The ATV team is comprised of ABB veterans and seasoned venture capitalist professionals:
Managing Director, Head of ABB Technology Ventures
Girish Nadkarni is a Managing Director and Head of ABB Technology Ventures (ATV).
Nadkarni has been at ABB since 2003, during which time he has been responsible for ABB’s global cost migration program and head of the global automotive business for the Robotics Division. In October 2009, he started ABB Technology Ventures, ABB’s corporate venture fund.
Nadkarni began his career as an attorney on Wall Street focusing on international banking and M&A. His business career spans Prudential where he was responsible for creating the Pru-Shelf financing facility which currently has 600 customers with a portfolio value of $47 billion, GE Capital and GE where he worked for Jack Welch on strategy and business development, and United Healthcare as head of operations. He also founded and led vSimplify, a VC-backed startup delivering B2B Integration and Implementation services.
Nadkarni holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Bombay where he was a gold medalist, a LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was a DuPont Fellow, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.
Head of Technology
Kurt Kaltenegger is Head of Technology for ABB Technology Ventures (ATV).
Kaltenegger holds two graduate degrees in solid state physics, a MSc from Karl-Franzens University Graz and a PhD from Montanistic University Leoben, and is the holder of more than 30 patents.
Prior to joining ATV, he spent three years as Director of the ABB Corporate Research Center (CRC) in China. He was based in Beijing and Shanghai and was involved in future technology research and development, specifically around insulation coordination in harsh environments, fault current limitation, bulk power transmission (HVDC), UHV, rural electrification, distributed generation and robotics.
From 2000 till 2007 he was Global ABB Technology Manager for Medium Voltage products development with responsibility for 14 Development Centers worldwide. For the nine years prior, he was responsible for high voltage circuit breaker R&D at ABB headquarters in Switzerland and led projects for basic high voltage CB development and high voltage insulation and contact material development. He invented a new self-blast circuit breaker technology enabling SF6 Technology for ratings of 160 kA and higher, a world first. He was also head of the ABB Power Test Lab.
Kaltenegger is a member of the CIGRE Study Committee C6, Distributed Generation and received the CIGRE Technical Committee Award in 2007. In 2008, he was appointed to the industrial advisory board of Suzhou University.
- Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Andrew Tang is a Managing Director of ABB Technology Ventures (ATV).
Tang has over 15 years of operating, R&D, investment banking and investing experience in the IT industry and focuses on clean technology and industrial applications. Prior to joining ATV, Tang was a founding Managing Director of the DFJ DragonFund China, Draper Fisher Jurvetson’s DFJ's sole China affiliate venture capital fund.
Tang has led and managed investments in Miartech, Mobim, Yeepay, Broadbus (MOT), Imago Scientific, Zettacom (IDTI), Packet Video, NuTool (ASMI), Santur and Corrent. Most recently, he was a partner and member of the investment committee at Infineon Ventures. Prior to Infineon Ventures, he was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston's technology group in Palo Alto. He worked on the Magma IPO (LAVA), as well as numerous M&A transactions. Before CSFB, Tang was a senior engineer and marketing manager at Intel Corporation where he was responsible for chip design and market enablement for the Pentium and Itanium processors.
Tang holds an MBA from the Wharton School as well as MSEE and BSEE degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Texas at Austin, respectively. He also holds one US patent for silicon germanium thin-film transistor applications.
Grant Allen is Senior Vice President of ABB Technology Ventures (ATV).
Previously, Allen was a Vice President with Core Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based venture capital firm with $350 million under management. There, he focused on investments in analytics, cleantech, infrastructure, wireless communications and mobile applications. In addition to working closely with Infinite Power Solutions, a thin-film lithium ion battery company, and representing Core on the Boards of Directors of Mobo Systems and Univa, Allen was on the Steering Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association’s (MAVA) Capital Connection and on the board of MobileMonday DC.
Prior to Core Capital, he was a Product Manager at Microsoft Corporation in the Mobile & Embedded Devices division. Other experience includes working for Liberty Associated Partners, the investment arm of the Berkman family, where was actively involved with Jingle Networks; strategy consulting at Dean & Company; and various start-ups, including an IT consulting firm, A-k Presence, he co-founded as an engineering undergraduate at Duke.
Allen holds a BSE in civil and environmental engineering with honors from Duke University and an MBA from The Wharton School where he was on the board of the Wharton Alumni Association and a Citi Foundation Leadership Fellow.