Andrew S. Rappaport (born 1957; New York City), also known as Andy Rappaport, is an American venture capitalist partner, and philanthropist. He is a partner emeritus at August Capital, a Silicon Valley information technology venture capital firm where he worked from 1996 until 2013.
Early life and education
In 1984, he founded a strategic consulting firm in Boston, the Technology Research Group (TRG). For over thirteen years he was the president of TRG. Rappaport was also a founder of the Massachusetts Center for Technology Growth, a private economic-development organization and a director of the Massachusetts Microelectronics Center. He has lectured and written on the economics of changing technology. The Computerless Computer Company, which he wrote together with Shmuel Halevi, won the McKinsey award for Harvard Business Review article of the year in 1991. He also holds a US patent. Prior to joining August Capital, he was involved in more than a dozen venture capital-backed start-ups since 1985 including Actel, Atheros Communications, Genoa Corp, MMC networks, Silicon Architects (acquired by Synopsys), Silicon Image, Viewlogic, and Transmeta.
Andy Rappaport joined August Capital in 1996, which prompted his family's moved to California. His expertise is in the areas of technology and finance related to open-source software, broadband communications, semiconductors, and computer systems. He has more than 15 years of experience as a founder, investor, and/or director of venture-backed start-ups. He has served on more than 30 public and private company boards. In December 2013, he left August Capital.
He and his wife, Deborah Rappaport, are the founders of the Rappaport Family Foundation, and Skyline Public Works that funds a variety of non-profit organizations and some commercial ventures too. One of the commercial ventures they sponsor is Huffington Post. They also fund the Participatory Culture Foundation, an open-source video-based browser developer.
The Rappaport's founded the Minnesota Street Project (MSP) in 2016, a dual for-profit/foundation model art space with gallery space, event space, and subsidized artist studios. Additionally they invested in both restaurants connected to the MSP complex, the shuttered Daniel Patterson "Alta MSP" and the replacement Heena Patel's "Besharam".
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ANDY RAPPAPORT (American, born in New York, New York, 1957)
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