October 15, 2018

The VentureFizz Podcast: Bob Davis - General Partner at Highland Capital Partners

For this episode of The VentureFizz Podcast, I interviewed Bob Davis, General Partner at Highland Capital Partners.

As a founder and an investor, Bob has been there from the very beginning of the Internet. He was the Founder and CEO of Lycos, which was a dominant company back in the Web 1.0 era.

For the past 17 years, he has been a Venture Capitalist at Highland Capital Partners. His track record as a VC speaks for itself, having led investments at several successful companies that resulted in exits like nuTonomy, Bullhorn, Quattro Wireless, Turbine, and several others. In fact, just last week, one of his investments, Handy, announced its acquisition by ANGI Homeservices (the owners of Angie’s List & HomeAdvisor). His current portfolio includes Lovepop, SessionM, Harry’s, Freshly and others.

In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

  • The full background story of Lycos, from its early days to ultimately becoming the most visited internet destination in the world back in 1999
  • Setting a record as the fastest company to ever go public in the history of the NASDAQ
  • How he evaluates investment opportunities and the specific criteria behind those decisions
  • The difference between products that are vitamins versus pain-killers
  • Plus, a lot more!

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Keith Cline is the Founder of VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter: @kcline6.