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Noel Fenton

BS '59

General Partner
Trinity Ventures (Menlo Park, CA)


Noel has been part of the Silicon Valley venture capital community for 35 years. Prior to co-founding Trinity Ventures in 1986, he was co-founder of three successful technology startups, and CEO of two of them, Covalent Systems and Acurex. From 1983 to 1986, he led Covalent Systems from start-up to a profitable $12 million sales level in three years. He led Acurex from 1972 to 1982 during a period when sales increased nearly ten-fold to $65 million.

Noel is actively involved in the World Presidents? Organization and the Stanford Athletic Board, and is a past chairman of the Northern California Chapter of the Young Presidents? Organization and a past chairman of the American Electronics Association.


Noel holds a BS in Chemistry from Cornell University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Board Affiliations

Noel currently sits on the boards of BlueTarp, ID Analytics, LoopNet (LOOP), MyNewPlace, SciQuest. His other investments include Alldata (AZO – acquired by AutoZone), Forte Software (FRTE), Fuego (acquired by BEA Systems), Intelligent Interactions (TFSM - acquired by 24/7 Media), KnowledgeNet, Requisite Technology (acquired by Click Commerce).