|A. Nathaniel ("Nat") Goldhaber|
|Institutions||Claremont Creek Ventures|
|Alma mater||UC Berkeley MA in Education|
A. Nathaniel ("Nat") Goldhaber is an American venture capitalist, computer entrepreneur and politician. Goldhaber helped found Maharishi University of Management and was the special assistant to lieutenant governor William Scranton III and the founder and chief executive of TOPS, a computer networking company. He also served as president of the venture capital firm Cole Gilburne Goldhaber & Ariyoshi Management and he was the founding CEO of an Internet marketing company that became a public stock offering in 1999. He was the 2000 U.S. Vice President candidate for the Natural Law Party and serves as the managing director of the investment firm Claremont Creek Ventures.
Goldhaber received a BA in interdisciplinary studies from Maharishi International University and an MA in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. Goldhaber is an emeritus member of the Executive Board of the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley.
In the 1960s, Goldhaber became interested in meditation and worked directly with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation technique. In 1971, Goldhaber helped establish Maharishi International University, an accredited institution in Fairfield, Iowa, now called Maharishi University of Management. In 1976, he wrote TM: an Alphabetical Guide to the Transcendental Meditation Program with Denise Denniston and Peter McWilliams.
From 1979 to 1982, Goldhaber worked in Pennsylvania politics as special assistant to the lieutenant governor William Scranton III and later as the interim director of the state's energy agency. Goldhaber left government to build a career in high technology and founded his first company, Centram Systems Inc., which developed networking for personal computers. Goldhaber was the founder and chief executive of TOPS, a computer networking company which Goldhaber sold to Sun Microsystems in 1987 for $20 million. Goldhaber then served as Vice President of Sun Microsystems. Centram Systems product, called TOPS ("Transcendental Operating System"), allowed transparent file sharing among Macs, PCs, and Unix machines, using the AppleTalk protocol.
In 1989, Goldhaber became the president of Cole Gilburne Goldhaber & Ariyoshi Management, a venture capital firm specializing in high technology for computers. In 1992, IBM and Apple Computer Inc. appointed Goldhaber as president and founding CEO of their joint multi-media venture, Kaleida Labs. In 1995, Goldhaber became the founding CEO of Cybergold, an Internet marketing and payment system which went public in 1999 and was acquired by MyPoints.com, Inc. in August 2000 in a stock-for-stock deal worth approximately $160 million.
Goldhaber was the Natural Law Party nominee for Vice President in 2000 on the ticket with presidential candidate, John Hagelin. At the convention for a splinter faction of the Reform Party of the United States of America allied with party founder Ross Perot, Goldhaber won the nomination for Vice President over candidate Lenora Fulani by a vote of 120-66. The Federal Elections Commission later decided that Buchanan and Fulani were the Reform Party's legitimate nominees.
In 2005, Goldhaber established Oakland-based Claremont Creek Ventures with colleagues, Randy Hawks and John Steuart, specializing in Internet technology investments in the San Francisco Bay Area. Goldhaber currently serves as Managing Director.
In 2011, AOL.com named Goldhaber resident expert at Claremont Creek Ventures on energy conservation and management systems and one of the "Top Five Clean Energy VCs and Principals" in the US.
In 2012, Nat Goldhaber and Claremont Creek Ventures commissioned a study by graduate students at the University of Michigan Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise that determined that the United States could reach energy independence through significant penetration of electric and natural gas vehicles into the market, and increased public and private sector investment in renewables, energy efficiency technologies and North American oil reserves . The results of this study were released at the UC Berkeley BERC Energy Symposium.
Nat is a member of the US Secret Service Electronics Crime Taskforce and an emeritus Member of the Federation of American Scientists. He is an Emeritus Member of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) and a member of the Board of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is also a friend of Electronic Frontier Foundation founder John Perry Barlow.
- "NY Times, September 30, 1992, "Business Technology" Laurence Fisher". Nytimes.com. 1992-06-24. Retrieved 2011-01-15.
- Our Team: Nat Goldhaber Claremont Creek Ventures web site, retrieved July 29, 2012
- "Claremont Creek Ventures web site". Claremontvc.com. Retrieved 2011-01-15.
- Goldhaber, Nat; Denniston, Denise; McWilliams, Peter (1976). TM: an alphabetical guide to the transcendental meditation program. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-24096-5.
- Oregon Votes archive VP candidate info
- Helm, Mark (September 13, 2000). "Buchanan wins fight for federal funds FEC rules in favor of arch-conservative in divided Reform Party". San Francisco Examiner. p. A.1.
- Top Five Clean Energy VCs and Principals
- UC Berkeley BERC Energy Symposium.
- Who's Getting Your Vote?, Reason
- Nat Goldhaber Bio
- Nat Goldhaber personal blog website
- Claremont Creek Ventures website and blog
- Nat Goldhaber interviewed about Clean Technology in 2011 by Sarah Lacy And a blog post on the topic by Nat
- Nat Goldhaber on Solar Homes Making Electricity More Expensive Nat Goldhaber talks on what self-sufficient energy households will mean to the utilities and how that will raise the prices of electricity for those who can't afford to have solar energy.
- A. Richard Netwon Distinguished Innovator Lecture Series Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley, December 1, 2009 Video recording of Nat's lecture at the Haas School of Business
|Natural Law Party Vice Presidential candidate