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Arnold Silverman co-founded Empactful Capital in 2016 alongside Sal DeTrane. As Chairman, he mentors the Partners on the firm’s strategy, development, and investment decisions.


Arnold has over 40 years of CEO, Board and venture capital experience with both public and private companies.  He has built many of the leading enterprise software and analytics companies in the industry.  With a dedication to building transformative companies, Arnold carries a passion for mentoring entrepreneurs who themselves carry a passion, a key tenet of the Empactful Capital investment strategy.

Arnold was a founding investor and board member at Oracle, Informatica, Business Objects, Delphix, Kiva Software (acq. by Netscape), Epiphany, Inc. (acq. by Infor Corp./SSA Global) and TimesTen Software (acq. by Oracle) to name a few.  He founded Discovery Ventures to focus on and invest in early stage businesses with great potential.  

Prior to Discovery Ventures, Arnold served as the Chief Executive Officer of ICOT Corporation, engineering a turn-around that translated to leadership positions in the airline reservation systems and fraud detection markets, spearheading the acquisition of Amati Communications and ultimately its sale to Texas Instruments. In addition, he served as the President of Dymo Industries, a New York Stock Exchange company. Earlier in his career, he held various engineering roles at Hewlett Packard.

Arnold serves on the UC Berkeley Foundation board and is a member of the UC Berkeley Baker Fellowship Faculty Research Award Committee. He further supports the UC Berkeley community and the next generation of leaders in his class on entrepreneurship and venture capital which is part of the business school. Outside of his activities at UC Berkeley, Arnold is a board member of Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute.


Mr. Silverman holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia University.  

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