Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
After 17 years as a General Partner, Managing Director, Venture Partner and Venture Advisor at Mayfield Fund, and 20 years as a start-up lawyer, Allen is now an active venture ‘sherpa’ in early-stage start-ups and an angel investor.
His principal investment focus is on start-ups in the areas of ecommerce, consumer internet services (both consumer-facing and infrastructure), interactive entertainment, online advertising, enterprise software, big data analytics, the internet of things and new media.
He is also a Board Member, and Managing Director, New Ventures Group, at Idealab in California, and Vice-Chairman of the Trillions family of companies.
Allen is the Co-Lead Instructor on two courses on Entrepreneurial Finance at Saïd Business School.
Prior to joining the Mayfield Fund, Allen was a corporate law partner at two Silicon Valley law firms, Latham & Watkins and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
Allen holds an undergraduate AB degree (summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Dartmouth College, a second BA and MA from the University of Oxford (Christ Church) and a JD from the University of Virginia.