Director of Corporate Ventures, DENSO
Tony Cannestra is the Director of Corporate Ventures for DENSO International America (DIAM). DIAM is the U.S. subsidiary of DENSO Corporation, one of the world’s largest auto parts and systems suppliers. Mr. Cannestra joined DENSO in early 2014, and his primary responsibility is to identify, and invest in, startup companies working on new technologies that are of strategic interest to DENSO’s future product roadmap. During his brief tenure at DENSO, Mr. Cannestra has made 5 investments. He currently serves as a Board Director for ThinCI, one of DENSO’s portfolio companies. Mr. Cannestra also assists with DENSO’s M&A efforts.
Prior to joining DENSO, Mr. Cannestra worked as an Independent Consultant helping clients with startup technology discovery in Silicon Valley. Prior to his work as an Independent Consultant, Mr. Cannestra was Executive Vice President of Ignite Group, a venture capital company based in Silicon Valley.
Mr. Cannestra received a BA in International Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also earned an MBA, with a Certificate in Management of Technology, from the University of California at Berkeley.