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Joseph T. McCullen Jr.

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Joseph T. McCullen Jr.

Joseph T. McCullen Jr. (born March 15, 1935) is an American venture capitalist who served as United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) from 1973 to 1977. Biography Joseph T. McCullen Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[1] and was educated at Villanova University.[2] McCullen spent several years in the United States armed forces, as Infantry Lieutenant and Navy Petty Officer.[3] In 1971, McCullen joined the Executive Office of the President of the United States as a Special Assistant to the President.[4] In 1973, President of the United States Richard Nixon nominated McCullen as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), and McCullen subsequently held this office from September 1973 until April 1977. After leaving government service, McCullen pursued a career in business, particularly in venture capital. From 1986 until 1999, he was a Managing Director of venture capital firm OneLiberty Ventures.[4] In 1999, he moved to J.H. Whitney & Comp

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David Nazarian

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David Nazarian

David Nazarian is an Iranian-American businessman, investor and philanthropist. Early life David Nazarian was born circa 1961 in Iran.[1][2] His father, Younes Nazarian, is a businessman and philanthropist. His mother, Soraya Nazarian, is a philanthropist. His paternal uncle, Izak Parviz Nazarian, was also a businessman and philanthropist. Nazarian immigrated to the United States with his parents during the Iranian Revolution of 1979.[2] He graduated from California State University, Northridge, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1982.[1][3][4] He received a Master of Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business.[3] Career Nazarian is the founder of Nîmes Capital, an investment firm.[3][4][5] He serves as its Chief Executive Officer.[4] Nazarian and his family became early major shareholders of Qualcomm when one of their investments joined forces with the renown communication company in 1988.[6][7] He acquired real estate from the Resolution T

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Doug Richard

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Doug Richard

Doug Richard (born May 6, 1958) is an American entrepreneur best known for his television appearances in the United Kingdom. He appeared as a "Dragon" on the first two series of Dragons' Den and was also a government adviser.[2][3] Education Richard received his undergraduate degree from University of California at Berkeley majoring in psychology in 1980. He received his Doctorate of Law at University of California at Los Angeles in 1985. He received his Executive Management Certificate from UCLA School of Business in 1989. Business background Richard founded his first company, ITAL Computers in 1985, which sold services that integrated computer aided design and manufacture systems to the southern California aerospace industry. ITAL Computers was sold in a private transaction in 1991 and the profits used to found his second company, Visual Software.[4] Richard co-founded, managed and sold Visual Software with his partner John Halloran.[5] Visual Software was sold to Micrografx, a NASDAQ listed public comp

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Ron Suber

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Ron Suber

Ron Suber is an American investor. He has held executive positions at Bear Stearns, Spectrum Global, Merlin Securities, Wells Fargo Securities, and Prosper Marketplace. He is also an investor in sixteen different Fintech companies. Education Ron Suber holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.[1] Career Suber began working at Bear Stearns in 1992,[2] eventually becoming a senior managing director of their San Francisco office and Manager of Global Clearing Sales for the Prime Brokerage, Correspondent Clearing and Registered Investment Advisor. In 2006 Suber then joined Spectrum Global as President; the fund held $26 billion under management at that time.[2][3] Following this, Suber began working at Merlin Securities[4][5] in 2008,[6] where he was head of global sales. In 2012 he then moved to Wells Fargo, where he served as managing director Wells Fargo Securities[7] following Wells Fargo’s acquisition of Merlin.[8] Suber served as the President of Prosper Marketplace,[9] until

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Benno C. Schmidt Sr.

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Benno C. Schmidt Sr.

Benno Schmidt Sr. Benno Schmidt Sr., (left) at the White House in 1973 with (left to right) President Richard Nixon, Dr. R. L. Clark (M.D. Anderson Cancer Center), and Dr. Robert A. Good. Benno Charles Schmidt Sr. (January 10, 1913 – October 21, 1999) was an American lawyer and venture capitalist who was active in New York City civic affairs and played an important role in the initiation of the War on Cancer.[1] Life and career Born in Abilene, Texas, Schmidt grew up in that city in a household that was not financially well-off, but placed an emphasis on education. His father died when he was 12, so his mother's job as a secretary supported the family.[1] Schmidt was educated at the University of Texas, where he received both his A.B. and law degrees in 1936. At Texas he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the Texas Cowboys. After receiving his law degree, he spent time as a member of the Texas law school faculty and at Harvard Law School as a Thayer Teaching Fellow. In 1942, following t

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Mike Vernal

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Mike Vernal

Mike Vernal (born September 7, 1980) is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, he was Vice President of Search, Local, and Developer products at Facebook.[1][2] Vernal joined Facebook in 2008 and was the co-creator of Facebook Login, Open Graph, and Facebook’s Mobile App Install Ads product.[1] From 2009 to 2013, Vernal managed the Facebook Platform team and is credited with managing the Facebook Platform transition from desktop to mobile.[3] After transitioning to his role as a Vice President at Facebook, Vernal told Fast Company magazine: "We’re focused on making Facebook a place you go to answer questions, to make better decisions, and to get a better understanding of the real world around you. That’s really the five-year vision.”[4] During his time at Facebook, he was considered among the “top executives” who ran the company.[5] Prior to Facebook, Vernal joined Microsoft in 2002, working as a product manager lead on the networking and Web services a

