If Silicon Valley has an angel, it’s Ron Conway, thelegendary early stage investor who has backed many of the greatest
Internet start-ups including Google and Facebook. Last
week at the Social
Currency Crunchup at Stanford University, I had the good fortune to
sit down with Conway for a few minutes
to talk about technology, entrepreneurs, investors and the next big thing in the Valley.
In his avuncular selflessness, in his apparent concern for everything and everyone but himself and in that reassuring thick shock of silver hair, there’s certainly something angelic about Conway. But dig a bit into Ron Conway and you get a sense that behind all that reasonableness there’s a remarkably shrewd operator who has minted a fortune for himself, his investors and his entrepreneurs. My sense – for what it’s worth – is that the guy has multi-million dollar eyes. He is a brilliant watcher, an acutely sophisticated observer of the tech space, a remarkably perceptive businessman who doesn’t miss a trick. That’s where his unique talent lies and that’s why he is amongst the greatest early stage investors of our times.....