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Paul J. Ferri
Paul J. Ferri ’68
General Partner, Matrix Partners, Massachusetts
Paul Ferri, a venture capitalist for more than 35 years, was the founding partner of Matrix Partners in 1982. Prior to Matrix, he founded Hellman Ferri Investment Associates (1977 to 1982) and was a general partner of WestVen Management (1970 to 1978).
The family of Matrix Partnerships has achieved industry record-setting returns over the last 15 years. The Matrix Partners V Partnership has achieved the highest rate of return in the history of the venture capital industry. In 2003, Mr. Ferri was inducted into the Private Equity Hall of Fame, which cited his work “in founding and helping to build Matrix Partners into one of the most successful venture firms in the industry.” In February 2001, Forbes magazine selected.
Mr. Ferri as one of the Top 20 Venture Investors of all time and the “Best VC in Boston.” Also in 2001, he received the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council Award for “Venture Capitalist of the Year.”
Mr. Ferri serves or previously served on the boards of directors of Airvana, Applix, ArrowPoint Communications, Ascend Communications, Atria Software, Banctec, Bytex, Cascade Communications, Codex Corporation, Empirix, Paradyne, Redstone Communications, Sonus Networks, Stratus Computer, Sycamore Networks, VideoServer, Winphoria Networks, Xyplex, and numerous other private companies.
He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MS in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, and a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell University.
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