Lightning doesn’t usually strike twice, but in Loi Nguyen’s case, his company, Inphi, has “exited” twice. Nguyen incorporated Inphi with two other colleagues in November 2000, raising $12M in funding from Tallwood Venture Capital of Palo Alto, California, and Mayfield Fund of Menlo Park, California. Ten years later, Inphi went public in November 2010 at a valuation of over $300M. Its stock rose over 65% within one month, closing the year as one of the hottest IPOs for 2010. A decade later, Inphi was sold for $10 billion to Marvell in an unsolicited merger. The Marvell offer for Inphi’s shares was a whopping 42% premium. This deal remarkably consumed almost half of the total M&A value of $22.7 billion for all semiconductor company acquisitions in 2021. At the time of the IPO in 2010, Inphi was a fabless provider of high-speed analog semiconductor solutions for the communications, networking and computing applications. By 2021, Inphi was the leader in high-speed data movement, moving big data fast around the world’s data centers by offering high-speed analog, DSP and optical semiconductor solutions for the cloud and service provider communication markets. Marvell needed much higher bandwidth data center interconnect solutions that Inphi provides. The Inphi acquisition allowed Marvell to offer complete optical and copper connectivity solutions for cloud datacenter, enterprise, and carrier markets. Nguyen was born in Vietnam and excelled while studying at Cornell. However, Nguyen’s professional path didn’t take him back to Vietnam until 2019 when Inphi acquired eSilicon, including its Vietnam assets, for $216M. One year later, in 2020, Inphi acquired Vietnam-based Arrive Technologies, a company founded in 2001 by the late Lac Trinh. Outside of work, Nguyen is an accomplished wildlife photographer with a passion for wildlife conservation. His images have been featured by leading nature and wildlife organizations such as Nature‚Äôs Best, North American Nature Photographer Association (NANPA), National Wildlife Federation, Defenders of Wildlife, National Audubon, among others. Come join us later this month when Nguyen is interviewed by SAVVi’s Chairman and President, Huy Do. We look forward to sharing Nguyen’s Inphi adventure and lessons learned to all aspiring entrepreneurs.