Alan Spoon

Board Member

Alan is a General Partner at Polaris Partners, a venture and growth capital firm. He joined in 2000 and served as Managing General Partner (2000-2010). He leads investments in ecommerce (LegalZoom,, digital media, financial services (Focus Financial Partners), and distance learning.

Prior to Polaris, Alan served as President and Board member of The Washington Post Company, a multimedia and education corporation. There he also led investments in a successful portfolio of early stage companies in cellular (Cellular One), distance learning (Kaplan), digital media (, WebTV) and e-commerce ( Alan began his career at The Boston Consulting Group.

Current outside Board seats include Danaher Corporation (DHR) and IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI). In his not-for-profit activities, Alan is Regent Emeritus and former Vice Chairman of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents. He is a member of the MIT Corporation and serves as a board member at Alan’s prior business board service included Getty Images, Human Genome Sciences, Inc., Ticketmaster, IDG, and American Management Systems, Inc.