From the Back Cover
"Well-written and humorous. Should be required reading for all entrepreneurs, especially the section on how to clearly articulate what your product is and who's going to buy it."
Linda Weston, President & Executive Director, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
"I wish I had this when I started out. It's an absolute 'must read' for first-time entrepreneurs. Take the Money and Run! puts you on the VC's side of the table and helps you understand how they evaluate your business plan. It would have saved me (and a few VC's) from some very unproductive meetings!"
Mike DiFranza, Founder & President, Captivate Network (now a Gannett company)
"Pragmatic, forthright and fun - a great mix!"
Rob Wiltbank, PhD, Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Willamette University and author of Effectual Entrepreneurship and The Catalyst
About the Author
For almost 20 years, Gerry has served as a Managing Director with OVP Venture Partners (OVP), the most experienced venture capital firm in the Pacific Northwest. OVP was formed in 1983, and has raised seven venture capital funds, the most recent at $250 million. The firm focuses on early-stage companies in clean tech, digital biology, and information technology. Since its founding, OVP has backed over 125 startups - and seen 53 liquidity events including 23 IPOs, and 30 others being acquired by public companies.
From 1981 to 1992, Gerry was co-founder of Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) where he served as President. He helped lead Mentor to over $400 million in sales and $1 billion in market capitalization. The company remains the fastest growing public software company to $200 million (in constant dollars) in US history. Currently at about $1 billion in revenues, Mentor ranks as the second largest software company in the Pacific Northwest, behind only Microsoft.
His service as a board member covers the range from digital media, energy, enterprise software, network security, and wireless communications to biotechnology. He is the author of The Vision Trap
(Harvard Business Review, March 1992), which continues to be widely used in business schools and corporate training sessions. He also authored a chapter in Great Patents
, Logos Books, 2011.
Gerry's next book, The Success Matrix
, is under development.
Gerry served in the US Air Force Reserve. He was elected to and served as School Board Chair of the Riverdale Public School District. He previously chaired the Riverdale School Foundation.
He has served as Chair of the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) Board of Trustees, and Chair of the State of Oregon Facilities Authority - a bonding agency for not-for-profits. In 2011, he was awarded the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network Lifetime Achievement Award.
He holds an BA in Chemistry from Cornell University and a MBA from Harvard University.