Funding the Big Idea: Lessons from the Investor Who's Heard a Lot of Them delivered by Howard Lee Morgan.
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Howard Lee Morgan
Dr. Howard Morgan is a Partner at First Round Capital, a seed stage venture fund. He began working with Idealab in 1996 and serves on their board. Howard is also President and Founder of the Arca Group, Inc., specializing in the areas of computer and communications technologies. He has more than 25 years of experience with more than thirty high-tech entrepreneurial ventures.
He is Chairman of Internet Brands (NASD:INET). Howard was Professor of Decision Sciences at the Whart on School of the University of Pennsylvania and Professor of Computer Science at the Moore School at the University of Pennsylvania for almost 15 years. He serves on the boards of a number of companies and is a respected author. He received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1997.
Howard received his Ph.D. in operations research from Cornell University and his B.S. from the City University of New York.
Howard Morgan, managing partner at First Round Capital, lists the "Six P's" that he looks for when investing in a start-up company. In addition to financial aspects (plans and profits) he highlights the importance of personal qualities like passion and persistence.