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Albert Wenger

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Albert Wenger

Albert Wenger is a German-American businessman and venture capitalist. Wenger is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm with investments in companies such as Twilio, Etsy, Firebase, Behance, and MongoDB.[1] Early life and education Wenger won the German highschool computer science competition [2] when he was 18.[3] Wenger earned his PhD in Information Technology from the MIT in 1999 under the supervision of Erik Brynjolfsson and Bengt Holmström.[4] Career Albert Wenger joined Union Square Ventures as a venture partner in 2006[5] following the sale of Delicious to Yahoo in 2005 where he had been the president.[6] He led USV's investment in Etsy, where he was also a personal angel investor.[7] He became a General Partner in 2008[8] and a Managing Partner in 2017.[9] Notable investments include Series A rounds in Etsy (IPO 2015), Twilio (IPO 2016), MongoDB (IPO 2017) as well as Behance (acquired by Adobe) and Firebase (acquired by Google).[10] Wenger also co-

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Fred Wilson (financier)

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Fred Wilson (financier)

Fred Wilson (born August 20, 1961) is an American businessman, venture capitalist and blogger. Wilson is the co-founder of Union Square Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm with investments in Web 2.0 companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Zynga, Kickstarter, and MongoDB. Career Fred Wilson began his career as an associate and then became a General Partner at Euclid Partners. He worked at Euclid Partners from 1987 to 1996.[1] In 1996 Wilson and Jerry Colonna began Flatiron Partners, which was named after the Flatiron District. Based in New York City, it grew into an investment fund that focused primarily on follow-on investing, with investments in notable dot-com bubble successes and failures, including Alacra, comScore Networks, Yoyodyne, Geocities, Kozmo.com, The New York Times Digital, PlanetOut, Return Path, Scout electromedia, Standard Media International, Starmedia, and VitaminShoppe.com.[2] The firm's 1996 fund capitalized at $150 million with two investors: SOFTBANK Technolo

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Matt Hershenson

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Matt Hershenson

Matt Hershenson is a co-founder and managing director at Playground Global.[1] He co-founded Danger, known for creating the T-Mobile Sidekick.[2][3] At Danger, he served as SVP of Advanced Projects[4] where he was responsible for operations, hardware engineering, development and design.[5] Hershenson also had a job at Google,[2] working on the Android team alongside Andy Rubin.[1][5] Education Hershenson studied physics at the University of Michigan.[5] References "Andy Rubin Unleashed Android on the World. Now Watch Him Do the Same With AI". WIRED. Retrieved 2016-03-23. "Andy Rubin gets Danger back together at Google to work on Android hardware". Fortune. Retrieved 2016-03-23. "The History of the Sidekick: The Coolest Smartphone of All Time". Complex. Retrieved 2016-03-23. "Matt Hershenson - SVP of Advanced Products (Founder) @ Danger | CrunchBase". www.crunchbase.com. Retrieved 2016-03-23. "Matt Hershenson: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Businessweek.com. Retrieved 2

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Christopher Woodrow

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Christopher Woodrow

Christopher Woodrow is an American businessman, financier and movie producer. He is the founder and chairman at Media Capital Technologies, a global entertainment company focused on strategic investments in premium content and intellectual property. Career Woodrow founded and served as chairman and CEO at Vendian Entertainment[1][2] and Worldview Entertainment,[3][4] motion picture financing and production companies, which financed and produced over 30 feature films under his leadership.[5][6] His films, including Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and Hacksaw Ridge, have grossed in excess of $700 million worldwide, been nominated for 16 Academy Awards and won six Oscars including Best Picture. Variety named Woodrow as one of 10 Producers To Watch[7] in 2012, while Deadline named him as one of five Producers To Watch[8] at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.[9][10][11] Prior to this, he founded and was managing director at Prospect Point Capital, an investment company focused on structured finan

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Theresia Gouw

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Theresia Gouw

Theresia Gouw is an entrepreneur and venture capital investor in the technology sector. She worked at Bain & Company, Release Software and Accel Partners before co-founding Aspect Ventures, a female-led venture capital firm, in 2014.[1] Gouw was named one of the 40 most influential minds in tech by Time Magazine.[2] and has been recognized seven times on the Forbes Midas List as one of the "world's smartest tech investors".[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] Education Gouw earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Brown University, graduating magna cum laude,[10] and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.[11] Career Gouw speaking during 2019 TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco Gouw began her career at Bain & Company. She left Bain to become a founding member of Release Software, a startup founded by business school classmates,[1] where she served as Vice President of Business Development & Sales. After Release Software, Gouw joined Accel Partners, eventually becoming Managing Partne

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Heidi Roizen

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Heidi Roizen

Heidi Roizen (born 1958) is a Silicon Valley executive, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur. She is known for speaking out against the harassment of women in technology,[2] having herself received harassment in the past.[3] Early life Roizen was born in 1958 in Stanford, California. She graduated from Stanford University in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in English and earned her MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business three years later. Career From 1983 to 1996, Roizen was co-founder and CEO of T/Maker Company, which made software for CP/M and MS-DOS computers, and later for the Apple Macintosh. Her brother, Peter Roizen was the other co-founder; he had graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and had written the original software named "Table Maker" that had launched the company. From 1987 until 1994, Roizen also served on the board of directors of the Software Publishers Association and was its president from 1988 to 1990. From 1996 to 1997, Roizen was Vice Presiden

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Karen Mills

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Karen Mills

Karen Gordon Mills (born September 14, 1953) served as the 23rd Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). She was nominated by President-elect Barack Obama on December 19, 2008, confirmed unanimously by the Senate on April 2, 2009, and sworn in on April 6, 2009.[1][2] During her tenure, her office was elevated to the rank of Cabinet-level officer, expanding her power on policy decisions and granting her inclusion in the President's cabinet meetings.[2] On February 11, 2013, she announced her resignation as Administrator[2][3] and left the post on September 1, 2013. Since leaving the SBA, Mills has served as a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government.[4] She is the president of the investment firm MMP Group, Inc.,[5] is the vice chairman of the board of directors of the immigration services company Envoy Global[5] and a regular contributor to Fortune and other publications.[6][7][8][9] She is the author of Fintech, Small Business & the Ame

