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Paul Holland, General Partner

Paul's primary focus is on helping early-stage start-ups go from zero to $100M in revenue. He helped take public two venture-funded software start-ups, Kana Communications (KANA) with Mark Gainey, and Pure Software (RATL) with Reed Hastings. Paul currently serves on the board of directors for CalStar Products, Dreambox Learning, InsideView , Simply Hired and SpoonRocket; and previously for Chegg (CHGG), MobileIron (MOBL), Averail (acquired by MobileIron), Conformia (acquired by Oracle), Ketera (acquired by Rearden Commerce), RouteScience (acquired by Avaya), Talking Blocks (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), and TuVox (acquired by West). Paul is an active board observer at Assemblage, Blend, KIK and Platejoy.

Prior to joining Foundation Capital, was senior vice president of worldwide sales at Kana Communications, one of the top IPOs of its vintage. Before Kana, Paul was a vice president and general manager for another highly successful start-up, Pure Software. He began his professional career at SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute).

Paul enjoys spending time with his wife Linda Yates, and their three daughters, Kylie, Devon, and Piper. In his spare time he enjoys volleyball, poker, traveling (he has visited over 60 countries to date), and with his wife, built the highest LEED point house in the country. www.tahmahlah.com. Paul has been guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business, Harvard Business School, Wharton, Columbia, UC Berkeley, James Madison University, and the Stanford Graduate School of Engineering. He is a supporter of Project BUILD in East Palo Alto, the Bing School at Stanford, Nueva School, and Sustainable Silicon Valley. He is the Co-Executive Producer of a critically acclaimed documentary on the origins of the venture capital industry called Something Ventured, and is the past president of the Western Association of Venture Capital.

Paul received an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley; an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia; and a BS from James Madison University.

 

Paul's assistant, Angela Baiamonte: abaiamonte@foundationcapital.com

Paul's Portfolio Highlights

Kik Interactive is at the helm of a once-in-a-lifetime paradigm shift that will not only change, but will redefine how people consume content and interact with each other... Learn More >
MobileIron is solving the problems CIOs face as business data moves to the smartphone. As smartphones and other mobile devices such as iPads become more...Learn More >