My name is Brad Svrluga. I spend a lot of time spelling and explaining my last name. You wouldn’t be the first person to suggest I need to buy a vowel. But it’s easier than it used to be – when my great-grandfather came to the US it was spelled Svrljuga (silent J, and not a terribly uncommon name in Croatia), but the folks at Ellis Island made him drop the J. Some have suggested they didn’t go far enough. But now we have a name that I’m dead certain is shared by no one outside our relatively small family. Can you say that? Still, seems like maybe another vowel might help.
I’m a venture capitalist / software & internet investor, entrepreneur, social liberal, fiscal moderate, sports fan, outdoors lover, food & wine enthusiast, proud father of two boys, and happy husband. I co-founded High Peaks Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm. I am intensely committed to education, and especially to access for the less fortunate. I pursue that passion through my support of BART Charter School, where my wife Julia is the founding Executive Director, and my decade-plus involvement with Summer Search, an incredible inner city youth development program.
I suffered long as a Red Sox fan (hasn’t been so painful of late), struggle with my golf game, thrive with my skiing, and really wish I could still knock you down on a rugby pitch or throw a fastball you couldn’t catch up to. I’m dead certain that being a dad is way harder than being a VC, but I’ve been doing the latter for more than 12 years, and the former only 6.
If you want to know more about what I’m up to with this blog, read my first post.