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James Breyer


Mr. James Breyer is the Founder & serves as Chief Executive Officer at Breyer Capital. He serves as Co-Chairman at IDG Capital. He serves as Investment Advisory Board Member at Xfund. He is a Co-Founder and Board Member of EDO and a Board Member of GNL Qu├ębec. He has been an investor in over 40 consumer internet/technology companies that have completed successful public offerings or mergers, including Facebook, Etsy, Legendary, Datalogix and Marvel Entertainment. As a lead investor and/or board member, he has assisted teams at over a dozen companies complete IPOs. Several of his investments have returned to investors over 100 times their cost, and over a dozen more have returned over 25 times cost. Over the past several years, he has developed a deep personal and investment interest in long-term oriented entrepreneurs and teams working in artificial intelligence (AI) and human assisted intelligence (HAI) and he has made numerous investments in this space. He also has a long track record of investing in China and partnering with Chinese entrepreneurs, including through Breyer Capital's major limited partnership with IDG Capital, a premier technology venture capital firm based in Beijing. He has been actively involved with IDG China for well over a decade and currently plays the leading outside strategic advisory role for the firm. IDG's investments in China include Xiaomi, Baidu and Tencent, among others. He currently serves on the board of directors of Blackstone and 21st Century Fox, where he is Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating Committee. He served on Facebook's board from 2005 to 2013 after leading the company's Series A funding round. He served on Etsy's board from 2008 to 2016 and was the company's largest outside shareholder at the time of its IPO in 2015. Notably, Etsy is one of the first B Corporations to successfully go public and continue to grow significantly post-offering. He was the lead investor for Legendary Entertainment's first funding round and served as a board member until its acquisition by Dalian Wanda in March 2016. He was also an investor and board member of Marvel Entertainment through its acquisition by Disney in 2009. his other board memberships include Wal-Mart, where he served for over a decade and was the lead independent director until his retirement in 2013, and Dell Inc., where he was a director through the company's $24 billion take-private in 2013. He is passionate about philanthropy and applying venture philanthropy and innovation models to areas such as education, the arts, and environmental sustainability. He is a Fellow of Harvard Corporation, Harvard's senior governing board; a member of Harvard Business School's Board of Dean's Advisors since 2001; a member of Harvard University's Global Advisory Council since inception; a founding member of the Dean's Advisory Board at Stanford's School of Engineering; Chairman of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund; and Chairman of the Advisory Board at the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management. He is passionate about the Breyer Center at Stanford-in-Florence and is a former Trustee of Menlo School (a grade 6-12 school in Atherton, CA). In addition, he is a long-time Trustee of SFMOMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. He is actively involved in The Environmental Defense Fund and Stanford's Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). He began his career at Accel, where he was a partner for nearly three decades and served as Managing Partner. He also co-founded AKKR, a joint venture between Accel and KKR in 2000. He graduated from Stanford University with a BS degree, and from Harvard University with an MBA, where he was named a Baker Scholar. He is also an Angel Investor. He is a Co-Founder and served as Board Member at Accel-KKR.

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

+1 (415) 000-0000

James Breyer Investments & Acquisitions (16)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Genies 14-May-2019 Later Stage VC 00.000 Application Software Generating Revenue 00000 000000
0000 22-May-2018 00000 00000 0000 Application Software Generating Revenue 00000 000000
00000 0000 0000000 09-Aug-2015 00000 00000 0000 Entertainment Software Generating Revenue 00000 000000
000 (0000000000 00 27-Jun-2014 0000 00000 000 Other Software Generating Revenue 00000 000000
00000 14-May-2014 00000 00000 0000 Life and Health Insurance Generating Revenue 00000 000000
0000000 29-Aug-2013 0000 00000 0000 Financial Software Out of Business 00000 000000
0000000000 29-May-2013 0000 00000 000 Publishing Generating Revenue 00000 000000
000000 14-Mar-2012 00000 (00000 Other Business Products and Services Stealth 00000 000000
Artsy 24-Nov-2010 Seed Round 00.00 Internet Retail Generating Revenue 00000 000000
Redback Networks 21-Jan-1999 Later Stage VC 00.000 Systems and Information Management Generating Revenue 00000 000000
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James Breyer Exits (10)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
PandoMedia 23-Oct-2019 Merger/Acquisition Completed
  • BuySellAds
0000000 01-Jul-2016 000 00 00000000 Completed
00000000 000000000 18-Apr-2007 000000000000000000 00.00 Completed
  • 000000
0000000 00000000 28-Sep-1999 000 00000 Completed
00000 00000000 20-Aug-1999 000 0000 Completed
0000000 00000000 18-May-1999 000 000.00 Completed
0000000 17-Jul-1998 000 0000 Completed
000000000000 21-Nov-1997 000 Completed
Adobe Connect 13-Dec-1993 IPO Completed
Hyperion Solutions 01-Jan-1991 IPO Completed
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James Breyer Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office Contact
James Breyer Angel Investor 00 00 0 Woodside, CA