Gregory B. Penner

Co-Founder at Madrone Capital Partners LLC

Gregory B. Penner

Gregory B. Penner

Co-Founder at Madrone Capital Partners LLC

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Wal-Mart Japan Holdings KK
Madrone Capital Partners LLC

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Atherton, CA, United States

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President, Chief Executive Officer, Director at Walmart, Inc.

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Founder at Madrone Capital Partners LLC

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Co-Founder & General Partner at Madrone Capital Partners LLC

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Former Program Officer, Education at The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.

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Operating Executive at The Carlyle Group, Inc.

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Executive Chairman at Hyatt Hotels Corporation

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President, Chief Executive Officer, Principal Financial Officer, Director at Hyatt Hotels Corporation

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Co-Chair at Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Charter School Growth Fund

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Former Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer at Seiyu GK

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Former Program Officer, Education at The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.

When Sam and Helen Walton launched their modest retail business in 1962, one of their goals was to increase opportunity and improve the lives of others along the way. This guiding principle has played a major role in the phenomenal growth of their small enterprise into a global retail leader. This principle – to the benefit of deserving people and inspiring projects around the world – also drives the philanthropic mission of the Walton Family Foundation. Today the foundation is more focused than ever on sustaining the Walton’s timeless small-town values and their deep commitment to making life better for individuals and communities alike. By working with grantees and collaborating with other philanthropic organizations, the foundation is dedicated to making a positive difference in three focus areas:

Class of 1997

The Stanford Graduate School of Business has built an international reputation based on its innovative programs, which include: Two-year MBA Program, designed to educate business leaders One-year Stanford Sloan Master’s Program for mid-career executives PhD Program for future academics Executive Education programs for experienced managers Faculty research program Academic programs, including the two-year MBA, the 12-month Sloan Master's Program, and the PhD program, create a transformational student experience that reflects the tagline: Change lives. Change organizations. Change the world. Today the state-of-the-art Knight Management Center complex enables Stanford's innovative, globalized MBA curriculum, offering flexible classroom spaces for hands-on experiential learning small-group leadership labs, and team-based learning. It engages faculty and students across Stanford University, as well as alumni, global executives, and the broader world community.

Bachelor's in International Economics
Class of 1992

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), founded in 1919, is a premier school of international affairs. At Georgetown’s Washington, D.C. and Qatar campuses, SFS provides a rigorous education combining theory and practice and instills the values of service. School of Foreign Service provides students a rigorous education in international affairs that combines theory and practice and instills the values of service to others, offered by a faculty of outstanding scholars and practitioners who are committed to teaching, learning and discovery.

Career History
2005 - Current

Madrone Capital invests in public and private companies located in the US and China. The firm targets companies operating in in the fields of alternative energy technologies. Madrone Capital provides financing for growth stage capital requirements.

General Partner
Prior - 2015

DTCP is a China-focused private equity investment manager. The firm provides growth capital to early- and expansion-stage Chinese companies in both technology-based and traditional industries. They favor sectors including consumer, media, technology, industrial, energy and clean energy sectors.DTCP targets dynamic businesses with sizeable markets, strong management teams and demonstrated profitability. Their favor Chinese technology companies poised to meet the demands of the growing domestic market, as well as companies moving their production capabilities up the value chain by implementing more advanced technologies. They aim to build word-class Chinese companies led by dynamic entrepreneurs who follow global trends while adapting them to the Chinese market environment. They look particularly for high-growth potential, team integrity and execution ability. DTCP's investments range from modest seed capital up to USD 20 million per transaction. Their investment approach leverages their extensive network in China, the US and Europe.

Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President
2002 - 2005
Boards & Committees
Prior - 2011

The Internet has grown exponentially in the last fifteen years but search engines have not kept up-until now. Cuil searches more pages on the Web than anyone else-three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.Rather than rely on superficial popularity metrics, Cuil searches for and ranks pages based on its content and relevance. When the firm finds a page with your keywords, the company stays on that page and analyzes the rest of its content, its concepts, its inter-relationships and the page's coherency.Then the company offers you helpful choices and suggestions until you find the page you want and that you know is out there. The firm believes that analyzing the Web rather than its users is a more useful approach, so the company doesn't collect data about you and your habits, lest it is tempted to peek. With Cuil, your search history is always private.Cuil is an old Irish word for knowledge.

Prior - 2009

Global Hyatt Corp. owns, operates, manages, and franchises hotels and resorts. Its hotels and resorts offer business centers, car rentals, catering, weddings, fitness centers, hotel shops, lounges, meetings and events, pools, and restaurants. It also offers golfing, spas, and other upmarket rest and relaxation activities. The company was founded 2004 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

2002 - 2008

Seiyu GK owns and operates a chain of supermarkets and department stores. The firm's brands include Sunny, SSV, and Livin department stores. The firm was established in April 1963 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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The California Academy of Sciences operates as a scientific and cultural institution. The Academy houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a rainforest. It was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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Teach For America (TFA) is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to "enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence." The organization aims to accomplish this by recruiting and selecting college graduates from top universities around the United States to serve as teachers. The selected members, known as "corps members," commit to teaching for at least two years in a public or public charter K–12 school in one of the 52 low-income communities that the organization serves.

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The California Academy of Sciences operates as a scientific and cultural institution. The Academy houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a rainforest. It was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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Senator from Colorado


Former Founding Chief Executive Officer at Partnership Schools

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AXIOS Media, Inc. provides news and information services. It specializes in media trends, technology, business, and politics. The company was founded by Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, and Roy Schwartz and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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