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Intel's Investment Arm Bumping Up Its Profile

Intel Capital said it has embarked on a bolder, more proactive strategy and intends to help its portfolio companies with larger investment stakes and more active collaboration.

LONDON — Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of chipmaker Intel Corp., has said it wants to follow a more proactive strategy in the future. Although Intel has invested hundreds of millions of dollars it has done this through hundreds of relatively small investments and not usually as a lead venture capital partner.

Intel Capital said it has embarked on a bolder, more proactive strategy and intends to help its portfolio companies with larger investment stakes and more active collaboration.

The VC has also broadened its geographical scope and over the past year announced the formation of a series of investment funds in India ($250 million), China ($200 million), the Middle East and Turkey ($50 million), and most recently Brazil ($50 million). In 2005, Intel Capital invested over 60 percent of the $265 million total in companies outside the United States. “The hub of global technology innovation is no longer limited to Silicon Valley, but is found in start ups around the world. Intel Capital, as part of Intel Corporation, is poised to promote and support innovative technology start-ups and companies,” said Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital, in a statement.

“Look for Intel Capital to be more proactive in areas that it has traditionally stayed clear of, such as leading investment rounds, active board collaboration and taking larger investment stakes in portfolio companies,” he added.

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