Director, Electronic Arts, Netflix, Prodege (parent company of Swagbucks), TripAdvisor, VICE Media, and Zillow. Founding general partner at TCV, a leading provider of capital to growth-stage private and public companies in the technology industry.
You’ve said, “Investing in technology and working with entrepreneurs is the greatest possible job in the world’s greatest industry.” How did you stumble upon the industry?
I was fresh out of business school and starting work as a research analyst at Citicorp Investment Management in July 1982. The offered me three choices of industries to cover: paper and forest products, publishing or technology. As I knew equal amounts about each industry (which was to say nothing!), I somewhat randomly chose technology. If you recall, this was an era where the personal computer was emerging, but technology’s future was far from certain, and it was a bit of the wild, wild West.