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Josh B. Stein

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Josh B. Stein

Josh Stein (born May 3, 1973) is an American businessman and venture capitalist. He is a managing partner at Threshold Ventures (formerly DFJ) [1] and was featured in the Forbes Midas List in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in recognition of his accomplishments as an investor.[2] He was also the recipient of the 2015 Deloitte Fast 500 Venture Capitalist of the Year award.[3] Stein holds board responsibilities at Box (company),[4] Chartbeat,[5] LaunchDarkley,[6] LendKey,[7] Lumity,[8] and Talkdesk[9]—and led Box’s first round of institutional investment.[10]He is also an investor in AngelList,[11] Doximity, [12] Front, [13] Loftium, [14]Periscope Data[15] acquired by Sisense,[16] and Rippling,[17]. Education and early career Stein earned an M.B.A from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and his B.A. from Dartmouth College.[18] Prior to joining DFJ, Stein was a co-founder, director and chief strategy officer for ViaFone, a DFJ-backed startup that created of wireless enterprise applications. Stein previous

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Nova Spivack

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Nova Spivack

Nova Spivack (born June 5, 1969) is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author.[1] He is the founder and CEO of the early stage science and technology incubator Magical[2] and co-founder of The Arch Mission Foundation.[3] Spivack previously co-founded Bottlenose;[4][5] EarthWeb; Radar Networks, which was acquired by EVRI; The Daily Dot; and Live Matrix, which was acquired by OVGuide in December 2011.[6] He has invested in companies such as Klout,[7] which was acquired by Lithium, Sensentia, PublishThis, Next IT,[6] and is a venture partner in Rewired.[8] He is also an advisor for EES Ventures, a seed fund focused on energy innovation,[9] and is on the board of directors of the Common Crawl Foundation.[10] Early life and education Nova Spivack was born in Boston and grew up in Watertown, Massachusetts.[11] He was admitted early to the University of Massachusetts Boston and attended while still in high school. In 1989, he participated in summer research at MIT and took part in a study of parall

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Ronald Perelman

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Ronald Perelman

Ronald Owen Perelman (born January 1, 1943)[2] is an American banker, businessman, investor, and philanthropist.[3] MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated,[4] his company, has invested in companies with interests in groceries, cigars, licorice, makeup, cars, photography, television, camping supplies, security, gaming, jewelry, banks, and comic book publishing. Perelman holds significant shares in companies such as AM General, Deluxe Entertainment, Revlon,[5] SIGA Technologies[6][7] RetailMeNot,[8] Merisant, Scantron, Scientific Games Corporation,[9] Valassis, vTv Therapeutics[10] and Harland Clarke.[11] Perelman is annually one of the world's largest philanthropic donors. As of January 2019, Perelman is the 49th richest American, and 152nd-richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $9.4 billion.[12] In September 2017, Forbes magazine named Perelman as one of the "100 Greatest Living Business Minds."[13] Early life Perelman was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 1, 1943, the son of R

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Howard L. Morgan

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Howard L. Morgan

Howard Lee Morgan (born November 14, 1945) is an American venture capitalist, philanthropist, socialite, angel investor, author and contributing writer for Business Insider.[2] He also serves as the chairman, CEO, director, board member or advisor for an assortment of companies including B Cap Group[3], Arca Group, Idealab, Math for America and managing partner for First Round Capital with partners Josh Kopelman, Chris Fralic, and Rob Hayes. According to Business Week, Morgan is said to be "connected to 28 board members in 28 organizations across 31 different industries".[4] He has been listed on the Forbes 2009 list of Executives and Directors,[5] was ranked #12 on CouldAve's Top 30 Most Respected Venture Capitalist for 2011[6] and #1 in Philadelphia.[5][7] Background and education Howard Morgan attended the City College of the City University of New York in 1965 where he earned a Bachelor of Science in physics. He then received a Ph.D. in operations research from Cornell University in 1968. Morgan was al

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M. G. Siegler

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M. G. Siegler

M.G. Siegler in 2008 M.G. Siegler (born November 2, 1981) is a general partner at Google Ventures, where he primarily focuses on seed and early-stage investments.[1] Early life and education He is originally from Ohio, and obtained his B.S. from the University of Michigan in 2004.[2] Career After graduation, he moved out to Los Angeles to get a job in Hollywood, and underwent tasks such as a set PA and a script reader. He then moved to San Diego, where he did front-end web development. During his stint as a web developer, he started taking blogging more seriously, which helped him get noticed by VentureBeat.[2] He became a blogger for VentureBeat from 2007 to 2009, and a blogger for TechCrunch from 2009 to 2014.[3] As a blogger, much of his blogging focused on Apple, and he was "known best for his unabashed pro-Apple bias".[4] He became a partner at CrunchFund in 2011, where he helped build a portfolio including Airbnb, Betable, Crowdtilt, Ifttt, Karma, Mailbox, Path, Square, Uber, Vine, and Yammer.[5] H

