Bernard Slede

Bernard Slede

Silicon Valley, California, United States
Member since July 19, 2010
Mostly: I invest in IT patents from startups and large corporations alike Also: I mentor high potential startups Supporter of the Startup America Partnership Quote_down
  • About
2011 HEC School of Management , MBA
2011 McGill University International Management Program
2011 ESADE International Management Program

I am a(n):


If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I'm bursting with ideas!

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

What's most rewarding is to see your vision become reality!

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

The #1 mistake is to assume things will happen faster than they can.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

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

3- execute

Full bio

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.