P’18, Partner, Sequoia Capital
Jim Goetz is a Partner at Sequoia Capital and is inspired by founders who aim to disrupt the enterprise (Jive Software, Nimble Storage, Palo Alto Networks), or change the mobile landscape (AdMob, Sencha, WhatsApp). He was raised in the Midwest, studied as an engineer, gave up on a PhD to start his career as a rookie product manager at SynOptics (SNPX), and matured into a VP/GM before co-founding VitalSigns (ALU). Both as an entrepreneur and as an investor, Jim is most enthused when teaming with others to turn an authentic idea into a market leading technology company.
Jim joined Sequoia Capital in 2004, and has also led Sequoia’s Investments in Appirio, Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Chartboost, Clearwell (SYMC), Drawbridge, EiPi, eMeter (SI), Flite, Metaswitch, Pocket Gems, and Ruckus (RKUS). Prior to joining Sequoia, Jim served as a General Partner at Accel Partners where he led the investments in BroadJump (MOTV), Entrisphere (ERIC), Peribit (JNPR), RGB, Rhapsody (BRCD), Timetra (ALA) and Topspin (CSCO). Prior to VitalSigns and Synoptics, Jim held various product and marketing positions at AT&T, AT&T Bell Labs, and Digital Equipment. Jim has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.