CHM: Venture Capital Initiative

The Computer History Museum (CHM) decodes technology—its computing past, digital present, and future impact on humanity. It’s home to the Exponential Center, the first museum institution devoted to capturing the legacy and advancing the future of entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world.

The Exponential Center is leading an ambitious program to capture and share the stories of pioneering venture capitalists and their partnerships with disruptors and innovators that extend from idea to IPO and beyond. Through a variety of activities that capitalize on the Museum’s core strengths, the center explores what the industry does, how it works, and what happens when venture capitalists and entrepreneurs join forces to create a company.

Through a partnership with the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the Exponential Center has received copyright ownership of 17 noteworthy oral histories of pioneering venture capitalists that will be preserved and made accessible online. Featured luminaries include Richard C. Kramlich of New Enterprise Associates, James Swartz of Accel Partners, Charles L. Lea Jr. of Bessemer, and more.

The Computer History Museum is actively adding oral histories of key players in venture capital to the Museum’s renowned collection. They are available to researchers and for events and educational programs designed to share key insights about the industry. Video interviews and transcripts are freely available online. See the full list of CHM venture capital oral histories.

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10,000+

high-growth startups—across all 50 states and DC—raised venture funding in 2019 to build and grow their businesses.

42%

of all U.S. IPOs from 1974 to 2015 were venture-backed companies, representing 63% of the market capitalization and 85% of R&D.

2.9 million

is the average net jobs created annually between 1980 and 2010 by high-growth startups, which account for ~50% of gross jobs created in the U.S.

1,300+

U.S. venture firms are active today, managing an aggregate of $444 billion in assets.