Jay Watkins Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Status
  • Active

  • Professionals
  • 1


  • Investments
  • 1

  • Exits
  • 1


Jay Watkins General Information


Mr. Jay Watkins serves as Managing Partner at Sonder Capital. Mr. Jay Thomas Watkins serves as Chairman at TISSIUM. He served as a Board Member at Avail Medsystems. He served as a Board Member at Ciel Medical. He also serves as Chairman at RefleXion Medical. He serves as Chairman at SafeHeal. He served as a Board Member at Potrero Medical. He served as President at Guidant Compass. Mr. Watkins previously served as a Board Member at BioParadox and Gauss Surgical. He served as a Chairman at Recor Medical. He served as Managing Director at De Novo Ventures. Prior to joining De Novo in 2002, he was a co-founder of Origin Medsystems, a venture-funded medical technology start-up that was purchased by Eli Lilly & Company in 1992. When Eli Lilly divested its medical device businesses to form Guidant in 1995, he became a member of the corporation's management committee, serving in this role from 1995 to 2002. During this time, he served as president of numerous divisions, including the Minimally Invasive Surgery Group. In addition, he was the President of Compass, Guidant Corporation's corporate business development, and new ventures group. Prior to founding Origin, he held management positions in several start-ups, including Microgenics Corporation, and was a consultant with the international consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He has been a member of the board of directors of several public companies, including Gynecare, Cardiogenesis, and Rita Medical. He received his MBA from Harvard University and his BA from Stanford University. He sits on the boards of EBR Systems, PhotoThera, Pulmonx, Sierra Surgical, Synergeyes, and Ventus Medical. He also represented De Novo on investments in Lumend and Hansen Medical. He served as a Board member at Vinca Health.

Business Details

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Corporate Office
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States

Jay Watkins Investments (1)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Gauss 20-Dec-2011 0000 00000 Decision/Risk Analysis Generating Revenue 000 0000000

Jay Watkins Exits (1)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Gauss 07-Sep-2021 000000000000000000 00000

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Jay Watkins Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Jay Watkins Angel Investor 00 0 0 San Francisco, CA

Jay Watkins FAQs

  • Who is Jay Watkins?

    Jay Watkins is an angel Investor who has made 1 investment.

  • What kind of investor is Jay Watkins?

    Jay Watkins is an angel investor.

  • What does Jay Watkins do?

    As an angel investor, Jay Watkins invests personal money into promising companies, typically in exchange for equity.

  • How many board seats does Jay Watkins hold?

    Jay Watkins holds 4 board seats including ShockWave Medical, TISSIUM, RefleXion (Biotechnology), and SafeHeal.

  • What has Jay Watkins invested in?

    Jay Watkins has invested in Gauss within the Decision/Risk Analysis industry.

  • What has Jay Watkins invested in recently?

    Jay Watkins's latest investment was on 20-Dec-2011 in Gauss, a company within the Decision/Risk Analysis industry.

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