to an investment and became a valued partner and mentor.”

“Lucio has directly contributed to PDF’s growth from a small start-up to a successful publicly traded company. He has foreseen necessary technical and business changes in our industry that result from its technical evolution. At PDF, Lucio was instrumental in PDF’s decision to focus on electrical characterization necessary to address the parametric and systematic defect challenges in deep sub-micron technology. This technology formed the foundation that has enabled PDF’s growth over the past 15 years.

“. . . More than just his venture capital investment, Lucio’s personal long-term commitment to founders whom he believes can drive change required in our industry has had a lasting impact on both the EDA industry and semiconductor industry at large.”

“Among the most successful new companies, an affiliation with Lucio Lanza is a common theme. Every ‘Lanza’ company seems to be doing something that matters and that has the potential to create real value. Maybe these companies were destined for success, but I believe that they are benefitting directly from Lucio’s selection process, mentoring and overall industry vision. It is as though these companies are all part of a common theme for the future of the industry and are each providing a necessary piece of the design puzzle.”