The son of Sikh refugees, Kanwal landed in the US in 1967.He stumbled through 3 hardware designer jobs before moving to San Joes to work with flight simulator maker Singer-Link before joining Zilog inc. own by microprocessor co.-inventor Federico Faggin.
He turned venture capitalist. One of his first investments was in Exodus communications, where he put in $200,000 and asked his co-founder K.B. Chandrashekhar to trim his services. Today Exodus is valued at $15 billion.