CEO Manuel Henriquez, a native of the Dominican Republic, was building businesses long before he entered the workforce. For three years in high school, through the junior achievement program he and a team of peers created and ran simulated companies. That piqued his interest in business, and when it came time for college, Henriquez gravitated towards Northeastern with its experiential learning opportunities. “It was a logical choice for me,” he says.
Northeastern’s co-op program fed into Henriquez’s innate business sense. And co-ops at Bank of Boston and Boston Company gave him great insight into what he didn’t want to do: accounting. “But I learned it’s important to meet the right people,” says Henriquez. “You learn from your mentors.”
After graduating from Northeastern, his entrepreneurial spirit put him on the path to his current position as cofounder, chairman, and CEO of the Palo Alto, California-based Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc., which provides capital to technology and life sciences companies. Under his leadership, the firm has completed investments of more than $3.9 billion to over 250 companies.
Prior to co-founding the Company, Henriquez was a Managing Director at VantagePoint Venture Partners from August 2000 through July 2003 where he focused on technology investments. He is also the former president and chief investment officer of Comdisco Ventures, a division of Comdisco, Inc., a leading technology and financial services company, from November 1999 to March 2000. Prior to that, from March 1997 to November 1999, Henriquez was a Managing Director of Comdisco Ventures and a senior member of the investment team that originated over $2.0 billion of equipment lease, debt and equity transactions from 1997 to 2000.