Collection Features 17 Venture Capital Industry Luminaries
The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and The Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum (CHM) are pleased to announce a new partnership to preserve and make freely accessible the NVCA Oral History Collection, a rich set of transcripts of 17 venture industry luminaries that have been compiled over the past fifteen years by NVCA. Featured in the collection, in order of when their oral histories were documented, are: Paul Wythes, Richard Kramlich, James Swartz, William Draper III, Edward Glassmeyer, Charles Lea, Peter Crisp, Alan Frazier, James Blair, Anthony Evnin, Ambassador Walter Curley, David Morgenthaler, Peter Brooke, Mike Brooks, Henry McCance, Alan Patricof, and Bill Egan.
“We are excited that these amazing stories of the journeys of venture capital trailblazers will be preserved and made publicly accessible via the Collection at CHM,” said Bobby Franklin, President and CEO of NVCA. “Anyone who is interested can now learn more about the roots of the venture ecosystem and the impact of some of its earliest leaders have had, many of whom built this incredible industry almost from scratch and have paved the way for where it is today. These stories are a crucial part of the history of entrepreneurship in the United States.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the NVCA to preserve these valuable interviews in our unique collection for generations to come,” said Marguerite Gong Hancock, Executive Director of the Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum. “They are a key addition to our VC oral histories and artifacts such as business plans, pitch decks, IPO documents and more that tell the remarkable story about venture capital funders and entrepreneurs who have changed the world. This new collection will become an integral part of our ongoing work to serve research, create content, design exhibits, and develop educational programs that will inspire the next generation of changemakers.”
The partnership between NVCA and CHM will not only capture and share the untold stories of pioneering venture capitalists and their partnerships with disruptors and innovators that extend from idea to IPO and beyond, but they will also provide the rich context necessary for an in-depth understanding of venture’s history and impact that will hopefully inspire generations to come. NVCA and CHM will also work together to expand the Collection to include additional oral histories.
The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers the next generation of American companies that will fuel the economy of tomorrow. As the voice of the U.S. venture capital and startup community, NVCA advocates for public policy that supports the American entrepreneurial ecosystem. Serving the venture community as the preeminent trade association, NVCA arms the venture community for success, serving as the leading resource for venture capital data, practical education, peer-led initiatives, and networking. For more information about NVCA, please visit the NVCA website.
The Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, California, is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images. For more information, please visit the CHM website. The Exponential Center at CHM captures the legacy—and advances the future—of entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world. The center explores the people, companies, and communities that are transforming the human experience through technology innovation, economic value creation, and social impact. Our mission: to inform, influence, and inspire the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders changing the world. For more information, please visit the Exponential website.
Cassie Ann Hodges