Jose Franca is an Operating Partner at Keensight. Jose’s relationship with Keensight dates back over 12 years.
In 1997, Jose created Chipidea, a former Keensight portfolio company. As CEO, he developed Chipidea on a global basis to create the number one analog semiconductor IP company worldwide which was eventually acquired by MIPS Technologies (NASDAQ) in 2007.
In 2012, Jose was Government-appointed Chairman and CEO of Private Equity firms INOV Capital, Turismo Capital, and AICEP Capital Global, which he then merged to create Portugal Ventures. In addition, he was Chairman of PME Investimentos, the leading Fund-of-Funds manager in Portugal, and board member of several international innovative companies.
Jose was also State Secretary of Education in the Portuguese government (1991 – 1992).
Jose, a Portuguese national, holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.