Ron Conway by Matthew Barbas

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Ron Conway by Matthew Barbas

  1. 1. “Connecting Network and Domains” A Leadership Biography of Ron ConwayTotal Leadership – Spring 2012Matthew Barbas
  2. 2. Meet Ron Conway• Early Years • Born in San Francisco Area in 1951 • Attended community college and graduated from San Jose State University• Early Career • Began career in technologies sales • Joined Altos Computer Systems as VP of Sales, participated in IPO, later became CEO until company acquired• Becoming an Angel Investor • Founded SV Angel to invest in early-stage tech start-ups • Has invested in several prominent firms, including Google, Paypal, and Twitter• Community Ventures • Founded partnership between SFC government and tech companies • Active supporter of several philanthropies -2-
  3. 3. Integrating Domains Professional and Home/FamilyAll three of Ron’s children work in the technology community, including at a:•Partner Venture Capital firm•Portfolio Company•Ron’s Investment Firm Professional and Local Government (Community)• Ron leveraged his network, including business relationships and celebrity investors to support the election of San Francisco’s recently elected mayor• Ron has recently founded an initiative to partner local government with technology start-ups, benefiting the community, and creating a better environment for his investments Personal, Professional and Philanthropic (Community)• Ron has been an active supporter of many of his own personal philanthropies, including the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford• Ron has also supported other philanthropies, including being on the board of PeaPod Academy Foundation, an organization founded by the Black Eyed Peas, who are investors in Ron’s fund -3-
  4. 4. Leadership Lessons from Ron Conway What Ron Does Takeaway • Ron leverages relationships to find new • Many problems can be solved and goals Leveraging investors and investments, as well as to achieved by leveraging stakeholdersYour Network evaluate new businesses within your network • Start-ups like Ron as an investor • Having a reputation for a useful network Connecting because he openly shares his rolodex to can help you expand the network furtherYour Network make introductions to help the business grow • In nearly every initiative that Ron • Seeking “wins” across multiple domains Integrating undertakes, there are goals and elements can help you maximize your personal Domains from multiple domains vision -4-

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