Helping to Build the East Coast Tech & VC Community with First Republic

Theron McCollough
4 min readOct 5, 2022

3 Takeaways:

  1. Use your background and expertise to create opportunities. Using my background as a founder, fund operator, and banker, my role will be to create opportunities and connections between VCs, LPs, and startups.
  2. Despite great fluctuations in the investment markets and valuations, the factor that remains constant is the value of lasting relationships.
  3. Many of the best and most influential startups have been created during times of uncertainty— market downturns, potential recession — which fuels creative solutions to frustrations and pain points.

It’s official, I have joined First Republic Bank! After 15 years of dedication to the startup community, I am excited to share that I am embarking on my most exciting chapter yet.

From founding my first startup & getting accepted into the inaugural Techstars program in Colorado to expanding West Coast early-stage practices as Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank to investing in and mentoring startups & funds, I am grateful to have such a rich, broad experience in the startup ecosystem. Over these years, I have found that I can be most impactful to VCs, LPs, and startups in the finance field.

With this, I am thrilled to have joined FRB as a Managing Director to continue building upon an already great franchise in the Tech and VC community. Using my background as a founder, fund operator, and banker, my role will be to create opportunities and serendipitous connections between VCs, LPs, and their portfolio of startups.

Despite great fluctuations in the investment markets and valuations, the factor that remains constant is the value of lasting relationships.

At the end of the day, through the ebbs and flows, I always look back and remember the team and partners I’ve worked with. I want to support other founders and investors in making those critical connections, just as they supported me on my journey. I sincerely thank those who helped me get here. We don’t do it alone — the mentors and friends that have supported me over the years are forever pillars of my success.

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Theron McCollough

Managing Director at Citizens Private Bank | VC/Tech; past Managing Director with First Republic,@SVB_Financial. founder, investor, limited partner, and banker