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Adora Cheung

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Adora Cheung

Adora Cheung is an American software developer.[1] She was the co-founder and CEO of housecleaning business Homejoy. After Homejoy closed Cheung started working exclusively for Y Combinator as a partner. Early life Cheung grew up in a small town in South Carolina and earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Clemson University.[2] She received a masters degree in Economics from the University of Rochester.[2] While working on her PhD, a friend asked for programming help with his startup, so she left her PhD program to help him. When that didn't follow through, she moved to Silicon Valley.[3] Cheung worked at Slide.com as a group project manager, overlooking multiple projects such as FunWall, SuperPoke!, and SuperPoke! Pets.[4] Homejoy Cheung and her brother joined Y Combinator after she left Slide, Inc. Together they brainstormed several startup ideas, including Pathjoy, a platform to connect customers with life coaches and therapists, but soon abandoned the idea. Instead Cheung started to focus

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Daphne Zohar

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Daphne Zohar

Daphne Zohar is an American entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of PureTech Health, a biotechnology firm. PureTech went public in June 2015 and is a FTSE250 company. She was named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top innovators in the world under the age of 35.[1] In 2010 she was selected by BioWorld, a widely read biotechnology industry publication, as one of 28 leaders predicted to be the "movers and shakers" of the biotechnology industry over the next twenty years.[2] That same year, Zohar was also featured as one of “The Boston Area’s Top 15 Innovators” by The Boston Globe.[3][4] In 2011, Zohar was named one of Boston Business Journal’s “Women to Watch,”[5] in 2012 she was named one of the most powerful female voices in healthcare innovation and on Twitter by MedCity News,[6] and in 2013, Scott Kirsner of The Boston Globe named Zohar one of the 10 most influential women in biotech.[7] Zohar has also been vocal in criticizing the venture industry for its treatment of entrepreneurs.[8]

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Kirsten Green

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Kirsten Green

Kirsten Green (born 1971/1972) is an American venture capitalist, the founder and managing partner of Forerunner Ventures.[3] Early life Green was born and raised outside of San Francisco, California. She attended the University of California Los Angeles, where she obtained a degree in business economics.[4] Career Following her studies at UCLA, Green worked as a stock analyst for Montgomery Securities covering retailers.[5] For several years, she worked as an angel investor and independent consultant before founding San Francisco-based Forerunner Ventures in 2010, where she is also the managing director.[6] Honors and recognition Green was listed in the Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017, 2018, and 2019, with ranks of 95, 89, and 95, respectively.[7][8][9] She was included in Time's 100 Most Influential People; named a Top 20 Venture Capitalists byThe New York Times in 2017 and 2018; and was on Forbes' 2017 and 2018 Midas Lists. She was named VC of the Year at TechCrunch's 201

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Arjun Gupta (venture capitalist)

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Arjun Gupta (venture capitalist)

Arjun Gupta is an Indian American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist. Early life After attending St. Stephen's College in Delhi, India, Gupta came to the United States on a student exchange program. He then attended Washington State University where he received his BS and MS in computer science, and Stanford University where he received his MBA.[1] Gupta is a member of the 2014 class of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative[2] and the 2001 class of Henry Crown Fellows.[3] Career Gupta is Chief Believer of TeleSoft Partners, a special situations venture capital firm he founded in 1996. At TeleSoft, Gupta manages capital commitments of $625 million and has helped build over 60 companies resulting in 37 mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs, with a combined cash acquisition price of over $16 billion.[4] Gupta has served numerous director roles which currently include Calient, Nexant, and JumpStart and was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2006,[5] 2007,[6] 2008,[7] and 2009.[8] I

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Mahbod Moghadam

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Mahbod Moghadam

Mahbod Moghadam (born November 17, 1982) is an Iranian-American internet entrepreneur. He was a co-founder and the chief community officer of Everipedia until March 2019. Previously, he was a co-founder of Rap Genius (now Genius), which he started in August 2009 with Tom Lehman and Ilan Zechory. Personal life and education Moghadam graduated from Yale University in 2004 with a major in history and international studies. In 2005, he went to France on a Fulbright scholarship. When he returned in 2005, he enrolled at Stanford Law School, and graduated in 2008 with a J.D.[1] Moghadam is known for his "outlandish" personality and behavior.[2][3][4] In 2013 he received media attention for using explicit insults against Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett in an interview and in a tweet from the Rap Genius Twitter account, and for his public apology to them both during an onstage appearance at the TechCrunch Disrupt New York conference.[5][6][7][8] He later attributed some of his behavior to a benign Brain tumor th

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Tim Rowe

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Tim Rowe

Timothy Rowe is the founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), founder of Venture Café, partner of New Atlantic Ventures, Chair of LabCentral, and Chair of MassRobotics. Previously, Tim has served as a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a manager with the Boston Consulting Group, and an analyst with the Mitsubishi Research Institute. Tim speaks Spanish and Japanese fluently[2] and holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BA from Amherst College.[3][4] He was one of the major supporters of the Kendall Square Association, a group designed to nurture innovation in the area around the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2012, he helped create their "Walk of Fame" to help make the contributions of innovators more obvious to the walking public. The group installed plaques on the sidewalks modeled after the stars along Hollywood Boulevard.[5] Cambridge Innovation Center Tim contacted MIT for their smallest space to lease, eventually signing a lease for a 3,000-square-

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Ted Schlein

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Ted Schlein

Ted Schlein (born 1964) is an American venture capitalist (VC) and businessman.[1] He is currently an investment partner at Kleiner Perkins, joining the firm in 1996.[2] On December 10, 2018, it was announced he would co-manage Kleiner Perkins.[3] An early executive at Symantec,[4] Schlein founded the software security startup Fortify Software in 2003, serving as Chief Executive Officer.[5] In 2014 he was ranked the best venture capitalist by researchers at CB Insights.[6] The Midas List: Top Tech Investors list by Forbes ranked him at No. 86 in 2018.[7] See also Venture capital References Kleiner Perkins: Can Ted Schlein lead venture capital firm back to glory?, The Mercury News Ask A VC: Kleiner Perkins’ Ted Schlein On How The VC Industry Has Changed; What’s Next For The Enterprise And More, TechCrunch Term Sheet: Kleiner Shakeup-Up, Fortune Kleiner Perkins’ Ted Schlein on the Cybercrime Arms Race, Wall Street Journal KPCB’s Ted Schlein on cybersecurity: We’ve all been breached, VentureB

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Ann Lamont

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Ann Lamont

Ann Huntress Lamont is an American venture capitalist and wife of Governor of Connecticut Ned Lamont. Early life and career Lamont was born in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin to Betsy Ann (née Whiteside) and Carroll B. Huntress, Jr.[1] She received a bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford University in 1979.[2][3] Lamont is a founder and managing partner at Oak Investment Partners. In 2006, the New York Times described her as "one of the most successful women ever in the lofty realm of venture capital."[4][5] In 2007, she was named number 50 in Forbes' Midas List.[4][6] Personal life Lamont was married on September 10, 1983,[7] to businessman Ned Lamont. They reside in Greenwich and have three children: Emily, Lindsay, and Teddy.[8][9] References "Betsy Huntress Obituary". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. June 21, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2019. "Ann H. Lamont". HCA. Retrieved January 7, 2019. "Thinking, and Acting, Globally". Stanford University. Retrieved January 7, 2018. Alison Leigh

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Franklin Pitcher Johnson jr.

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Franklin Pitcher Johnson jr.

Pitch Johnson (2014) Franklin Pitcher Johnson jr., or Pitch Johnson, is a founder of multiple companies.[1][2][3] Personal life He is the son of Franklin Pitcher "Pitch" Johnson, an Olympic track and field athlete and college coach. Encouraged by his father, Johnson won a track and field scholarship and studied mechanical engineering at Stanford University (1946–50).[1] After attending Harvard Business School (1950–52) he joined the US Air Force (1952–54) as an aircraft maintenance officer and worked in the Inland Steel Company's Indiana Harbor Works for eight years. He married Catherine Holman in 1954. He has a wife Catherine, three sons and one daughter. He describes himself as an Episcopalian and a Republican.[1] Career Venture capitalist The US Congress passed a law in 1958 to foment the creation of venture capital under which the government would lend private capital.[1] Johnson and his friend, Bill Draper, decided to co-found a venture capital company in Palo Alto. With a combination of savings a

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Eric Ries

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Eric Ries

Eric Ries (born September 22, 1978) is an American entrepreneur, blogger, and author of The Lean Startup, a book on the lean startup movement. He is also the author of The Startup Way, a book on modern entrepreneurial management. Early life While at Yale, he was co-founder of Catalyst Recruiting, an online forum for university students to network with potential employers.[1][2] He took a leave of absence to pursue Catalyst Recruiting, but the company soon folded.[1] Career IMVU After graduating, Ries moved to Silicon Valley in 2001 as a software engineer with There, Inc.[1] He worked with the firm until the 2003 launch of its web-based 3D Virtual World product, There.com.[1] The company soon failed.[1] In 2004, Ries left to join one of the founders of There.com, Will Harvey in co-founding IMVU Inc.,[3] a social network.[4] IMVU investor Steve Blank insisted that IMVU executives audit Blank's class on entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley.[5] There Ries picked up Blank's method of fast customer feedback, which

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Franklin Pitcher Johnson Jr.

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Franklin Pitcher Johnson Jr.

Pitch Johnson (2014) Franklin Pitcher Johnson jr., or Pitch Johnson, is a founder of multiple companies.[1][2][3] Personal life He is the son of Franklin Pitcher "Pitch" Johnson, an Olympic track and field athlete and college coach. Encouraged by his father, Johnson won a track and field scholarship and studied mechanical engineering at Stanford University (1946–50).[1] After attending Harvard Business School (1950–52) he joined the US Air Force (1952–54) as an aircraft maintenance officer and worked in the Inland Steel Company's Indiana Harbor Works for eight years. He married Catherine Holman in 1954. He has a wife Catherine, three sons and one daughter. He describes himself as an Episcopalian and a Republican.[1] Career Venture capitalist The US Congress passed a law in 1958 to foment the creation of venture capital under which the government would lend private capital.[1] Johnson and his friend, Bill Draper, decided to co-found a venture capital company in Palo Alto. With a combination of savings a

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Matt McIlwain

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Matt McIlwain

Matt McIlwain is an American businessman, managing partner and director of the venture capital firm Madrona Venture Group. Early Life McIlwain was educated at Dartmouth where he received a B.A. in Government and Economics in 1987[1]. He later went on to receive a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School in 1992. Career Before joining Madrona in 2000, Matt was Vice President of Business Process for the Genuine Parts Company. He also was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, concentrating on strategy and marketing in technology-driven sectors and prior to that worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse[2]. In addition to his work at Madrona, McIlwain is chair of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center board of trustees[3]. He is also on the board for the Washington Policy Center[4], the Be Greater Foundation[5], and founded the non-profit Opportunity for All Coalition in 2017 to challenge a proposed Seattle income tax