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Paige Craig

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Paige Craig

Paige Craig (born 1975) is a venture capitalist and general partner at Arena Ventures, a founder-focused, seed stage venture capital firm based in Los Angeles.[1] Early life and education He began his career in the military in 1992, where he went to West Point, ultimately becoming a cadet.[2] In 1995, he dropped out of West Point and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps with his time in the Marines strongly influencing the development of his '33 principles for investment'[3] He got his undergraduate in Information Technology from the University of Maryland, later earning an M.B.A from National University.[4] Career He enlisted in the Marines and was promoted to sergeant before leaving the service in 2000.[5] After the Invasion of Iraq in 2003, he created the Lincoln Group and started winning Pentagon contracts to assist with "psychological operations".[5] In 2007, he sold his share of the Lincoln Group and moved to Los Angeles in 2008. From 2010 to 2012, he was the CEO and cofounder of BetterWorks,

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Ted Leonsis

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Ted Leonsis

Theodore John Leonsis (born January 8, 1957) is an American businessman, investor, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and former politician. He is a former senior executive with America Online (AOL), and the founder, chairman, and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment. He is also founding member and investor in the Revolution Growth Fund,[3] which includes investments in FedBid, Resonate Insights, Optoro and CustomInk.[4][5] He is the founder and chairman of SnagFilms, which produced the documentary film Nanking. The film was honored with the 2009 News & Documentary Emmy Award. He is also an author, having published the book The Business of Happiness in 2010. Personal background Leonsis was born on January 8, 1957, in Brooklyn, New York. Born to a family of working-class Greek immigrant parents and grandparents who were mill workers,[6][7] who worked as a waiter and a secretary.[8] When his high school guidance counselor evaluated his skill set, the counselor concluded that young Ted was destin

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Warren Buffett

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Warren Buffett

Warren Edward Buffett (born August 30, 1930)[2] is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, who is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered one of the most successful investors in the world[3][4] and has a net worth of US$88.9 billion as of December 2019, making him the fourth-wealthiest person in the world.[5] Buffett was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He developed an interest in business and investing in his youth, eventually entering the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1947 before transferring and graduating from the University of Nebraska at the age of 19. He went on to graduate from Columbia Business School, where he molded his investment philosophy around the concept of value investing that was pioneered by Benjamin Graham. He attended New York Institute of Finance to focus his economics background and soon after began various business partnerships, including one with Graham. He created Buffett Partnership, Ltd in 1956 and his firm eventually acquire

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Dylan Taylor (executive)

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Dylan Taylor (executive)

Dylan Taylor (born October 23, 1970) is an American executive and super angel investor in the NewSpace industry.[1] He is the Chairman and CEO of Voyager Space Holdings and former Global President of Colliers International.[2][3][4] Background Taylor holds a bachelor's degree with honors from University of Arizona.[5] He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.[6] Taylor is a Delphi Fellow of Big Think and speaks regularly on matters related to commercial real estate and global commerce.[7] He has been quoted and interviewed by Bloomberg TV[8] and CNBC.[9] Taylor's community interests have included the March of Dimes, Colorado Film Commission,[10] The Kempe Foundation, and the Denver Council on Foreign Relations. In 2017, he founded the global non-profit Space For Humanity.[11] Taylor is an active member of the Young Professionals Organization (YPO). In 2011, he was named one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders.[12] In 2014, he was selected as a Henry C

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Peter Shankman

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Peter Shankman

Peter Shankman (born August 6, 1972) is an American entrepreneur and author. He is best known for founding HARO (Help a Reporter Out), an online service for journalists to gather feedback from the public.[1] Early life Peter Shankman was born in New York City. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, and then Boston University. He was an only child and both his parents were music professors at New York University. Career Peter Shankman started his career at America Online as a Senior News Editor. He helped to found the AOL Newsroom and spearheaded coverage of the Democratic and Republican 1996 conventions. He then started a PR firm called The Geek Factory.[2] He was the creator of Help a Reporter Out ("HARO"), a service for journalists which was acquired by Vocus, Inc. in 2010. He remained at Vocus until 2012.[3] He has been a guest speaker at TedX, South by Southwest, Affiliate Summit, BlogWorld Los Angeles and New York, the Direct Marketing Association.[4][5] Shankman is also

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Nick Grouf

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Nick Grouf

Nick Grouf is an American entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Described as a "pioneer of the Web 1.0 generation," Grouf is the co-founder and managing director of Alpha Edison, a venture capital fund, and the founder of Clementine Capital, LLC, a technology-focused incubator.[1][2] Grouf co-founded Firefly, an outgrowth of the RINGO project at the MIT Media Lab. Firefly invented collaborative filtering and developed the first online collaborative recommendation software, and helped to define online privacy standards as a contributor to the Platform for Privacy Preferences. He later co-founded PeoplePC, which bundled personal computers with internet service and access to other discounted products and services, and Spot Runner, an internet-based platform to produce, buy, place, and distribute targeted cable TV ads. Through Clementine Capital, he has worked with startups including Lootcrate and Pluto TV, a streaming web platform.[2][3][4][5][6] Early life and education Grouf was born and grew up in New

