“We’re really good at looking around the corner, identifying themes, and aiming to win big in the long run.”
Jason understands the magic of maintaining culture, discipline, and focus. He learned the hard way when he moved to the west coast in 1997 and lived through the internet bubble. In that time, he experienced first-hand the pitfalls of managing and growing large sums of money very fast: a loss of disciplined decision-making, poor focus, the negatives of a highly political culture, and hasty investments.
So when he eventually met Gordon Ritter and Brian Jacobs and decided to start Emergence, he decided to turn early failures into lasting wisdom. Knowing how fragile team culture and investment discipline is, he now protects it fiercely—and the result is sustainable success.
“I believe entrepreneurship is the finest engine of capturing human potential on the planet and the practice needs to be spread far and wide,” he says. “Great entrepreneurs need great financial partners to achieve their dreams.”
He has been an early investor in leading companies such as ServiceMax (acquired by GE), Box (BOX IPO), Yammer (acquired by MSFT), SteelBrick (acquired by CRM), SuccessFactors (IPO and acquired by SAP), Visual Networks (VNWK), DoubleClick (DLCK/Google), and aQuantive (AQNT/MSFT).
Giving back has also been an important value for Jason. He is the founding chairman for the Kauffman Fellows Program, founding board member of Endeavor and served on the board of the National Venture Capital Association. Jason also served as chairman of the West Coast Research Center for Harvard Business School and on the advisory board of the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. He was named to the Forbes Top 100 Venture Capitalists Midas List 2017.
Currently, Jason serves on the Boards of BetterWorks, Drishti, Lotame, Oyster, and SalesLoft, and is an active board observer at Gusto, G2, and ASAPP. Before founding Emergence, he was a general partner with USVP and an associate and Kauffman Fellow with Venrock.
Jason graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard with Distinction. He was awarded the Charles Williams Fellowship at Harvard Business School for post-graduate research in Entrepreneurship and Finance.
He loves travel, tennis, and time with his family, and enjoys a great pinot noir. Fun fact: he’s a twin married to a twin!