VCJ Fact Sheet for Bill Kaiser
Born: August 5, 1955
Education: B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT; MBA from Harvard Business School.
Career Path: Greylock Partners, General Partner since 1/1/88; Apollo Computer, Market Development Manager (1983 ? 1986); Hewlett Packard, National Account Manager for General Electric (1979 ? 1981) ; Hewlett-Packard, Sales Development Engineer (1977-1979).
Venture Focus: Communications
Investments: Authentica; Digital Media On Demand NTRU, Red Hat (RHAT), Student Advantage (STAD); WildTangent; Alias Research (acquired by SGI), Avid Technology (AVID), CheckFree (CKFR), Clarus (CLRS), Course Technology (acquired by Thompson), Gateway Design Automation (acquired by Cadence), Mainspring Communications (acquired by IBM), MapInfo (MAPS), Open Market (acquired by divine), Raptor Systems (acquired by Axent, now part of Symantec) and Spyglass (acquired by Open TV) and Tenth Planet Explorations.
Favorite Travel Spot: Molokai, Hawaii
Favorite Historical Fgures: Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman, J.P. Morgan
Favorite Book: William Manchester’s biography series on Winston Churchill, The Last Lion
Favorite Movie: National Lampoon’s Animal House
Favorite Food: Salpicao (traditional Brazilian dish)
Favorite Quote: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge
Hobbies: Squash, basketball, music, biking, reading, computers