Jon Burgstone


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Jon Burgstone works as a professional investor, serving as Managing Director of Symbol Capital LLC, a private investment partnership. Before Symbol Capital, Burgstone was an Adjunct Professor of Engineering and the Founding Faculty Chair of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at the University of California Berkeley's College of Engineering

Earlier in his career, Burgstone was CEO and co-founder of SupplierMarket, an internet software company serving global enterprises. SupplierMarket was acquired for $1.1B in the late summer of 2000 by Ariba, Inc. and the product is now named Ariba Sourcing. SAP subsequently purchased Ariba. 

Previously, Burgstone was a high-tech strategy consultant (semiconductor, online financial services and telecom), and he began his career at Ford Motor Co.

Burgstone earned a BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois, an MS in Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Burgstone was born and raised in suburban Chicago, Illinois.  He studied engineering at the University of Illinois, and conducted research for a NASA/NSF investigation into human cognition.

Burgstone received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois. He serves, and has served, as a Trustee of the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, on the President’s Council of the United Religions Initiative, on the Board of Visitors at the University of Illinois College of Engineering, and as an Advisor to the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School.

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