.406 Ventures

Graham Brooks


Partner

As a recovering engineer (license to code was revoked in 2008, currently under appeal), Graham Brooks loves to geek out with techie founders. He joined .406 Ventures in 2007, after nine years of technology-oriented operating, investing and start-up experience.

At .406 he focuses on early-stage investments in #BigData and #MarketingTech. Graham also runs the firm’s university outreach initiatives including the .406 #StudentFellows program.

Prior to joining the dark side, Graham was an intrapreneur with the New Ventures Group and then Business Development Manager at Bose, where, in addition to upgrading his personal audio set-up, he led the team that identified, evaluated and structured strategic investment and acquisition opportunities within the digital media and consumer products markets.

Prior to being an intrapreneur, Graham was an entrepreneur, Co-founding Accentus, a spin-out of Dartmouth College, focused on bringing innovative solutions to the financial trading industry. At Accentus, Graham led product management and sales and developed significant scar tissue from fundraising in 2002.

Out of college, Graham turned down DoubleClick to begin his career as a software engineer and database administrator at ALK Associates (Acq Trimble), a logistics solutions spin-out of Princeton University. He should have chosen DoubleClick.

Graham is a Kauffman Fellow (Class of 2010). He received his MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business in 2002, where he was a Tuck Scholar, and an engineering degree in Computer Science from Princeton University.

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  • How I want entrepreneurs to perceive the .406 team

    Ultimate wingman in early-stage company building

  • After work I’ll be

    In order of preference and weather: Wind: kitesurfing; Snow: teleboarding; Ice: pond hockey; other: mountain biking

  • Worst fear

    Failing…and water snakes, really hate water snakes, yes actually worst fear is probably water snakes

  • Favorite destination

    Pleasure Bay…sounds way better than it actually is, but hey, it’s the closest kitesurfing spot

  • Something I say all the time

    “Here is a term sheet” (insert smiley face emoji)

  • Favorite job

    Fencing coach at Princeton and then Dartmouth, I thrive on seeing people I work with win

  • Least favorite job

    Still Librarian at a Chinese library in college after failing Chinese freshman year…an abusive form of torture

  • Favorite wheels

    My Honda Civic, I’m known at the dealership for my unique ‘one price’ leasing strategy. Key is going entry level and dealing with the fact that your car doesn’t have power locks.

  • I can’t live without my

    Moleskine book, if I don’t write it down I don’t remember it…if I write it down with very small letters, nobody else can read it and see how bad my spelling is, which is why you won’t see me at the whiteboard

  • I can’t stop eating

    Period, which is why I got a treadmill desk…now I eat while walking, vicious circle.

  • I'm terrible at

    Standing still, the world needs innovation and I want to do whatever I can to create it and enable it.

  • Most confusing time in my life was

    Always now, I’m not happy unless I’m trying something new and totally over my head

  • Superhero power of questionable value

    Power eyesight for my Moleskine Books with very small writing

  • Still on your bucket list

    Midas list and bungee jumping

  • You are most proud of

    My family, two daughters, 9 and 12 and a wonderful wife although she is an enabler of my VC and extreme sports habits.

  • What makes you unique

    Bad hair, three cowlicks, fear of the barber and a tendency to forget to comb it in the morning…exhibit A: bio picture

  • Favorite food combo

    Cheap sushi and expensive beer…got to love Sakura in Winchester

  • Item you have to have on an airplane

    Advil. Seriously, neck pillow, ear plugs, 2 Advil and I’m out from SF to BOS. Try it & you're welcome.

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