James Breyer Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Status
  • Active

  • Professionals
  • 1


  • Investments
  • 19

  • Portfolio
  • 8

  • Exits
  • 12


James Breyer General Information


Mr. James Breyer served as a Board Member at MSD Acquisition. Mr. James Breyer was a Co-Founder and served as Chief Executive Officer at Breyer Capital. He serves as a Board Member at Atropos Health. He serves as a Board Member at The Blackstone Group. He is a Co-Owner of the Boston Celtics. He serves as an Investment Advisory Board Member at Xfund. He serves as an Advisor at Vida. He is a Co-Founder and Board Member of EDO and a Board Member of GNL Québec. He served as a Board Member at UM and Wickr. He previously served as Co-Chairman at IDG Capital. 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 in 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 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 during 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 investment 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 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. 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 a Board Member at Accel-KKR. He serves as an Advisor at Elemental Cognition. He serves as an Advisor at ClosedLoop.ai.

Business Details

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

James Breyer Investments (19)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
You.com 09-Nov-2021 Seed Round 0000 Internet Software Generating Revenue 00000 000000
Nesto 10-Jun-2021 00000 00000 0000 Financial Software Generating Revenue 00000 000000
Genies 24-Feb-2021 00000 00000 000.00 Multimedia and Design Software Generating Revenue 00000 000000
Heal 22-May-2018 00000 00000 0000 Clinics/Outpatient Services Generating Revenue 00000 000000
Super Evil Megacorp 09-Aug-2015 00000 00000 0000 Entertainment Software Generating Revenue 00000 000000
Entertainment Data Oracle 27-Jun-2014 0000 00000 000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 00000 000000
Oscar 14-May-2014 00000 00000 0000 Life and Health Insurance Generating Revenue/Not Profitable 00000 000000
Clinkle 29-Aug-2013 0000 00000 0000 Financial Software Out of Business 00000 000000
PandoMedia 29-May-2013 Seed Round 000 Publishing Generating Revenue 00000 000000
ModeIN 14-Mar-2012 Angel (individual) Other Commercial Products Stealth 00000 000000

James Breyer Exits (12)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Heal 01-Jan-2023 Merger/Acquisition
ModeIN 01-Jan-2023 000000000 00000000
Oscar 03-Mar-2021 000 00.000
PandoMedia 23-Oct-2019 000000000000000000
Clinkle 01-Jul-2016 000 00 00000000
Hyperion Solutions (Software) 13-Apr-2007 000000000000000000 00.00
Foundry Networks 28-Sep-1999 000 00000
Agile Software 20-Aug-1999 000 0000
Redback Networks 18-May-1999 IPO 000.00
Actuate (California) 17-Jul-1998 IPO 0000

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James Breyer Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
James Breyer Angel Investor 000 00 0 Woodside, CA

James Breyer Co-Investors (30)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
Breyer Capital 3 0 Series chart Industry bar
Andreessen Horowitz 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Bandai Namco Holdings 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Initialized Capital Management 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Norwest Venture Partners 0 0 Series chart Industry bar

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