TitleFerri, Paul J. oral history
DescriptionPaul Ferri, a noted venture industry legend, was a founding partner of Matrix Partners in 1982. Prior to Matrix, Paul co-founded Hellman Ferri Investment Associates and served as its general partner from 1977 to 1982. From 1970 to 1978, Paul served as a general partner of WestVen Management.
Paul serves as a Member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School and has served on the boards of numerous companies: Cascade Communications Corp., Sycamore Networks Inc., Stratus Computer Inc.; TechForce Corporation; ArrowPoint Communications, Inc. and Sonus Networks Inc. to name a few.
In February 2001, Forbes selected Mr. Ferri as one of the “Top 20 Venture Investors of all time and the “Best VC in Boston.” Among other honors, Paul received the 2001 Massachusetts Telecommunications Council Award for “Venture Capitalist of the Year,” and was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. In 2003, Paul Ferri was inducted into the Private Equity Hall of Fame, citing his work “in founding and helping to build Matrix Partners into one of the most successful venture firms in the industry”.
Mr. Ferri holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York and an MBA degree from Columbia University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Cornell University. In considering retirement from Matrix, he says: “I’m stepping away – going to mentor young people who will take the firm to the next level.”
|Ferri, Paul J., Interviewee|
|Kolker, Carole, Interviewer|