SVASE VC Breakfast Club with Jim Long, Partner, Gabriel Venture Partners Focus: Emerging Cleantech, Software, and Consumer Internet
Start: 12/16/2010 - 8:00 am
End: 12/16/2010- 9:30 am
Contact Info: Jai Kumar Email: [email protected]
Location: Greenberg Traurig LLP
1900 University Avenue, 5th Floor
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Gabriel Venture Partners, www.gabrielvp.com
Gabriel Venture Partners was founded in 1999 by Rick Bolander, and Phil Samper, who had a vision for creating a new type of venture capital firm with a unique team-driven, hands-on approach. Since then, Gabriel has raised two funds, Gabriel I and Gabriel II, with a total of $260 million under management.
Gabriel began investing in its first fund during the challenging dotcom crash of 2000-2002. Gabriel I had exits of Crossmedia (acquired by Gannett, Knight Ridder, and Tribune), Netscaler (acquired by Citrix), and Placeware (acquired by Microsoft). Gabriel II was raised during the same period and since inception has made 32 investments and successfully exited Encentuate (acquired by IBM), Iridigm (acquired by Qualcomm), LVL7 (acquired by Broadcom), NeoPath (acquired by Citrix), NextG Networks (acquired by private equity syndicate), Step Labs (acquired by Dolby Laboratories), and Tejas and from India, Allsec and MakeMyTrip.
By early 2006, the founding partners became concerned that the evolving venture capital business model was at a crossroads; go large or be a specialist. Instead of following the popular trend and raising a larger and more diverse fund including a geographic diversification for a separate China or India fund, the Gabriel team decided to refocus their energies on a venture model they believed would generate superior returns in the years to come; capital efficient investing in disruptive technologies and business models.
With the retirement of Phil Samper in 2006, Gabriel now has 3 investment partners, Rick Bolander, Scott Chou and Jim Long. The tight-knit Gabriel team has the smarts, connections, operating experience, functional expertise, and investment know-how to build great businesses. In their past the three partners helped build Concord Communications, Exodus Communications, Integrated Computing Engines, Netscaler, NextG Networks, RioPort, Starlight Networks, Tut Systems, and Veritas. They all roll up their sleeves and work with entrepreneurs to hone business models, build the right industry connections, hire the best teams and make the best operational and strategic decisions that drive sustainable growth.
Jim Long, Partner, Gabriel Venture Partners
Jim Long joined Gabriel as a Venture Partner in early 2007, and drives new investments as well as advises existing Gabriel portfolio companies. Jim has over 25 years experience as a founder, CEO, and investor building successful businesses in the technology industry, as well as developing new technologies and patents for the Internet and PC environments and advising many startups and venture capital firms.
Venture Capital Experience
After doing software and product marketing at Hewlett Packard and getting his MBA, Jim joined Fred Adler Ventures in 1982. In his four years at the firm Jim was acting CEO at several turnarounds and worked with veteran VCs Jim Swartz and Arthur Patterson prior to them founding Accel Partners. Over the years, Jim has also done projects with venture firms Accel Partners, Crosspoint Venture Partners, IT-Farm (Japan), and Sequoia Capital. Jim’s venture experience also includes interim CEO jobs and “turn-arounds” at companies such as Linkware (acquired by Ungermann-Bass). As an angel advisor/investor, Jim has been involved with several leading startups, including TiMetra (acquired by Alcatel), Manageware (acquired by Computer Associates), Ruckus Wireless (WiFi video leader), Ready Systems (acquired by Mentor), and Jibe Networks (acquired by Citrix).
Board Memberships and Affiliations
Jim currently serves on the boards of Aurora BioFuels and PlantSense. Jim has previously served on boards of over a dozen other startup companies, as well as community organizations like the Las Lomitas Education Foundation.
Jim currently contributes money and time to schools, children’s organizations, and local community groups.
MBA – Harvard University (with distinction)
BS – Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Berkeley
When: Thursday, December 16
8 – 9:30 AM
Location: Greenberg Traurig LLP, 1900 University Avenue, 5th Floor, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Members - $25; Affiliates who advertise this event - $39; General Public - $49.
This event is intended for entrepreneurs seeking feedback on their startup ideas and funding strategies. Please do not register if you do not fit this profile.
This event is co-sponsored by Greenberg Traurig LLP, www.gtlaw.com.
Added by svaseinfo on November 19, 2010