Eric O’Brien is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Fall Line Capital, a private equity firm focused on farmland and agricultural technology investments. Eric brings over 20 years of professional investment, financial services and operating experience to the firm. At Fall Line, he is responsible for both the farmland and agtech investment programs, as well as overall firm operations and investor relations. Fall Line Capital currently manages two funds with over $325M of assets under management. The firm owns farmland in multiple regions across the United States and manages a portfolio of technology investments with synergistic ties to its farm management strategy. Eric currently represents Fall Line on the board of directors of Greenlight Biosciences and Pluto AI, and is a board observer at Benson Hill Biosystems and Mercaris. He previously served on the board of Granular until its 2017 acquisition by DuPont/Pioneer (now Corteva).
Prior to starting Fall Line in 2011, Eric spent 12 years at Lightspeed Venture Partners, a top tier Silicon Valley venture capital firm with over $3 billion of assets under management. At Lightspeed, he was a Managing Director responsible for early and growth stage investments in technology and services companies in the U.S. and China. His past investments include Aquantia (NYSE: AQ), Slice (acquired by Rakuten), Lucky Pai (acquired by Lotte), and Evolv On-Demand (acquired by Cornerstone).
Before Lightspeed, Eric served on the investing team at InterWest Partners, a technology and healthcare venture capital firm, and at Morgan Stanley in their mergers and acquisitions department. Eric holds an AB degree in Economics magna cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Eric currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto, CA.