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.
It only made sense to use Ben as our inaugural VC of the Week seeing that we took a page right out of his playbook in our first ever post (we also like rap lyrics!). It also helps that he is really good at what he does and is the 2nd half of arguably one of the most recognizable VC names out there…
Name: Ben Horowitz
Company: Andreessen Horowitz
Blog: http://www.bhorowitz.com/ (One of our liked blogs!)
Bio: Ben was co-founder of Enterprise Software company Opsware which was acquired by HP for 1.6B in 2007. He then co-founded Andreessen Horowitz which has responsible for investments in many of the hottest deals of the past few years such as Skype, Airbnb, and Box. Full details on Ben can be found here and here.
Miscellaneous/Interesting Facts: Ben recently declared all proceeds from his book The Hard Thing About Hard Things will go towards the American Jewish World Service to support their efforts for Women’s rights.
*Editor’s note: Ben if you are reading this: 1) Welcome! 2)We tried messaging you on Twitter to let you know ahead of time we would be featuring you but apparently you do not get DM’s (probably for this exact purpose… well that and the whole twitter-verse spamming you with their Billion dollar business plans that have already “achieved” Product-Market Fit…). 3) As soon as The Hard Things about Hard Things is available for download on Audible we will be listening and subsequently Book Reviewing it!