Investing Beyond the Chip

At Maxim Ventures, we're using our technology, relationships, and capital to build businesses that measure, collect, and transport data from point of measurement to data analysts.

About Us


Our Vision

How do we improve Healthcare, Resource Management, Security, Financial Transactions, or Factory Productivity? The answers to some of the world's biggest problems are all around us. You can find them by measuring a heartbeat, the shifting harmonics of a power line, and the particles in the air we breathe.

The challenge lies in collecting and unlocking the value in all of this measured data, and then making it available to the vast amounts of computational power at the disposal of data analysts.

This is what we're working on at Maxim Ventures. We're helping innovative startups bridge the gap between the analog measured world and the digital computational world, and creating thriving businesses along the way.



Our Mission

Analog signals are important data sources that hold important clues to solving key economic problems, from global warming to the worldwide healthcare crisis. But measuring this data is a lot more complicated than tracking keystrokes and crunching numbers.

At Maxim Ventures, we're working with entrepreneurial system-level innovators to unleash the potential of measured data. By combining Maxim's integrated-circuit know-how, relationships, and capital with new use-cases and business models of emerging companies, we can capture more value from measured data, create new revenue streams, and develop winning businesses.



Our Advantage

More than just a capital partner, Maxim Ventures uses our analog circuit expertise, capital, and worldwide relationships to put new markets and possibilities within your reach.

Receive financing from our $200m venture fund for seed, early, and mid-stage investments
Get early access to Maxim's enabling microchip, sensor, and security technologies
Tap into our global customer and partner networks and get direct access to key decision makers
Get access to our best technologists, business leaders, and support teams


Our Target Segments

Target Segments

Our Team

Chris Neil

Chris Neil
Head of Maxim Ventures
Senior Vice President, Maxim Integrated

Chris Neil is co-founder and Head of Maxim Ventures. He is also a Senior Vice President and Section-16 Officer of Maxim Integrated, reporting to the CEO. Maxim Ventures invests in new businesses that are "beyond the chip." We leverage Maxim's enabling sensor and integrated circuit technologies and use that know-how as the basis to build companies that extend up the data-flow value chain into equipment, systems, software, and services.

Prior to this position, Chris created and headed Maxim's $1B Industrial and Medical Solutions Group (IMSG), focused on semiconductor-based solutions for the Energy, Healthcare, Factory Automation, Financial Terminal, and Security markets.

Chris Neil joined Maxim in 1990 and was appointed Vice President in 2006. Chris holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Shailendra Mahajan

Shailendra Mahajan
Managing Director, Maxim Ventures

Shailendra Mahajan is co-founder and Managing Director of Maxim Ventures. He oversees investment activities in diverse markets, with a special focus on healthcare. Over the past 25 years, he has acquired broad experience in system design, sales, strategic marketing & management, the combination of which makes him exceptionally able to spot and support new ideas, and mentor entrepreneurs in this market.

Prior to Maxim Ventures, Shailendra managed a group of industry experts who engaged with industry leaders, studied market trends, provided product ideas and developed unique proof-of-concepts for the Healthcare, Factory Automation, Smart Grid and Security markets.

Shailendra earned a BSEE from MS University of Baroda and an MSEE from Texas A&M. He has also studied Segment Marketing and Design Thinking at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Our Portfolio

Bedrock Automation
Bedrock Automation makes the world's highest performance and most cyber secure industrial automation platform based on three prime directives: simplicity, scalability and security. Maxim Ventures provided incubation and early-stage funding.

Sarvint Technologies
Sarvint Technologies has invented a way to weave specialty conductive fibers directly into fabrics for vital sign monitoring, making technology more wearable than ever. Maxim provided strategic electronic technology and personnel, as well as investment in a $6M Series-A round.

Sotera Wireless
Sotera Wireless, Inc., develops medical devices and solutions with a mission to improve patient safety in virtually any care setting by detecting early signs of deterioration and thus enabling early intervention and rapid response, all without limiting the patient's freedom of movement. Maxim Ventures participated in a $53M Series-E round.

Unaliwear
Unaliwear develops water-resistant, long-battery-life watches for seniors and other vulnerable populations for use as part of a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS). The discreet Kanega™ wristwatch provides alerts for falls, medication reminders, and GPS-guidance to assist if disoriented in a classically-styled watch that features an easy-to-use speech interface rather than buttons. The watch is often described as a "wearable OnStar for Seniors." Maxim participated in the Seed series round.

Evergaze
Evergaze develops lightweight electro-optical visual aids for people with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) to help improve their quality of life. The seeBoost™ device is light and compact and fits onto an ordinary pair of prescription glasses to be unobtrusive and comfortable. Maxim participated in the Series A round.

