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At HVP in Palo Alto, CA, you will find a venture leadership team that has been educated at top US, UK and Canadian academic institutions.

We’ve amassed 50+ years of operating and venture experience at leading high-tech companies in Silicon Valley.  We’ve acquired 20 companies; held 15 board of director roles; closed 12 venture investments; participated in 12 liquidity events; held executive level operating roles at 6 public and 10 pre-IPO companies; and closed numerous Secondary Market transactions totalling millions of dollars.

Meet The Team

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Neil McGowan

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Neil McGowan is our Founder and Managing Partner

He earned a BS in Computer Science at St. John’s University, and is a graduate of Dartmouth University-Tuck Executive Program

He’s held executive positions at Silicon Valley hi-tech companies including:

  • Chairman & Managing Director of Silicon Graphics-Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Interim CEO at Fizwoz and LinksMark

  • SVP of International Markets at Verisign

  • GM of the Brazil Subsidiary at VeriSign

  • SVP of American Sales & Service at Openwave

  • SVP of Global Sales & Alliances at Cloudmark.


Humphrey Polanen

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Humphrey Polanen is a Managing Partner.

He earned a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Hamilton College.


He has held executive positions as:

  • Chairman, of Edgeware Sand Hill Security and uCirrus

  • Founding CE of Heritage Bank

  • Managing Director of iBanker Direct

  • Co-Founder of Internet Venture Partners BB

  • Sr. Partner at Punchlime

  • GM of Internet Commerce and Security at SUN;

  • Corporate General Counsel and Director of Global Business Ventures at Tandem.

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Joy McGowan

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Joy Truth McGowan is our Operating Partner.

She is focused on the process, policies, compliance, and the over quality and efficacy of the Firm.


Joy graduated from University of San Francisco with a BS in Information Systems Management.


Her past positions included:

  • Founder and President at Harmony Beauty Boutique

  • Regional Sales Director for the Small Business and Enterprise sectors at AT&T

  • Sr. Financial Analyst for Manufacturing at Silicon Graphics.

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