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8 Investments in 7 Companies
Born:
September 7, 1970
Gender:
Male
Location:
Mill Valley
Website:
http://cen.vc
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Jay Adelson is a serial entrepreneur, having built companies such as Equinix, Digg, Revision3 and SimpleGeo. Jay founded Opsmatic in early 2013, and currently serves as Chairman and Founder. Jay is also co-founder and General Partner of Center Electric, a venture firm he started with Andy Smith in 2014.

Jay served as CEO of SimpleGeo, Inc., stepping in a year prior to their sale to Urban Airship in November, 2011.

Jay helped launch Digg, Inc. with Kevin Rose and provided business strategy to the company starting in October, 2004. He served as CEO beginning in 2005 and officially assumed the role full time when he formally resigned from Equinix, Inc. in October, 2005. Jay left the company at its peak in April, 2010.

In March of 2005, Jay founded and assumed the role of CEO of Revision3 Corporation. He hired Jim Louderback to run Revision3 as CEO in June of 2007 and remained Chairman until their sale to Discovery Communications in May, 2012.

Jay founded Equinix (EQIX) in 1998 with Al Avery, and was responsible for the sustaining business model which lead to Equinix's international success. During his seven years at Equinix, Jay provided technical leadership as Equinix's CTO, designing their products, datacenters, leading research and development, and helping drive their successful IPO.

Prior to Equinix, he worked at DEC's NSL, helping to build PAIX in 1996, which was purchased by Switch and Data in 2003.

In 1993, he was one of the first employees of Netcom (USA), where he built and ran network operations.

On July 15, 2003, he testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science and Research & Development, as part of an industry panel on The Private Sector's Role in Keeping America's Cyberspace Secure.

In 2008, Jay was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Jobs (7)

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General Partner

May 1, 2014 - Current   (over 2 years)

Chairman / Co-founder

2013 - Current   (over 3 years)
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Company
Nov 1, 2010
Nov 1, 2011
CEO
Apr 1, 2005
Jun 15, 2007
Founder, CEO
Dec 1, 1996
Jun 22, 1998
Operations
1988
Jan 1, 1000
Founder & CTO
Jul 1, 2005
Apr 5, 2010
CEO

Investments (8)

DateInvested InRoundDetails
Sep, 2014$2M / SeedPersonal Investment
May, 2013$15M / Series APersonal Investment
Mar, 2013$2M / SeedPersonal Investment
Mar, 2011$3.25M / VenturePersonal Investment
Jan, 2011$1.57M / VenturePersonal Investment
Dec, 2009undisclosed amount / VenturePersonal Investment
Jan, 2008undisclosed amount / SeedPersonal Investment
Sep, 2006$1M / Series APersonal Investment

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