Edward Colby

Since 2005, Ed has acted as a Venture Partner and an advisor to Quilvest, and then Quadrille, on multiple direct and fund investments in the US. In 2017 he became a fully dedicated Partner of the firm. Ed is based in San Francisco, California.

Ed began his career in banking and finance at Citibank in New York City.

Ed worked for eight years at Apple Computer, Inc. Based in Cupertino from 1983-1988, Ed rose to Director, Product Management, for Apple’s entire product line. In 1988, Ed was promoted to Director of R&D for Apple Europe. He moved to Paris and oversaw the delivery of communications products for the European market.

From 1991-1997, Ed founded and managed two venture-backed technology companies in Silicon Valley, the first in networking and the second in enterprise software. Both companies exited through strategic acquisition. They were financed by Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia respectively.

In 1998, Ed established and led, as Managing Director, the US office for Viventures, the Venture Capital fund established by Vivendi, Cisco, Nokia, Siemens, BT, Marubeni, Tata Group and other global investors. Over two funds totalling $700m, Ed’s successful investments include Cyras Systems, acquired for $1.5bn by Ciena Systems (CIEN); LightLogic, acquired by Intel (INTC) for $425m; and nCipher, IPO on the LSE, subsequently acquired by Thales.

Ed is a graduate of Princeton University, with a BA in Economics, and earned an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.