Tag: AskGGV

#AskGGV: How did you break into VC?

I did not start doing VC right after college. First, I must mention I was very fortunate to be in the class of 1993 at Stanford. That was the year Netscape browser was released and the world became a very different place thereafter.

I think Peter Thiel was a couple years ahead of me, and Jerry Yang (co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo! Inc.) was a year behind me, but as a graduate student. So that was the right time to be in the internet business, but I didn’t know anything about VC back then.

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#AskGGV: What qualities do you look for when hiring?

What I look for – basically what VCs look for – we’re looking for patterns. If you look at the number of founders, or start-ups that have succeeded, there is a high correlation between what schools they went to and whether they end up becoming a unicorn or not.

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