Scott Kupor, managing partner and chief operating officer at Andreessen Horowitz—the venture capital firm that’s invested in such social media powerhouses as Twitter and Facebook—joins Haas this week as an executive-in-residence.
In his role, Kupor will co-teach the spring Entrepreneurship class, which is led by Lecturer Carl Nichols. The course is co-listed in the Full-time and Evening & Weekend MBA programs.
Kupor, who joined Andreessen Horowitz at its founding in 2009, manages the firm’s investing activities, operations, and post-investment services.
Kupor says he’s excited to share what he’s learned during his years as both a venture investor and in startup management. “I hope that I can help the students understand the multitude of challenges involved with starting a company and the decisions required to make it successful,” says Kupor, who was invited to teach by Prof. Toby Stuart, faculty director for the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship.
Stuart said Kupor has an incredibly broad and thoughtful perspective in the venture business. “He has been a vital contributor to building the most innovative and successful new venture firm in decades, and his knowledge of entrepreneurship and investing is as deep as anyone in Silicon Valley,” Stuart says. “He's an amazing addition to the Lester Center teaching faculty.”
Andreessen Horowitz has raised more than $4.5 billion from institutional investors and invests throughout the startup lifecycle in both enterprise and consumer IT-related companies. Prior to joining Andreessen Horowitz, Kupor was an executive at Opsware, a data center management software company co-founded by Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen. Hewlett-Packard acquired Opsware in 2007 for $1.6 billion.
After serving two years as a vice president and general manager in HP’s software division, Kupor made the switch to venture capital.
The Entrepreneurship course begins Jan. 21 and is held Wednesday evenings.