Jim is a member of Crosslink’s venture team, focusing on investments in financial technology, enterprise and SMB software/SaaS, internet enabled business and consumer services, and digital media and media enabling technologies.
Jim joined Crosslink in 2002, bringing 20 years of technology investment banking, M&A, capital markets and management experience to the firm. At Crosslink, Jim has led investments in four companies which grew to achieve multi-billion market cap exits through IPOs—Omniture (NASDAQ: OMTR, IPO 2006, acquired by Adobe 2009 for $1.8B), Ancestry.com (NASDAQ: ACOM, IPO 2009, acquired by Permira Advisors 2012 for $1.6B), Pandora (NYSE: P, IPO 2011, average market cap at Crosslink’s venture fund exit of $5.5B), and Coupa (NASDAQ: COUP, IPO 2016, market cap of $18.6B as of June 30, 2020). Jim’s current lead investments include an additional two companies that have grown to billion dollar plus valuations: Personal Capital ($1B acquisition by Empower Financial announced on June 29, 2020), and Chime (most recent financing in December 2019 at a $5.75B valuation).
Jim’s experience prior to Crosslink included Global Head of Technology Investment Banking at UBS, where he built a powerful global technology investment banking practice from scratch; President and Chief Operating Officer at Volpe Brown Whelan & Company, where he ran all aspects of the firm’s investment banking and brokerage operations and led the firm to record growth in revenue and market share prior to its acquisition by Prudential Securities; and Head of Technology Investment Banking at Robertson Stephens & Company, where he built the technology investment banking team into a leadership position in the industry.
Jim also serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Selected Prior Investments
Coupa (IPO NASDAQ: COUP), Pandora (IPO NYSE: P, acquired by Sirius XM, NASDAQ: SIRI), Personal Capital (acquired by Empower), Omniture (IPO NASDAQ: OMTR), Ancestry.com (IPO NASDAQ, ACOM acquired by Permira Advisors, acquired by SilverLake Partners), Zoosk (acquired by Spark Networks, NYSE: LOV), NWP Services (acquired by RealPage, NASDAQ: RP), Marketworks (acquired by ChannelAdvisor, NYSE: ECOM), Set Media (acquired by Conversant, NASDAQ: CNVR, acquired by Alliance Data Systems, NYSE: ADS)
AB, Chemistry, Dartmouth College
JD, MBA, Stanford University