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2018-2019 Commencement Speaker

Victor Tsao Victor Tsao (M.S. CS ’80) co-founded Linksys in 1988 and made significant contributions to its successful transformation, as well as the transformation of the entire home networking market. He grew Linksys from a garage entrepreneurship to a home networking leader. During the early expansion of Wi-Fi, Linksys changed the playbook on home internet sharing and created a new lifestyle in home networking. In 2003, Linksys had grown to more than 300 employees with more than $500 million in annual revenue. Later that year, it was sold to Cisco in order to expand its global reach. Due to his accomplishments at Linksys, Tsao was inducted into the Consumer Technology Association’s Hall of Fame in 2014. Prior to Linksys, he worked in various software programming and system integration jobs. Tsao retired from corporate life in 2007 and remains active in technology through investments and philanthropy.

Tsao has been the managing partner of various family office investment entities since 2003. In this role, he is ultimately responsible for the assets under management, which are allocated across the following asset types: cash, commodities, currency, fixed income, private equity, public equity, real estate, and venture capital. He has extensive experience in financial modeling and risk management, and allocates capital both directly and through private placement vehicles.

Tsao has been a longtime advocate and donor in giving back to the community through charitable giving. He created the Tsao Family Foundation in 2004 to support religious, charitable, scientific, literary, cultural, and educational causes. The Tsao Family Foundation has given millions of dollars in grants to other nonprofit organizations in pursuit of making the world a better place.

In addition to an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, Tsao holds an M.S. in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology and a B.S. in computer science from Tamkang University.