Warren Weiss

Warren Weiss

Warren Weiss, General Partner

What he does: Identifies superstar entrepreneurs and builds winners with them.

What he invests in: Warren, also known as Bunny, invests primarily in emerging software companies — both licensed and software as a service. He enjoys catching emerging technologies early. He got involved in on-demand software companies and cleantech years before they went mainstream.

Warren is on the boards of Trufa, CliQr Technologies, Cyphort, ForgeRock, Moxie Software, SilkRoad Technologies, Silver Spring Networks, and Visier.

His past investments include eMeter (acquired by Siemens) and MarkMonitor (acquired by Thomson Reuters). Warren was named to the 2012 Forbes Midas List of Technology's Top Investors for his work with Silver Spring Networks.

Why he loves his job: He loves “building great companies.”

Warren's close ties with leading universities and research labs give him a window into innovations in their purest form, and he cherishes the chance to work with the smartest minds in business, whether first-timers or Nobel Prize winners.

Warren had hoped, as a kid, to be a professional baseball player. Instead, he began working at a steel mill at 16 and found his way to Silicon Valley via Houston, TX, where he worked as an undercover cop.

He came to Foundation Capital in 2002 after 25 years in the software industry.
“The riskiest thing I ever did was work for Steve Jobs in 1992.”

He led companies like Asera, Prism Solutions (IBM), SQRIBE Technologies (Oracle) and SMI through critical periods in their growth, and held senior executive positions at Next Software (Apple), Continuum (Computer Sciences Corporation) and Management Science America (INFOR).

His greatest accomplishment: His kids.

Training: BS from Western Illinois University.

Warren's assistant, Jan Slimmer: