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Jeffrey Bussgang, General Partner

Detailed Bio:

Jeff is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners whose investment interests and entrepreneurial experience are in consumer, e-commerce, education, financial, marketplace, mobile and SaaS start-ups. Jeff currently represents the firm on the boards of BlueTarp Financial, Cartera Commerce, DataXu, i4cp, Open English, Plastiq, RestorandoSample6, SavingStar, tracx, and Valore and is a board observer at Codecademy and ZestFinance. Jeff was previously a director at Brontes Technologies (acquired by 3M), BzzAgent (acquired by Tesco), TARIS Biomedical (acquired by Allergan) and Transpera (acquired by Tremor Video).

Jeff serves as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School and teaches a class on entrepreneurship and lean start-ups called Launching Technology Ventures.  In this capacity, he has co-authored twelve HBS cases and notes regarding startup management and entrepreneurship.

Jeff's book on venture capital and entrepreneurship, Mastering the VC Game, is an insider's guide for entrepreneurs on financing and company-building. The book has been hailed by the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, TechCrunch and The Financial Times as an essential guide for entrepreneurs.  The first chapter of Mastering the VC Game can be downloaded here.

Jeff's popular blog on helping demystify the venture business for entrepreneurs, "Seeing Both Sides", can be found at www.SeeingBothSides.com, which is syndicated by BusinessInsider, Huffington Post, Inc. and others.  You can follow Jeff on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bussgang.


Background

Prior to joining the firm in January 2003, Jeff co-founded Upromise (acquired by Sallie Mae), a loyalty marketing and financial services firm with 12 million members that currently manages over $35 billion in college savings assets, where he served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Board Director. Prior to Upromise, Jeff was an executive at Open Market, an Internet commerce software leader that went public in 1996 and grew to nearly $100 million in revenues. During his five-year tenure, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development, Vice President of Worldwide Professional Services and head of Product Management. Prior to Open Market, Jeff was with the strategy consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group.


Education

Jeff holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a Ford Scholar. 


Interests

Jeff is married with three children and is an avid baseball fan. He is an active community member, serving as co-chairman of the board of educational non-profit, Facing History and Ourselves, co-founder and co-chair of an immigration reform non-profit the Global EIR Coalition and co-founder and vice-chair of the progressive policy organization the The Alliance for Business Leadership.