VCJ Fact Sheet for Franklin ?Pitch? Johnson
Education: Palo Alto High School; Stanford University; Harvard Business School.
Career Path: Pitch Johnson got into venture capital after graduating from college, doing a hitch in the Air Force and working the furnaces at a steel mill. In 1962, he and Bill Draper decided to put together an early investment fund. Three years later, Pitch founded Asset Management Company while Draper founded Sutter Hill Ventures.
Investments: Amgen; IDEC Pharmaceuticals; Applied Micro Circuits; BioSurface Technology; Neocrin Co.; Novocell and Talkway Communications.
Other Affiliations: Pitch and his family are intensely involved in philanthropic and community activities, primarily in the Bay Area. He also has been active in alumni affairs at both Stanford and Harvard Business School, and served for over a decade as a trustee of the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District. Pitch is a long-time trustee of the San Francisco Opera and is its current board chairman.
Favorite Book: The Visible Hand by Alfred Chandler
Favorite Movie: Chariots of Fire
Favorite Travel Spot: Home
Hobbies: Flying, opera, track and field, golf
Favorite Historical Figures: William Blake, Pheidippides, Massacio
Favorite Quote: “It’s not over ?til it’s over” — Yogi Berra
Pet Peeve: Long-winded speakers
Did you Know? Created and for 12 years taught the course in venture capital at Stanford Business School.
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