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The Founder of Grand Expeditions, Inc., a global travel company, Todd Clayton Chaffee formed the collection of eight adventure and luxury travel companies while building a career as a highly successful corporate executive and one of the world's leading venture capitalists. The former President of Visa's investment subsidiary, Todd Chaffee had a phenomenal career at Visa. Mr. Chaffee became the youngest Executive Vice President in Visa's history and managed Visa's Advanced Technology, Equity Investment, Strategic Planning, and Corporate Development divisions. Mr. Chaffee gained the attention of Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), one of the pioneers in the venture capital industry, by generating more than $1.2 billion in capital gains for Visa's venture capital division. Mr. Chaffee has displayed the Midas touch throughout his investment career by identifying market leading companies such as Akamai (AKAM), ArcSight (ARST), Ariba (ARBA), ComScore (SCOR), Digital River (DRIV), HomeAway, Kayak, LivingSocial, Netflix (NFLX), Nuance Communications (NUAN), Omniture (OMTR), Twitter, VeriSign (VRSN), and Yahoo (YHOO). Even during the global recession, Mr. Chaffee cemented his reputation as a skilled investor during his career at IVP. In the decade since Mr. Chaffee joined IVP, the firm has invested in more than 70 companies and has only had three write-offs, a remarkable achievement for a venture capital firm. This unprecedented track record is one of the reasons that IVP has been courted by large institutional investors from around the world seeking to invest in IVP funds. Mr. Chaffee is known as a highly successful investor and visionary leader in the world of venture capital and is frequently interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Business Week, Barron's, Bloomberg, and Reuters. IVP normally invests in only 6 to 10 companies per year. This highly selective approach helps IVP maintain its industry leading track record. Prior to IVP and Visa, Mr. Chaffee quickly rose through management positions at Fortune 500 companies, like American Express and Wells Fargo, and has also helped found innovative new companies such as Rollerblade and Travelocity. Mr. Chaffee completed the Harvard Business School Venture Capital program and the Advanced Management Program at Stanford University Graduate Business School. Mr. Chaffee received his Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.