VCJ Fact Sheet for Ray Rothrock
Born: December 1, 1954
Education: B.S. summa cum laude in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University (1977); M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1978); M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School (1988).
Career Path: Managing General Partner, Venrock Associates 1988 present; Director of Design Automation Marketing, Sun Microsystems, 1984-1988; Impell (engineering software startup spunout of a public engineering services company failed),1983-84; Sagus Engineering (engineering software startup – failed),1982-83; Exxon Minerals, Engineer, 1980-82; Safety Engineer on Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, 1978-80, Yankee Atomic Electric
Venture Focus: Software, Internet, IT.
Investments: CheckPoint Software Technologies (NASDAW: CHKP), Opass, Space.com, SteelEye Technology, Nanogram, Spyglass (NASDAW: SPYG), Fogdog Sports (acquired by Global Sports (GSPT), DIGEX (acquired by Intermedia Communications), Haystack Labs (acquired by Trusted Information systems/Network Associates), DoubleClick, SHYM Technology, Versity, General Brandwidth and PrintNation.com.
Other Affiliations: Ray has served as the president and director of the New York Venture Capital Forum, and is presently on the Investment Advisory Committee of the Texas A&M Foundation, and the Boards of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M, Trustees of the Woodside Priory School and the Portola Valley School Foundation.
Family: Wife, Meredith; Son, Nathaniel
Favorite Book: The series of Harry Potter books
Favorite Movie: Apollo 13
Favorite Food: Chicken Fried Steak
Favorite Travel Spot: Hawaii
Hobbies: Scouting, skiing, ham radio
Most Admired Historical Figure: Abraham Lincoln
Favorite Quote: “You are known by the company you keep.” – I don’t know who first said it, but my mentors have all used it.
Phobias: Going really, really fast close to the ground.
Investment Philosophy: People make things happen. Invest in people.
Did You Know? Ray was once elected to a town government post.
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