FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2020
Contact: Cassie Ann Hodges
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today presented Howard Cox with the 2020 Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award. The Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award recognizes venture professionals who have dedicated their professional lives to creating and building successful and highly competitive venture firms as well as portfolio companies that have made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the U.S. economy.
“The history of the venture capital industry cannot be written without including the dynamic successes and contributions of Howard Cox,” said Bobby Franklin, President and CEO of NVCA. “One of the original partners of Greylock and chair of the Investment Committee of In-Q-Tel, Howard has been a top venture capitalist for decades, making investments and partnering with dozens of highly successful companies. Howard has used his success to give back to society in philanthropy for education, medical advancement, and the arts. Howard is a true luminary of our industry, and we are honored to present him with the Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award.”
Howard left the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 1971 to join Greylock as one of the five original partners. He led more than 30 investments at Greylock and served on the board of three New York Stock Exchange companies. One of the most notable is Stryker, a leading medical device company, of which he was a director for 44 years while the company grew from $10 million of revenue to $12 billion and a market value of $75 billion.
Outside Greylock, Howard has been and continues to be an active philanthropist. Howard initiated and funded the Harvard Business School Health Initiative. He continues active in government service serving on several boards including chairing the Investment Committee of In-Q-Tel for the past 20 years. In-Q-Tel is a non-profit funded by the US Government to bring new technology to the intelligence community. In-Q-Tel brings 50 new technologies a year –all from venture backed companies—to the intelligence community. Currently Howard has initiated and funded a program to select 50 career State Department employees each year for a course on management and leadership. He serves on the board or advisory committee of five for-profit and 23 non-profit organizations. Howard is a Special Limited Partner of Greylock and served as a Chairman of NVCA.
Howard received his AB from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and his JD from Columbia Law where he was an International Fellow. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, and along with Greylock’s founding partners, he received the Harvard Business School Award for Alumni Achievement in 2003. Howard is an active jet aircraft pilot.
About the Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award
The Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award recognizes venture professionals who have dedicated their professional lives to creating and building successful and highly competitive venture firms as well as portfolio companies that have made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the U.S. economy. Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award were instrumental in the formation and growth of the venture capital industry and have consistently set high performance standards for the entire industry.
Previous recipients: John Doerr, Pete Bancroft, Bill Draper, Chuck Newhall, Mike Moritz, Mark Heesen, Arthur Rock, Sam Colella, Felda Hardymon, James Blair, Brook Byers, Jean Deleage, Anthony Evnin, Grant Heidrich, Jim Swartz, Bill Hambrecht, Sandy Robertson, Thomas Weisel, Edward Glassmeyer, Peter Crisp, Henry McCance, Paul Wythes, Lionel Pincus, Pitch Johnson, Richard Kramlich, Stanley Golder, Burton McMurtry, Reid Dennis, Peter Brooke, Thomas Perkins, Stanley Golder and David Morgenthaler
The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers the next generation of American companies that will fuel the economy of tomorrow. As the voice of the US venture capital and startup community, NVCA advocates for public policy that supports the American entrepreneurial ecosystem. Serving the venture community as the preeminent trade association, NVCA arms the venture community for success, serving as the leading resource for venture capital data, practical education, peer-led initiatives, and networking. For more information about NVCA, please visit www.nvca.org.