Technology >> Analyst Interviews >> February 23, 2009


Vijay Rakesh joined the Chicago of ThinkEquity LLC office in April 2008, as Senior Semiconductor Research Analyst focusing on the analog, memory and PC semiconductors. Prior to ThinkEquity, he was the lead semiconductor analyst at Oppenheimer for almost three years, and before that held research associate positions at Investec Ernst and Piper Jaffray. Before starting his seven year Wall Street career, he worked in the semiconductor industry for six years at International Rectifier Corp. where he held engineering and management positions in the power IC Fab in El Segundo, California. He is a graduate of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, has a Master's degree in Materials Science from the University of Florida, Gainesville and an MBA (Finance) degree from the Anderson School, UCLA. Profile
TWST: As you look back at 2008, how would you characterize what went on in

semiconductors from a business perspective?

Mr. Rakesh: Coming into the year things were a little soft overall in