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Matt Carbonara

Principal, Palo Alto


“Thomas Jefferson said, ‘I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.’  This quote embodies my view of how preparation begets success and opportunities favor those prepared to capture them.  This is especially true in entrepreneurial activities where the margin of error between success and failure can be minor.”

At Comcast Ventures
Matt focuses on investment opportunities in the IT infrastructure space.  Specifically he’s interested in opportunities that capture the remaking of the application infrastructure delivery stack - from compute, storage and networking to databases, management and orchestration.

Before Comcast Ventures
Previously, Matt worked in Corporate Development at Cisco Systems where he focused on strategy, acquisitions and investments in the data center segment.  Prior to joining Cisco he was at a venture capital firm.  His transaction experience includes Virident, Desktone, Whiptail, Jungo Software and Matrix Semiconductor.  Early in his career, Matt was a ASIC design engineer and a product marketing manager at Terayon Communications Systems where as an early employee he architected and designed some of the worlds first cable modem chips.

Matt graduated Summa Cum Laude with his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Fun Fact
While Matt has played plenty of golf in the United States his only hole-in-one came on foreign soil (Zihuatanejo, Mexico) with rented golf clubs and without golf shoes. He views this as a constant reminder that there are many paths to success.

Matt Carbonara


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