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.
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.