Dr Philip O’Donovan FREng

Angel investor

As founding Managing Director, Dr Phil O’Donovan helped grow CSR plc (formerly Cambridge Silicon Radio Ltd) from a startup of nine in 1999 into a highly successful FTSE 250 fabless (a company that designs microchips but contracts out production) semiconductor company that was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2004. 

As a technology startup, CSR is one of the UK's great commercial success stories of the past decade, employing more than 2,000 people in 23 locations around the world in 2014. Within four years, CSR became the largest global market supplier of Bluetooth chips. It was acquired by Qualcomm Inc in September 2015 for $2.5 billion.

Phil is now a Cambridge-based angel investor in high-tech startups and an advisor to universities on the commercialisation of their IP. His mission is to help emerging companies exceed billions of pounds in both revenue and market capitalisation while continuing to grow as independent, globally operating UK-based entities.