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Ilya Fushman

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Ilya Fushman

Ilya Fushman (born 1981) is an American physicist, engineer, venture capitalist and business executive.[1] With several patents in software, electronics, and photonics,[2] Fushman has published papers on quantum computing in magazines such as Nature[3] and Science.[4] After serving as director of technology for the solar panel startup Solar Junction,[2] Fushman was a principal investor at Khosla Ventures.[5] He joined Dropbox first in corporate and business development[6] and then as head of product.[5] Working with companies like Optimizely,[6] he became a general partner at Index Ventures in 2015[7][8] and Kleiner Perkins in 2018.[9][10] References Geron, Tomio (July 31, 2018). "Kleiner Perkins Grabs New Talent in Bid to Be 'the First Part of the Conversation'". www.wsj.com. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 19, 2019. "Ilya Fushman". www.bloomberg.com. Bloomberg. Retrieved March 19, 2019. "Controlling cavity reflectivity with a single quantum dot". www.nature.com. Nature. December 6, 2007.

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Ashmeet Sidana is an American businessman, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is the Founder, Chief Engineer and Managing Partner of Engineering Capital.[1][2][3] Education Sidana obtained a B.Sc. from USC in 1998, a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1991 and graduated with an MBA from Wharton in 2013.[2][4][5] Career Sidana started his career at Hewlett Packard and then worked at Silicon Graphics, where he worked as an engineer. Subsequently, he founded Sidana Systems, where he served as Chief Executive Officer until the company was bought by Doclinx.[5] He then worked at VMware, where he was in charge of product management fort he companies product ESX Server. Until 2013, Sidana then worked with Foundation Capital, a venture capital fund. Engineering Capital In 2015, Sidana launched his own venture capital fund, Engineering Capital, with plans to focus his initial $32 million investment fund and portfolio on 10-15 strat-ups from the infrastructure technology (IT and engineeri

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David Zilberman (investor)

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David Zilberman (investor)

David Zilberman, also known by his initials, DZ, is the Chairman of CTI Towers, a managing director at Comcast Ventures in San Francisco, California, and serves on the Board of Directors at Vox Media, Aporeto, Tact, College Ave Student Loans, and Lendio. Career DZ started his career as a communications and media investment banker at Lehman Brothers, then held a senior business development role at Flarion Technologies aiding in the $805M acquisition by Qualcomm.[1] He is a Managing Director at Comcast Ventures in San Francisco, CA.[1] He joined the venture capital firm in 2006 and his investments include Bento for Business, BitSight, Uptycs, EdgeConnex, Vox Media,[2] DocuSign,[3] Slack Technologies, Tact, Lendio and College Ave Student Loans.[4] In 2011, DZ founded and became the Chairman of CTI Towers, Inc.,[5] a tower company that handles leasing to wireless companies. Since its launch, the company has leased tower space to Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, along with broadcasters, utility compan

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Francis Pollara

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Francis Pollara

Francis Pollara (born March 16, 1989) is an American venture investor, company advisor and serial entrepreneur as well as a former award-winning producer.[1] He founded Launch, a uniquely positioned venture fund, backed by Luma, one of the world’s most successful independent creative studios. Launch has invested in seed and early-stage technology companies such as Revl, TheWaveVR, Retina, Donut Media, Community and Tapcart.[2] Prior to founding Luma Launch in 2015, Pollara co-founded and built The Future Party[3], a community-based media company which was acquired in early 2019.[4] Early life Pollara was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. His father lead communications architectures research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and his mother is the nursing department chair at California State University, Northridge. Pollara is of Italian descent on his father’s side originating from Milano, Italy and of Jordanian descent on his mother’s side. Education Pollara attended La Cañada High School in La Ca

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Scott Hartley

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Scott Hartley

Scott Hartley (born July 18, 1983) is a venture capitalist and an author.[1] He previously worked for Silicon Valley technology companies such as Google and Facebook as well as Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.[2] He was a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House[2][3] and a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, a firm on Sand Hill Road. Early life and education Hartley was born in Richland, Washington, but soon moved to Highlands Ranch, Colorado. His family moved to Palo Alto, California in 1993, where he attended Palo Alto High School.[4] He was a student of Esther Wojcicki.[5] Hartley already completed his second year at the University of Virginia (where he was an Eccles Scholar) when he decided to transfer to Stanford University, seeking classmates with a broader Liberal Arts perspective.[6] In 2005, he finished his BA in Political Science at Stanford and later obtained an MBA at Columbia University Business School and an MIA in International Economic Policy at Columbia Unive

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Sonja Hoel Perkins

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Sonja Hoel Perkins

Sonja Hoel Perkins is a venture capitalist, founder and managing director of the Perkins Fund and a co-founder of Broadway Angels.[1][2][3] Before starting her own fund, Perkins worked as a venture capitalist at Menlo Ventures.[1][4] In 2015, Worth magazine ranked her among the 100 Most Powerful People in Finance in the World.[5][6] Education Sonja Hoel grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. After working for TA Associates in Boston as an analyst, she graduated from the Harvard Business School.[1][4] Career in venture capital Perkins began working as a venture capitalist at Menlo Ventures on Sand Hill Road in Menlo, California[1][4] in 1994.[7] At age 29, she was the youngest-ever general partner to join Menlo Ventures.[8] She worked for 22 years at Menlo Ventures before starting her own firm, The Perkins Firm.[9] Her investments have included Acme Packet, F5 Networks and McAfee Associates.[10] She has served on the board of d

