What is your motivation for helping entrepreneurs build companies?
“My purpose in life is simple. To help others realize their full potential and change the world. Venture capital is a powerful platform for good in this way. Since the key metric in life is how many people’s lives have you changed for the better, I get up each day blessed.”
What in the world of tech do you find to be the most interesting?
“Entrepreneurship is a creative art. Like making a movie, you start with a script and build something from nothing. If done right, it inspires and changes the world for the better.”
If you could be in another line of work, what would it be and why?
“I’d love to be a National Geographic photographer and travel the world capturing its beauty through my lens. I just came back from Bhutan which is one of the most stunningly visual countries in the world.”
How did you get into tech?
“I’ve been drawn to computers since I was a young kid programming the first Tandy and Apples.”
What is one tactical piece of advice for entrepreneurs that is contrary to popular wisdom?
“Good guys finish first. Since entrepreneurship is a non-line of sight business, the only thing that works is karma=synchronicity. Random acts of kindness done frequently leads to unexpected good things.”
What is your life philosophy?
“The world is full of abundance and not scarcity. Given the opportunity, the Universe always provides for us. So, seize each day versus shrinking from things due to fear. Making yourself small never helped anyone.”
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“I’ve always wanted to be an investor. I’m fifth generation Wall Street. My great grandfather was JP Morgan’s partner. I’m just blessed that I can do it with something I love…technology, innovation and creation.”
How do you spend time away from work?
“I love to travel and spend time with my kids. In the past year, I’ve been to Israel, Costa Rica (surfing/yoga), Burning Man and Bhutan/Asia.”
Matthew McCall is a Partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital and was formerly a Partner with DFJ Portage. McCall has been involved with investments in Analyte Health, AwesomenessTV (acquired by DreamWorks), Beachmint, BrightTag, Cognitive Concepts (acquired by Houghton Mifflin), Eved, EverDream (acquired by Dell), Feedburner (acquired by Google), FindTheBest, Imago Scientific (acquired by Ametek), Lefthand Networks (acquired by HP), Performics (acquired by Doubleclick/Google), Playdom (acquired by Disney), SMS-Assist, Siimpel (acquired by Tessera), SimpleTV and TicketsNow (acquired by Ticketmaster).
McCall has been honored on Crain’s annual “40 under 40” list of leading people under age 40 and their top Tech 25 list. He has been named as one of the Top 100 VCs in the U.S., a Media 100 and a Hollywood 100 Power Player. He has keynoted or been a panelist at over 100 conferences and events nationwide. He is the Founder & Trustee of the McCall Family Foundation, focused on encouraging social entrepreneurship and global human/girls’ rights. He has served on numerous regional high technology advisory boards. He is the author of a popular venture blog, www.VCConfidential.com.
Previous to 1995, McCall worked in the Boston Consulting Group’s Chicago office, where he managed consulting and client teams on projects in the telecommunications, health-care and financial services industries. During and after college, McCall worked for Bankers Trust in Merchant Banking as well as at Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust.
McCall holds a B.A. in economics and history from Williams College and an M.B.A. with Honors from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He also holds a Master in Manufacturing Management from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering.