Diosdado “Dado”

Diosado “Dado” Banatao is the managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital. With his past experiences as an entrepreneur, Dado provides Tallwood with a unique perspective in technology investments. Tallwood invests in unique and hard-to-do semiconductor technology solutions for computing, communication, and consumer platforms.

Prior to forming Tallwood, Dado was a venture partner at the Mayfield Fund. He co-founded three technology startups: S3 (SBLU), Chips & Technologies (INTC) and Mostron. He also held positions in engineering and general management at National Semiconductor, Seeq Technologies, Intersil and Commodore International. Dado pioneered the PC chip set and graphics acceleration architecture that continue to be two of the foundation technologies in every PC today. As an engineer, he is credited with developing several key semiconductor technologies and is regarded as a Silicon Valley visionary.

Dado, together with his wife Maria, is deeply committed to education and express their dedication in many ways. Both natives of the Philippines, Maria and Dado are passionate about giving back to the country. Today, most of their energy is focused on the Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) – a nonprofit with initiatives in STEAM Education, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for Filipinos and Filipino-Americans. The long term goal is to eradicate poverty by creating tech companies in the Philippines, thereby infusing investment, creating jobs and building economic sustainability for the country.