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The Davoli File: Venture capitalist Bob Davoli of Sigma Partners

Posted by Scott Kirsner  July 16, 2010 04:46 PM

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davoli.jpgThis Sunday's Globe column focuses on Bob Davoli, a Boston venture capitalist at Sigma Partners, and in particular his investment in GlassHouse Technologies, a Framingham data center services company hoping to go public this year.

Here's the interview I conducted with Davoli on June 29th at his home office in Lincoln (he mostly works from home, as opposed to Sigma's downtown Boston digs.) We talked about his strategy as a VC; some of his past and current investments; his feelings about analyst firms and other VCs; why companies fail; his relationship with CEOs; and what he thinks of "capital efficient" start-ups. (I asked my Twitter followers for questions in advance of the interview, and got a chance to ask all of those questions.) It is very lightly edited; I removed a few profanities and some off-the-record comments.

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Among the companies Davoli discusses are Vignette, Incipient, Internet Security Systems, Dazel, Vlingo, CallMiner, Interactions, Aprimo, GlassHouse, RecycleBank, Viximo, and ExaGrid.

And here are a few articles about Davoli worth a look if you want to know more.

- Davoli's official bio on the Sigma Partners Web site.

- BusinessWeek profile by John Byrne, July 20th, 2000: "How a VC Does It"

- "Seven Deadly Sins of the VC": Blog post by Richard Dale, one of Davoli's colleagues at Sigma Partners

- "It's About Time": Boston Magazine feature on Davoli's custom-built home in Lincoln

- Davoli Q&A with Angel Mehta of Sterling Hoffman

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