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J. B. Pritzker

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J. B. Pritzker

Jay Robert "J. B." Pritzker (born January 19, 1965) is an American businessman, philanthropist, and politician serving as the 43rd Governor of Illinois. He is a private business owner based in Chicago and a managing partner and co-founder of the Pritzker Group, and a member of the Pritzker family which owns the Hyatt hotel chain. He has an estimated personal net worth of $3.4 billion.[1] Pritzker was the Democratic nominee for governor of Illinois in the 2018 gubernatorial election.[2] He defeated Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in the general election on November 6, 2018, and took office on January 14, 2019.[3] As governor, he holds more private wealth than any other governor in U.S. history and is the second-wealthiest U.S. politician to have ever held office, after Michael Bloomberg. Early life, family, and education Pritzker was born and raised in Atherton, California, a member of a Jewish family prominent in business and philanthropy during the late 20th century.[4][5] The Pritzkers are consistently

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Paul Singer (businessman)

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Paul Singer (businessman)

Paul Elliott Singer (born August 22, 1944) is an American billionaire hedge fund manager, activist, investor, and philanthropist, with a net worth of $3.5 billion according to Forbes.[2][3][4][5][6] He has been called a vulture capitalist because his hedge fund, Elliott Management Corporation (EMC), specializes in distressed debt acquisitions.[7]:301[8] Singer is also the founder and CEO of NML Capital Limited, a Cayman Islands company. Singer's philanthropic activities include financial support for LGBTQ rights.[9][10][11] He has provided funding to the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research,[12] is a strong opponent of raising taxes for the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers and opposes aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act.[12] Singer is active in Republican Party politics and Singer and others affiliated with Elliott Management are collectively "the top source of contributions" to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.[13] Fortune magazine described Singer as one of the "smartest and toughest money managers" in

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John Moreland (entrepreneur)

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John Moreland (entrepreneur)

John Moreland (born June 19, 1965) is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist. He is the founder of Avetta, an online supplier management marketplace and president of Operation Underground Railroad. Early life Moreland was born in Fullerton, California and raised in Irvine, California. After his parents divorced, Moreland lived with his mother and his sister. Moreland became a police officer and spent most of his career as a canine handler. Moreland's longtime partner, Crambo, a veteran K-9 officer.[1] During his tenure, Moreland experienced working the famous Rodney King riots of the early 1990s. Career Moreland formed the idea for Avetta while he was working as an occupational safety professional in the oil & gas industry. As Founder, Moreland established Avetta as a supplier compliance software firm. Avetta’ rapid growth was spurred by clients in the chemical and oil & gas industries including BP, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, BASF, and others. In 2015, Avetta was named one of the Top 20

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Chamillionaire

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Chamillionaire

Hakeem Seriki (born November 28, 1979), better known by his stage name Chamillionaire ,[1] is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Houston, Texas.[2] He began his career independently with local releases in 2002, including the collaborative album Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow Houston rapper and childhood friend Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 and released The Sound of Revenge under Universal. It included hit singles "Turn It Up" featuring Lil' Flip and the number-one, Grammy-winning hit "Ridin'" featuring Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Ultimate Victory followed in 2007, which was notable for not containing any profanity.[3] Chamillionaire is also known for his most anticipated Mixtape Messiah series, which ran from 2004 until 2009.[4] He currently serves as the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. Chamillionaire was also the founder and an original member of the Color Changin' Click until the group split in 2005. In early 2011, he left Universal Records, which led to

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Bruce Gibney

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Bruce Gibney

Bruce Cannon Gibney (born 1976) is an American writer and venture capitalist. He was one of the first investors at PayPal, and went on to work for PayPal founder Peter Thiel's hedge fund Clarium and his venture capital company Founders Fund. His first book, A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America, was published by Hachette in 2017. Career Gibney started investing when his Stanford University roommate Ken Howery co-founded PayPal, the electronic payments company, and offered Gibney the chance to buy "friends and family" shares.[1] After investing in PayPal, Gibney worked as a litigator but was soon hired by Peter Thiel after Thiel sold PayPal to eBay in 2002. Gibney worked at Thiel's hedge fund, Clarium, until 2008, making occasional private investments including in Palantir Technologies in 2005 and later in DeepMind, which was acquired by Google[2] for around $450 million in 2014. He then moved to Founders Fund, a venture capital fund started by Thiel. Thiel and Founders Fund were

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Jessica Livingston

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Jessica Livingston

Jessica Livingston in 2007 Jessica Livingston (born February 5, 1972)[1] is an American author and a founding partner of the seed stage venture firm Y Combinator.[2][3] She also organizes Startup School.[4] Previously, she was the VP of marketing at Adams Harkness Financial Group.[5] She has a B.A. in English from Bucknell University.[6] In early 2007, Livingston released Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days (published by Apress), a collection of interviews with famous startup founders, including Steve Wozniak, Mitch Kapor, Ray Ozzie, and Max Levchin.[7] In 2008, she married fellow Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham.[8][9] In December 2015, it was announced that Livingston is one of the financial backers of OpenAI, a for profit company aimed at the safe development of artificial general intelligence.[10] References Jessica Livingston "How Y Combinator Schools Tech Startups". Fast Company. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2012-07-05. "The Start-up Guru: Y Combinator's Paul Graham, Page 2". In

