Team - Pascal Levensohn


Managing Partner

Pascal is the founder and Managing Partner of Levensohn Venture Partners (LVP) and the CEO of Generation Strategic Advisors LLC (GSA); he has held both positions since 1996. Pascal joined Dolby Family Ventures, L.P. as a Managing Director in 2014 after advising the Dolby family on its direct technology investment portfolio since 2012. Pascal has transitioned his new technology venture capital investing activities to the Dolby family organization.

GSA and its predecessor entities advise institutional investors (including corporate and international venture capital funds) and family offices on challenges related to due diligence, investment structure, and corporate governance, principally in direct venture capital and private equity investments. LVP focused on investing in early and development stage venture capital investments in Silicon Valley technology companies, principally in the semiconductor, physical and cyber security, digital media, and enterprise software sectors across three funds, investing over $200 million since 1996.

Pascal was elected to the board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) from April 2007-April 2011, during which he chaired the NVCA’s education committee for three years; he is a faculty member of the Kauffman Fellows Program Center for Venture Education (2006-present) where he teaches best practices for VC-backed company board members; he has published widely read white papers on best practices for venture capital boards (1999, 2003, 2006, 2007), and he is the co‐author of the first Chinese college textbook on venture capital: 投 学 Venture Capital: Theory and Practice, with Professor Liu Manhong of Renmin University of China (2011).

Pascal has served as board chairman, audit committee chairman, compensation committee chairman, and board secretary for venture-backed companies since 1996 and as a public company director since 1993. He is a co-founder and director of LittleCast, Inc. and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of ShotSpotter, Inc. and as a director of Akros Silicon, Tandent Vision Science, and Highview Healthcare.

Pascal holds an AB in Government, cum laude, from Harvard University. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former co-chairman of the Socrates Society Forum of the Aspen Institute (2007-2009), and a former Chairman of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation’s Business Leadership Council (2007-2008). Pascal has been a vintner since 2000 through Levensohn Vineyards. He is a member of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, Appellation Saint Helena, and the Napa Valley Reserve.