At 5-foot-8, Dave McClure calls himself “one of the smallest” venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, either “by height or by wallet size”. But he was walking tall after Intuit announced it was buying Mint.com recently for $170 million.
That means McClure, who invested $25,000 in Mint two years ago as part of a Series A funding round, is in line for a healthy payout. At the time McClure was actually on Mint’s payroll as a consultant, but was so impressed with the startup’s founder, Aaron Patzer, that he took the money they were paying him and “turned it right back around and wrote them a check.”
Mint is the first big win for McClure out of the many companies he’s invested in since cashing out from his part in PayPal’s $1.5 billion sale to eBay. “I’ve been doing angel investing for almost five years now and this is the first full exit I’ve had,” said McClure, who first found out about the deal in a 4 a.m. email from Patzer.
A few hours later McClure was hi-fiving fellow investors Rob Hayes (First Round Capital), Mark Goines and Jeff Clavier (SoftTech VC) at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco, where McClure said they were all walking around “with big-ass smiles on our faces.”