StartOut’s Leadership Council is comprised of prominent entrepreneurs within the LGBT community that play an important role as advocates for the StartOut community and thought-leadership as pioneers in their industries.
David Blumberg is the Managing Partner of Blumberg Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in innovative and disruptive Digital and Social Media, SaaS/Technology Enabled Services, Mobile Technology and Internet companies.. David has been investing in early stage technology companies for more than 24 years. Prior to founding Blumberg Capital in 1991, David managed technology investments with Claridge Investments, Adler & Co., Apax, and T. Rowe Price Associates. David launched the business development efforts for Check Point Software Technologies. David earned his AB in Government, cum laude, from Harvard College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and INSEAD. David serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of CaseStack, DoubleVerify, Siperian, isocket and Correlix. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Patrick is a Partner at the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Patrick joined NEA in 2004 and is co-lead of NEA’s Consumer practice, focusing on Internet and mobile investments across stage. He is a director of 23andMe, Loopt, GoodGuide, MyFit and Realtime Worlds, and is actively involved with Nurien and the firm’s venture growth activities. Prior to joining NEA, Patrick helped to grow ZEFER, an Internet services firm (acquired by NEC) to more than $100 million in annual revenues and more than 700 people across six global offices. Prior to ZEFER, Patrick was with McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in hardware, software, and services companies. Patrick received a joint JD-MBA degree from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Patrick was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a Master of Science degree. Patrick earned his A.B. degree at Harvard University in Environmental Science. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bars, and a member of the Committee to Visit Harvard College.
Chip Conley is the founder and CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, California’s largest boutique hotel company which was founded in 1987. At the age of 26 with no industry experience, Chip created The Phoenix, taking a 1950’s seedy motel and turning it into a world-renowned “rock ‘n roll hotel” that catered to celebrities from David Bowie to Linda Ronstadt. Building on transformational leadership practices, and an innovative design formula that enables customers to experience an “identity refreshment,” the company now consists of over 40 unique and award-winning hotels, restaurants and spas across the state with over 3,000 employees and revenues approaching $250 million. In his most recent book, PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow, Jossey-Bass, 2007, Chip shares his unique prescription for success based on the iconic Hierarchy of Needs. Chip’s other books include The Rebel Rules: Daring to be Yourself in Business, Simon & Schuster, 2001 and Marketing That Matters: 10 Practices That Can Profit Your Business and Change the World, co-authored with Eric Friedenwald-Fishman, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006. He is a member of the Young President’s Organization and received his BA and MBA from Stanford University. In 2007, Chip was named the Bay Area’s Most Innovative CEO by the SF Business Times, among business leaders across all industries in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco and East Bay business communities.
Amy Errett is a Partner at the venture capital firm Maveron. Errett brings to Maveron more than 25 years of business and operating expertise as a leading entrepreneur, senior executive and social mission visionary. Her focal point is in emerging consumer trends, e-commerce social shopping, the environment and reaching niche audiences. Errett currently serves on the Altius Education, Livemocha and KidZui Board of Directors. Errett’s multi-faceted career has ranged from the online Web 2.0 media industry, to the off-line consumer marketplace, and even to volunteer, non-profit leadership. Most recently, she was Chief Executive Officer and partial owner of Olivia, repositioning the travel company as a lifestyle company both online and offline for lesbians while multiplying revenues from $6 million to an expected $25 million in 2007. In 2006, Errett was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. Prior to her work at Olivia in 2002, she founded and served as chair and Chief Executive Officer of The Spectrem Group, a worldwide strategic consulting, information and M&A advisory firm. Errett sold Spectrem to an IPG subsidiary, NFO Worldwide (NYSE: NFLOW) in 1996. After the sale, she joined the senior management team at E*Trade where she diversified the company’s business beyond brokerage and ran a $200 million business that encompassed the management of E*Trade’s growth areas including their business to business stock option division and launched a successful asset-based products and investment management services division. Early in her career, Errett was a banker at Banker’s Trust. Among Errett’s citations is the Israel Fellows Award by the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation. A passionate humanitarian, Errett is the Chair of the Board of Glide Foundation, San Francisco’s largest non-governmental, direct social services organization. She also spends time horseback riding and fly fishing, and is an avid skier and snowboarder. A New York native, Errett earned an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School and a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Connecticut. She and her partner live in San Francisco with their daughter.