Roger McNamee T’82, Co-founder, Elevation Partners Photo

Roger McNamee, Co-founder, Elevation Partners 
Roger McNamee is a co-founder of
Elevation Partners. He began his career in 1982 at T. Rowe Price Associates, where he managed the top-ranked Science & Technology Fund and co-managed the New Horizons Fund. In 1991, he launched Integral Capital Partners, the first crossover fund (combining later stage venture capital with public market investments), in partnership with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In 1999, Roger co-founded Silver Lake Partners, the first private equity fund focused on technology businesses. In 2004, Roger and his partners launched Elevation Partners, an investment partnership focused on the intersection of media and entertainment content and consumer technology.

Roger performs 100 shows a year in the band Moonalice, where he plays bass and guitar. Moonalice pioneered the use of social media in music, inventing such applications as Twittercast concerts, Moonalice radio on Twitter, live Moonbeam (video) concerts, and the Couch Tour. The band’s website enables fans to listen to any song or show and to watch every concert on a smartphone without an app. Moonalice is renowned for the quality of poster art associated with the band. Moonalice’s single, “It’s 4:20 Somewhere” has been downloaded more than 960,000 times.

Roger is the author of The New Normal, published in 2004 by the Portfolio imprint of Penguin Books, and The Moonalice Legend: Posters and Words, Volumes 1 & 2, published in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

Roger serves on board of directors of Wordnik and Move. In philanthropy, he serves on the boards of National Geographic Ventures, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Museum, and the Rex Foundation.

Roger holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He co-founded the Center for Digital Strategies with Ed Glassmeyer in 2001.


Presentation Highlights

Experience highlights from Roger's talk on careers and investment opportunities in today's sharing economy.

  • Alva steps up to introduce Roger.

  • Roger seems to like what he hears.

  • Roger explains his perspective on what he calls, "the hypernet."

  • The current challenges facing Apple...

  • ....and the problems with all the operating systems.

  • The full room at the Hanover Inn listened closely.

  • Students came prepared with questions.

  • Roger closes the talk with a challenge to the students, "Don't look back 10 years from now and regret."

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