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Noel John Fenton

venture capitalist

Noel John Fenton, American venture capitalist.


Fenton, Noel John was born on May 24, 1938 in New Haven. Son of Arnold Alexander and Carla (Mathiasen) Fenton.


Bachelor of Science, Cornell University, 1959. Master of Business Administration, Stanford University, 1963.


Research assistant, Stanford (California) U., 1963-1964;vice president, Mail Systems Corporation, Redwood City, California, 1964-1966;vice president, general manager products division, Acurex Corporation, Mountain View, California, 1966-1972;president, chief Executive officer, director, Acurex Corporation, Mountain View, California, 1972-1983;president, chief Executive officer, director, Covalent Systems Corporation, Sunnyvale, California, 1983-1986;managing general partner, Trinity Ventures Ltd., since 1986. Board directors Requisite Technology, Inc., Decision.ism, Inc., Enterprise Network Sys., Inc., LoopNet, Inc., SciQuest, Inc.


Member advisory council resource Center for Women, chairman board directors 1987-1988. Member San Jose Economic Development Task Force, 1983, Young President's Organization, 1976-1988, President Reagan's Business Advisory Panel. Member World President's Organization, since 1988, director, 1994-2000.

Member athletic board Stanford University, 2003-2010. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1959-1961. Member American Electronics Association (chairman 1978-1979, director 1976-1980), Santa Clara County Manufacturers Group (director 1980-1983), Chief Executives Organization, Stanford Business School Alumni Association (president 1976-1977, director 1971-1976), Stanford Alumni Association (executive board 1985-1989).


Married Sarah Jane Hamilton, August 14, 1965. Children: Wendy, Devon, Peter, Lance.

Arnold Alexander Fenton

Carla (Mathiasen) Fenton

Sarah Jane Hamilton

Wendy Fenton

Devon Fenton

Peter Fenton

Lance Fenton