Ed Roman

Managing Director, Hack VC - based in San Francisco, California

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I'm a professional investor focusing on web3 / crypto / blockchain. I manage a venture capital firm named Hack VC, which focuses on these sectors. I'm also founder of hack.summit(), a virtual event series for developers.

Prior to that, I was an investor in SaaS, Open Source, and Marketplaces. This was done via a generalist capital fund as well as a syndicate on AngelList (collectively, we refer to this business as “Hack VC Legacy").

Prior to that, I led innovation for Pluralsight, which is democratizing developer education. Pluralsight acquired HackHands, where I was recently CEO. HackHands was a marketplace of developers that accelerated developer productivity via realtime mentoring. I served as a board observer of Pluralsight for years post-acquisition, leading into the eventual IPO of Pluralsight.

I was founder & CEO of Ghostfire Games. Our game Rage of the Gladiator won critical acclaim as a top-rated Wii title. It's available on Nintendo 3DS, Android, and won a game-of-the-year award for iPhone/iPad.

I created the world's largest Java community (450k members), TheServerSide (acquired by Precise Software), and wrote a best-selling book on Java, Mastering EJB.

  • Education
    • Cornell University