Co-Founder and Managing Partner, SVB Capital
Aaron Gershenberg is a co-founder and managing partner of SVB Capital. Gershenberg joined SVB in 1999 and has been part of the venture capital ecosystem since 1996. Over the last 20 years, he has created nine fund of funds, four direct funds, and five differentiated custom solutions as an extension of its limited partners’ teams. Gershenberg’s expertise is evaluating venture capital investments globally while building a unique value proposition for institutional investors seeking to access the innovation economy. He has published numerous articles on the future of venture capital and is frequently invited to speak and moderate panels at conferences in the U.S. and overseas. Prior to joining SVB, Gershenberg opened the Northern California office of FirstCorp, a venture leasing group focused on early-stage companies, and was responsible for providing venture financing to more than 50 startup technology companies.
Gershenberg began combining his passion for cycling and philanthropy in 1984, cycling from Boston to Los Angeles and raising over $200,000 for Oxfam America. He is a founder of the Hearst Castle Best Buddies ride, a 100-mile ride from Carmel, Calif., to Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif., benefiting the intellectually and developmentally disabled. Since 2003, he has led Team SVB and raised over $3 million for Best Buddies, and he serves on its international board. Gershenberg has been an ambassador for the sport of kiteboarding since 2000, introducing numerous entrepreneurs and investors to the sport and creating community around the globe. Gershenberg graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.S. in economics and African studies and earned a master’s degree in finance and public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently resides in Park City, Utah.