Paul Holland, General Partner
What he does: Helps early-stage start-ups go from zero to $100 million in revenue
What he invests in: Paul invests in the IT, consumer, and digital energy sectors. He is on the boards of CalStar Products, Dreambox Learning, InsideView, Simply Hired, and SpoonRocket. He is an active board observer at Assemblage, Blend, KIK and Platejoy.
Past investments include 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).
Before he came to Foundation Capital, Paul worked at -- and helped take public -- two software start-ups, Kana Communications with Mark Gainey, and Pure Software with Reed Hastings. He began his career in Silicon Valley at the Stanford Research Institute, now known as SRI International.
Paul is steeped in the world of venture capital:
●The co-executive producer of Something Ventured, a critically acclaimed documentary on the origins of the venture capital industry
● Past president of the Western Association of Venture Capital.
What he loves about his job: The relationships he builds.
Training: 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 has been a 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.
Best piece of advice he ever got: "When it comes to a startup job, don’t focus on your title or compensation. Focus on the people with whom you are choosing to spend a decent chunk of your lifespan. The company may or may not work out , but your experience with the people is the key."
Personal profile: Paul and his wife, Linda Yates, have three daughters, Kylie, Devon, and Piper. His greatest accomplishment is “raising my three daughters.”
The couple has built the highest LEED point house in the country, which can be seen at tahmahlah.com.
Holland is a keen traveler and has visited more than 60 countries. He enjoys playing poker and volleyball. “The bravest thing I have done recently is learn to play bass so I can play in my daughter’s band.”
Supports: Project BUILD in East Palo Alto, the Bing School at Stanford, Nueva School, and Sustainable Silicon Valley.
Paul's assistant, Angela Baiamonte: firstname.lastname@example.org