The best investors are learners rather than teachers. Micro venturecapitalist Chris Sacca is one of Silicon Valley’s most thoughtful learners – a former lawyer and failed entrepreneur, once Head of Special Initiatives at Google, an early investor in Twitter with his own 1.3 million person following, a 2009 TechCrunch Crunchie Award nomination for Best Angel Investor, an Obama insider and activist, a keen bicyclist and skier, and the owner of the most colorful collection of cowboy shirts in the Valley.
I first met Chris a couple of years ago at the Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford, an event in which the best minds of the Valley educate Oxford students about technology innovation and business creativity. What I liked about him then, as now, was his pugnacious humility, his very vivid memories of failure and poverty, his uniquely American optimism, and his unashamed commitment to global social justice.
The Wall Street Journal cited Sacca as “possibly the most influential businessman in America”. But what they forgot to add was that he’s also amongst the most provocative businessman in this country – a perennial start-up guy who can cram more ideas into a five minute interview than most corporate execs can come up with in a lifetime