Ron Conway is the Founder and Co-Managing Partner of SV Angel. He has been an active angel investor since the mid 90s and has received wide recognition for his role in the tech ecosystem. He was included on Vanity Fair’s 100 most influential people in the Information Age in 2010, awarded Best Angel at the 2009 TechCrunch Crunchies Awards, and has been named on Forbes Magazine Midas list of top “deal-makers” since 2011. Prior to founding SV Angel, Ron was with National Semiconductor Corporation in marketing positions (1973-1979), Altos Computer Systems as a co-founder, President and CEO (1979-1990), taking the company public on Nasdaq in 1982, and served as CEO of Personal Training Systems (PTS) (1991-1995). PTS was acquired by SmartForce/SkillSoft (Nasdaq SKIL).
Ron is an advocate for technology companies and civic engagement in San Francisco, as well as an advocate for immigration reform. He is founder and Chairman of sf.citi and co-founder of FWD.US. Ron is also working diligently on efforts to solve for systemic racial inequity and to support founders of color, especially through the launch of Slauson and Co. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 he has been involved in efforts to secure PPE and fundraise for a drug therapy/vaccine, and organized the Covid-19 Tech Task Force.
Philanthropically, Ron is a member of the Giving Pledge and Board Member of the Salesforce Foundation. He is a major donor and advisor to UCSF Medical Center and the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, College Track, the THORN Foundation, and many organizations focused on preventing gun violence including, Sandy Hook Promise, Giffords.org, and March for Our Lives.