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Featured Speaker
Andy Rappaport

 


 

   Andy Rappaport is a partner at August Capital, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm. In this role, Andy invests in early-stage technology startups across the spectrum of electronics, communications, and information technology industries. Prior to joining August Capital in 1996, Andy was president of The Technology Research Group (TRG), a Boston-based strategy-consulting firm he founded in 1984, and a founder and/or active director of more than a dozen venture capital-backed start-up companies.

Andy is an often-cited authority on changing technologies and markets and has written and lectured extensively on the evolving structures of semiconductor, computer, and telecommunications industries. He wrote "The Computerless Computer Company," which, in 1991, won the McKinsey award for Article of the Year in the Harvard Business Review.

With his wife, Deborah, Andy also oversees Skyline Public Works, LLC, a civic incubator the Rappaports established in 2003 as a means to further innovation in cultural and political activism. SPW helped start or provided significant funding and organizational support to most of the independent progressive youth-vote focused efforts in the 2004, 2006, and 2008. Andy and Deborah’s family foundation, The Rappaport Family Foundation, supports many organizations committed to deepening civic engagement through social and cultural outreach and to increasing the economic opportunities of and fairness toward disenfranchised citizens. The Rappaport Family Foundation has also been spearheading the drive to socially productive for-profit investing through its sponsorship of New Cycle Capital, Catalista, and several other direct investments.

Andy attended Princeton University.

 
 
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