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Bill Gates

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Bill Gates

William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation.[2][3] During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He is one of the best-known entrepreneurs and pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Gates co-founded Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico; it went on to become the world's largest personal computer software company.[4][a] Gates led the company as chairman and CEO until stepping down as CEO in January 2000, but he remained chairman and became chief software architect.[7] During the late 1990s, Gates had been criticized for his business tactics, which have been considered anti-competitive. This opinion ha

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Robert F. Smith (investor)

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Robert F. Smith (investor)

Robert Frederick Smith (born December 1, 1962) is an American billionaire businessman, philanthropist, chemical engineer, and investment banker. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. In 2018, Smith was ranked by Forbes as the 163rd richest person in America.[1] He was No. 480 on Forbes 2018 list of the world's billionaires, with a net worth of US$6.7 billion.[1] Smith was also included in Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List.[2] In 2017, Smith was named by Forbes as one of the 100 greatest living business minds.[3] In a 2018 cover story, Forbes declared Smith the wealthiest African-American, surpassing Oprah Winfrey.[4] Early life Robert F. Smith was born a fourth generation Coloradoan to Dr. William Robert Smith and Dr. Sylvia Myma Smith, who were both school teachers with PhDs.[5] He grew up in a predominantly African American, middle-class neighborhood in Denver. He attended Carson Elementary School in Denver.[5] When he was an infant, his mother carried him

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Jeff Bussgang

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Jeff Bussgang

Jeff Bussgang is an American entrepreneur, author and general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, a venture capital investment firm. Early life and education The son of Julian J. Bussgang, founder of The Bussgang Theorem, Bussgang grew up in the Greater Boston area and graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.[1] Career Bussgang was a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. He joined Open Market, an internet commerce software company that completed an IPO in 1996, and rose to become the VP of marketing and business development. Later, Bussgang co-founded Upromise, a loyalty marketing, and financial services firm, serving as its president and COO.[1] The company was acquired by Sallie Mae in 2006 for $300 million.[2] In 2003, Bussgang joined Flybridge Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm.[3] He also serves as a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School.[4] In 2010, Bussgang authored

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Philip Bilden

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Philip Bilden

Philip M. Bilden (born 1964) is an American businessman and private equity investor in Asia Pacific and emerging markets in Africa and Latin America. He was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the 76th United States Secretary of the Navy in January, 2017, although he subsequently withdrew himself from consideration. He is a philanthropist and advocate for national security, the U.S. Navy, and cybersecurity. Early life and education Philip M. Bilden was born in 1964, the son of a Navy officer with numerous duty stations across the United States.[1] He attended eight American public primary and secondary schools in five states. Bilden lived in Zionsville, Indiana, graduating from Zionsville Community High School in 1982. He was class valedictorian.[2] He was awarded both Army ROTC and Navy ROTC scholarships and opted for the Army scholarship when he enrolled at Georgetown University. Bilden graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, magna cum laude, in 1986[3] with a concentration in

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Steve Eisman

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Steve Eisman

Steven Eisman (born July 8, 1962) is an American businessman and investor known for having shorted collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), thereby profiting from the collapse of the US housing bubble in 2007–2008. Early life, education, and family Eisman grew up in New York City, where he attended Yeshiva schools. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude in 1984. [2] He then graduated from Harvard Law School with honors. His parents also worked in finance. They were brokers for Oppenheimer. Eisman was unhappy with his work in law. His parents arranged a position for him at Oppenheimer working as an equity analyst. Oppenheimer's anti-nepotism rules required his parents to pay the first year of his salary.[3][4] FrontPoint Partners Eisman rose to fame betting against collateralized debt obligations at Greenwich, Connecticut-based FrontPoint Partners LLC, a unit of Morgan Stanley. By 2010, he managed more than $1 billion for FrontPoint, and gained prominence after being profile

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Mark Suster

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Mark Suster

Mark Suster is an American entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is a managing partner at Upfront Ventures,[1] the largest venture capital firm in Los Angeles.[2] Suster is a prominent blogger in the startup venture capital world.[3] Career In 1999, with Ireland-based property entrepreneur Brian Moran, he founded his first company, a construction collaboration technology business called BuildOnline, where he was also chief executive officer. BuildOnline merged with US-based rival Citadon in December 2006. By April 2007, Suster had already left Citadon, having founded a second company (Koral, a content collaboration software business). In April 2007, Koral was acquired by Salesforce.com where Suster took the role of Vice President, Product Management. Suster joined Upfront Ventures (previously known as GRP Partners), an investment firm, in 2007.[4] At Upfront, Suster leads investments in companies including Bird, Invoca, MakeSpace, mitu, Nanit,[5] Osmo, Tact, and uBeam.[6] Suster also led the initial fu

