Avinash Kant, PhD
Dr. Kant has been associated with Phoenix Venture Partners (PVP) as an Industry Advisor since 2010 and he joined as a Venture Partner with the firm in 2015. He brings more than 20 years of experience in Wall Street equity research, semiconductor process development and materials R&D. Prior to joining PVP, Dr. Kant worked as a senior equity research analyst at various investment banks, D. A. Davidson & Co., First Albany Capital, Adams Harkness & Hill and SG Cowen Securities. Dr. Kant was very early to recognize the emerging trend in advanced materials. With his strong belief that advanced materials will be the key enablers of leading-edge technology in diverse end markets, Dr. Kant pioneered the Advanced Materials universe of equity research on Wall Street in 2006. His thesis on lasers, composite materials, titanium, batteries, advanced ceramics and semiconductor materials played out extremely well for investors as a significant majority of companies within his coverage universe experienced very strong growth and more than a third of the companies got acquired by larger materials players at premium valuations. Prior to his Wall Street career, Dr. Kant conducted leading edge semiconductor process research and development at companies such as Rockwell Semiconductor Systems and Motorola. Dr. Kant also worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research in advanced thin films, ceramics and composite materials has been presented extensively in leading international conferences and journals. Dr. Kant holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the School of Engineering and a Management of Technology Certificate from Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.