Kip Hagopian (MBA '66)
Kip Hagopian is a founding partner of Brentwood Associates, a prominent high-technology venture capital and private equity firm. Since its founding, Brentwood has evolved into three successor companies: Brentwood Associates Private Equity, Redpoint Ventures (which invests in early-stage information technology ventures) and Versant Ventures (which invests in earlystage health care companies). Collectively, these companies manage more than $3 billion. Hagopian is currently managing partner of AppleOaks Partners LLC, a private investment firm he owns with one of the co-founders of Brentwood.
During his 25-year career as an active venture capitalist, Hagopian served in several leadership positions in the venture capital industry, including terms as board member, president and chairman of the board of directors of the National Venture Capital Association. In 1991, he formed Segue Productions, Inc., a theatrical motion picture production company that produced two studio motion pictures: Restoration, which won two Academy Awards, and Ransom, which grossed about $350 million worldwide.
Hagopian also has served on a Presidential commission (on industrial competitiveness) and testified before Congress and Executive Branch hearings on securities law and capital formation issues. He has lectured at UCLA’s School of Law and the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and has written and been published on tax policy.
He earned his bachelor of arts degree from UCLA and his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.