HD Medical
HD Medical develops digital stethoscope products with patented, FDA-approved algorithms for detecting different types of heart murmurs. Their ViScopeECG™ products combine a high resolution visual display with traditional auscultation to provide instant diagnosis of ailments to healthcare providers in parts of world who do not have access to echocardiograms as well as to general practitioners and pediatricians who do not have specialized cardiologist experience. Maxim participated in a convertible note round.

Valor Fire Safety
Valor Fire Safety develops, patents, and licenses an optical smoke detecting technology called External Sampling Photoelectric (ESP), which eliminates the traditional smoke collection chamber and broadens sensing into the open room. Compared to traditional smoke detectors, ESP activates more quickly to fires but is less susceptible to nuisance alarms.

Nexpaq
Nexpaq builds the modular smartphone case that allows users to seamlessly customize, enhance, and add new hardware functions to their existing smartphones through the use of small transferable modules. This open system allows independent developers to create new modules, ease their manufacture, and sell them on the nexpaq website. This truly democratizes IoT hardware.

MedWand
MedWand is a remote patient-monitoring device that combines the functionality of several conventional diagnostic tools, including an otoscope, ophthalmoscope, EKG, thermometer, and pulse oximeter. It enhances traditional voice-only telemedicine by being the high-quality remote "eyes and ears" of the doctor, allowing greater diagnostic capabilities. It has built-in connectivity, so readings can be uploaded directly to the cloud and into a HIPAA-compliant secure medical record.

X2 Biosystems
X2 Biosystems provides a concussion management solution and platform that lets you monitor, assess, and act in real-time when head impacts occur. It consists of the applied X-Patch Pro sensor, a Sensor Data Management (SDM) tablet app, the X2 Integrated Concussion Evaluation (ICE) app, plus the X2 Cloud Platform where the ICE and SDM data are saved for analytics and tracking patient impact and behavior histories. It is intended for use by youth and professional athletes, military personnel, and at-risk industrial workers.


News

Maxim Ventures in the News
2016-09-28 Telemedicine Device Startup MedWand Receives Investment from Maxim Ventures PRWeb
2016-09-13 Intelligent and Cyber Secure Standalone Power Supply from Bedrock Automation is Built to Last a Lifetime and Deliver on the IIoT Promise Remote Magazine
2016-09-13 Google killed its Lego-like modular phone, but the man behind it is bringing the idea to a new project Quartz
2016-09-06 nexpaq Receives Key Investment from Maxim Ventures nexpaq
2016-09-01 New Smart Watch Dubbed 'OnStar For People' CBS Pittsburgh
2016-09-01 Ten Life Science Startups to Watch in Austin Silicon Hills
2016-08-18 Valor Fire Safety Secures Strategic Investment from Maxim Ventures Valor
2016-05-26 Icon Labs Announces New Floodgate Defender? the First Complete Low-cost Compact Industrial Firewall Icon Labs
2016-05-05 Bedrock Automation universal industrial control system Control Global
2016-04-27 94-year-old fashion icon's smart bracelet to compete with Fitbit CNBC
2016-02-29 UnaliWear Secures Strategic Investment From Maxim Ventures PR Newswire
2016-02-04 HD Medical Secures Strategic Investment from Maxim Ventures Business Wire
2016-01-26 The Bedrock™ Control System Wins a 2015 Plant Engineering Magazine Product of the Year Award University Chronicle
2016-01-19 Cybersecuring Control Systems Automation World
2015-12-16 Leveling the Ethernet I/O Field Automation World
2015-11-24 Wearables as second galvanic skins EDN
2015-10-20 Bedrock seeks secure automation freedom with universal I/O Control Global
2015-10-16 Bedrock Bares All Bedrock Automation
2015-10-15 Process Control Systems: Bedrock is automation reimagined to deliver the highest levels of security, availability, and performance to users. This is a Control Engineering 2016 Engineers??Choice finalist. Control Engineering
2015-09-12 Startup's garment targets sports, health care Upstart Business Journal
2015-08-12 Sarvint Technologies raises $6 million to develop a "smart shirt" Biz Journals
2015-08-12 Sarvint Technologies Closes Series A Funding PR Newswire
2015-08-10 Bedrock Automation Receives Frost & Sullivan 2015 Best Practices Award for Industrial Control System Innovation Bedrock Automation
2015-08-07 UnaliWear Makes Smartwatches for Older Adults Silicon Hills
2015-08-07 Bedrock™ Universal Control System Marks New Era in Automation Bedrock Automation
2015-07-22 Lithium ion batteries come to UPS Control Global
2015-07-17 Cybersecurity from the Inside Out Automation World



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