Ken Aldrich Part 1 & 2

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Ken Aldrich Part 1 & 2

Hi, I’m Ken Aldrich and would like to introduce myself and perhaps give you a reason to listen to the series of blogs I have created, called “The Dream Toolbox”.

I am a serial entrepreneur and funder of seed stage companies.  What that means is that I have founded a series of new companies on my own or with partners (11 to be exact) and have also been a source of financing for a large number of startups founded and managed by others (probably 50 or more, but I have lost track).

 In those two roles, I have prepared and reviewed a wide variety of business plans, interviewed the founders (or been one myself) and have seen what worked and what didn’t work as people tried to make their dreams a reality.

 Three critical things have become apparent:

  1. Success has little to do with race, gender, or where the founder started on the economic ladder.

  2. Academic degrees don’t matter much, but broad-based knowledge and intellectual curiosity matter a lot.  More specifically, skills in the use of language to persuade and inform, basic experience in the world of business, and specific skills related to the dream itself are critical.

  3. Finally, a passionate desire to create something new and valuable to the world is an almost essential ingredient.

 This is the framework in which I have created the blogs that make up The Dream Toolbox.  I hope you will listen and find them helpful.

BIO

For more than 40 years, I have been engaged as a self-employed entrepreneur: first in finance and real estate and then, for the last 20 years, in creating and funding start-up companies.  I have founded 11 companies, ten of which were successful in varying degrees, and helped fund perhaps 50 more, some of which were spectacularly successful and some were failures.  I learned a lot from both outcomes, including the obvious: success is a lot more fun than failure. But I also learned that in the US, failure is not fatal and can be a stepping stone to future success.

My initial training was as a lawyer and I worked for a major LA law firm for about 4 years before leaving to get some business experience and, finally, to start my own businesses. 

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Prior to joining Andreessen Horowitz, Scott worked as vice president and general manager of Software-as-a-Service at Hewlett Packard. Scott joined HP in 2007 as part of the Opsware acquisition, where he was senior vice president of Customer Solutions. In this role, he had global responsibility for customer interaction, including professional services, technical pre-sales, and customer support. 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 and led the execution of the company’s multiple acquisitions.

Prior to Opsware, Scott represented software companies in both financing and mergers and acquisitions transactions at Credit Suisse First Boston and Lehman Brothers. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in public policy with honors and distinction. Scott also holds a law degree with distinction from Stanford University and is a member of the State Bar of California. Scott is chairman of the board of Genesys Works; cofounder 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; Executive in Residence at Haas School of Business and Boalt School of Law; and a Lecturer at Stanford Law School. He is vice-chair of the investment committee of St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital and also serves as a member of the investment committees for Stanford Medical Center, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Lick Wilmerding High School.

Scott served as Chairman of the Board of the National Venture Capital Association (2017-2018). He is the author of the forthcoming book (June 2019), published by Portfolio, a division of Penguin, on Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It.

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