National Venture Capital Association Oral Histories

In November 2018, the Exponential Center signed a definitive agreement to transfer copyright ownership of 17 oral history transcripts from the National Venture Capital Association NVCA to CHM in return for the Museum’s commitment to preserve and make this valuable collection available to the public. With the transfer of the oral histories, the new partnership announced between the two organizations is off to a strong start. This collection is particularly noteworthy in that it includes some of the very earliest venture capitalists, such as Walter Curley of JH Whitney and Paul Wythes of Sutter Hill, both of whom are deceased.

Click on the links below to access individual oral history transcripts or see the full list in the CHM catalog.

The Exponential Center will continue to work with the NVCA to transfer as many as 35 additional oral histories and additional opportunities for fruitful collaboration are underway. This effort is part of a multi-faceted venture capital initiative that includes a variety of programs and activities.

Partnership Announcement Event Highlights

On March 28, the NVCA and Exponential Center hosted an invitation-only event to “Trailblazers of Venture Capital,” that included a panel discussion with pioneering VCs Bill Draper, Dick Kramlich, and Pitch Johnson moderated by Christy Remy Chin of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. The Exponential Center’s Distinguished Scholar Sebastian Mallaby described his new book project on the history of venture capital, and New Enterprise Associates cofounder Chuck Newhall provided inspiring closing remarks. Read a recap of the event.