Founding Partner of Highland Capital Partners
Paul focuses on startups in robotics and online education. He is a founding partner of Highland Capital Partners and has 32 years of experience in venture capital. He has served as a director of many public and private technology companies and is currently the board chair of 2U (Nasdaq: TWOU), is on the board of Imprivata (NYSE: IMPR), and manages Highland’s investments in Avidyne, Carbon Black, BlueTarp Financial, Jaunt VR, and Rethink Robotics.
Paul has been recognized by the Forbes Midas List as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry and was the 2011–2012 Chair of the National Venture Capital Association during the creation and passage of the JOBS Act. He is also the 2008 recipient of the Mass Technology Leadership Council Commonwealth Award.
Paul serves on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University and is co-chair of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Campaign Committee. He is also a former board chair of Buckingham Browne & Nichols School and of the Massachusetts chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Paul earned a bachelor's of science in engineering in aerospace and mechanical sciences at Princeton University, a master's in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.