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Jack Wyant

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Jack Wyant

John H. “Jack” Wyant (born 1946) is an American businessman and venture capitalist who founded Blue Chip Venture Company.[1] in 1990. In 2013 he is its Managing Director.[2] Early life and education Wyant was raised in Hamilton, Ohio, and graduated from Garfield High School there in 1964. He attended Denison University from 1964 to 1968. Wyant was elected president of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity in 1967, and he led his local chapter to accept its first African American member[3] in 1968; the fraternity had had a “White Christian” policy since 1848. Career After graduating from Denison, Wyant worked in brand management at the Procter & Gamble Company.[4][5] After Procter & Gamble, Wyant joined the Kings Island division of Taft Broadcasting Company. In 1975, he helped create and managed a joint venture with the National Football Foundation, which resulted in the design, construction and operation of the College Football Hall of Fame .[6][7] In 1977, he graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of L

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Mitchell Kertzman

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Mitchell Kertzman

Mitchell Kertzman is an American venture capitalist with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. He is the former CEO of Sybase, Powersoft, and Liberate Technologies.[1] Early life and education Kertzman grew up in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, dropped out of Brandeis University in 1968, learned computer programming, and in 1974 founded the company that later became Powersoft.[2] Executive career After Sybase purchased Powersoft in 1995, Kertzmann became CEO and president of Sybase, but left after three years to become the president and CEO of Network Computer Incorporated, a company spun out of Oracle Corporation.[3] During Kertzman's tenure, Network Computer Incorporated refocused its business from network computer hardware to interactive television, and changed its name to Liberate Technologies.[4] In 2003, David Lockwood replaced Kertzman as CEO of Liberate Technologies, and Kertzman joined Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.[5] References "Mitchell Kertzman". Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Archiv

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J. D. Vance

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J. D. Vance

James David Vance[2][3] (born James Donald Bowman;[4] August 2, 1984) is an American author and venture capitalist known for his memoir Hillbilly Elegy. The book is about the Appalachian values of his upbringing and their relation to the social problems of his hometown. The book was on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2016 and 2017. It was a finalist for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.[5] It attracted significant attention during the 2016 election from national media[6][7] as a window into the white working class. In addition to the popular attention and critical acclaim the book received, it also provoked criticism from Appalachians who argued that Vance was not an authentic hillbilly or representative of the white working class. These critics allege that in Vance's book the author misleadingly conflates the experience and identity of his hillbilly grandparents, with whom he spent some summers as a boy, with his own.[8] Other critics supported Vance's claims to represent this culture.[9] Politi

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Ravin Gandhi

Ravin Gandhi is an American businessman. Gandhi was an executive with Coatings and Chemicals Corporation before its sale to Akzo Nobel. He later founded Glenborn Partners, a private equity firm, and GMM Nonstick Coatings, where he remained its CEO after its 2016 sale to Showa Denko. Early life and education Ravin Gandhi was born in Waukegan, Illinois[1] in 1973,[2] and graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1994,[3] and became a CPA.[4] Gandhi received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 2000.[5] Career Gandhi began his career in 1994 working as a chartered accountant at KPMG Consulting, before joining his father's company Coatings and Chemicals Corporation. Gandhi eventually engineered the company's sale to Akzo Nobel in 1998. Following the sale, he became President of Akzo Nobel Nonstick Coatings. In 2002 he founded Glenborn Partners, a private equity firm.[4] In 2007, Gandhi founded GMM Nonstick Coatings, following the end of his non-compete clause with Akzo

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Michael W. Ferro Jr.

Michael W. Ferro Jr. (born July 24, 1966) is an American businessman and former chairman of the board of directors of Tribune Publishing Company (formerly Tronc, Inc.), the third-largest newspaper publisher in the United States.[1] In March 2018, he retired from Tribune Publishing and started Merrick Ventures LLC, a Chicago-based private equity firm.[2] He had been the chairman of Tribune since early 2016.[3] Ferro is the founder and CEO of Merrick Ventures. As a businessman, Ferro is also known for founding the Internet software company, Click Commerce.[4] Multiple patent holder for diagnostic imaging,[5] from 2008 until 2015, Ferro served as the chairman of NASDAQ company Merge Healthcare that was acquired by IBM in October 2015. From 2011 until early 2016, he served as the Chairman of Wrapports LLC. Residing in Chicago, Illinois, Ferro was allegedly involved in sexual harassment of two women in March 2018 followed by his retirement.[6] Early career Michael W. Ferro Jr. was born in 1966 in Merrick, New Y

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Eric Feng

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Eric Feng

Eric Feng is an American software engineer, business executive, and financier. He is a former general partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, where he focused on leading early stage consumer investments[1] before leaving in 2018.[2] Previously he was CTO of Kleiner Perkins portfolio company Flipboard, along with other companies.[3] Early life and education From Texas,[4] Feng earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin[5] in 1999,[1] and received the IEC Everitt Award[5][1] as the top graduating engineering student.[4] Career He started his professional career at Trilogy Software,[4] where he cofounded Uberworks.com,[1] which was later acquired by a publicly traded Network Commerce in 2000.[6] He went on to hold leadership positions at Microsoft Research,[1] working with the Microsoft China research lab in Beijing[4] as a program manager.[7] In Beijing he co-founded[4] and served as CEO[1] of the online video platform startup ca

