8/12: Dinner with George Zachary at SSE Labs
George Zachary is a partner at Charles River Ventures, one of the oldest early-stage venture capital firms. He specializes in consumer internet and infrastructure ventures, bringing his many years of experience at Mohr Davidow Ventures and Silicon Graphics, where he led the Nintendo 64 development team.
At dinner, the teams were able to hear about a wide range of topics from George’s experiences in Silicon Valley. His points about what situations startups should avoid in order to steer clear of disaster were especially relevant. A few of these were:
- When considering funding, focus on how much capital your team needs get through to the next milestone.
- Recruit carefully; consider every person you hire early as a brother or sister.
- If building an internet service, focus on building a strong community to get consumers, investors, and employees excited
George is a member of our Board of Advisors and sponsor to our program; his help was also instrumental in developing and launching SSE Labs. He continues to be actively involved, contributing much of his time and experience to our teams.