Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Community School Graduation Class of 2014

Dave Whorton

    Commencement exercises for 37 graduating seniors at the Community School will take place Sunday, June 1 at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Sun Valley independent school.
    The commencement speaker will be Community School parent, venture capitalist, Stanford University graduate and entrepreneur Dave Whorton. He has an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from University of California at Berkeley.
    Whorton has founded four companies, two of which were sold and one of which has gone public. He worked for three venture capital firms— Kleiner Perkins, TPG and Interwest Partners—before starting his own firm, Tugboat Ventures.
    As an investor, Whorton has worked closely with Google, Amazon, Autotrader, Stella & Dot and Successfactors.
    Whorton began working for Hewlett-Packard in high school and, since that time, has been a student of company-building. His current company, Tugboat Ventures, helps entrepreneurs bring their dreams to life through a long-term commitment to promising enterprises.
He helped create the Newschools Venture Fund, and continues to serve as a founding board member. Newschools back entrepreneurs creating charter schools as well as companies offering improvements in learning.
Whorton’s passion for education extends to active support of Community School’s initiatives regarding character strength development and outdoor education. His wife, Lisa, serves on the Community School board. The couple has two children at the school: Briggs, in eighth grade, and Rylee, in sixth grade. He commutes between Sun Valley and Menlo Park, Calif.
Here are photos of the seniors graduating at the school’s 37th commencement June 1 in Sun Valley along with schools they plan to attend.

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