What do Facebook, Yelp, Intuit, Flextronics, Seagate, Sybase, Palm, Forbes, Extreme Networks, Rambus and a dozen other successful companies have in common? Roger McNamee. His ...read more
What do Facebook, Yelp, Intuit, Flextronics, Seagate, Sybase, Palm, Forbes, Extreme Networks, Rambus and a dozen other successful companies have in common? Roger McNamee. His seminal touch is ubiquitous. Roger has a keen nose for people whose creations will make a mark, and he has proven it over more than three decades as co-founder of Elevation Partners, Silver Lake Partners, and Integral Capital Partners. Roger has also been outspoken on the insidious ways that Facebook and other social media have impacted democracy: in 2016, Roger tried to warn Facebook about the Russian meddling in US elections.
“I invested early in Google and Facebook. Now they terrify me.” — Roger McNamee
But there's another side. Roger is also a touring musician and has played more than 800 shows: Moonalice fans know him as Chubby Wombat. Interestingly, Moonalice was one of the first independent bands to tally more than a million downloads, with the song "It's 4:20 Somewhere" which Roger co-wrote. Perhaps that shouldn't be surprising given Roger's arc through all things digital. Roger's wife, Ann, is also a singer/songwriter and a musical theorist. Ann and Roger have been married since 1983, and have been intimately involved in the creation of the Haight Street Art Center, and the Tembo Preserve, among other deeply good deeds.