Ron Conway is an American angel investor, based in Silicon Valley. As founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds, he was an early stage investor in Google, Ask Jeeves and PayPal. Since 2005 he has been investing independently, achieving sixth place in the Forbes Magazine Midas list of top "dealmakers" in 2006.
Conway previously worked with National Semiconductor Corporation in marketing positions (1973-1979), Altos Computer Systems, as a co-founder, President and CEO, (1979-1990) and Personal Training Systems (PTS) as CEO (1991-1995). PTS was acquired by SmartForce/SkillSoft.
Esther Dyson is an active investor in a variety of start-ups, focusing on technology. Her portfolio of private space and air travel investments includes XCOR Aerospace, Space Adventures/Zero G, Icon Aircraft, Coastal Aviation Software and Airship Ventures. She has flown weightless on Zero-G four times, but hopes to go up again soon.
She is also the organizer of Flight School, an executive workshop for start-ups in air and space. It's in hiatus for 2008, but will resume in 2009.
On the IT side, her investments have included Flickr and del.icio.us, both sold to Yahoo! and Medstory, sold to Microsoft. Currently, she sits on the boards of 23andMe, Meetup, WPP Group, Eventful.com, Evernote, Boxbe and Yandex, the leading Russian search company.
Dyson sold her business EDventure Holdings, along with its Release1.0 newsletter and PC Forum conference, to CNET Networks in 2004; PC Forum and Release 1.0 played key roles in the early development of the PC software marketplace and the commercial Internet. Dyson left CNET at the end of 2006 and (with permission) has resumed doing business under the name of EDventure Holdings.
Kevin joined Accel in 2003. His background is primarily as an entrepreneur and operating executive. He served two stints as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers where he started Corio, an ASP/SaaS pioneer which went public on Nasdaq and was acquired by IBM in 2005. Later he built and served as the first CEO of IronPlanet, an online marketplace for heavy equipment with current annual gross sales over $500M. Prior to KPCB, Kevin worked at Zip2 and Bain & Company.
Who put the "J" in DFJ? A top venture man, around Silicon Valley, he's like a kid in a candy store, transforming science fiction into fact with such enterprises as NeoPhotonics, SpaceX, and Synthetic Genomics. Steve was the first kid on his block to own a Tesla Model S electric car. Actually, he was the first one in the world: he's on Tesla's board, too. Favorite hobby? Rocketry.
Tony Perkins is a Venture Partner with DFJ Frontier. He is the creator and former editor-in-chief of Red Herring magazine and the CEO of AlwaysOn, an interactive online network for technology insiders.
Perkins co-authored The Internet Bubble: Inside the Overvalued World of High-Tech Stocks (HarperBusiness, 1999), a book that foretold the dot-com bust. It became an international bestseller; a sequel was published in 2001. As a result of his prolific editorial output, he is consistently ranked as one of the top ten technology business journalists by Adweek's Technology Marketing magazine.
Perkins served on President George W. Bush's Information Technology Advisory Council and he was the founding chairman of the Churchill Club in Palo Alto, California, for which he received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
He has been a member of the World Economic Forum's Media Leaders group since 1996. Perkins was also founder and CEO of Upside Publishing and Vice President of Business Development at Silicon Valley Bank.
Perkins continues to chronicle the technology world in a regular column for the Wall Street Journal and as television commentator for MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN, CNBC, BBC, and Bloomberg Television.
Tony Perkins graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Western European History/Political Science.
At Khosla Ventures, David Weiden has led investments including Aliph aka Jawbone, Bitfone (HPQ), iLike, RingCentral, Slide and WideOrbit. Prior personal investments and advisor relationships include Good Technology (MOT), Ingenio (T), loopt, LogMeIn, Opsware (HPQ), SmartPay and Tellme (MSFT).
Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, explains that even though capital may be limited, a recession is the best time to start a company. He lists several top companies that were started during recessions, and explains why the opportunities are greater today than ever before.
Silicon Valley angel investor Ron Conway attributes the increasingly social nature of the Web to the booming success of both Facebook and Twitter. Over the last five years, he says, consumers "have become much more willing to share more about their intent and desires."
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