Paul Holland


General Partner, Foundation Capital

Paul Holland's primary focus is on helping early-stage start-ups go from zero to $100M in revenue. He helped take public two venture-funded software start-ups, Kana Communications with Mark Gainey and Pure Software with Reed Hastings. Holland currently serves on the board of directors for CalStar Products, Dreambox Learning, InsideView, Simply Hired and SpoonRocket. Past investments include for Chegg, MobileIron, Coverity (acquired by Synopsys), Averail (acquired by MobileIron), Conformia (acquired by Oracle), Ketera (acquired by Rearden Commerce), RouteScience (acquired by Avaya), Talking Blocks (acquired by Hewlett-Packard) and TuVox (acquired by West). Paul is an active board observer at Assemblage, Blend, KIK and Platejoy.

Prior to joining Foundation Capital, Holland was senior vice president of worldwide sales at Kana Communications, one of the top IPOs of its vintage. Before Kana, Holland was a vice president and general manager for another highly successful start-up, Pure Software. He began his professional career at SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute).

Holland enjoys spending time with his wife Linda Yates, and their three daughters, Kylie, Devon, and Piper. In his spare time he enjoys volleyball, poker, traveling (he has visited over 60 countries to date). He and his wife built the highest LEED point house in the country. Holland has been guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business, Harvard Business School, Wharton, Columbia, UC Berkeley, James Madison University and the Stanford Graduate School of Engineering. He is a supporter of Project BUILD in East Palo Alto, the Bing School at Stanford, Nueva School and Sustainable Silicon Valley. He is the co-executive producer of a critically acclaimed documentary on the origins of the venture capital industry called “Something Ventured,” and is the past president of the Western Association of Venture Capital.

Paul received an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley; an M.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia; and a B.S. from James Madison University.

Paul is a member of the College of Business Board of Advisors.

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