FORTUNE -- Gideon Yu is president and co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers and a tech investor who has played an important financial role at several notable tech companies: He has served as CFO of Facebook and YouTube; he's also been a venture capitalist and led Khosla Ventures' investment in Square. Last year, Yu made our startup Executive Dream Team as its CFO.
Now it is Yu's turn to pick his fantasy C-Suite for the Fortune Fantasy Sports Executive League (Anyone can play, and scoring depends, in part, on how closely the player's picks match those of experts like Yu and the editors of Fortune, who aim, as we wrote last year, "to field a team that could coalesce and dominate in any industry.") Yu spoke to Fortune's Daniel Roberts about the logic behind his Dream Team picks. Here is an excerpt of the conversation.
Gideon Yu: My overall philosophy was similar to how I pick my fantasy football team -- namely, not thinking through how these players would fit together, but just picking the best player at each position. Where possible, I tried to err on the side of longer-term successful track records and focused on those who have proven an ability to repeat those successes in multiple industries and markets. Although my team is certainly technology-heavy, the deep integration of tech and media into literally every facet of society and industry dictates that an Executive Dream Team for 2012 should be highly tech-savvy.
COO, Steve Burke. From everything I understand from those that know Steve and have worked with him, he was the operating heart and soul of Comcast's (CMCSA) big run. Also, he is the consummate COO or No. 2 -- not seeking his own public spotlight or PR -- making all around him, especially his CEO Brian Roberts, better.
Larry Ellison is my chief strategist. A great chief strategist should have incredibly grandiose and audacious goals, and the balls to go for them, and the ability to ignore and potentially even feed off of any naysayers. Few fit this description better than Larry Ellison.
My CIO would be Cadir Lee. For those that understand scaling a large Internet property, one of the biggest challenges is not necessarily the overall number of users, but managing concurrent users. Few companies face this issue and handle it as well as Zynga (ZNGA). Also, moving Zynga to its own platform and lessening its dependence on Facebook (FB) is an enormous technical challenge.
Bill Campbell would be my non-exec Chairman. What hasn't been said about this Silicon Valley gem? My short answer is that both Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt sought his advice and counsel weekly, even while their companies were clearly becoming bitter strategic rivals. He continues to stay relevant by mentoring and counseling the next crop of great Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and execs. I myself have been fortunate enough to receive mentoring from him, and to this day I still utilize his lessons. More
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