When Sequoia Capital partner Roelof Botha talks about a company, people listen. Botha has been the mastermind behind funding rounds of several successful startups, with a special knack for social services.
He’s also repeatedly found himself in the top 30 on Forbes’ annual Midas List, which ranks the top individual investors at the major venture capital firms. All reasons why we’re excited to announce that Botha will be joining us for an interview at Disrupt NY 2014.
Roelof Botha has become the go-to guy for picking social network winners like YouTube, Instagram and Tumblr. But social isn’t the only area Botha has shown acumen; he’s brought on financial startups Square and Xoom Corporation, electronic event planning and ticket sales app Eventbrite, and cloud-connected note-taking service Evernote.
Recently, Botha led the funding rounds for secret-sharing app Whisper and Plain Vanilla Games, which makes the popular QuizUp app for Android and iPhone. He’s also likely behind Sequoia’s recent investment in Flipagram, a social service that creates short video clips from photos set to music.
Before joining Sequoia Capital in 2003, Botha was the CFO of PayPal and led the company through its 2012 IPO. He currently serves as an invaluable board member of Xoom, Jawbone, Mahalo, Square, Eventbrite, Plain Vanilla, Whisper and many more.
Botha is no stranger to the Disrupt stage, having served as both speaker and a judge for Battlefield at Disrupt over several years. Most recently, he joined TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington and Tumblr’s David Karp for a Fireside Chat at Disrupt NY 2013, and served as a Disrupt SF Battlefield judge in 2012 and 2013. Botha joins other notable speakers, including Yancey Strickler of Kickstarter, Sam Altman of Y Combinator and Astro Teller of Google.