Howard Hartenbaum joined August Capital in 2008. Prior to joining, he served as a General Partner at Draper Richards LP where he was the founding investor in Skype and a former member of the board of directors where his achievement resulted in his joining the Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists.
Before entering the venture capital field, Howard was at Hughes Electronics, where he was responsible for supporting business development, marketing and sales of satellite, information security and automotive technologies developed by HRL Laboratories. He also worked in engineering positions in ergonomics and user experience at Honda Motor Company and manufacturing at Teledyne Relays. Howard has worked overseas for a total of ten years in Luxembourg and Japan.
Howard received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T.
Current August investments: Hitch, Reelgood, Reputation.com, Samba TV and Turo.
Previous August investments: Callisto Media (acquired by Penguin Random House), DITTO (acquired by 1800 Contacts), DocSend (acquired by Dropbox) and OrderAhead (acquired by Square)
Other Previous investments: Skype (acquired by eBay), Photobucket (acquired by Fox Interactive Media), Bebo (acquired by AOL), Netkraft (acquired by Adea Solutions), PowerReviews (acquired by Bazaarvoice), DimDim (acquired by Salesforce.com) and Flurry (acquired by Yahoo!).
If you’d like to contact Howard, please get an introduction from a mutual contact. Howard does not respond to cold emails.