Nicholas Brathwaite

Co-Founder and General Partner, Riverwood Capital, Menlo Park, California

Became Trustee

Career Summary

Nicholas Earle Brathwaite is an engineer, technologist, entrepreneur, multinational business executive, and private equity and venture capital investor. As a technologist, he pioneered the development of low-cost cell phones for developing countries and software solutions for integrating product design with supply chain and manufacturing systems, and led teams that co-developed a number of phone, camera, gaming, and other products.

As an entrepreneur, Dr. Brathwaite has started several businesses that have grown to yield annual revenues ranging from $50 million to $6 billion, and as a business executive, he has built and managed large multinational teams and businesses. As an investor, he is co-founder and a partner of Riverwood Capital, a private equity firm with investments in the US, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Israel. He is also managing director of WRV, a venture capital joint venture with investments in the US, China, Japan, and Israel.

Brathwaite earned a BS degree from McMaster University, an MS from the University of Waterloo, and an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of the West Indies. He started his career at Intel Corporation, where he gained his first patent and developed and championed the implementation of advanced semiconductor assembly and packaging technologies. In 1989 he left Intel to join the founding team of nCHIP Inc., a startup in Silicon Valley, where he served as vice president of operations and assembly technology. His work resulted in the creation of a successful company that manufactured advanced electronic modules for computers, aerospace applications, and semiconductor test equipment.

After nCHIP was acquired by Flextronics in 1995, Brathwaite became chief technology officer for Flextronics, starting and building some of the fastest growing and largest businesses in the company over the next 13 years. His work helped transform Flextronics from a $200 million contract manufacturer to a $30 billion global leader in electronics manufacturing services. He also served as chairman and CEO of Aptina Imaging, a multinational semiconductor company with operations that span the globe.

Brathwaite serves or has served on the boards of directors of five public and several private technology companies in the US, Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan, and India.

Board Member BSE
Power Integrations
Inphi Corporation
Bossa Nova Robotics
Northwestern Mutual
(626) 584-5200
(800) 235-2222
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182