Ron Conway

  • VC David Lee is suing his former partner Ron Conway for millions of dollars he alleges that Conway is withholding from him.
  • The two of them were partners in SV Angels, which backed companies like Airbnb, Pinterest and Snapchat.
  • Lee is also looking for a judge to rule that he will be legally owed another $15 million to $20 million in future assets.

Ron Conway, one of the tech industry’s most prominent and powerful startup investors, who had early stakes in Twitter, Facebook and Google, has been sued by his former partner over allegations of unpaid money from past investments.

Venture capitalist David Lee, who was previously a partner with Conway at the firm SVAngel, has filed a a multi-million lawsuit against Conway in Marin County Superior Court last week, reports Axios Dan Primack.

The complaint alleges that Conway, often referred to as the “Godfather of Silicon Valley,” has not paid Lee certain fees and shares he believes he is due in investments in companies such as Airbnb, Pinterest and Snapchat.

Lee was previously the managing partner of SV Angel, founded with Conway. He left two years ago, officially citing “a personal decision” to spend more time with his family in Los Angeles. Primack previously reported that there were difficulties when Lee left because the partnership was set up in such a way that Lee owned a big chunk of SV Angel’s management company.

“I wish Ron no ill will”

Lee now runs a VC firm called Refactor Capital and is suing Conway for $3.5 million for breach of contract in what he says he’s owed via the settlement agreement they reached when he left. He claims that Conway is holding $1.5 million in escrow.

Lee also is also seeking “declaratory relief” meaning a judgment ruling, which he wants to address future assets, ranging Read More Here