Colligan in 2014
|Born||August 14, 1954 (age 63)
Los Angeles, California
|Alma mater||Georgetown University
John C. “Bud” Colligan (born August 14, 1954) is a community activist, social entrepreneur, investor and company builder. He is Co-Chairman of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, a non-profit community-development organization, founder and CEO of South Swell Ventures, a private investment firm, former partner at Accel Partners, a global venture capital firm, and former Chairman and CEO of Macromedia, a multimedia software company.
Early life and education
Colligan was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Glendale, CA. One of six siblings, he graduated in 1972 from Loyola High School.
He attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. While there, he led Students of Georgetown, Inc (known as “The Corp”), an organization offering Georgetown students hands-on experience running businesses, while concurrently funding philanthropic causes throughout the campus community. During his tenure at the Corp, Colligan founded Vital Vittles, which is today one of the nation’s largest, student-owned and operated businesses. In 1976, Colligan graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown with a BSFS in International Economics.
In 1983, Colligan earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
PCV pioneered a new kind of venture-philanthropy, integrating traditional investment, active support and impact measurement into its funding equation. From 1998 to 2015, PCV raised and deployed more than $100 million in philanthropic and community-focused capital. These investments helped 3,000 California businesses to create or retain more than 30,000 jobs. PCV was recognized as one of the “25 brilliant California ideas of the last quarter century,” by both University of California at Los Angeles and University of California at Berkeley.
Colligan sits on the Leadership Council of Opportunity Fund, the nation's leading, not-for-profit, microfinance provider. From 1995 to 2015, the fund invested over $300 million into California-based communities.
Colligan is spearheading the expansion of both Opportunity Fund and PCV into Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. The David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Community Foundation for Santa Cruz County announced support for Opportunity Fund's micro lending efforts in 2014.
Colligan is a founding board member of Santa Cruz Works, a non-profit organization focused on developing jobs and a thriving eco-system for science and technology companies in the Monterey Bay region. He is also Co-Chairman of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, whose mission is to improve the economic health and quality of life for all residents in the Monterey Bay region.
Since 2011, Colligan has been an investor in and advisor to EdSurge, which acts as a “Consumer Reports” for best practices and products in the education technology space. He was also lead independent director and investor in lynda.com, which pioneered online video learning before its successful acquisition by LinkedIn in 2015 for $1.5 billion.
Colligan served on the Board of Directors of JobTrain from 2001 to 2010 and as Chairman of the Board from 2007 to 2009. JobTrain is a community-based education center that combines vocational training, academics and life-skills development. Since JobTrain's founding, it has helped more than 150,000 low-income individuals with their lifelong learning and job placement objectives. Colligan is an investor in and on the Board of Advisors of Digital NEST, which provides access and creates opportunity for underserved youth to learn digital skills.
An active supporter of Georgetown University, Colligan served from 1998 to 2015 on the Board of Visitors for the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He also served on Georgetown’s Board of Regents from 2003 to 2009. In 2007, Colligan co-founded the Georgetown Technology Alliance (GTA) and served on its Board of Directors until 2015.
In 1983, Colligan joined Apple Inc. as part of the team that launched the groundbreaking Macintosh personal computer. He later headed Apple’s higher-education marketing group and grew revenues to more than half-a-billion dollars within three years. During his tenure at Apple, Colligan funded and sponsored Apple's visionary Knowledge Navigator video that premiered at Educom in 1987.
As an early expert in education technology, in 1989, Colligan was recruited to be the CEO of Authorware, a computer-based learning software provider. In 1992, he co-founded Macromedia, resulting from the merger of Authorware and MacroMind-Paracomp. He served as CEO of Macromedia from 1992 to 1997 and took the company public on NASDAQ in December, 1993. In 1996, Ernst and Young recognized Colligan as the “Software Entrepreneur of the Year.” He served as Chairman of the Board of Macromedia until July, 1998. During Colligan’s tenure, Macromedia’s annual revenues grew to more than $100 million. In 2005, Adobe Systems acquired Macromedia for $3.4 billion.
Colligan was a partner at Accel Partners from 1998 to 2015, and focused on investments in software, digital media, education, mobile and cloud computing. He has been an investor and board member at lynda.com (LinkedIn), CNET Networks (CBS Interactive), Brightmail (Symantec), Yodlee (Envestnet), and Days of Wonder (Asmodee). As part of his investment activities in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties, Colligan led the formation of Central Coast Angels in late 2013 to provide capital and mentoring to early-stage businesses in the Monterey Bay region. He is an investor in and advisor to PredPol, PayStand, Water City, Farmhouse Culture, EdSurge, Wheelhouse, InBoard and Tixr.
Bud Colligan is married to Rebecca Colligan. They live in Santa Cruz, California and have three sons.
1996: “Software Entrepreneur of the Year”, Ernst and Young.[not in citation given]
2002: Finalist for the Thomas W. Ford Award for Community Service.
2012: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, GOLD
2013: Outstanding Director, Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times.
2013: The John Carroll Award, Georgetown University.
2014: Ebbie Award for Economic Development, Pacific Community Ventures 
2016: California Forward Regional Steward Leader 
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