Roger McNamee

Managing Director
Elevation Partners

Roger McNamee has been a Silicon Valley investor for 35 years. He co-founded successful funds in venture, crossover and private equity, including Silver Lake Partners, the first private equity fund focused on technology businesses. Additionally, along with partners including U2’s Bono and former Apple CFO Fred Anderson, Roger founded Elevation Partners with a focus on the intersection of media and technology. At Elevation, Roger was an advisor to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. A Founding Advisor to the Center for Humane Technology, he has been engaged in a campaign with former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris and others to trigger a national conversation about the dark side of Internet technology.

Roger’s new book, Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, tells the story of how he – a long time ally of Facebook – woke up to the damage the company was doing to our society, and set out to try to stop it. Zucked debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list on February 13, 2019.

Roger is a regular guest on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley“and advisor to HBO’s “Silicon Valley“.

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