Ford Tamer, a former executive at chip company Broadcom, is the latest to join Khosla Ventures, the venture capital firm that has made an aggressive, sweeping bet on clean-technology.
This formalizes a relationship that has existed for sometime: Tamer has already led Khosla Ventures’ investments in EcoMotors, Kaai, Soraa, and Topanga. In addition, he sits on the boards of eASIC and PAX Streamline.
Tamer, who led Broadcom’s enterprise networking group, will expand the Khosla Ventures’ “support of leading scientific work in clean technology, with a focus on breakthroughs related to mechanical and electrical efficiency, solar and IT,” the firm said in a statement.
Prior to Broadcom, he was CEO and co-founder of Agere, a provider of network processors acquired by Lucent.
Khosla Ventures’ current portfolio includes investments in biofuels, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal, geothermal, battery, new materials, clean water and other environmentally friendly technologies.