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 fund based in San Francisco.

Gil grew up in Oklahoma City and received a computer engineering degree from Princeton. A lifelong entrepreneur, Gil has run a series of technology companies (his first sold to Enron), consultancies, and even a restaurant. At Berkeley Law he was “that cell phone guy” before that was common.

Avoiding the big law track, Gil co-founded Britton Silberman, a prominent firm for early San Francisco dot com startups. There, he was first lawyer to Craigslist, OpenTable, LinkedIn, and hundreds of others. Gil ran the firm’s venture arm, BSC Ventures (86 investments, 16 exits, 20X return). Within three years he sold the firm to Thelen LLP, becoming a large firm partner after all.

Gil left private practice in 2014 to start Forge Global. Building the company from zero to 200 employees, he and cofounders also launched S2 capital (Zenefits, Coin, Rippling, Clearbit, Superhuman, Lambda School, 37 others ).

Gil and cofounders recruited a seasoned fintech CEO to run Forge in 2018, allowing them to pursue a broader vision of supporting innovation by investing in and mentoring startup companies. Luca Ventures is that vision.

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).