In case you were wondering: Ron Conway says he will not be running for mayor of San Francisco.
Apparently that was on Mike Arrington's mind when he interviewed Conway and SV Angel partner David Lee on-stage at Disrupt today. He said he heard from more than one source that Conway is considering a run "somewhere down the line," and asked flat-out if that's true.
"That's a rumor I can assure you is false," Conway replied. "There's an old saying: 'Never say never.' I actually believe in that saying, but I will never run for mayor of San Francisco." Had he explored it at all? "Not for a nanosecond."
The idea isn't quite as out-of-left-field as it sounds. Conway has been visibly involved in civic issues recently apparently he met with Senator Chuck Schumer recently to discuss SOPA/PIPA and immigration issues, and along with current Mayor Ed Lee and former TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde, he recently helped launch a program called sfCITI aimed at helping the tech industry and the city work together. (In fact, Conway's relationship with Mayor Lee seemed close enough to prompt a largely critical Bay Citizen article printed in The New York Times.) When grilled about how much of his time he's "throwing away on government work" (Arrington's words), Conway estimated that it was 20 percent.
On the mayoral question, Conway's response might seem pretty definitive, but Arrington wasn't satisfied. He asked if Conway might be lying. (Conway: "I would never lie to you about this.") Later, he asked again Conway was running.
"Last time I checked 10 minutes ago, I was not running for mayor," Conway said.
Ronald Conway has been an active angel investor for over 15 years. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds (1998-2005) whose investments included: Google, Ask Jeeves, Paypal, Good Technology, Opsware, and Brightmail. Ron was previously with National Semiconductor Corporation in marketing positions from 1973-1979, and Altos Computer Systems as a co-founder, President and CEO from 1979-1990. He eventually took Altos public in 1982 and served as CEO of Personal Training Systems (PTS)...