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McCance, Henry F. oral history

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Henry McCance, a veteran of the venture capital industry, joined Greylock in 1969, where he’s presently Chairman Emeritus. Henry was responsible for Greylock’s early involvement in the software industry with his backing of market-leading firms including American Management Systems, Pansophic (acquired by Computer Associates), Cullinane (acquired by Computer Associates), McCormack and Dodge (acquired by D&B Software), and VM Software (acquired by Sterling Software, and now part of Computer Associates). Over the ensuing forty years of his tenure, Greylock has raised a series of twelve partnerships, with current committed capital in excess of $2 billion, and helped build approximately 300 developing companies.

Henry also served on the board of and led Greylock’s investment in companies such as Tellabs, Shiva Corporation (acquired by Intel), Manugistics, Trilogy, ABT Corporation (acquired by Niku), Narrative Communications (acquired by @Home), Gradient Technologies (merged with Entegrity Solutions), Information Resources, Epsilon (acquired by Relizon), and Gateway Design (acquired by Cadence). In addition he served on the Board of Directors of Continental Cablevision for twenty-five years.

In recognition for over thirty-five years of contributions to the venture capital industry, Henry received the National Venture Capital Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. In 2005, Henry became the first Entrepreneur in Residence at the Harvard Business School. Along with Greylock’s founding partners, he received the Harvard Business School Award for Alumni Achievement in 2003. And in 2000, Henry was voted one of the country’s ten best VCs by Forbes.

Prior to joining Greylock, Henry served for two years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School.




Kolker, Carole, Interviewer
McCance, Henry F., Interviewee


National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)




Oral history

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NVCA-Venture Forward Oral History Collection


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102781068 McCance, Henry F. oral history