A serial entrepreneur and investor, Josh Kopelman is our first VC to be featured that resides outside the traditional hotbeds, as he lives in Philly. While it may not be a VC hotbed, Josh’s track record and background should definitely put it on the map.
Name: Josh Kopelman
Company: First Round Capital
Blog: Redeye VC (One of our liked blogs!)
Bio: Josh has been a successful founder of many companies over the years (Infonautics, Half.com, etc.) and has been awarded eight patents as well. He has also been an EIR for Comcast. More about him here!
Miscellaneous/Interesting Facts: Josh’s company, First Round Capital, is one of the cooler VCs out there if you ask us. They have a strong portfolio and are also purveyors of the Dorm Room Fund, one of the first/only student run VCs in the biz. Very cool to get students involved at an early stage, check it out here! Bonus interview with Josh about Dorm Room Fund below!
Also, if you do not subscribe to their newsletter, the First Round Review, we highly recommend it as it is C:V. required reading!
Entrepreneur, Author, Professor, and VC. Not a bad background if you ask us. Jeff is our first “Quadruple-threat” we have featured and his book Mastering the VC Game is an ABSOLUTE must read for anyone in/looking to get into startupland/VC and required reading here at C:V.
Name: Jeff Bussgang
Company: Flybridge Capital Partners
Blog: Seeing Both Sides (One of our liked blogs!)
Bio: Jeff is a “double-Crimson” with both a B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard and is a former entrepreneur (Upromise, Open Market) turned VC. He is also a guest lecturer at Harvard as well (so maybe he is a “triple-Crimson”?). Full background here!
Miscellaneous/Interesting Facts: We mentioned it above, but it is worth mentioning again, if you haven’t ordered his book already, stop everything and go get it! This is right up there with Venture Deals in terms of C:V. favorites.
When 3 of the top tabs on a VC’s blog are Startups, Security, and Ted Talks, C:V. is bound to take notice. That is exactly what happened in this week’s VC Spotlight on David Cowan (well, that and he is one of the most well-respected internet/security investors of the past two decades…).
Name: David Cowan
Company: Bessemer Venture Partners
Blog: Who Has Time For This? (One of our liked blogs!)
Bio: David has both a BA and an MBA from Harvard and has been investing since 1992. He has quite an impressive track record of investments and IPO’ s which you can read about here.
Miscellaneous/Interesting Facts: We are avid TED talk fans here at C:V. and if you haven’t watched any of them, we highly recommend it! David skyrocketed in our book as he has attended 8 TED events and has also rated his top talks of the past few years. Totally C:V. approved!
We are all about firsts here at C:V., our first post, our first Page View milestone, and today we have our first dual VC spotlight of Fred and Joanne Wilson. Both are VC’s (Fred at USV, and Joanne as more of the Angel variety) and are active bloggers on a variety of topics.
Name: Fred and Joanne Wilson
Company: Union Square Ventures
Blog: Fred: AVC Joanne: GothamGal
Bio: Fred has a varied background with degrees from MIT and Wharton and is a co-founder of USV as well as Flatiron Partners. According to her about page, Joanne seems to have had about 10,000 roles/jobs (power couple status!) and is active in many ventures at this time.
Miscellaneous/Interesting Facts: Besides being our first VC couple to share the spotlight honor (we can only imagine what dinner conversation is like at the Wilson home…), Fred was also featured in Hatching Twitter which we will be reviewing soon!
A master of many traits, Mark has been able to find success at the intersection of technology, business, and now VC. Having founded and exited two companies after a long stint at Accenture, he can clearly claim he has been at “Both Sides of the Table”. It was this varied skill-set that led us to nominate him as VC of the week.
Name: Mark Suster
Company: Upfront Ventures
Blog: BOTHSIDES OF THE TABLE (One of our liked blogs!)
Bio: He has worked in programming/consulting at Accenture, started and sold two companies, and received his MBA from Booth for good measure (triple threat!?). More details can be found here.
Miscellaneous/Interesting Facts: Besides his background, we are very fond of his “scrappiness with a purpose” mantra. While C:V. has yet to raise an A round (lets just say our MAU’s aren’t there yet…), we do appreciate the ROI argument made in the case of a dedicated admin.
Bill is a partner at Benchmark Capital and has both a technical and a Wall Street background (dual threat!). He won our VC Spotlight award this week due to his intriguing background and his recent post about Uber’s dynamic pricing strategy. We are huge fans of Uber as is, but anyone that uses Supply and Demand curves and actually references Elasticity in a blog post is bound to grab our interest!
Name: Bill Gurley
Company: Benchmark Capital (Links to their Twitter, since their website left something to be desired…)
Blog: Above the Crowd (One of our liked blogs!)
Bio: A former engineer at Compaq and Wall Street research analyst, Bill has been an active VC for years serving on many boards. Some of his current investments/seats include: Uber, GrubHub, and Zillow.
Miscellaneous/Interesting Facts: Bill is our most decorated VC featured so far as he has a Computer Science degree, a MBA, and is a CFA charterholder.
Brad has been one of our favorite VC’s to follow ever since we stumbled upon his book “Venture Deals”. It is required reading here at C:V. HQ, and we will be featuring it in a book review shortly. Brad is also 1/4th of the Foundry Group, creators of our favorite YouTube video so far:
Name: Brad Feld
Company: Foundry Group
Blog: Feld Thoughts (One of our liked blogs!)
Bio: A longtime investor and entrepreneur, Brad is also an avid blogger on venture capital and startup issues. He also co-founded TechStars.
Miscellaneous/Interesting Facts: Brad is an avid marathon runner and famously goes “off the grid” for a week each quarter.