Venture Capitalists Oral History Project

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Bancroft Library Oral Histories

Moshe Alafi Transcript

Moshe Alafi has been called one of the founders of biotechnology, as he was one of the first venture capitalists to see the exciting potential in biotechnology. He has been an active investor for over 25 years, and was a seed investor in Cetus, Biogen, Applied Biosystems, and Amgen, among other start-ups. He has founded over 60 companies throughout his career.

Paul Bancroft III Transcript

General partner of Draper, Gaither & Anderson, 1962-1967. Joined Bessemer Securities Corporation in 1967 as vice president in charge of venture capital investments. Promoted to senior vice president, investments and then to president, CEO, and a director in 1976.


David A. Bossen Transcript

Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Measurex, one of the first companies to develop computer-control systems, in this case, for measuring properties of paper. Bossen is the project's example of an entrepreneur whose company benefited from venture capital investment as early as the 1960s.

William K. Bowes Transcript

A Bay Area venture capitalist for almost 50 years; founder of US Venture Partners in 1981; focus on investment in the medical industry; co–founder of Amgen.


Reid Dennis Transcript

Individual and corporate investor since 1952; Fireman’s Fund/American Express venture investment; founder of Institutional Venture Associates in 1974 and Institution Venture Partners in 1980.

William Draper Transcript

Founder with Pitch Johnson of Draper & Johnson Investment Company in 1962; founder with Paul Wythes of Sutter Hill Ventures in1965; founder in 1996 of Draper Richards and Draper International.

William Edwards Transcript

Founder and partner, Bryan and Edwards, a private venture capital investment and management partnership, 1962 to present.

William Hambrecht Transcript

Co-founder with George Quist of Hambrecht & Quist, an investment bank specializing in venture capital investment and other services to small technology companies in Silicon Valley. In 1998, he founded HR Hambrecht & Co. which focuses on internet-based auctions in initial public offerings.

J. Burgess Jamieson Transcript

Co-founder & partner, WestVen Management, 1971-73; co-founder & partner, Institutional Venture Associates, 1973-94; founder & partner, Sigma Partners, 1984-93; owner, Jamieson & Co., a private investment firm, 1982-present.

Franklin P. Johnson Transcript

Founder with Bill Draper of Draper and Johnson Investment Company in 1962; independent venture capitalist from 1965 to present as founder of Asset Management Company.

Donald L. Lucas Transcript

Associate, Draper, Gaither & Anderson, 1960-66; private venture capital activities, 1967-present.

Burton J. McMurtry Transcript

Cofounder of Palo Alto Investment Company in 1969, Institutional Venture Associates in 1974 and Technology Venture Investors in 1980.

Gibson S. Myers Transcript

General partner, Mayfield Fund, beginning in 1970; now emeritus.

Thomas J, Perkins Transcript

Gained operating experience at Hewlett-Packard. In 1972, he and Eugene Kleiner co-founded Kleiner & Perkins, today Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Sanford R. Robertson Transcript

Founder, Robertson, Colman, Siebel, Weisel, 1969-1978; Founder and chairman, Robertson, Stephens & Co., 1978-1998;  Partner, Francisco Partners, 1998-present.


Arthur Rock Transcript

Partner at Davis & Rock, 1961-1968; current principal of Arthur Rock & Company.

Lawrence R. Sonsini Transcript

Joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in 1966;
Chairman 1978-present.

Donald J. Valentine Transcript

Gained operating and investment experience in sales and marketing at Fairchild Semiconductor and National Semiconductor companies. In 1972 he founded Sequoia Capital in Silicon Valley.

Ann L. Winblad Transcript

Co-founder and a managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, a firm focused exclusively on software investing.

Donated Oral Histories

The following oral history transcripts have been donated to The Bancroft Library by the National Venture Capital Association as part of NVCA's Venture Capital Greats oral history series:

James C. Blair Transcript

Walter J. P. Curley Transcript

Peter O. Crisp Transcript

William Draper Transcript

Anthony B. Evnin Transcript

Alan Frazier Transcript

Edward F. Glassmeyer Transcript

Dick Kramlich Transcript

Charles L. Lea, Jr. Transcript

James Swartz Transcript

Paul Wythes Transcript

The following interviews took place at the National Venture Capital Association's 35th Anniversary event in September 2008. Portions of these interviews were subsequently featured on the NVCA website as part of their Venture Voices series which highlighted the contribution of venture capital to economic growth and innovation:

Pete Bancroft and William Draper Transcript

Reid Dennis and Franklin P. Johnson Transcript

Dennis Kramlich and Carl Thoma Transcript

Charles Lea Transcript

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