Corey had his first exposure to startups at Robertson Stephens, and was inspired by the way entrepreneurs pursue a single idea with such focus and passion – even when the odds are stacked against them. He joined Highland in 1997 and hasn’t looked back.
As a former college point guard, Corey is all about "team" and always on the lookout for the best ones. The most important questions for Corey are “Is that group a true team?" and "Would I want to join it?" The answers help guide with whom he wants to partner.
Corey has invested across a number of sectors and stages over the years. He currently serves on the boards of CrowdSource, Entourage, Fidelis, Gigamon, MokaFive, OpGen, Pharmaca, vArmour Networks and YogaWorks, and also works with BAROnova, Hyperion (IPO) and Nebula. He’s a former director of AccentCare (acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners), BAROnova and Hyperion (IPO), and has been involved with BÂRRX (acquired by Covidien), Conor (IPO; acquired by Johnson & Johnson), Helicos (IPO), NextCard (IPO), NuGenesis Technologies (acquired by Waters Corporation), Pervasis (acquired by Shire), Talaria (acquired by Google), Telcobuy.com (merged with World Wide Technology), Turbine (acquired by Warner Bros.) and US Labs (acquired by LabCorp).
Corey has also worked at The Whitman Group and ONI Systems (IPO; acquired by Ciena).
He holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Corey is also a member of the Swarthmore College Investment Committee.
Most important role a venture partner can play?
“Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting because the best teams always win in the end.”