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Scott Sandell    

General Partner NEA.

Scott is a General Partner and head of NEA’s Technology investing practice. Since joining the firm in 1996, he has personally led investments in industry-transforming companies like Bloom Energy, Data Domain, Fusion-io,, Tableau Software, WebEx, and Workday. Scott has been named to the Forbes Midas List several times, with 16 technology companies in his portfolio having successfully completed public offerings or mergers. In addition to his focus on information technology and alternative energy investments, Scott leads NEA’s investing activities in China.

Scott is currently a lead director of two public companies, Spreadtrum (NASDAQ: SPRD) and Fusion-io (NASDAQ: FIO), and a number of private companies including Bloom Energy, Blue Jeans Network, CloudFlare, Coursera, HelioVolt, SolFocus, Tableau Software, and Workday. Other previous investments include 3ware (acquired by Applied Micro Circuits Corp.), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper Networks), NetIQ (NASDAQ: NTIQ), and Playdom (acquired by Disney).

Prior to joining NEA, Scott was a Product Manager at Microsoft, where he worked on Windows 95. Before joining Microsoft, Scott was the first salesperson at C-ATS Software and later founded and ran the company’s European subsidiary. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group. Scott holds an MBA from Stanford and an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).


Who's Been On The Midas List More Than Anyone?

FORBES first published the Midas List of the world’s smartest tech investors two and a half bubbles ago. Many of the people on that inaugural list of 2001 we once knew and loved are now either semi-retired (Bob Kagle, Dick Kramlich) or no longer playing the game at the level they once did (you know who you are). Gone also are the non-VCs we used to include to acknowledge the company-building contributions of power lawyers like Larry Sonsini and Jim Gaither, or tech bankers such as Michael Grimes, Brad Koenig (now a startup CEO) and Frank Quattrone. Midas became a pure VC list by 2006.

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