Wayne Kimmel wasn’t always a venture capitalist, investing in game-changing companies alongside the likes of Richard Branson, Steve Case and Mark Cuban. He was once a 29-year-old law school graduate with no connections who obsessively networked his way to success. Wayne Kimmel is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist, tireless networker, keynote speaker and the author of Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel.
Wayne has been named a Top Innovator by Philadelphia Magazine and is on the Philadelphia Business Journal's Power 100 list.
Wayne has invested in over 50 startup technology and healthcare companies, including SeamlessWeb (now public as GrubHub), Take Care Health Systems and Nutrisystem. Among the Fortune 500 companies that have acquired his portfolio companies are Aramark, Intel, IBM, Walgreens and Yahoo!
His partners at SeventySix Capital are Jon Powell, CEO of Kravco Company LLC, a leading real estate company that developed the King of Prussia Mall, and Ryan Howard, Major League Baseball National League MVP and 2008 World Series Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Wayne, Jon and Ryan are also a partners in Rubicon Talent, a sports marketing and talent agency with clients including, Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings and Lolo Jones, MLB legend Cal Ripken, Jr., and NFL stars Greg Olsen, DeMarco Murray, and Emmanuel Sanders.
He is on the Board of Einstein Healthcare Network and was on the Board of Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Wayne is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and the Delaware Law School. He is passionate about Philly’s pro sports teams and about working to make the world a better place.
AT A GLANCE
FOUNDED SEVENTYSIX CAPITAL in 1999
Invested in over 40 startup companies with 13 EXITS
5 PORTFOLIO COMPANIES ACQUIRED BY FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES including Aramark, Intel, IBM, Walgreens and Yahoo
Author AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER on ENTREPRENEURSHIP, NETWORKING AND GIVING BACK
BOARD EXPERIENCE with over 20 for profit and nonprofit organizations
“The key to success in the venture capital industry is all about having a strong network of relationships for deal flow, business development and selling our portfolio companies. You need to have access to the CEOs and top business leaders in the industries that you are investing in. The addition of Jon and Ryan as my partners at SeventySix Capital has taken our game to another level. Jon’s relationships with top retailers and brands that have stores in Kravco’s malls and Ryan’s relationships with athletes, the media and consumer product companies will be incredibly helpful for our portfolio companies and the overall success of our fund.”
How Venture Capitalist Wayne Kimmel Networked His Way to Success — And How You Can, Too!
In his book, Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel, he shares the practical secrets to his success while providing intimate glimpses behind the scenes of nail-biting, high-stakes business deals. Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel is more than an entertaining read; it’s also a roadmap to success.