Edmund Shea Jr. Dies at 80

Edmund H. Shea Jr., a venture investing pioneer at San Francisco-based investment bank Hambrecht & Quist in the 1960s, passed away August 13 at his home in San Marino, according to an announcement today from J.F. Shea Co., Inc., the family-owned civil contracting and home-building company Shea helped to lead. Between 1960 and 2000, Shea invested personal and family funds in hundreds of startups, including Activision, Adobe, AES Corporation, Affymax, Altera, America West Airlines, Brocade, Compaq Coputer, Fabrinet, Genentech, and Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Shea also managed big J.F. Shea construction projects such as the Berkeley Hills tunnel and underground stations for the Bay Area Rapid Transit and Washington D.C. Metro systems.

Wade Roush is the producer and host of the podcast Soonish and a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @soonishpodcast

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