Jim is the Founder and CEO of Breyer Capital, a global venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, CA. Jim has been an investor in over 40 consumer internet/technology companies that have completed successful public offerings or mergers, including Facebook, Etsy, Legendary, Datalogix and Marvel Entertainment. As a lead investor and/or board member, Jim has assisted teams at over a dozen companies complete IPOs. Several of his investments have returned to investors over 100 times their cost, and over a dozen more have returned over 25 times cost.
Over the past several years, Jim has developed a deep personal and investment interest in long-term oriented entrepreneurs and teams working in artificial intelligence (AI) and human assisted intelligence (HAI) and he has made numerous investments in this space.
Jim also has a long track record of investing in China and partnering with Chinese entrepreneurs, including through Breyer Capital’s major limited partnership with IDG Capital, a premier technology venture capital firm based in Beijing. Jim has been actively involved with IDG China for well over a decade and currently plays the leading outside strategic advisory role for the firm. IDG’s investments in China include Xiaomi, Baidu and Tencent, among others.
Jim currently serves on the board of directors of Blackstone and 21st Century Fox, where he is Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating Committee. Jim served on Facebook’s board from 2005 to 2013 after leading the company’s Series A funding round. He served on Etsy’s board from 2008 to 2016 and was the company’s largest outside shareholder at the time of its IPO in 2015. Notably, Etsy is one of the first B Corporations to successfully go public and continue to grow significantly post-offering.
Jim was the lead investor for Legendary Entertainment’s first funding round and served as a board member until its acquisition by Dalian Wanda in March 2016. He was also an investor and board member of Marvel Entertainment through its acquisition by Disney in 2009. Jim’s other board memberships include Wal-Mart, where he served for over a decade and was the lead independent director until his retirement in 2013, and Dell Inc., where he was a director through the company’s $24 billion take-private in 2013.
Jim is passionate about philanthropy and applying venture philanthropy and innovation models to areas such as education, the arts, and environmental sustainability. Jim is a Fellow of Harvard Corporation, Harvard’s senior governing board; a member of Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors since 2001; a member of Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council since inception; a founding member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Stanford’s School of Engineering; Chairman of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund; and Chairman of the Advisory Board at the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management. He is passionate about the Breyer Center at Stanford-in-Florence and is a former Trustee of Menlo School (a grade 6-12 school in Atherton, CA).
In addition, Jim is a long-time Trustee of SFMOMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. He is actively involved in The Environmental Defense Fund and Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS).
Jim began his career at Accel, where he was a partner for nearly three decades and served as Managing Partner. He also co-founded AKKR, a joint venture between Accel and KKR in 2000. Jim graduated from Stanford University with a BS degree, and from Harvard University with an MBA, where he was named a Baker Scholar.