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9/3: Dinner with David Hornik from August Cap

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For more than a decade, David Hornik has worked with technology startups throughout the software sector. In 2000, David joined August Capital to invest broadly in information technology companies, with a focus on enterprise application and infrastructure software, as well as consumer facing software and services. David also runs VentureBlog.

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David was a great dinner guest, telling the story of his unusual path to being a VC, including his time at Stanford University earning a degree in computer music, his career as a lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and how he came to join August Cap. He shared with us a lot of insight on what he’s learned throughout his career, and few highlights of the night were:

  • Just work with people you like. Don’t give money to people you don’t like, don’t take money from people you don’t like; life is too short.
  • Regarding entrepreneurs that he looks to invest in: “I don’t want to bet on people who need me to do anything, because they should be better than I am.”
  • Everybody’s a critic, especially his 13 year-old son.

The teams thoroughly enjoyed hearing about his experiences, relayed with his great sense of humor. Thanks so much to David for joining us at dinner, and also spending time afterwards to talk with our teams – we look forward to seeing you in the office again soon.

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Written by ahzietsman

September 5, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Posted in Speaker

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