About Me

Lee_Hower_headshotI’m a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur turned East Coast venture capitalist.

I began my career at PayPal as a Product Manager and spent three years there from the early days of the company through our IPO in 2002 and ultimate acquisition by eBay at the end of that year. After that I was one of the co-founders of LinkedIn and served as Director of Corporate Development through the first couple years of the company’s formation and initial VC funding.

My wife and I both have New England family ties so we moved back from California and in early 2005 I joined Point Judith Capital where I’m currently a Principal. I focus on early-stage VC investments in internet and digital media companies. I currently sit on the board of directors of Multiply and FanIQ, and am involved with investments in Sittercity and Music Nation.

Outside of work I’m a true soccer fanatic and an avid but terribly slow-reading bookworm. You can reach me via email leehower at gmail dot com.

Lee Hower

I’m an investor, entrepreneur, and helper of technology startups. I’m currently a General Partner of NextView Ventures, an investment firm focused on seed stage internet-enabled businesses.  I co-founded NextView in 2010 with my partner Rob Go and David Beisel. I started in the VC business as a Principal at Point Judith Capital, an early-stage firm.  I joined PJC in 2005 and served as a Principal at the firm through early 2010.  During this time I co-led investments in FanIQ, Sittercity, and Multiply and sourced investments in Music Nation and NABsys. Prior to becoming a VC, I was a startup guy myself.  I was part of the founding team of LinkedIn, and served as Director of Corporate Development from the company’s inception through our early growth phases. Before that I was an early employee at PayPal, and worked in product management and corporate development roles through the company’s IPO in 2002 and subsequent sale to eBay later that year. I went to college at UPenn, and received degrees from both the School of Engineering and Wharton School of Business.

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