Breakthrough Venture Partners, NAMASTA
MetaTV, TV Works, Nucleonet
I'm bursting with ideas!
What's most rewarding is to see your vision become reality!
The #1 mistake is to assume things will happen faster than they can.
1- believe in your vision, listen to the opportunity and choice in each moment and seek to take both counsel and risk.
2- surround yourself with great people
Bernard Slede is the founder and Managing Director of Breakthrough Venture Partners, a firm that specializes in innovation consulting, startup mentoring and IT patent acquisitions. Past mentees include two laureates of the Clean Tech Open competition, social media startups and a Lockheed Martin-funded startup accelerator.
Formerly the Managing Director of HP’s Startup Ecosystem Programs, Bernard Slede orchestrated the interactions of the largest Information Technology company by revenue with emerging high growth companies and their stakeholders. He also represented HP at the White House launch of the Startup America Partnership in January 2011 and architected HP's $100M commitment to the Partnership.
Prior to HP, Bernard held many roles, including entrepreneur, intrapreneur and venture capitalist.
As an entrepreneur, he launched NAMASTA, the leading membership organization for mind-body professionals in America. He also was CEO of Nucleonet, a network security technology startup.
As an intrapreneur, he was on the launching team of Television Par Satellite (TPS), a leading European satellite TV operator. He also built a partner ecosystem while at Intel’s Home Products Group, a new business incubation.
Bernard started his career in venture capital for ELF Technologies, a successful corporate fund based in Stamford, CT and Paris. More recently, he helped manage HP’s Corporate Ventures portfolio and design a new structure for startup investment.
Bernard is a graduate of Financial Times-top ranked HEC School of Management as well as the International Management Program at ESADE (Barcelona) and McGill University (Montreal). He also was also on an Elf Aquitaine scholarship at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Graduate Chemical Engineering Department.