Jim Breyer is presenting at WSJDLive 2016 on Oct 24, 2016  


Primary Role
Founder & CEO @
42 Investments in 22 Companies
Menlo Park

Person Details


Jim is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Breyer Capital since July 2006.

Jim has been an investor in over 30 consumer internet, media, and technology companies that have completed public offerings or successful mergers. Several of these investments have returned over 100 times their cost and many more have returned over 25 times their cost to investors. Forbes ranked Jim #1 on its Midas List of top technology investors multiple times. Fortune also named Jim the smartest investor in technology and one of the ten smartest people in the technology industry. Vanity Fair named Jim to the New Establishment Hall of Fame and he received the Silicon Valley Lifetime Visionary Award.

Jim led Accel’s investment in Facebook in 2005 and served as a Member of the Board of Directors from 2005 until 2013. Jim was also the founding Chairman of the Facebook Compensation Committee.

Jim served as a Member of the Board of Directors at Wal-Mart for more than a decade where he was the presiding independent director until his retirement from the Board in 2013.

Jim also served as a Member of the Board of Directors at Dell Inc. from 2009 until 2013.

In 2013, Jim joined the Board of 21st Century Fox where he is Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a Member of the Nominating Committee.

Previously, Jim was a Member of the Board of Directors at Brightcove, where he invested in the Series A round in 2005 and of Model N where he was a founding Investor and a Member of the Board of Directors.

Jim also served as a Member of the Board of Directors at Marvel Entertainment until its acquisition by Disney, and as lead investor and a director of Legendary Entertainment through its acquisition by Dalian Wanda in March 2016.

Jim served on the Etsy Board of Directors from 2008 through 2016, after leading Breyer Capital and Accel’s investment in the company.

Additionally, Jim is currently the co-lead Investor in and a Member of the Board of Directors at privately held Circle Financial.

Jim is Co-Founder and on the Strategic Investment Committee and Board of Directors AT IDG-Accel China Funds and Co-Founder at AKKR where he serves as a Member of the Board of Directors.

Additionally, Breyer Capital is a limited partner in IDG China Venture Capital Fund IV, a tech venture capital fund focused on making early-stage technology, media and telecom investments in China and Jim plays a leading strategic advisory role in the fund.

Jim is former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and former President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists.

Jim serves as Chairman of the Stanford University Engineering Venture Fund, is on the Board of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and is personally passionate and active in the Breyer Center for Renaissance Studies at Stanford-in-Florence, Italy.

Jim is passionate about investing, social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy, and actively supports numerous educational and environmental non-profit initiatives. In February, 2013, Jim was elected a fellow of the Harvard Corporation, Harvard University’s senior governing board.

Jim is a Member of the Board of Trustees at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Member of the Board of Trustees at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Jim is a Member of the Advisory Board AT the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing and in 2005 was named an Honorary Professor at the 1,000 year-old Yuelu Academy at Hunan University. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jim graduated with Distinction from Stanford University with a B.S. degree and from Harvard University with an MBA, where he was named a Baker Scholar.

Jobs (8)


Founder & CEO

Jul, 2006 - Current   (over 10 years)

Co-Founder - IDG-Accel China Funds

Jan, 2005 - Current   (almost 12 years)


Jan, 2000 - Current   (almost 17 years)
Management Consultant
Sep, 1987
Feb, 2016
Partner Emeritus
Jan, 1982
Jan, 1983
Assistant Product Manager - Macintosh
DateInvested InRoundDetails
Jul, 2016$12.4M / Series A
Jun, 2016$60M / Series D (Lead)
Apr, 2016undisclosed amount / Venture (Lead)Personal Investment
Aug, 2015$26M / Series BPersonal Investment
May, 2015$15M / Series A (Lead)Personal Investment
Apr, 2015$50M / Series C
Apr, 2015$145M / Series C
Apr, 2015$165M / Private Equity
Jun, 2014$30M / Series B (Lead)Personal Investment
May, 2014$80M / Series B
Apr, 2014undisclosed amount / Venture (Lead)
Mar, 2014$17M / Series B (Lead)
Oct, 2013$9M / Series APersonal Investment
Jun, 2013$25M / SeedPersonal Investment
Mar, 2013$30M / Series C
Jan, 2013$20M / Venture
Dec, 2012$15M / Series A (Lead)Personal Investment
May, 2012$40M / Series F
Apr, 2012$128M / Private Equity
Jun, 2011$30M / Series B (Lead)
Jun, 2011$17.2M / Series E
Apr, 2011$40M / Venture
Feb, 2011$17.5M / Series B (Lead)
Nov, 2010$30M / Series C (Lead)
Nov, 2010$1.25M / Convertible NotePersonal Investment
Aug, 2010$20M / Series E
May, 2010$20M / Series C (Lead)
Apr, 2010$14.7M / Series D
Apr, 2010$12M / Series D (Lead)
Feb, 2010$2M / Venture
Jan, 2008$27M / Series D (Lead)
Aug, 2007$4.5M / Series B (Lead)
Jun, 2007$20M / Series C
Jan, 2007$59.5M / Series C
Apr, 2006$27.5M / Series B
Feb, 2006$12.5M / Series B
Nov, 2005$16.2M / Series B (Lead)
May, 2005$12.7M / Series A (Lead)
Apr, 2005$7.5M / Series A (Lead)
Mar, 2005$5.5M / Series A (Lead)

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WSJDLive 2016

October 24, 2016 - October 26, 2016

Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, California, United States

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