Naveen Rao, PhD
CEO and Co-founder
BSEE (computer science and EE), Duke University
PhD (neuroscience), Brown University
Naveen brings a unique perspective to Nervana Systems being at the intersection of semiconductor design, machine learning, and computational neuroscience for the past 17 years. He’s a Silicon Valley veteran having spent 12 years at a number of venture-backed startups, spanning the microprocessor, networking, wireless, and video compression spaces. He successfully taped-out multiple complex chips, managed and designed FPGA-based products, and developed algorithms for video compression, wireless, and networking. Naveen started his career at Sun Microsystems working on UltraSparc processors. From there he went on to TeraGen, Caly Networks, Kealia, and W&W Communications. Most recently, Naveen was part of Qualcomm’s neuromorphic research group investigating artificial neural computation. In his graduate work, Naveen combined his engineering background with neuroscience to explore the neural mechanisms of computation underlying motor planning for neural prosthetic applications in the lab of Dr. John Donoghue.