Prabhat Jain

Prabhat "Paul" Jain is an Indian American entrepreneur. He attended , Delhi (Physics), University of Vienna, Austria (Electronics) and University of California, Berkeley (Electrical Engineering and Bio Electronics, Bachelor's and Master's Degrees).
Early Life
Jain's maternal grandparents fought the British and were jailed in Agra for their rebellious activities, subsequently forming a large dairy by selling pasteurized milk and butter starting from a roadside cart while his paternal grandfather built military airports in India for the Allies to fight Mao. The story about "never giving up" follows him today after his paternal grandfather who stood at the gates of a British officer for 8 hours in 45°C, till the officer met him and gave him an engineering job in the Eastern Railway system. Simply, the officer did not know of anyone who wanted the job that badly. At 21, Jain left to find his path in the West, initially working at a German lamps factory. Leaving for California from Vienna, he put himself through UC Berkeley from earnings by working at professors' homes and labs.
He founded multiple multimedia companies in the Silicon Valley and can be regarded as one of the chief architects of the consumer PC multimedia industry.  He invented VGA color, Audio and MPEG video products under the brands: Video-7, Media Vision, Dazzle and Turtle Beach. Along with the brands, single chips, technologies, he created hundreds of patents.  Over a billion devices were shipped globally under his vision, branding and marketing genius.
Working in 1977, alongside Nolan Bushnell, Allan Alcorn, Steve Wozniak and Jobs at Atari, he became their supply chain specialist to bring in lower cost components from the Far East. In 1978, he founded, with Roy Kusomoto, Solectron Corporation, the first sub assembly plant in the Silicon Valley. When Steve Jobs and Wozniak built their first 20 Apple computer boards, Jain bought their components for them (to their little Cupertino store)..
Subsequently he became the CEO of Headland Technologies and co-developed an RGB card for the Apple 2e, which for the first time brought color to computers. He co-invented the first video graphics adaptor (VGA) along with Gordy Campbell, an ex-Intel veteran. He also founded another color company, Paradise Systems, enabling Alex Lushtak and Henry Laxen (from a  San Francisco garage operation) to build a single chip VGA. Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and Dave Marquart invested in Jain’s software’s company Hesware, while Sofinova invested in his Paradise unit. 
Jain founded Media Vision in 1991, funded by top VCs and Investment Bankers and became one of the fastest growing companies in the Silicon Valley completing an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 16 months from being founded. Media Vision invented 16 Bit Audio and Mixed signal FM Chips. It rose to a valuation of $1bi in 1993. Due to a small revenue recognition issue on revenues of over $200mi, of $6mi, that was covered up by some of its senior officers, Media Vision was hit hard by zealous federal prosecutors - a new office in San Francisco under Bob Mueller trying to prove its effectiveness. Jain fought the case and was represented by ex-Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff, for 10 years but eventually pleaded to 2 counts and was given a short sentence. The case against Media Vision was brought over 25 years ago.
Jain worked alongside Wilf Corrigan and Charlie Sporck, two Silicon Valley legends, at LSI Logic and National Semiconductor as CEO of Headland Corporation and NS Computer Division, respectively.
In 1994, Jain founded Value Media, which was merged into Turtle Beach. Turtle Beach was able to revive its brand through the extensive distributions channels, Jain had developed, such as through Compusa, Costco, Walmart, Sam's Club, Best Buy, Ingram and Circuit City.
In 1996, Jain’s vision to evolve multimedia led him to pioneer MPEG products for personal computers by founding Dazzle in collaboration with C-Cube Systems. Investors included Kubota, Japan.  Dazzle was sold to SCM of Germany in 1999 after having shipped over 3 million MPEG products.
2000 to present
In 2001, Jain formed Emuzed Corporation in the Silicon Valley and made a bet on two extremely bright engineers in Bangalore to develop software compression engines for mobile phone such as from Nokia, Motorola and Samsung. Within 6 weeks of joining Jain, they developed an audio compression engine that beat out the Fraunhofer Institute of Germany in quality at Nokia. They went on to develop video codecs that are still used in many phones globally. Emuzed, in collaboration with Microsoft, also supplied most PC companies of that era with multimedia hardware products based on a new software standard. Emuzed was sold to Hughes Software/Flextronics in 2004.
In 2005, Jain formed Monsoon, a supplier of place shifting products for global consumers. These products allowed consumers to watch their favorite live TV events, sports and entertainment anywhere in the world on their computers, mobiles or TVs, beamed from their cable TV or STBs. Over a million products were shipped and 300mi streams managed. Many OEMs such as Cisco, AT&T, Sony, Belkin, DirecTV, Arris, TiVo, and Motorola became licensees.
In 2012, the Monsoon team developed new video software technologies at Clyp Video. Clyp Video developed a highly efficient communication application focused on the emerging markets and their well-known problems with erratic network conditions and dominance of 2G. The app called SliQ is among the top 10 communication apps globally and the only app that has five different features such as Voice, Video, Chat, Content and Live Broadcast. It's run rate is projected to hit 17.5 billion by Dec 2019. It's technologies can now be used for the new car markets especially in 5G congested network conditions.
Jain was a professional level Table Tennis player. He also played Tennis from the age of 7 taught by his father at the local YMCA. He played Cricket, Field Hockey and Soccer and represented his school in Delhi in these sports. He is an avid fan of Cal Sports and has 4 children. He is working on a book about how the Silicon Valley's consumer electronics culture took hold and about the often untold stories about its leaders. He also speaks French, German and Hindi. He has four children, Chiara, Julien, Chris and Roshan.
EY Entrepreneur of the Year award 1992.
Speeches at select committees of English and French Parliament.
Keynote Speech at TIE (largest Indian hi tech organisation-Indus Entrepreneurs).
Singles Tennis Championship 1984,Claremont Tennis Club.

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