Erik Moore

Erik Moore is the founder and Managing Director of Base Venture Partners (“Base”), a
seed-stage venture capital fund. Prior to founding Base, Erik spent 15 years in investment
banking at Merrill Lynch, where he was among the top performers in fixed-income
institutional sales. During this time, he made several angel investments including Zappos
(sold to Amazon for $1.2B in 2009), Agencourt Biosciences (sold to Beckman Coulter for
$270M in 2005), and PlanGrid (sold to Autodesk for $875M in 2018). His success as an
investor, along with his support of driven founders, spurred his decision to leave Merrill
Lynch and invest full-time. Base builds upon Erik’s passion and access to the best deals in
Silicon Valley.
Since its formation in 2013, Erik and Base have invested alongside leading venture
capitalists, including NEA, Bain Capital, Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and
Sequoia. Notable limited partners include Tony Hsieh (CEO, Zappos), Chris and Crystal
Sacca, Mitch and Freada Kapor, Castlerock Advisors, and Google Ventures.
Featured in publications such as the WSJ and USA Today, Erik is regularly referred to as
one of the most prominent African Americans in technology. In 2013, Business Insider
named him one of the ten most influential blacks in Silicon Valley, along with David
Drummond (Chief Legal Officer at Google) and John Thompson (Chairman of Microsoft). In
2016, the Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce awarded Erik with their Next
Generation of Excellence Achievement Award. In 2017, he was the recipient of the
Entrepreneur of the Year Award from The Oakland African American Chamber of
Commerce and he was named a Ford Man of Courage.
He is a board member of The Common Ground Foundation—founded by Grammy, Oscar,
and Emmy award-winning artist, Common. Erik was recently named to the city of Oakland’s
Fund Advisory Board, and serves on the advisory board of the Museum of the African
Diaspora (MoAD), a Smithsonian Affiliate. He’s a former board member of Russell
Simmons's Art for Life. He served the East Bay College Fund for nearly a decade as a board
member and mentor, providing college scholarships and mentorship through four-year
college to resilient youth in Oakland. Erik is also a former Trustee of Saint Mary's College
High School in Berkeley--his alma mater where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, tutored
French, and captained the football team.

Erik earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. in International Studies/French from
the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA from The Wharton
School of Business. He is an active alum, regularly speaking at Silicon Valley Wharton and
Dartmouth events; in 2017 he received Wharton’s Trailblazer Award for his achievements in
venture capital. Through all his work, his most important role is father to 14-year-old Blair,
whose accolades and accomplishments put Erik’s to shame.

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