Naren launched Nexus India Capital in 2006 to make venture investments in India. The fund is based in Mumbai, India with an office in Menlo Park
Prior to launching Nexus, Naren Co-founded Integrated Systems Inc (ISI), a leading embedded software company in 1980 and took it public in 1990. He served as ISI President/CEO till 1994 and as its Chairman till ISI merger with Wind River in 2000. He subsequently served as a CEO and Vice-Chairman of Wind River Systems.
Naren has been an active investor for the last ten years. Among his investments, several companies had successful public exits, including Digital Link, E-Tek Dynamics, Numerical Technology and RightNow. Exits through acquisitions include Speedera Networks.
Naren holds a B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi an MS from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in engineering. Naren has received distinguished alumni awards from Caltech and IIT among others and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE.
In addition to Wind River, Naren serves on the boards Tibco Software, Red Hat Inc., Silicon Valley Community Foundation and several privately-held companies. He is an active advisor to Indian entrepreneurs worldwide.