Tony Chao

Tony Chao is a senior investment director and general manager for Applied Ventures, LLC, the venture capital arm of Applied Materials. His investment focus areas include artificial intelligence, robotics, genomics/biologics, semiconductors, advanced displays, augmented/virtual reality and opportunities in Asia. Tony is active in championing and promoting innovation and excellence in the corporate venturing community through his role as Chair of the NVCA - Corporate Venture Group. Global Corporate Venture magazine named him to its Powerlist 2017 for pushing the envelope in corporate-government partnerships and helping Applied Ventures establish a deeper footprint in Asia. He is fluent in English and Mandarin. In addition to his affection for entrepreneurship, he enjoys sports that start with the letter S: soccer, skiing and sailing. To learn more, visit http://www.appliedmaterials.com/company/applied-ventures/team.
Join Us for 2nd Annual Silicon Innovation Forum at SEMICON West

Join Us for 2nd Annual Silicon Innovation Forum at SEMICON West

As a member of the organizing committee, I’m pleased to share that Applied Ventures will be participating in the second-annual Silicon Innovation Forum (SIF) held in conjunction with SEMICON West 2014 in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 8.The forum is designed to bring new and emerging innovators together with the semiconductor industry’s top strategic investors and venture capitalists (VCs), in order to enable closer collaboration and showcase the next generation of entrepreneurs in microelectronics.
Novel Zero-Power Display Technology from Halation Photonics

Novel Zero-Power Display Technology from Halation Photonics

Picture a future where your bathroom mirror doubles as an information resource, displaying the weather forecast and your daily agenda, and where your vision is precisely enhanced by tunable eyeglasses and windshields. This is a future that Halation Photonics aims to enable. Applied Ventures is proud to join Halation as an investor.The majority of mobile devices today use LCD screens. While these displays are certainly a technical marvel, next generation devices will demand higher efficiency displays that consume significantly less power.Unlike traditional displays that require a backlight and a constant power source, Halation’s multi-stable liquid crystal displays do not require any power to hold an image. In this video, Dan Sun, Halation’s chairman and CTO, explains Halation’s innovative technology and some of its applications.More on Halation's technology after the jump.