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Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne

Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne is a venture capitalist and founder of the Harriet Capital, an investment management firm that manages the Harriet Fund. Early life and education Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne was raised in Northern California. She attended the University of Pennsylvania.[1] Career Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne worked for Sun Microsystems in Northern California. She moved to New York and spent seventeen years with JP Morgan Chase. She left JP Morgan Chase and founded Harriet Capital and the Harriet Fund, an investment management firm that aims to fund startups led by women of color.[2] References CINEAS, FABIOLA (May 12, 2017). "New York VC Gayle Jennings O'Byrne on Tech Scene: "There's Nothing Philly Can't Do"". Philadelphia Magazine. Pliska, Jessica (December 15, 2016). "How To Find The Fastest Growing Segment Of Startups That Everyone Is Missing". Forbes.

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Jennifer Fonstad

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Jennifer Fonstad

Jennifer Fonstad is an American venture capital investor and entrepreneur. She co-founded Aspect Ventures, a female-led venture capital firm that invests in early stage technology companies.[1] She is also co-founder of angel investing network Broadway Angels.[2] Fonstad has been recognized as a top 100 tech investor on Forbes’ Midas List twice[3][4] and was named 2016 Venture Capitalist of the Year by Deloitte.[5] Education Fonstad earned a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.[6] While a student at Harvard, Fonstad co-founded the New Venture Competition, an annual competition for HBS student entrepreneurs.[7] Career Fonstad began her career at Bain & Company after spending a year teaching high school math in sub-Saharan Africa.[8] She joined venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson as a Kauffman Fellow in 1997 and became a partner in 1998.[9] Fonstad spent 17 years with DFJ, helping to grow the firm fr

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John D. Kuhns

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John D. Kuhns

John D. Kuhns is an author, artist, businessman, venture capitalist and investment banker. His published fiction takes place in both domestic and foreign settings, while much of his business career has been in the alternative energy industry. He has founded and taken five companies public. In addition to the United States, Kuhns also has established companies and developed projects in Argentina, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, England, Honduras, India, Ireland, Mexico,Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Wales.[1][2][3][4] Kuhns has been interviewed for CNBC, Reuters Insider, Fox Business, Forbes, Bloomberg Law, and most recently as the cover story Journey to the East by The Edge,[5] on the business and economic climate in China and Southeast Asia.[6][7][8][9][10][11] Education Born in Lake Forest, Illinois to college professors, Kuhns spent his formative years in Takoma Park, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., where he was educated in the public schools. A member of the Class of 1972 at Georgetown University,

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Rebecca Bace

Rebecca "Becky" Gurley Bace (1955–2017) was an American computer security expert and pioneer in intrusion detection. She spent 12 years at the US National Security Agency where she created the Computer Misuse and Anomaly Detection (CMAD) research program. She was known as the "den mother of computer security".[1] She was also influential in the early stages of intelligence community venture capital and was a major player in Silicon Valley investments in cyber security technology.[2] Early life and education Bace grew up in rural Alabama as one of seven children and was diagnosed with epilepsy in adolescence. Her mother was a war bride from Japan following World War II and her father was a self-educated teamster from Alabama.[3] Due to prevailing attitudes about the illness and about women, her neurologist suggested that she stay home and collect disability following high school.[4] She credited a local librarian and family friend, Bertha Nel Allen, for the encouragement to apply for college and scholarships

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Bing Gordon

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Bing Gordon

William "Bing" Gordon is a video game executive and technology venture capitalist. He served ten years as Chief Creative Officer of video game publisher and developer Electronic Arts (EA) prior to his current partnership with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). He was a founding director of Audible.com and has served on several high profile Boards of Directors including Amazon, Ngmoco, and Zynga.[1][2] Career Gordon graduated from Cranbrook School in 1968. He studied drama and literature and earned a BA from Yale University. He moved to the Bay Area where he received an MBA from Stanford in 1978 after acting for a period in New York City.[1] After working as an account executive at the advertising firm Ogilvy and Mather, Gordon joined EA in 1982 while it was an early-stage start-up, working as a one person marketing department. As the company grew, Gordon continued to drive marketing strategy and execution. Gordon became more involved on the creative side after a few years, working directly with

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Justin Kan

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Justin Kan

Justin Kan (born July 16, 1983) is an American Internet entrepreneur and investor who is currently the CEO and co-founder of the law-tech company Atrium.[1][2] He is the co-founder of live video platforms Justin.tv and Twitch, as well as the mobile social video application Socialcam.[3] He was formerly a partner at Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator.[4] His attempt to broadcast his entire life at Justin.tv popularized the term "lifecasting". Kan also started a Reddit-style electronic music discovery platform, The Drop. He also contributes to the technology news site TechCrunch[5] and co-founded Kiko Software, an Ajax based online calendar, with Emmett Shear.[6] Kan graduated from Yale University in 2005 with degrees in physics and philosophy. Justin.tv In 2007, Justin Kan and partners Emmett Shear, Michael Seibel and Kyle Vogt started Justin.tv, a 24–7 live video feed of Kan's life, broadcast via a webcam attached to his head.[7] Kan's "lifecasting" lasted about eight months. The novelty of Kan's conc

