Gil Silberman

Attorney and Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

Gil Silberman

Attorney and Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

Gil is Managing Partner of Luca Ventures, a seed stage fintech investment fund based in San Francisco.

Before LV he founded and ran a series of investment funds, law firms, startups, and even a restaurant. Most recently he was Founder and Chief Legal Officer of Forge, the leading marketplace for private equity.

Gil grew up in Oklahoma City, received a computer engineering degree from Princeton, and ran technology companies before attending Berkeley for law school. Graduating just in time for the dot com boom, he co-founded Britton Silberman & Cervantez, one of the premier law firms practicing intellectual property, technology transactions, and venture capital finance for companies ranging from Craigslist to OpenTable to LinkedIn, as well as several hundred other startups, many achieving successful exits. Within three years he and partners sold their firm to Thelen LLP, a major nationwide firm, where they became equity partners.

Gil met his Forge co-founders (and LV investment committee advisors) at Y Combinator's Summer 2012 demo day, and later, as lawyer to S2 capital and other funds they were setting up. Working at first out of an apartment building common room, and then a shared condominium, they grew Forge to more than 150 employees, $2 billion in marketplace transactions, and over $100 million in funds raised before Gil left to organize LV.

Outside of work Gil jogs incessantly, plays classical piano, and writes prolifically for Quora (6,500+ answers), Yelp (1,000+ reviews), and Wikipedia (nearly 250 articles including Uber, Paypal Mafia, Gamification, and Cat Agility).