NVCA Oral History Collection: Willam P. Egan

An oral history featuring Bill Egan, a founder and General Partner of Alta Communications and Marion Equity Partners. He founded Alta’s predecessor firm, Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. in 1979, one of the earliest bi-coastal venture capital firms in the US. Prior to founding Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co.[BEDCO], Bill was a Partner at TA Associates.

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


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.


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