Mr. Jones has served as a Managing Director of Northgate since its inception. He has participated as a private equity investor in several private company financings that have led to successful acquisitions or public offerings, including VA Linux, Assured Access, nVidia, Netro, Rightworks, and Verisity. Prior to co-founding Northgate, Mr. Jones played 12 years in the National Football League, 11 with the San Francisco Forty-Niners. A four-time All-Pro performer and three-time Super Bowl champion, he received the San Francisco Forty-Niners’ NFL Man of the Year award in 1997. He was also the NFL’s Bart Starr Award recipient in 1998, which is given annually to the NFL player who most exemplifies outstanding character in the home, on the field, and in the community. Still active with the NFL, Mr. Jones currently provides occasional football broadcasts on CBS. He currently serves on the Board of Regents of the University of Santa Clara and on the Board of Directors of the San Jose Sharks, a team in the National Hockey League.
Mr. Jones holds a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Santa Clara.