About Lucio Lanza

Lucio Lanza

Lucio Lanza, Managing Director of Lanza techVentures, is a strategist, visionary, leader and technology investor with an uncanny ability to identify and mentor promising technologists as they develop their ideas. With an intuitive knowledge of technology and a keen eye for talent, Lucio cares about the entrepreneurs and startup founders he invests with, and knows how to deftly foster their invention from concept to completion. His keen insights, clear vision, innovative thinking and vast network of business relationships with executives of multinational corporations enable him to reimagine the future to influence, motivate and inspire. He has helped transform countless startups into high-value computer design software and semiconductor companies.

The EDA Consortium (EDAC) and the IEEE Council on EDA (CEDA) acknowledged Lucio’s contributions to the industry by awarding him the 2014 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to EDA. He was selected for his substantial impact through his strategic and financial assistance to innovative EDA companies.

Lucio joined venture capital firm U.S. Venture Partners in 1990 as a venture partner and general partner, while serving as an independent consultant to companies in the semiconductor, communications and EDA industries, including Cadence Design Systems, Inc. He further increased his focus on accelerating the pace of computer and chip design by forming Lanza techVentures in 2001.

Lucio’s Early Career

From 1986 to 1989, Lucio was chief executive officer of EDA Systems, Inc. He was previously vice president of marketing and served as general manager of the EDA division of Daisy Systems Corp. From 1977 to 1983, he worked for Intel Corp., holding positions responsible for strategy and innovation, including chairman of the microprocessor strategic business segment. Lucio was employed by Olivetti Corporation from 1968 to 1977 and was responsible for processor architecture and design.

A co-founder of Radnorwood Capital, LLC., an investor in public technology companies, he serves today as its co-general partner and technology strategist. Lucio is chairman of the board of PDF Solutions, Inc., a provider of technologies to improve semiconductor manufacturing yields, and is on the board of directors of several private companies. Formerly, he was a non-executive director of ARM, the world’s leading semiconductor IP company, and member of the board of directors of Harris & Harris Group, an investor in transformative companies enabled by disruptive science.

Lucio holds a doctorate in electronic engineering from Politecnico in Milan, Italy.

“Lucio had a true gift for anticipating the products and technologies that would soon be needed by our customers. Sometimes his insights were controversial but his predictions were always right on. His skills allowed Cadence to establish more effective product roadmaps and to identify and execute strategic, high-value acquisitions. Thanks to his help, we were able to build and confidently grow our position as a technology and business leader.

“. . . These days, when I talk to a young EDA or IP startup I hear about Lucio. He is still out there, and more active than ever, working with the industry’s most promising entrepreneurs, nurturing new ideas and teaching new founding teams. He is keeping our industry fed with a steady stream of innovation, new ideas and energy. So in a very practical sense, it is Lucio’s vision and drive that powers today’s EDA industry and plots its future. And for this, we are all very fortunate.”

“Denali was privately funded and we never accepted venture investment. In spite of that, Lucio was very generous with his time and advice during all my days running Denali. I like to think that he was one of my most influential mentors.”

“Most of us in the industry are aware of Lucio’s qualifications as a visionary, leader and technology investor.

“. . . He has an uncanny ability to identify promising young technologists and to provide much needed mentoring as they develop their ideas and bring them to market.

“. . . The service that he provides to the companies that he mentors is invaluable to the world’s semiconductor industry. Progress in our industry depends on vision and new ideas. Many of the most important semiconductor technologies developed over the last 20 years or more, can be directly traced to Lucio.”