Roger McNamee

Partner
Elevation Partners

Roger McNamee co-founded Elevation Partners in 2004, after a long career as an investor. He began his career in 1982 at T. Rowe Price Associates. In 1991, McNamee launched Integral Capital Partners, the first crossover fund, combining later stage venture capital with public market investments, in partnership with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In 1999, he co-founded Silver Lake Partners, the first private equity fund focused on technology businesses. Now with Elevation Partners, an investment partnership focused on the intersection of media and entertainment content and consumer technology, he's done it again, this time with Bono as a partner. He's the guy who decided to fund the revival of Palm, which is making a bet-the-company move to beat Apple, RIM and others in the handheld wars. Most importantly, though, McNamee plays guitar and bass in the band Moonalice.

Posts With Roger McNamee

Jon Rubinstein Joins Board of Qualcomm, as Mobile Chipmaker Ups Its Silicon Valley Cred

The longtime mobile exec is a high-profile appointment.
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Elevation Partners’ Roger McNamee Slams Android, Microsoft and Yahoo in One Fell Scoop

Digging specifically at Android, McNamee said that it is akin to “having a motor scooter at the Indianapolis 500.”
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Is That French?

Excuse my French, it was a clusterfuck. It’s like you had a chance to win the Super Bowl and you didn’t show up for the game.

— Elevation Partners Roger McNamee, about the Facebook IPO

The Wall Street Death March?

I think going public today is almost like a Bataan death march. I think Wall Street — this will insult many people — but I think in many ways it bears a resemblance to organized crime. It is legal today what they do, but what they do is manifestly unfair.

Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners, in conversation with Bloomberg Television’s Margaret Brennan

Opening the Floodgates: Talking Investing with VC Mike Maples (Video)

In a conversation at last week’s Founder Showcase in Mountain View, the venture capitalist offered some good advice, mixed in with surfing metaphors galore.
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The State of Social Sharing With Fred Wilson, Roger McNamee and More (Video)

Here’s a panel I did last week at the Privacy Identity Innovation conference that took place on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley, called “Social Sharing and the Data-Driven Economy.”
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History Repeats Itself at Hewlett-Packard webOS Unit

Leaked internal memos elucidate Hewlett-Packard’s plans for the future — such as it is — for the different pieces of its webOS business.
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Roger and Pre: Those Were the Days, McNamee (He Thought Palm Would Always Be)

It’s been a bad week for those who were big fans of Palm and its webOS operating system. So, it’s clearly time for a little McNamee.
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KatieCam: Talking Apple With Tech Types at D8

All Things Digital’s Katherine Boehret walked the lobby at Terranea during registration for D8 and got a few tech types to talk about what they hope Steve Jobs will discuss during tonight’s interview.
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Palm CEO Jon "Ruby" Rubinstein Talks About the HP Deal–He's Staying, Will Always Love the Pre Mirror and Still Will Not Be Touching Any iPhones

After an All Things Digital report last week on Hewlett-Packard being the most likely suitor for Palm, despite multiple reports of intense interest from HTC and Lenovo from China, in an interview with BoomTown this afternoon after the $1.2 billion acquisition was announced, CEO Jon Rubinstein jokingly asked how we knew about the deal. We didn’t! It was a complete guess, Ruby! Actually it was a very informed one by Digital Daily’s John Paczkowski, but his cogent analysis of the synergies between Palm and HP is pretty much what Rubinstein said drove the action.

D7: The Conference in Quotes

Rubinstein and McNamee: Remaking Palm