Aaron Gershenberg is a founder of Silicon Valley Bank Capital’s fund of funds and direct funds, SVB Capital. Aaron joined SVB in 1999 and has been part of the venture capital industry since 1996. Under his leadership, the group has over $3.3 billion under management across fund of funds, direct funds and separate accounts. Aaron’s expertise is evaluating venture capital funds globally while building a unique value proposition for institutional investors seeking to access the innovation economy. He has published numerous articles on the future of venture capital and is frequently invited to speak and moderate panels at conferences in the US and Overseas.
Prior to joining SVB, Aaron opened FirstCorp’s Northern California office, a venture leasing group focused on early stage companies. In this capacity, Aaron was responsible for providing venture financing to more than 50 startup technology companies. Previously, Aaron was part of the investment banking group for Union Bank of California and the real estate consulting practice of Deloitte & Touche.
Aaron earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and African Studies from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in finance from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Aaron combines his passion for philanthropy with his love of the outdoors. In 1984 he joined 50 students biking from Boston to Los Angeles, raising money for Oxfam America. In 2003, Aaron was a founder of the Hearst Castle Best Buddies ride, a 100 mile ride from Carmel to the Hearst Castle benefiting the intellectually and developmentally disabled. He has raised over $3M to date for Best Buddies and serves on the International Board, 1st Move and board observer on Play Magnus- making chess part of the 2nd & 3rd grade curriculum to promote stem education.
He is an accomplished kite boarder and loves kiting on waves and the snow.