Alex Taussig

Partner at @Highland Capital Partners. Investing in data, distributed systems, developer communities. Studied applied physics @MIT, @Harvard + @HBS,

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What I Do

I have spent my career in VC working with a wide range of businesses in both enterprise and consumer. I bring to the table both an understanding of tech development and how startups rigorously test hypotheses to bring products to market. I also can add value through Highland's proprietary network.

Achievements

I have sourced, led, or co-led Highland’s investments in BetterLesson, Ink, Leap Motion, RentJuice (acquired by Zillow), Talaria Technologies (acquired by Google), and thredUP. I also supported Highland’s investments in Bit9, QD Vision, Rethink Robotics, and Vertica (acquired by HP). In addition, I led the Summer@Highland entrepreneurship program, which over its 6 year history has mentored more than 40 student-led startups from inception, including Cloudflare, Gemvara, and Wildfire (acquired by Google).

Prior to Highland, I studied physics at Harvard College (summa cum laude), materials engineering at MIT (thesis on optical materials synthesis and characterization), and business at Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar). I have published papers in Phys Rev B, Journal of Applied Physics, and IEEE Transactions on Magnetics.

I also worked at McKinsey & Co. and RockPort Capital Partners and have represented San Francisco as an inaugural member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers.

What I'm Looking For

A founding team that is creative, technical, and exhibits strong leadership skills. Evidence of delivered value to a group of early adopters. Growth metrics that are early, but meaningful. If I had to choose between seeing "value" or "growth", I'd choose value at this point.