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Arjun Gupta

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Arjun Gupta

Arjun Gupta may refer to: Arjun Gupta (venture capitalist) (born 1960), Indian American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist Arjun Gupta (actor) (born 1986), American actor and producer Arjun Kumar Gupta, professor of statistics

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Randall Kaplan

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Randall Kaplan

Randall Kaplan is a serial entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Akamai Technologies.[1][2] Kaplan is an active venture investor and is the managing partner of JUMP Investors, a Los Angeles-based venture capital and private equity firm.[3] Early Life Kaplan grew up in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with Highest Distinction.[4] After graduation, Kaplan moved to Chicago to attend the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University. Kaplan is on the Northwestern Law Board, has been a guest lecturer at Northwestern Law School, and received the school’s first Distinguished Entrepreneur Award in 2006.[5][6] Business Career In 1996, Kaplan started his business career where at age 27 he was hired to be the Assistant to the Chairman at SunAmerica working closely with its then founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Eli Broad.[7] In August 1998, Kaplan left SunAmerica to start Akamai Technologies with Tom Leighton, Daniel Lewin, and Jonathan Seelig.[8] After le

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Shervin Pishevar

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Shervin Pishevar

Shervin Kordary Pishevar (Persian: شروین پیشه‌ور‎; born March 24, 1974) is an Iranian-American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, super angel investor, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and former executive chairman of Hyperloop One and a co-founder and managing director of Sherpa Capital, a venture capital fund which has invested in companies including Airbnb, Uber, and Munchery.[1][2][3] As an angel investor, Pishevar has seeded more than 60 companies. He was previously a managing director at Menlo Ventures, where he led investments in Warby Parker, Tumblr, Machine Zone, and Uber Series B. He is a strategic advisor to Uber, and served as a board observer to the company from 2011 to 2015. He founded and operated technology-enabled companies including webs.com, WebOS, SGN, HyperOffice.[4][5] Beginning in 2011, he served a two-year term as a member of the 10 person UN Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council.[6] He was chosen by the U.S. Government as an Outstanding American by Choice in 2012, and in

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Chamath Palihapitiya

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Chamath Palihapitiya

Chamath Palihapitiya (born September 3, 1976) is a venture capitalist and the founder and CEO of Social Capital. Palihapitiya was an early senior executive at Facebook, joining the company in 2007 and leaving in 2011. He is a minority stakeholder and board member of the Golden State Warriors.[1] Life and career Early life and education Palihapitiya was born in Sri Lanka and, at the age of six, moved with his family to Canada. Throughout his childhood, Palihapitiya's father was constantly unemployed and his mother was a housekeeper. Living on welfare, Palihapitiya recalls sleeping on a mattress in the living room.[2] He attended Lisgar Collegiate Institute while working part time to assist his family, and graduated at the age of 17.[3][4] After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1999 with a degree in electrical engineering, Palihapitiya worked for a year as a derivatives trader at the investment bank BMO Nesbitt Burns. He moved to California to be with his then-girlfriend, Brigette Lau, and they

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Margit Wennmachers

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Margit Wennmachers

Margit Wennmachers is a venture capitalist at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and a co-founder of OutCast Communications (now The OutCast Agency), one of the tech world's top public relations firms according to The New York Times.[1] She is one of a handful of women at high-profile venture capital firms[2] and among the few venture capital marketing executives at the partner level.[1] Biography Born and raised in Breberen, Germany, Wennmachers' father was a mushroom farmer who pivoted to raising pigs. She was the youngest of four children.[3] Her mother died in a car accident when she was 18.[4] Wennmachers earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Lippstadt, Germany.[5] Career Wennmachers began her career in the European office of a U.S.-based startup.[6] She later moved to San Francisco to become a member of the executive management team[7] at Blanc & Otus, a high-tech communications firm. In 1997, she co-founded OutCast Communications with Caryn Maro

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Patrick James McGinnis

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Patrick James McGinnis

Patrick James McGinnis is an American venture capitalist and author. He is best known for coining the term "fear of missing out" (FOMO), which he first used in an op-ed for The Harbus in 2004 while studying at the Harvard Business School.[2][3][4] In 2016, he published a book entitled The 10% Entrepreneur: Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job.[5][6] Prior to enrolling at Harvard, McGinnis studied at Georgetown University.[7] In 2010, he founded an independent advisory firm known as Dirigo Advisors, which works with investors and businesses operating primarily in Latin America. He previously worked as the Vice President of PineBridge Investments (formerly AIG Capital Partners).[8] In 2014, he co-authored a policy research working paper from the World Bank entitled Private Equity and Venture Capital in SMEs in Developing Countries : The Role for Technical Assistance.[9] References Herrera, Tim (July 30, 2018). "How to Beat F.O.B.O., From the Expert Who Coined It". The New York Times. "

