Scott Kupor named chair of the NVCA board

Scott Kupor was named chair of the National Venture Capital Association board for the 2017-18 period, the organization announced at its annual meeting in Washington. Kupor, a managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, succeeds Venky Ganesan, a managing director at Menlo Ventures. The NVCA also named Alexis Borisy, partner at Third Rock Ventures, as chair-elect for 2018-19. He joins Kupor, Tim Curt at Warburg Pincus LLC, Jan Garfinkle at Arboretum Ventures, Jeff Crowe at Norwest Venture Partners, Brian Rich at Catalyst Investors, and Rich Wong at Accel Partners on the organization’s executive committee.


Scott Kupor Appointed Chair of NVCA Board of Directors

Nine New Directors Elected to Board for Four-Year Terms

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today announced that Scott Kupor, Managing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will serve as the 2017-2018 Chair of the NVCA Board of Directors.  His appointment was made official at the NVCA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Kupor becomes Chair of the NVCA Board of Directors at an important time for the organization and its advocacy work representing the interests of its members and the entrepreneurs they support.  As Chair, Kupor will assist NVCA in delivering value to its members as well as promoting the U.S. as the most attractive place to start and grow companies.

“I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and assisting Bobby and the team in representing our industry in Washington,” remarked Kupor at the start of his term.  “Promoting the role of entrepreneurship and working on policies that encourage new company creation is one of NVCA’s most important responsibilities and I’m excited to play a key part in delivering that message to policymakers.”

Kupor is preceded by Venky Ganesan, Managing Director of Menlo Ventures.  Through his vision and hand-on leadership, Ganesan helped guide the organization through a strategic review and committed an immense amount of time and energy engaging with policymakers on NVCA’s behalf.

“Venky was exposed to NVCA very early in his venture career, and through that experience he has always been extremely committed to NVCA and proud of his work representing the interests of the industry through his engagement on the board,” said Bobby Franklin, President and CEO of NVCA.  “Not only is he dedicated to advancing NVCA’s policy priorities, but he has a deep appreciation for NVCA’s role in convening the ecosystem.  During his term he was very active in working with the NVCA team to identify new and different ways to support the membership.  I’m grateful for all his hard work to position the organization for success in the years ahead.”

In addition to installing a new chair, NVCA also announced the appointment of nine new directors to its board.  This year, the association welcomes the following new board members to serve a four-year term from 2017-2021:

·       Barry Eggers, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners

·       Chris Girgenti, Managing Partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital

·       Joe Horowitz, General Partner at Icon Ventures

·       George Hoyem, Managing Partner at In-Q-Tel

·       Denise Marks, Partner and Chief Financial Officer at SV Life Sciences

·       Vic Parker, Managing Director at Spectrum Equity

·       Andy Schwab, Managing Partner at 5AM Ventures

·       John Somorjai, SVP of Corporate Development and Strategy at Salesforce Ventures

·       Nicole Walker, Director of Venture Capital at Baird Capital

NVCA today also named Alexis Borisy, Partner at Third Rock Ventures, as Chair-Elect for the 2018-2019 year. He joins Kupor, Tim Curt, Managing Director at Warburg Pincus LLC (Treasurer), Jan Garfinkle, Founder and Managing Director of Arboretum Ventures (Secretary), Jeff Crowe, Managing Partner at Norwest Venture Partners (At-Large), Brian Rich, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Catalyst Investors (At-Large), and Rich Wong, Partner at Accel Partners (At-Large), on the Executive Committee of the NVCA Board of Directors.

About Scott Kupor

Scott Kupor is the managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where he is responsible for all aspects of running the firm. He previously worked as vice president and general manager, Global Customer Support & Software-as-a-Service at Hewlett Packard.  Scott joined HP in 2007 as part of the $1.6 billion acquisition of Opsware, where he was senior vice president of Customer Solutions.  In this role, Scott had global responsibility for the company’s professional services, technical pre-sales and customer support organizations.  Scott joined Opsware shortly after the company’s founding and held numerous executive management positions including vice president, financial planning and vice president, corporate development.  In these roles, he led the company’s private financing activities as well as its initial public offering in 2001.  Scott also started the company’s Asia Pacific operations via strategic partnerships with NEC, NTT and Samsung and led the execution of the company’s acquisitions of Tangram, Rendition, Creekpath and iConclude.  Prior to Opsware, Scott represented software companies in both financing and mergers and acquisitions transactions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Lehman Brothers.

Scott graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy with honors and distinction. He also graduated Order of the Coif and with distinction from Stanford Law School and is a member of the California Bar Association.

Scott is chairman of the board of Genesys Works, co-founder and co-director of the Stanford Venture Capital Director’s College, co-founder and co-director of the Stanford Rock Center’s Guide to Venture-Backed Board Membership, and Executive in Residence at Haas School of Business and Boalt School of Law.  Scott also serves on the investment committees of St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital, Stanford Hospital, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Lick Wilmerding High School.


Venture capitalists are committed to funding America’s most innovative entrepreneurs, working closely with them to transform breakthrough ideas into emerging growth companies that drive U.S. job creation and economic growth.  As the voice of the U.S. venture capital community, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers its members and the entrepreneurs they fund by advocating for policies that encourage innovation and reward long-term investment.  As the venture community’s preeminent trade association, the NVCA serves as the definitive resource for venture capital data and unites its member firms through a full range of professional services.  For more information about the NVCA, please visit