Becoming a Venture Capitalist


After three years at Columbia University, I’ve completed my dual Master of Business Administration and Master of International Affairs, with focus in International Economic Policy.  In line with my belief that in the United States today, technology and innovation provide one of the higher contribution margins toward aggregate output, I’ve decided to become a venture capitalist.  While capital, and labor are vital factors of production, and I do not discount the importance of broader capital markets and education respectively, based on my interests in both development and entrepreneurship, VC is apposite.

In July 2011 I join Mohr Davidow Ventures, a Sand Hill firm founded in 1983.  I join the firm focused primarily on web, mobile, and consumer Internet ventures, but will gain exposure in Digital Health and Clean Tech as well.

Rage Within the Rocket Ship
Emerging Markets 2012

1 Comment

  1. Derek Thomas

    August 3, 2012 @ 12:23 am


    Mr. Hartley,

    You are absolutely correct: Capital and labor both play a vital role in US production in virtually every business sector. In 2012, the uptick in US manufacturing, housing, and technology sectors, to name a few, is helping the economy recover, albeit slowly. As you know from working as a venture capitalist, the VC firms are instilling confidence by injecting funds into all kinds of businesses, everything from online pet food companies and financing companies to pharmaceutical firms and green energy companies. It’s nice to see so many online and tech companies being supported with VC funding, as our world is becoming more mobile with each new advance.

    Derek Thomas
    Marketing Manager
    Balboa Capital Corporation