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VC Conversation: Antonio Rodriguez of Matrix Partners

October 07, 2010
The Boston Globe
by Scott Kirsner

Village Ventures, a network of small VC funds based in Williamstown, was having one of their periodic meetings of investors yesterday in Boston. I stopped by to conduct an on-stage conversation with Antonio Rodriguez, the tech entrepreneur who joined the team at Matrix Partners earlier this year; Rodriguez also announced his first investment as a member of the Matrix team on Monday. (On Twitter, he’s @antrod.)

I asked Rodriguez if we could keep at least some of our conversation “on the record” (most of the meeting was “off”), and we agreed that we’d shift into “off the record” mode just for the Q&A period so he could answer audience questions candidly.

We talked about Rodriguez’s areas of interest at Matrix; his entrepreneurial past at Abuzz, Memora, Tabblo, and MyPublisher; big companies innovating through acquisition (Rodriguez’s most recent start-up was acquired by HP); his investment in The Echo Nest, a digital music company; and about a very colorful run-in with Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

The audio runs about 20 minutes. Crank it up, since it was recorded on my iPhone.

VC Conversation: Antonio Rodriguez of Matrix Partners

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