Ed Roman

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

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I'm a professional investor focusing on enterprise SaaS, marketplaces, and software infrastructure. I manage a venture capital firm named Hack VC, focused on investing in early-stage startups.

Most recently, I led innovation for Pluralsight, which is democratizing professional learning. Pluralsight acquired HackHands, where I was recently CEO. HackHands is a marketplace of developers that accelerates developer productivity via realtime mentoring. I now serve on the board of Pluralsight.

I'm founder of hack.summit(), the largest programmer conference (and the largest virtual conference) in history with 80k+ attendees. I also founded the hack.pledge() movement, which helps developers get free mentoring. I spearheaded a "Medium.com for developers" project as well.

I currently also lead several investment syndicates/funds on AngelList: the Hack VC syndicate, an Open Source syndicate, and an Enterprise Security syndicate. I also mentor at many accelerators.

Prior to this, 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.

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  • Education
    • Cornell University