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Recognizing the Value Proposition

Henry McCance (MBA 1966)

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Henry McCance (MBA 1966)

As a student, Henry McCance (MBA 1966) thrived at HBS. “The combination of terrific students, inspirational faculty, and the case method made for a wonderful learning experience,” says McCance, a longtime HBS volunteer and donor. “I believe in the momentum of the School,” he adds. “I see tremendous opportunity for collaborative partnerships now that the [Harvard John A. Paulson] School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will be located adjacent to HBS.” Seizing that opportunity, at the urging of his daughter, a 2004 MBA, McCance established a professorship in honor of his 50th Reunion that he hopes will be focused on the intersection of business and life sciences.

McCance is well versed in investing in good ideas and is particularly interested in how business skills can be used to tackle society’s toughest problems. He spent all but two years of his career at Greylock Partners, one of the country’s first—and foremost— venture capital firms. “I don’t think the term ‘venture capital’ was in anyone’s vocabulary when we were students,” he notes. Joining Greylock and overseeing its early involvement in the software industry was “one of the luckiest breaks of my life,” he says.

Now chairman emeritus of Greylock, McCance is focused on giving back. He and his daughters run a family foundation that supports K–12 education, environmental conservation, and medical research. “Being a good philanthropist is not as easy as it sounds,” says McCance, who cofounded the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, a nonprofit that takes a venture capital approach to finding a cure for the disease, with which his wife, Allison, was diagnosed in her late 50s.

Emphasizing the parallels between venture investing and philanthropy, he observes, “It’s about the people and the value proposition.” McCance is confident that his support for the School will have a deep impact on HBS as well as on society, noting that “HBS has stood the test of time.”

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