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Frederick Frank (businessman)

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Frederick Frank (businessman)

Frederick Frank CFA (born May 31, 1932, Salt Lake City, Utah) is an investment banker, with more than 50 years of experience on Wall Street. He is considered the first investment banker to have specialized in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and health care services.[4][5] As of 2014, Frank became a founder and chair of EVOLUTION Life Science Partners. He previously served as vice chairman of Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, and the Peter J. Solomon Company.[4] He is credited as lead underwriter for over 125 IPOs and as a negotiator in over 75 mergers and acquisitions.[6] Frank was chosen as one of the top 100 contributors to biotechnology in 2005.[5][7] Early life and education Frederick Frank was born on May 31, 1932,[8] to Simon Frank and Suzanne (Seller) Frank of Salt Lake City, Utah. He ran a men's wear business established by his father, Arthur Frank.[9] He completed high school at Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut in 1950.[8][10][3] Frank graduated in the class of 1954 from Y

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Mary C. Tanner

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Mary C. Tanner

Mary Catherine Tanner is an investment banker, with more than 25 years of experience on Wall Street. She specializes in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and health care services.[4][5] Her expertise includes ethical pharmaceuticals and green technology.[1] Fluent in both English and French, she specializes in cross-border transactions between large and small companies, corporate partnering and minority investments.[4][5] As of 2014, Tanner was Senior Managing Director of EVOLUTION Life Science Partners (ELSP), and a co-founder and chair of Life Science Partners LLP. Previously she served as Senior Managing Director of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and the Peter J. Solomon Company.[4][5] Tanner was the first woman to become a partner at Lehman Brothers.[6] She is credited with directing over 130 IPOs for life sciences organizations,[5] and over 500 mergers and acquisitions.[4] Early life and education Mary Catherine Tanner was born to Donald N. Tanner and Marilyn S. Tanner. Her father was a civ

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Desiree Gruber

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Desiree Gruber

Desiree Gruber (born June 25, 1967) is an American television producer and entrepreneur. She was the executive producer of the fashion reality television competition Project Runway.[1][2] She is the founder and CEO of a production company, Full Picture.[3][4] Early life and career Gruber was born on June 25, 1967 in Miami, Florida.[5][6][7][8] In an interview with Daily Front Row, Gruber said that her father was a businessman and a green beret and he had her enrolled in ROTC when she was in college, which helped her building leadership skills.[9] She started her professional career as an assistant in the A&R department for EMI Records in 1989, and as the general assistant on the New Music Seminar in 1990.[10] In 1991, she joined the marketing agency Rogers & Cowan as an assistant publicist, later promoted to director of entertainment, and eventually to vice president of entertainment in 1997. During her time there, she helped publicizing and branding for Victoria's Secret, The Limited Inc. and E

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Jessica O. Matthews

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Jessica O. Matthews

Jessica O. Matthews is a Nigerian-American inventor, CEO and venture capitalist.[1] She is the co-founder of Uncharted Power, which made Soccket, a soccer ball that can be used as a power generator. Matthews attended Harvard College and graduated from Harvard Business School.[2] In 2011, Fortune Magazine named her Fortune’s "10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs"[3] and in 2015, named her as Fortune’s "Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs."[4] In 2012, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations named her "Scientist of the Year."[5][6][7] Matthews is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Nigeria.[2] The President of Nigeria named Matthews an Ambassador for Entrepreneurship for the country.[8] Early life Matthews grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY, as a dual citizen of the United States and Nigeria. Her parents run a software business, Decision Technologies International[2][9] and her sister, Tiana Idoni-Matthews, would later become a marketing director of Uncharted Play.[10] Matthews attended Our Lady of Lou

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Lee Fixel

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Lee Fixel

Lee Jared Fixel is an American venture capitalist and investor. Early life and education Fixel was born in 1980 and was raised near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is the eldest of three children and has two younger sisters.[2][3] Fixel earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration, finance, and accounting at the Washington University in St. Louis.[2] Career He is a licensed Chartered Financial Analyst.[4] His first job was at Alkeon Capital Management.[2] He was a partner at Tiger Global Management in March 2019.[5] He had been working with the New York-based investment firm since March 2006.[4] He has invested in a number of billion dollar Indian startups, most famously Flipkart.[6][7][8] As of 2018, he is still a member of the board of directors of Flipkart, even after its sale to Walmart.[9] Philanthropy He is the joint owner (with his wife, Lauren Fixel) of the Lauren and Lee Fixel Family Foundation. Lee Fixel is also notable for being one of the biggest contributors to The Michael J. Fo

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Forest Baskett

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Forest Baskett

Forest Baskett is an American venture capitalist, computer scientist and former professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University.[1] He is a venture capitalist at New Enterprise Associates. Baskett designed the operating system for the original Cray-1 super-computer and was an original pioneer of Very Large Scale Integration.[2] Baskett received a BA in Mathematics from Rice University, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and became a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1994.[3] Baskett was the doctoral advisor of computer scientist Andy Bechtolsheim while at Stanford, and was involved in the founding of Sun Microsystems.[4] References "Forest Baskett at NEA". NEA.com. Retrieved December 27, 2018. "Forest Baskett at Cray and contributions to VLSI". www.cs.utexas.edu. Retrieved December 27, 2018. "National Academy of Engineering". www.nae.edu. Retrieved December 29, 2018. "Funding a Revolution: Government Support for Computer Research, pg.

