Jon Staenberg

Father, VC, and Winery in Seattle, Washington

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I've worked with venture-backed companies for 30 years in several capacities – as a founder, operator and venture capitalist. As an entrepreneur, I've established five companies, served on the senior management team of several early-stage organizations and provided venture capital funding to more than 400 start-ups. I'm one of the more experienced venture capitalists in the Pacific Northwest, having raised multiple funds totaling more than $1B.

I started my tech career at Microsoft in the late '80s. I then joined the senior management team of Virtual i-O, one of the very first venture-backed startups in VR, as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In 2003, i raised the first of a succession of venture funds I managed.

Pursuing my passion for wine, travel and helping to establish and grow great companies, I continue to make venture investments, while running Hand of God Wines.

In Philanthropy, I have served on the board of several arts organizations, was a loaned executive to the United Way and currently actively working to bring TeenTix.org to the Bay Area. Hand of God Wines has given over $100k to charities around the world.

I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, graduating with a B.S., M.A., and M.B.A. While at Stanford, I started and ran two successful companies. I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and I'm a hardcore Nebraska Cornhusker fan. In my spare time, I collect sports ticket stubs.

  • Work
    • The VUDE
  • Education
    • Stanford University
    • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    • Semester at Sea