TitleBarris, Peter oral history
DescriptionPeter Barris grew up in Chicago in a close-knit family of Greek Heritage. He attended Northwestern University, where he majored in Electrical Engineering. But his real interest was business, so he took an MBA at the Tuck School at Dartmouth. He was able to get an internship at General Electric between the first and second years of his MBA program.
Barris ended up working for GE for several years after graduation. When asked to move to take a promotion, he decided to leave GE instead and join an early mentor, Greg Lima at a IT company, UCCEL. After a significant restructuring of their business, Barris was put in charge of UCCEL’s systems software business. After that business was sold, he moved onto another systems software company in Washington DC.
He later had the itch to start his own company and a nearby VC firm, New Enterprise Associates, made him an offer to pay him while he got the company off the ground. After spending time at NEA for a time, he decided his future was in venture capital rather than direct business management. He joined NEA in 1992 and served as its Managing General Partner from 1999 – 2017. During his tenure, NEA’s assets under management grew from $1B to $20B.
|Barris, Peter, Interviewee
|Hancock, Marguerite Gong, Interviewer
PublisherComputer History Museum
Place of PublicationChevy Chase, MD
SubjectGeneral Electric; NEA (National Endowment for the Arts); Welch, Jack; Liebant, Greg; UCCEL; National Venture Capital Association (NVCA); Groupon
Collection TitleCHM Oral History Collection
CreditComputer History Museum
|Barris, Peter oral history