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Dan Gilbert

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Dan Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert (born January 17, 1962) is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is the cofounder of Quicken Loans and founder of Rock Ventures.[3] He is the owner of the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers.[4] Gilbert owns several sports franchises, including the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters, and the NBA G League's Canton Charge. He operates the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio, home to the Cavaliers and Monsters. Gilbert is the chairman of JACK Entertainment (formerly Rock Gaming), which opened its first Horseshoe Casino (now JACK Cleveland Casino) in downtown Cleveland in May 2012.[5] Early life and education Gilbert was born to a Jewish[6][7][8] family in Detroit, Michigan.[9] He grew up in Southfield, Michigan, where he attended Southfield-Lathrup High School.[10] He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School, and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.[5] While

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Jerry Yang

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Jerry Yang

Jerry Chih-Yuan Yang (Chinese: 楊致遠; born November 6, 1968) is a Taiwanese-American computer programmer, internet entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo! Inc.[2][3] Early life Jerry Yang's signature Yang was born with the name Yang Chih-Yuan in Taipei, Taiwan on November 6, 1968;[3] his mother was a professor of English and drama and his father died when he was two, by which time Yang had a brother.[4][5] In 1978, his mother moved the family to San Jose, California, where his grandmother and extended family took care of the boys while his mother taught English to other immigrants.[4] After moving to the US Yang took the American name Jerry, his mother Lily, and his brother Ken.[6] He says that he only knew one English word, "shoe", when he came to America, but became fluent in English in about three years.[7] Yang earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Stanford University in four years.[7] He met David Filo at S

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Tim Chang (venture capitalist)

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Tim Chang (venture capitalist)

Tim Chang is a US venture capitalist. Since September 2011, he is a managing partner at Mayfield Fund.[1] Biography Early life and education Tim Chang was born the United States to Taiwanese parents.[2] From 1990 to 1996 he studied at the University of Michigan, where he earned his Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering.[3] While studying there, Chang also participated in Japan Technology Management Program and studied in Japan.[4] In 2001, he earned his MBA as an Arjay Miller Scholar from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.[5][6][7] Later he became a mentor at StartX, a non-profit startup accelerator and founder community associated with Stanford University.[8] Business career Chang started his career as an intern at Toyota Motor Corporation.[9] He then worked as a chassis engineer at General Motors Japan.[9][10] For 5 years he worked for Gateway Japan as a product manager.[1] Chang began working in venture capital financing in 1999 during his time at Stan

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Tim Chang

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Tim Chang

Tim Chang is a US venture capitalist. Since September 2011, he is a managing partner at Mayfield Fund.[1] Early life and education Tim Chang was born the United States to Taiwanese parents.[2] From 1990 to 1996 he studied at the University of Michigan, where he earned his Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering.[3] While studying there, Chang also participated in Japan Technology Management Program and studied in Japan.[4] In 2001, he earned his MBA as an Arjay Miller Scholar from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.[5][6][7] Later he became a mentor at StartX, a non-profit startup accelerator and founder community associated with Stanford University.[8] Business career Chang started his career as an intern at Toyota Motor Corporation.[9] He then worked as a chassis engineer at General Motors Japan.[9][10] For 5 years he worked for Gateway Japan as a product manager.[1] Chang began working in venture capital financing in 1999 during his time at Stanford Gradu

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Jeff Bezos

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Jeff Bezos

Jeffrey Preston Bezos ([a][3] né Jorgensen; born January 12, 1964) is an American internet and aerospace entrepreneur, media proprietor, and investor. He is best known as the founder, chief executive officer, and president of Amazon. The first centi-billionaire on the Forbes wealth index, Bezos was named the "richest man in modern history" after his net worth increased to $150 billion in July 2018.[4] In September 2018, Forbes described him as "far richer than anyone else on the planet" as he added $1.8 billion to his net worth when Amazon became the second company in history to reach a market cap of $1 trillion. Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science. He worked on Wall Street in a variety of related fields from 1986 to early 1994. He founded the online retailer Amazon in late 1994 on a cross-country road trip from New York City to Seattle. The company began as an onli

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Navin Chaddha

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Navin Chaddha

Navin Chaddha is an investor, serial entrepreneur and executive, who is managing partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Mayfield.[1] He founded several companies including VXtreme, Rovio, and iBeam Broadcasting. Education and early life Chaddha was born in India to an affluent family. He received an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and came to the US in 1992 on a fellowship to earn a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.[2][3] He credited a fascination with Thomas Edison for his interest in science.[3] After he completed his masters, he started working on his doctorate when he decided to go into business instead.[3] Career Vxtreme Inc. In 1996, Chaddha founded his first company, Internet streaming company Vxtreme, when he was 25.[4] He sold the company to Microsoft in 1997, when he was 26, for a reported $75 million.[5] He served with Microsoft in various management roles after the acquisition, including Chief Architect

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Steve Sarracino

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Steve Sarracino

Steve Sarracino is a technology investor and venture capitalist. He is best known for founding Activant Capital, a growth equity and venture capital firm focused on investing in growing technology businesses.[1][2] Early life and education Sarracino grew up in Irvine, California and holds a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and a MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.[3] Career Sarracino founded Activant Capital in 2013. Sarracino previously was a founding member of Serent Capital and founded the Technology Group at American Capital. Prior, was with McKinsey & Co in Hong Kong and was senior member of the M&A team at Robertson Stephens.[4] At Activant, Sarracino led investments in Better.com,[5] Bolt,[6] Deliverr, Indigo Agriculture,[7] NewStore, Turvo, RetailNext and Boxed. The firm has had several exits including hybris, an e-commerce software business that sold to SAP for $1.4 billion[8], Upland Software, which went public and the recent sale of pred

