Jim Breyer

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Jim Breyer "has been responsible for Accel's investments in over twenty-five companies that have completed public offerings or successful mergers. These include Actuate (ACTU), Agile Software (AGIL), Centillion (acquired by Bay Networks), Centrum (acquired by 3Com), Claremont, Collabra (acquired by Netscape/America On-line),Corsair (acquired by Lightbridge Communications), Datasweep / Rockwell (ROK), Foundry Networks (FDRY), Hyperion Solutions (HYSL); Lightspan/Plato Learning (TUTR), Macromedia (MACR), Microprose, Motive (MOTV), Narrative (acquired by @Home), RealNetworks (RNWK), RedBack Networks (RBAK), Savista/Accenture (ACN), Synopsys (SNPS), and Walmart.com (WMT). Recent mergers include Alphablox / IBM, BrassRing / Kenexa, and Groove Networks / Microsoft.

"Jim is currently on the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (WMT), where he is the Lead / Presiding Independent Director, and Chairman of the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee. He also serves on the board of Marvel Entertainment (MVL) where he is the founding Chairman of the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee, RealNetworks (RNWK) where he is the Lead/Presiding Independent Director, and a number of privately held companies such as BBN Technologies, Brightcove, Facebook, ModelN, and Prosper Marketplace.

"Jim is on the Strategic Investment Committee/Board of Accel-KKR and IDG-Accel China Fund.

"Earlier, Jim worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York, and in product marketing and management at Apple Computer and Hewlett Packard.

"Jim is the former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, a former President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, and on the Board of the Associates of the Harvard Business School, Pacific Community Ventures, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and Technet. Jim is Chairman of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund, former Chairman of the Harvard Business School California Research Center, and is the Chairman of the Silicon Valley region committee for Stanford University's Campaign for Undergraduate Education. In December 2005, Jim was appointed an Honorary Professor at the 1,000 year-old Yuelu Academy, Hunan University, China. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. degree and from Harvard University with an M.B.A. where he was named a Baker Scholar." [1]

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  1. Jim Breyer, Accel, accessed July 31, 2007.
  2. Directors, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, accessed June 12, 2010.
  3. FWD.us Supporters, organizational web page, accessed May 14, 2013.