OpenView Partners… is not just about Venture Capital Funding

May 18, 2010

I am in Canada this week fishing with my father who is 84 years old and his 91 year old fishing buddy Doc Andy. I always tell everyone that I go along to keep both of them out of trouble. My dad is on the left and Doc Andy is on the right holding a 26 inch walleye he caught on Monday.
As always when we head out early in the morning for the 12 hour drive we spend time catching up on what everyone has been up to.

During the discussion in the truck Doc Andy told me that he has to be back in Madison Wisconsin this Saturday because he organized a walk to raise charity funds for Dyslexia. Doc has always been one to give back to the community his whole life and here he is again at 91 starting another event to give back even more to another great cause.

At OpenView we spend our time with expansion stage portfolio companies after investing growth capital working on business growth strategies, competitive positioning, building management teams, providing recruiting support as well as strategic consulting services.

But that is not just what OpenView is about. Our mission is to:

  • Build Great Companies
  • Deliver Top Investment Results
  • Build Outstanding People and Teams
  • Be Great Community Citizens

This year we created some programs to give back to the expansion stage software community by openly sharing our thoughts on what it takes to build great companies through operational execution.

To help we have started:

  • A Weekly Newsletter sharing the best new ideas for expansion stage software and Internet companies. This link will take you to last weeks version (You can subscribe to our newsletter on the right side of my blog).
  • Publishing case studies that demonstrate the type of operational support we provide to portfolio companies
  • A company wide blogging effort where we share our thoughts on building great companies (You can check out the various blogs on the Who We Are section).

See, at OpenView it is not just about providing venture capital funding or helping define a company exit strategy… it is also about giving back to the community we all belong to.

All the best!


Venture Partner

<strong>George Roberts</strong> is a Venture Partner at OpenView. He enjoys partnering with companies and helping them achieve their goals through strategy, focus and operational execution. From 1990 to 2003, George spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation, most recently having served as Executive Vice President of North American Sales. While at Oracle, George was responsible for over $1 billion in revenue and more than 2,000 employees, reporting directly to the company’s CEO and Chairman, Larry Ellison.