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Dan Lynch

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Dan Lynch

Daniel Walbridge Lynch (born June 21, 1962)[1] is a former college and professional American football offensive guard; he attended Washington State University; he was inducted to their athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.[2] Lynch went on to a career in the venture capital industry in Central Europe. Football career Lynch attended Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Washington.[1] From 1980 to 1984, he played college football for the Washington State Cougars, where he started for four years. After completing his senior season with the 1983 Cougars and he played in the January 1984 Senior Bowl all-star game, and was subsequently granted an extra year of eligibility and played for the 1984 Cougars.[3] Lynch was a team captain and 1984 First Team All-American,[4] and unanimously won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10's top offensive lineman. He was also on the 1984 Bob Hope Christmas Special with the AP All-American team.[5] Lynch played in the East–West Shrine Game, and became the first (and to date only) player

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Arjun Sethi (entrepreneur)

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Arjun Sethi (entrepreneur)

Arjun Sethi (born January 15, 1983) is an American internet entrepreneur, investor and executive. He is co-founder and partner at venture capital firm Tribe Capital. He previously was partner at Social Capital and served as an executive at Yahoo! where he launched Yahoo! Livetext. Before that, he was co-founder and CEO of MessageMe (acquired by Yahoo!) and he was CEO of Lolapps, the developer behind Ravenwood Fair. Career Lolapps In 2008, Sethi took the role as CEO of Lolapps, which developed social games on the Facebook platform. Lolapps developed Ravenwood Fair which had 10 million monthly active users.[1] At its peak, Lolapps had 150 million monthly active users across its portfolio of games.[2] Lolapps merged with game publisher 6waves in 2011[3] which made the merged entity 6waves Lolapps the second largest game publisher on Facebook measured by monthly active users after Zynga.[4] Sethi became Chief Product Officer in 6waves Lolapps, which went on to raise $35 million in funding from Korean gaming co

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Barry Aycock

William Barry Aycock (born January 21, 1969) is an American investor and entrepreneur from Parma, Missouri. Early life Aycock was born in Sikeston, Missouri. One of three siblings, Aycock graduated from Risco High School in Risco, Missouri. Education Aycock obtained a B.S. from Southeast Missouri State University, a M.Ed. from The University of Missouri and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. Career Aycock formed Aycock Agricultural Services in 1988, which would eventually go on to become the largest cotton consulting firm in the United States and South America. 1995 was a defining year for Aycock. He was appointed to numerous state boards by then Governor Mel Carnahan, and was also named the National Cotton Consultant of the Year by Cotton Farming Magazine. He was the youngest and only Missourian to ever win the award. The success in his home state of Missouri led him to an appointment under Bolivian Ambassador to the United States, Andrés Petricevic. Throughout 1998, Aycock served as a cotton c

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Peter J. Levine

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Peter J. Levine

Peter J. Levine is an American engineering executive and venture capitalist.[1] Biography Levine earned a BS in engineering from Boston University in 1983, and worked at Spectrum Software. He then worked as an engineer on Project Athena at MIT, and attended the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1988 and 1989. From 1990 through 2001 he was an early employee of Veritas Software, beginning his career as a software engineer and ending as a vice president.[2] Levine was a general partner at Mayfield Fund from 2002 through 2005. Levine was also the CEO of Mendocino Software from incubation (at Mayfield) in 2003,[3] along with other former-Veritas executives Steve Colman and Jeffrey J. Rothschild.[4] After a third round of funding in 2007,[5] and licensing its software to a few customers, Mendocino shut down quietly by March 2008.[6][7] Levine became president and CEO of Xensource in February, 2006.[8] After working to grow the faltering company's revenues, Xensource was acquired by Citrix in 2007 for $500 milli

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Holly Liu

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Holly Liu

Holly Liu is an American businesswoman and venture capitalist.[1][2] She is the co-founder of the mobile gaming company Kabam.[3] She is currently Non-Executive Director and Strategic Adviser to Animoca's board of directors[4]. Education She studied at the UC Berkeley and at the University of California, Los Angeles.[5] Career Liu is the co-founded mobile gaming company Kabam in 2006; maker of the games: Kingdoms of Camelot The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth and Marvel Contest of Champions.[3][6] She was lead designer of their flagship game Kingdoms of Camelot, which grossed over $250 million in just four years.[7][8] Liu was instrumental in growing the company’s annual revenue from zero to $400m. She was also the founding mobile designer for the game extension Battle for the North, which made Kingdoms of Camelot the highest-grossing app for iPhone and iPad in 2012. [9] In January 2017, the majority of Kabam’s assets were acquired by Netmarble, South Korea’s largest mobile gaming company. Following her

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Andrew Ng

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Andrew Ng

Andrew Yan-Tak Ng (Chinese: 吳恩達; born 1976) is a Chinese-American computer scientist and statistician, focusing on machine learning and AI.[2] Also a business executive and investor in the Silicon Valley, Ng co-founded and led Google Brain and was a former Vice President and Chief Scientist at Baidu, building the company's Artificial Intelligence Group into a team of several thousand people.[3] Ng is an adjunct professor at Stanford University (formerly associate professor and Director of its AI Lab). Also a pioneer in online education, Ng co-founded Coursera and deeplearning.ai.[4] With his online courses, he has successfully spearheaded many efforts to "democratize deep learning" teaching over 2.5 million students through his online courses.[5][2] He is one of the world's most famous and influential computer scientists being named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2012, and Fast Company's Most Creative People in 2014. Since 2018 he launched and currently heads AI Fund, initially a $175-

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