Alumni Profile: Nicholas E. Brathwaite

Nicholas E. BrathwaiteNicholas Brathwaite

MSc Chemistry, ‘83

Founding Partner, Riverwood Capital, Menlo Park, CA

Nicholas Brathwaite is a successful technologist, engineer, entrepreneur, multinational business executive, and private equity and venture capital investor.

As a technologist, Nicholas has several patented inventions and pioneered the development of low-cost cell phones for developing countries. As an entrepreneur, he started several successful businesses which grew to annual revenues of $50M-$6B. As a business executive, he built and managed large multi-national teams and businesses. As an investor, he became a founding partner of Riverwood Capital in 2008, a private equity firm that invests in high-growth technology companies. His unique combination of technology know-how and commercial judgment ensured success of the many companies he developed, launched, managed, operated and championed. He also cofounded WRV, a venture capital firm that invests in tech start-ups.

After graduating from University of Waterloo, Nicholas started his career at Intel Corporation earning his first patent and developed some of the most advanced semiconductors assembly and packaging technologies of that time. He was a founding member of nChip which developed industry-leading advanced, multi-chip module assembly process. He then served as the Chief Technology Officer at Flextronics where his expertise and innovation moved the company into product development, overseeing the launch and growth of several of the company’s largest business units. 

Mr. Brathwaite is on the Board of Directors of many public and several private technology companies in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan, and India.