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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Tech Investor Turns Guitar Hero

Roger McNamee may be more famous as a tech investor and author of "The New Normal" than as a guitar player, but that could be changing. For years he's had a jam-band called the Flying Other Brothers as a sideline to his investment work at Integral Capital, Silver Lake Partners and Elevation Partners. They played at various tech conferences and corporate events. Now that band has morphed into a new band called Moonalice, which is playing around the bay area this labor day weekend and touring across the US this fall. The band includes all-star players G.E. Smith (former bandleader from Saturday Night Live), Jack Casady, Barry Sless, Pete Sears, Jimmy Sanchez and Roger's wife Ann McNamee.

I had the pleasure of seeing Moonalice on Friday at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz and they did a great job on some original songs as well as well-known and loved cover versions of songs from the Dead, Bob Dylan, Marshal Crenshaw and others. You can read more about Moonalice on my other blog

They're playing on September 14th at the Hyde Street Pier as part of MSNBC's power lunch and on the 25th at Union Square. If you're in the area, check it out. Other upcoming gigs include Las Vegas, Denver, Portland, Seattle, Milwaukee, Columbus, New Jersey, Annapolis.

About Roger McNamee

Roger McNamee is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Elevation Partners. Prior to Elevation, Roger was a co-founder of Silver Lake Partners, the leading private equity fund focused on technology and related growth industries. He was a member of Silver Lake's Investment Committee and was involved in all aspects of that partnership. Prior to Silver Lake, Roger was a co-founder of Integral Capital Partners. Integral is a leading technology investor in late-stage venture and public company investments. Founded in 1991 by Roger, John A. Powell, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Integral pioneered the crossover investment strategy, which seeks maximum capital appreciation by making investments in expansion-stage private companies and growth-stage public companies in the technology and life science industries.

Prior to founding Integral, Roger managed the T. Rowe Price Science & Technology Fund and co-managed the T. Rowe Price New Horizons Fund, which was at that time the largest emerging growth fund in the U.S. Roger serves as a trustee of Bryn Mawr College, an overseer of the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, a director of the Rex Foundation, Move, and Forbes Media LLC. Roger holds a B.A. from Yale College and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

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