Irwin Federman is a general partner of U.S. Venture Partners (USVP). Prior to joining USVP in 1990, Federman was CEO of Monolithic Memories (MMI), where he led the firm's investments in successful startups, such as Cypress Semiconductor, Xilinx, and Altera. During his tenure as CEO from 1978 to 1987, Federman spearheaded MMI's turnaround from virtual bankruptcy to a $250 million revenue organization. When MMI merged with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Federman assumed the post of vice chairman of AMD. Federman began his career as a CPA, having been awarded the John F. Forbes Gold Medal for attaining the highest grade in California on his CPA exam.
Federman was a founding or lead investor in BeVocal, Blue Martini, Check Point Software Technologies, Centillium Communications, Crescendo Communications, Mellanox Technologies, MMC Networks, NeoMagic, Netro, Nuance Communications, Quick Logic, SanDisk, and TelCom Semiconductor.
He was a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty, the Exemplary Community Leadership Award from the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice, and was installed in Junior Achievement’s Silicon Valley Hall of Fame. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Business Forum and Silicon Valley Fast 500, an initiative of Silicon Valley Bank and Deloitte and Touche. He serves as a trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and of his alma mater, Brooklyn College.
Federman received a BS in economics from Brooklyn College and was awarded an honorary doctorate of engineering science from Santa Clara University.