BOSTON – The National Venture Capital Association in April awarded lifetime achievement awards to Peter Brooke, Advent International Corp.’s founder and chairman, and Thomas Perkins, founding partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Mr. Brooke, most noted for bringing venture capital to more than 20 countries, was singled out for his talent in applying U.S.-style private equity investing overseas, said Doug Brown, Advent’s CEO.
Mr. Perkins was awarded for helping to define a new breed of venture capitalists – one that combines operating experience, technical knowledge and marketing skills.
David Morgenthaler of Morgenthaler Ventures was the first recipient of the NVCA award last year recognizing leading venture professionals who have dedicated their careers to the formation and growth of the industry (VCJ, September 1998, page 12).
The candidates are nominated by the NVCA’s board of directors, and final votes are cast by the NVCA’s executive committee. “Mr. Brooke led the effort in moving venture capital abroad and has opened an office in every region of the world, while Mr. Perkins founded and built Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers – he is a founding father of the industry,” Jeanne Lazarus Metzger, an NVCA representative.