Robert C. Walker, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert C. Walker is a Principal at Sierra Ventures, a private venture capital firm that manages nine venture capital partnerships which together have more than $1.5 billion of committed capital. Current investments include companies based in the United States, Canada, China and India. Dr. Walker focuses on investments in solid state lighting, displays, clean technology, solar energy and semiconductors.
Prior to Sierra he was CEO of BridgeLux, a high power LED lighting company, from 2005-2007, and served on its Board of Directors from 2004. In 2003 Dr. Walker founded YEBY Associates, a Silicon Valley-based consultancy specializing in the Solid State Lighting industry, and continues to serve as a Principal there. From 2001-2004 he was Managing Director-USA of Vincera Ventures, a US$150M venture capital fund based in Taiwan with several investments in the areas of LEDs and compound semiconductors.
During his 8 years at EMCORE Corporation, a leading provider of MOCVD equipment to the compound semiconductor industry, he held a variety of sales and marketing positions, including General Manager, Pacific Rim.
Prior to joining the compound semiconductor industry, Dr. Walker spent 10 years
conducting high energy physics research, including several years living in Japan. He is an author of the paper announcing the discovery of the “Top” quark, one of the fundamental particles of nature. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech in 1989 and a triple major in math, physics and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1984. He has traveled extensively throughout the Pacific Rim region, and has been involved with the HB LED industry in Taiwan, Korea and China since its inception.