Conversation with Bill Stensrud

My Infectious Talk conversation with Forbes Midas list venture capitalist (and friend) Bill Stensrud. We mull the future of venture capital, the merits of stock options versus profit sharing, and I think we get around to talking about fitness products, but I’m not sure.

In this episode, Paul talks with Bill Stensrud, investor and entrepreneur. They talked about Stensrud’s involvement from the roots of the Internet, in a number of capacities. They discussed how, from an investment perspective, greentech and biotech industries are currently missing the technology breakthrough such as the transistor or the Internet, which would cause explosive growth. Finally, they explored the changing face of investing, in which new models may be emerging.

Stensrud graduated from MIT in 1971 majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He held a variety of technical, marketing and executive positions in the communications industry. He was a founder of StrataCom (acquired by Cisco), the CEO of Primary Access (acquired by 3Com) and an early investor and Director of Juniper Networks. He was a partner with a major venture capital firm in San Diego and ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 25 “Movers and Shakers” in the venture capital industry. Stensrud is now a private investor and mentor to entrepreneurs.

Stensrud has been a philanthropist and an active supporter of the arts for many years. He has served on the boards of Scripps Health, the Neurosciences Institute, the San Diego Telecom Council, the University of California at San Diego Foundation, the National Venture Capital Association. He is a past President of the San Diego Opera and is a passionate lover of classical music in all of its many forms.

Listen here, or go the Infectious Talk website.