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Brooks, Michael C. oral history

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Michael Brooks, a venture capital industry veteran, has been a Partner with Venrock since 2000 and an active venture capital investor for over twenty-five years. From 1985 to 2000, Michael was a Partner of J.H. Whitney & Co.; prior to that, he spent eleven years with Morgan Stanley & Co, where he was the Managing Director responsible for the firm’s investment activities with emerging growth and technology companies. His extensive background in finance and investments provides entrepreneurs in enterprise software, financial services and digital media with unique insights into managing and financing rapidly growing businesses.

Michael has been a director of numerous public companies including People Express Airlines, Filene’s Basement, Decision One Corporation,,, MediaMetrix, P-Com, Niku Corp, USinternetworking,, and Sungard Data Systems. In addition, he has been a director of many private companies during his venture career.

Michael has been recognized multiple times on the Forbes Midas list and served as a director of the National Venture Capital Association. He is a member of the Yale Development Board and currently serves as a Trustee of the Hospital for Special Surgery, the US Ski and Snowboard Foundation, and the US Cycling Development Foundation. Michael earned a BA in History from Yale University in 1967, served as an officer in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1973.




Brooks, Michael C., Interviewee
Kolker, Carole, Interviewer


National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)

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New York City, NY




Oral history

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NVCA-Venture Forward Oral History Collection


Gift of National Venture Capital Association

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102740498 Brooks, Michael C. oral history