Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tech venture capital industry mourns one of its own

"Venture capitalist Todd Brooks dead at 46. "
"Todd Brooks, a venture capitalist who invested in companies such as Argon Networks, Avanex, Brocade and Monterey Networks, was found dead Friday at the age of 46 in an apparent suicide.
Brooks, who leaves behind a wife and three children, reportedly suffered from depression. A Web site has been set up to help support his family on the West Coast.
Brooks parlayed his schooling and early jobs in the semiconductor field into a career as a venture capitalist with outfits such as Mayfield Fund and JAFCO America Ventures, and more recently attempted to raise his own fund. Brooks served on many boards, including components company Inphi and the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Brooks held Masters degrees in chemical engineering and electrical engineering from U.C. Berkeley."

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