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Stanford University Graduate School of Business, MBA 1989
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MS 1984
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), BS 1983
Mechanical Engineering

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Brian Jacobs

Brian Jacobs is a Founder and General Partner of Emergence. He has over 18 years of venture capital experience, a deep national network and broad experience helping both consumer and business-oriented startups achieve their business goals.

Prior to founding Emergence, Brian was an early General Partner at St. Paul Venture Capital. During his 10 years with St. Paul, Brian helped to grow the firm to one of the 15 largest venture investors in the country. He led the firm’s Silicon Valley investing activities. His prior venture capital experience was at Security Pacific Venture Capital.

Brian also worked for the Raychem Corporation, where he developed and marketed advanced software and electronic components. He also has engineering and new product development experience with RCA, Westinghouse, and Polaroid, and he holds several patents.Brian was named to the Forbes’ Midas List of the top venture capital investors in 2006 and 2007.

He is an experienced board member who has served on dozens of public and private boards. He currently serves on the boards of Visage Mobile, Krugle, Intacct, InsideView, DVDPlay and

Brian’s reputation for helping entrepreneurs build innovative technology-enabled service companies comes from his active involvement in Lexar Media (LEXR), WebTV (sold to Microsoft), HireRight, nQuire Software (sold to Siebel Systems), Microchip Technologies (MCHP), BigFix, NetPerceptions (NETP), NextCard (NXCD) and many others.

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Company Date Round Size Participants
Retrofit 3/2012Venture Round$2.7M23
Qustodian 5/2009Angel€450k5



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