Terry McGuire

Founding Partner, Polaris Partners

As a founding partner of Polaris Partners, Terry McGuire brings more than 25 years of successful early stage investing experience in healthcare and technology companies.

Prior to starting Polaris in 1996, Terry spent 7 years at Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. investing in early stage medical and information technology companies. Terry began his career in venture capital at Golder, Thoma and Cressey in Chicago.

As a venture capitalist, Terry has invested in 48 companies. He also co-founded three companies: Inspire Pharmaceuticals (public), AIR (sold to Alkermes) and MicroCHIPS (private). Terry was recognized by Forbes in 2011, 2013 & 2014.

Terry is emeritus chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, which represents ninety percent of the venture capitalists in the United States. He is also the chairman of Global Venture Capital Congress.

Terry chairs the board of the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College. He also sits on the boards of MIT’s The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and The Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at HBS.