Alan Spoon brings extensive operating leadership and investment experience to the firm. Alan has been part of the Polaris team since 1996 as an early advisor and investor. He joined Polaris as a general partner in 2000.

Prior to joining Polaris, Alan served as President and Board member of The Washington Post Company, a multimedia and education corporation. Earlier he served as Chief Financial Officer, President of Newsweek, and held top marketing and finance positions at The Washington Post. At The Post Company, Alan also led investments in a successful portfolio of early stage companies in cellular (Cellular One), distance learning (Kaplan), and educational software, digital media (, WebTV) and e-commerce ( Alan began his career at, and later became a partner of The Boston Consulting Group, an international consulting firm specializing in corporate strategy.

Current outside Board seats include Danaher Corporation (DHR) and IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI). In his not-for-profit activities, Alan is Regent Emeritus (former Vice Chairman) of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents.  He is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Corporation and serves as a board member at (Harvard/MIT online education platform). He is co-chair of the Smithsonian’s National Capital Campaign and a member of The Council on Foreign Relations.

Alan’s prior business board service included Getty Images, Human Genome Sciences, Inc., Ticketmaster, International Data Group (IDG) and American Management Systems, Inc. Prior not-for-profit board service included WETA (Washington, DC public television and radio) and the Norwood School (Bethesda, MD), where Alan served as chairman.


Honors & Memberships

Always-On Venture Capital 100
Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents
Regents Gold Member for Exceptional Service
Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Corporation
MIT Lobdell Distinguished Service Award Board
The Council on Foreign Relations
Danaher Corporation, Board Member
IAC/InterActiveCorp, Board Member


S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.M., Sloan School of Management, MIT
J.D., Harvard Law School

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