VCJ Fact Sheet for Tom McConnell
Education: A.B. summa cum laude in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College; MBA with honors from Stanford University.
Career Path: Tom McConnell is a general partner in the Menlo Park, Calif.-based office of New Enterprise Associates. Prior to joining NEA in 1985, he was a Product Manager at Apple Computer Inc. and a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.
Venture Focus: Communications equipment; Optical components. When he first joined NEA, Tom invested in medical device and biopharmaceutical sectors.
Investments: Cheetah Optics, Clarendon Photonics, Corona Networks, Gluon Networks, Network Elements, Occam Networks, OnStation, RAINfinity, Sparkolor, SwitchON Networks (acquired by PMC-Sierra), Vpacket Communications, Xtera Communications, Triplex Pharmaceutical, Puxis, Penederm. Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, Applied Imaging, Inhale Therapuetic Systems, OnStation Corp. (aka CarStation.com), Conceptus, Alsius, Sequana Therapuetics, Innovasive Devices, AneuRx, SCS Corp. and EndoTex Interventional Systems.
Other Affiliations: Chairman, National Venture Capital Association; Past President, Western Venture Capital Association
Family: Wife – Trish Turner; Sons – Reed, Will and Cole
Favorite Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Most Influential Book: The History and Geography of Human Genes by Luca Cavalli-Sforza
Most Admired Historical Figure: Winston Churchill
Favorite Quote: “We are all African.” – Richard Leakey
Hobbies: Basketball, Reading about science, history and sports.
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