|Born||October 10, 1962|
|Alma mater||University of Notre Dame|
|Known for||Chairman of SugarCRM|
Founder of Geeknet
Paper billionaire during the dot-com bubble
Larry Augustin (born October 10, 1962) is the Chairman of SugarCRM. He is a former venture capitalist and the founder of VA Software (now Geeknet). During the height of the dot-com bubble, Augustin was a billionaire on paper at the age of 38.
Early life and education
After receiving a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, Augstin received a fellowship from Bell Labs to pursue a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He went to work for Bell Labs for a year and then returned to Stanford to pursue a PhD.
In 1993, Augustin founded VA Research (later VA Linux and Geeknet), while a Ph.D. student at Stanford. Augustin was a Stanford colleague of Jerry Yang and David Filo, the founders of Yahoo!. Filo and Yang introduced Augustin to Sequoia Capital, which provided Augustin with venture capital.
In August 2002, Augustin left VA Linux and from September 2002 to December 2004, he was a partner at Azure Capital Partners, where he helped lead Azure’s investments in Zend Technologies and Medsphere.
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