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Hayley Barna

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Hayley Barna

Hayley Barna is an American entrepreneur and venture capitalist who co-founded Birchbox in 2009 while at Harvard Business School.[1] In 2015, Barna "stepped away from her day-to-day role" at Birchbox,[2] remaining a board member. In 2016 she became a partner First Round,[3] a venture capital firm specializing in seed-stage funding.[4] Early life and education Hayley Bay Barna was born in 1983.[5] Her parents, Eileen B. Maisel and Richard A. Barna of New York, both worked at RAB Lighting in New Jersey.[5] In high school, she was published in an international science research journal.[6] She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard[5] and has an MBA at Harvard Business School.[7] Career Barna began her career shortly after she graduated from Harvard University joining Bain & Company in New York.[8] She moved to Christie's Hong Kong location where she worked in strategy and then in product management for Amazon.com.[9] Birchbox While working towards her MBA at Harvard Business School, Barna met Katia Be

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Donald L. Drakeman

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Donald L. Drakeman

Donald Lee Drakeman is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, business executive, academic, and scholar based in South Carolina. He has since 2007 been a venture partner in Advent Venture Partners, a venture capital firm based in London, in connection with which he is a member of the firm's Life Sciences Team.[1] At the same time he is a Fellow in Health Management of the Judge Business School at Cambridge University,[2] where he is a member of the Management Science Subject Group.[3] He is in addition the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, where he was for many years a member of the faculty and taught lecture courses and seminars on civil liberties and the United States Constitution.[4][5] His book Church, State, and Original Intent, which concerns the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.[6][7][8][9][10] In 2015 Palgrave

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William H. Janeway

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William H. Janeway

William Hall "Bill" Janeway (born May 3, 1943) is an American venture capitalist and economist. His work on the innovation economy emphasizes the strategic role played by the state and by financial speculators—sources of investment unconcerned with economic value—in overcoming fundamental uncertainty and driving the development and deployment of transformational technologies. Early life and academic career Bill Janeway was born on May 3, 1943 in Manhattan, the second son of Elizabeth Janeway, author and critic, and Eliot Janeway, political economy columnist. He attended Trinity School in New York, from which he graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1961, and Princeton University, from which he graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1965. He received a Marshall Scholarship to the University of Cambridge, where he matriculated at Pembroke College and received a Ph.D. in economics in 1971.[1] His doctoral thesis on "The Economic Policies of the Labour Government of 1929-1931" was supervised by Profess

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Ellen Pao

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Ellen Pao

Ellen K. Pao (born 1970) is an American investor and activist who co-founded the diversity consulting non-profit organization Project Include.[1][2][3] She was previously a partner at Kapor Capital and the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Kapor Center for Social Impact before leaving in 2018 to focus on her role as Project Include's CEO.[4][5] Other positions she has held include interim CEO of social media technology company Reddit, investment partner at Kleiner Perkins, board director at Flipboard, and corporate attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.[6][7][8][9][10] Since becoming known, in 2012, for filing an unsuccessful gender discrimination suit against former employer Kleiner Perkins, Pao has expressed vocal criticism of the hiring and promotion practices in Silicon Valley.[11][12] In 2015, unpopular decisions made during Pao's tenure at Reddit generated a wave of controversy that culminated in her stepping down. The backlash she received sparked debates both on the treatment of women i

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William N. Carrico Jr.

William "Bill" N. Carrico Jr. (born February 12, 1950) is a computer scientist and has founded several technology companies in the Silicon Valley area. He has been president and CEO of 3Com Corporation,[1] senior vice president of Cisco Systems,[2] and chairman of Packet Design LLC.[3] Education and personal life Carrico graduated from Santa Clara University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE). Career Carrico worked for Fairchild Semiconductor and Zilog.[3] He and Judith Estrin co-founded Bridge Communications in 1981, which merged with 3Com in 1987.[3] The couple joined Network Computing Devices in 1988.[4] Carrico and Estrin also co-founded Precept Software in 1995 (acquired by Cisco Systems in 1998) and Packet Design LLC in 2000.[3] References "3Com Losing Its President". The New York Times. May 7, 1988. Retrieved 2010-03-02. "Cisco Appoints Bill Carrico to Senior Vice President" (Press release). Cisco. August 19, 1998. Retrieved 2010-03-02. "William N. Carrico

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Semyon Dukach

Semyon Dukach (born 25 October 1968) is the Founding Partner of One Way Ventures,[1][2] a venture capital fund that backs immigrant entrepreneurs.[3][4] He is also known as the former Managing Director of Techstars in Boston,[5] a top angel investor,[6] the former Chairman of SMTP (company) (NASDAQ: SHSP),[7] and a former professional blackjack player with the MIT Blackjack Team.[8] He played with Strategic Investments and later was one of the founding members and team leaders on Amphibian Investments whose exploits were chronicled in Ben Mezrich's Busting Vegas and referred to in Mezrich's Bringing Down the House. Dukach was the main character in Busting Vegas and the only member of the MIT blackjack team to be referred to by his real name in either book. Early life Born on 25 October 1968 in Moscow, Dukach moved to the US in 1979 at the age of 11. He completed a BS in Computer Science at Columbia University in New York in 1990 and a MS in Computer Science at MIT in Boston in 1993.[9] At a young age Semyo

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