icon close

Henry McCance

Chairman Emeritus

Henry has been a partner and friend to Greylock for more than 50 years.

Henry came to Greylock in 1969 after serving for two years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was responsible for Greylock’s early involvement in the software industry with his backing of market-leading firms including American Management Systems, Pansophic (acquired by Computer Associates), Cullinane (acquired by Computer Associates), McCormack and Dodge (acquired by D&B Software) and VM Software (acquired by Sterling Software, and now part of Computer Associates).

Over the ensuing 40 years of his tenure, Greylock has raised a series of twelve partnerships, with current committed capital in excess of $2 billion, and helped build approximately 300 developing companies. In recognition, Henry received the National Venture Capital Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in May 2004. And, along with Greylock’s founding partners, the Harvard Business School Award for Alumni Achievement in 2003. In 2000, Henry was voted one of the country’s 10 best VCs by Forbes. Henry also served on the board of and led Greylock’s investment in companies such as Tellabs, Shiva Corporation (acquired by Intel), Manugistics, Trilogy, ABT Corporation (acquired by Niku), Narrative Communications (acquired by @Home), Gradient Technologies (merged with Entegrity Solutions), Information Resources, Epsilon (acquired by Relizon) and Gateway Design (acquired by Cadence). In addition he served on the Board of Directors of Continental Cablevision for 25 years.
Henry is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School.

In 2010, Henry became a partner of Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Boston Red Sox, the Liverpool Football Club, 80% of NESN, and 50% of Roush Fenway Racing, a NASCAR team.

Henry is a Chairman of Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, which he co-founded in 2004, a non-profit which uses the venture capital model to fund breakthrough research on Alzheimer’s Disease; and he serves on the Advisory Committee of the McCance Center for Brain Health at MGH. He continues to serve on the Advisory Committee of 83 North (formerly Greylock Israel),  a Board member of New Profit, and a Trustee of The McCance Foundation. Henry served as a member of the Yale Investment Committee from 2003 to 2011.

Previous Investments

icon close icon arrow